Nick Gisonde, Stage Director and Fight Coordinator
Nick was the co-stage director and fight coordinator for last year’s SOARS Opera a la Carte Scenes Program. He also co-directed Pierre Corneille's El Cid in New York City. Nick has coordinated fights and stunts for film, theater and opera for over 25 years. In addition, he has also been working as a fight instructor, stunt performer, and film and stage actor. He has been the resident fight coordinator for The Bay View Music Festival since 2003. Credits include Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Falstaff and Private Lives. He has numerous credits as a fight coordinator and stage violence consultant for such opera companies as Boston Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Omnia in New York City. Nick was a cast member, fight captain and assistant to fight choreographer J. Steven White for the 1998 Broadway Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Play, A View from the Bridge, directed by Michael Mayer and starring Anthony LaPaglia and Allison Janney. He staged the fights for the Off Broadway play, Beautiful Thing at the Cherry Lane Theater. He was a live action stunt performer and fight coordinator for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Recently he performed stunts in Erik Flynn Patton's fantasy action feature film The Tower of Silence. He appeared in and coordinated the stunts and fights for two independent action films, Just Cause and The Honey Trap.
As an actor Nick appeared in the films 53rd Calypso starring Edward Norton, The Strawberry Girl and Helene. He has also appeared in many New York and regional theater productions. Some of his credits include Rodrigo in El Cid, Posthumus Leonatus in Cymbeline, Laertes in Hamlet, Paris in Troilus and Cressida, Oberon in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Clunette in The Battle of Shallowford and Lee in True West. He is married to soprano Risa Renae Harman.