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Ace Hollywood Stuntman Joins CWU Faculty to Present A Stage Combat Showcase

Central Washington University's Central Sword Players will present a thrilling evening of armed combat, choreographed by CWU Associate Professor George Bellah, joined by master stuntman David Boushey. The event will also showcase the collection of stage weapons recently donated to the department by Boushey, a long-time and generous friend to the university’s theatre arts program.

Boushey, a 1969 CWU alumnus, is the founder of the Society of American Fight Directors and the United Stuntmen’s Association. Boushey has choreographed more than 400 stage productions and 45 feature films in a 30-year career as a fight director and stunt coordinator. Some of his films include The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Blue Velvet, Drugstore Cowboy, Northern Exposure, Twin Peaks, X-Files, and Highlander. Winner of the Los Angeles Critics Award in 1981, 1985, and 1991 for Best Fight Choreography, Boushey is a member of the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame. He is the only American to choreograph the entire Shakespeare Canon. Presently, he runs the International Stunt School, located in Seattle, regarded as the foremost stunt school in North America. Boushey graduated from CWU with a bachelor’s degree in recreation and social science.

A Stage Combat Showcase: A Night at the Fights will be performed April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and on April 28 at 2 p.m. in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and students and $7 for CWU students with ID. Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces or in residence hall lots.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 509-963-1429, or in person at the Welcome Center on University Way or at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service desk in the SURC.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

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