Jonathan Howell Head of Movement
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Jonathan Howell

Head of Movement


Jonathan is the BOVTS resident tutor of Stage Combat, Period Movement & Historical Dance and has performed in Repertory Theatres as an actor, choreographer, fight-director in West End Musicals, Opera and Ballet companies, Radio, TV and Film.

Jonathan trained at London University, Goldsmith College, The Guildford School of Dance and Drama, The Place, The Dance Centre, Covent Garden and Pineapple Dance Centre. He has studied nine martial arts disciplines and trained in Japan at the “Tate Dojo So Honbu” with Hayashi Kunshiro’s combat team, Peking Opera and at Cardiff Arts Laboratory Theatre. He studied mime at the Ladislav Fialka Theatre on the Balustrade, Prague and stage combat under Henry Marshall (RADA) and with the Society of British Fight Directors, and the Society of American Fight Directors. He has taught Stage Combat in Japan, America, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Estonia and is a Master Teacher for The International Order of the Sword & the Pen workshops in Canada.

Jonathan is the author of Stage Fighting – a Practical Guide published by Crowood Press Ltd. 2008. IBSN: 978-1-84797-046-6. Available on

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice