Kyle Encinas is an actor, fight choreographer, and writer previously out of Washington, DC, now operating in Chicago. He is also the co-founder and co-artistic director of Live Action Theatre.
As an actor, Kyle has appeared in dozens of productions, from coming-of-age stories in post-apocalyptic amusement parks to human chess games. He has had the great privilege to appear in shows with the The New Colony, The Ruckus, Public House Theatre, Source Festival, Washington National Opera, Flying V Theatre, Young Playwrights' Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, and Live Action Theatre.
As a fight choreographer, has taught and choreographed violence for many productions, ranging from sword fights to prison riots to domestic violence to comedic slapstick. He has designed violence and blood effects for DePaul University, Studio Theatre Second Stage, Keegan Theatre, The Ruckus, Strange Bedfellows, Flying V Theatre, American University, and Source Festival.
An Advanced Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, Kyle has been training in stage combat since 2010 and was the recipient of the 2011 David Bouchey Founders' Award for Excellence in Unarmed Combat. He has also been training in martial arts since a young age, with a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and additional training in Shaolin Kung Fu, Kali, and Krav Maga.
With his company Live Action Theatre, his scripts have focused on making stage combat an integral piece of the audience experience. Productions of The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy and The Tournament, showcased not only a proficiency and deep love for stage combat but also nerdy humor and explorations of the Hero's Journey. Both productions were audience and critical favorites at the 2013 and 2014 Capital Fringe Festivals.