As movement performance specialists focused on storytelling through violence, the artists and educators of Eclectic Mayhem hope to engender a fresh appreciation for the often under-realized narrative potential of theatrical violence.
By providing choreography services, educational workshops, and performance programs, we are enthusiastically expanding awareness of this exciting art form.
Eclectic Mayhem is proud to be a producing entity for the Allegheny Alley Fight, a SAFD-sanctioned regional stage combat workshop servicing the Western PA area.
Meet the Eclectic Mayhem team
Owner & Operator of Eclectic Mayhem
Coordinator, Allegheny Alley Fight
Fight Director, Educator, Actor, Director
SAFD Certified Teacher
Tonya Lynn is a fight director, actor, and director whose credits include work for Colonial Williasmburg’s Hallam Players, Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, Throughline
Theater, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, and several local universities including the Community College of Allegheny County, Seton Hill University, Slippery Rock University, Marietta College, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Tonya is resident fight director of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks and a co-founder of Brawling Bard Theater, a company focusing on reimagining classical theatrical works while providing opportunities for young actors to learn and perform stage combat.
In addition to her theatrical work, Tonya is a teaching artist in Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre,
Gateway to the Arts, and Hope Academy for Music & the Arts, and is an adjunct faculty member in the CCAC South Campus Department of Theatre. She serves as Education Director for the New Renaissance Theatre Company.
She is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and has also trained with the United Stuntmen’s Association.
Gretchen Breslawski, Ph.D.
Co-Coordinator, Allegheny Alley Fight
Fight Choreographer, Actor, Educator
Gretchen is currently a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Youngstown State University. While this has put her performing career on hold for the time being, she hopes to continue to work with performing artists as a healthcare professional: not only in recovery from injury, but educating performance artists of all types in body maintenance and care across the lifetime of the performer.
Locally, her credits include appearances with Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, Asylum Entertainment, and the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, through Brawling Bard Theater.
Gretchen is an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, training regularly at regional workshops around the country and assisting with stage combat classes as her current schedule permits.
Director, Actor, Fight Choreographer, Educator
Adam maintains an active membership with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and continues to frequently train at national and regional stage combat workshops across the United States. Adam has also studied at the International Stunt School under Maestro David Boushey in Seattle, WA, and is an Apprentice Stunt Performer with the United Stuntmen's Association.