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David Blixt

Artistic Associate

Festival Fight Director

An Artistic Associate since 2000, over the last 24 years he has played such roles as Macbeth, Petruchio, Benedick, Mark Antony, Mercutio, Pistol, Orsino, Oberon, and many more. 

He received a Wilde Award for Best Actor In A Comedy for his portrayal of Algernon in 2014’s The Importance of Being Earnest

As the MSF’s resident Fight Director, he has choreographed all manner of violence, from comedic to horrific and has spent years creating a safe environment for actors to do their best work.

The rest of the year he is an author and teacher. His latest novel, WHAT GIRLS ARE GOOD FOR: A NOVEL OF NELLY BLY, was an Amazon bestseller for six months straight. His series of novels starting with THE MASTER OF VERONA (set at the birth of Renaissance Italy) is a critical and reader favorite.

He is the resident stage combat instructor and theatre history teacher at the Chicago High School For The Arts. 

In life, David describes himself as "actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order." 

This year’s festival combines nearly all those roles. 

For more about David, visit

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