By Molly Moser
A theatrical couple recently relocated from Iowa City to Guttenberg, and the pair immediately began stirring up drama. Avonique (Niehaus) Tipsword grew up in Guttenberg, graduating from CRHS in 2004. She and husband Jason Tipsword, originally from the Iowa City area, were back in town for just a few short months when they attended their first Umbrella Arts meeting and began planning community theater events.
Avonique (who now goes by Nika) holds a BA in Theatre Arts with a vocal music minor from the University of Iowa. She has worked professionally as stage manager for Riverside Theater and acted, directed, and worked administratively and behind the scenes on nearly 60 productions. She holds the rank of Certified Actor Combatant in the Society of American Fight Directors with three recommendations.
Jason Tipsword is a graduate of the National Stage Combat Workshop at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He works as a freelance fight choreographer throughout the region with over 80 stage productions and three films to his credit. In addition, Jason has taught stage combat at Central College, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, Drake University, Cornell College, and Kirkwood College. He also directs, acts, designs, and produces. Jason is Iowa's only Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teacher.