Meet the Staff
Mike Lubke is a stage combat instructor, performer and violence coordinator based in Minneapolis. He has been studying various armed and unarmed martial forms since he was 7, and has more than a decade's experience adapting that knowledge to the stage. He is the founder and fight director for the annual Human Combat Chess sports-entertainment extravaganza, as well as a founding member and resident fight director for Six Elements Theatre Company. He is the owner and operator of the Minnesota Stage Combat Open Gym, the largest regular stage combat gathering in the state. His choreography has graced the stages of multiple local professional theatres, including History Theatre, Theatre Unbound, Children's Theatre, and the Guthrie. In addition to stage work, Mike has coordinated fights and stunts for locally filmed music videos and commercials, and short films. Mike holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.
Tom Ringberg is a local Fight/ Stunt Coordinator and Choreographer, and Stunt performer in the Twin Cities area. Tom has been training in the art of Stage Combat and Stunt work for the last 10 years and has a background in Martial Art primarily in Tae kwon Do were he earned his 3rd degree black belt. Tom graduated from Augsburg University with a degree in Theatre with focuses in performance, directing, and Stage Combat. Tom has been a stunt performer for several film productions such as Memorial Day, Over There, and Harbinger to name a few. Tom has also worked with the Minnesota Opera as a Fight Choreographer for their productions of Rigoletto and The Fix. He has also been hired by Minnesota Opera to be the Fight Captain and Fight Performer for several productions such as Tosca, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, and Silent Night. Tom also works as a Weapons Technician and Armorer for several films and TV shows in Minnesota. Tom's newest adventure is joining Intimacy Directors International and being accepted into their apprenticeship of becoming certified Intimacy Choreographer.
Associate Instructor, School Coordinator
Mason Tyer, after completing his B.A. in Performing Arts from Iowa State University, moved to the Twin Cities and began to study stage combat through to becoming an Advanced Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. Mason is a founding member of Red Dice Collective and a member of Six Elements Theatre, producing theatre founded on exemplary stage combat.
Mason has directed for Arts Nest, Maranatha Christian Academy, 2140 Productions, and Red Dice Collective. He has also performed onstage with Classical Actors Ensemble, Minnesota Opera, Theatre Latte Da, and in the Minnesota Fringe Festival; as well as for local filmwork Over There, Kit's Revenge, and music videos.
Mason has fight directed and taught for the Guthrie, Lyric Arts, Maranatha Christian Academy, Saint Mark's Drama Ministry, Woodbury Community Theatre, and Merrill Community Arts. In addition to being an associate instructor and administrator for Art in Arm, he is currently the stage combat instructor at North Hennepin Community College.
Eleanor Temple Sampson
Eleanor “Death Nell” Sampson is a veteran of numerous stage combat workshops from Minnesota to Florida and New York to Louisiana, she has been training and performing stage combat for over 4 years. Locally, Nell is a regular fixture performer for both Human Combat Chess and the MN Renaissance Festival. In addition to stage combat, she has more than a decade’s experience in folk dance instruction and performance. By day, Nell is a massage therapist with emphasis in athletic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative massage and stretching. She has a special interest in kinesiology, particularly in those who move their bodies in unorthodox ways. By night, she is mostly stuck in rehearsals for something or another. “Death Nell” is a recognized Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.