Our Team

image of Scott Farrell

Scott presents:

  • Deed Of Arms — Knights In Action
  • Arms, Armor, and Chivalry
  • Vigil: The Making of a Knight
  • History and Design of the Medieval Castle
  • Knights and Chivalry in the Works of Shakespeare

Scott Farrell

Co-Founder and Program Director

Scott is the founder and director of Chivalry Today, and he has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of arms, armor, and medieval military history. He has been involved with independent study programs at the Royal Armories at Leeds, and with Cadw (the department of the Welsh government in charge of preserving castles and other historical monuments).

With a degree in English literature, Scott is also an avid reader and student of folklore and Arthurian legend. In addition, Scott studied theatrical performance at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, and periodically works as one of the teaching artists (school performers) with San Diego’s Intrepid Shakespeare Company. He has worked with the San Diego City and County Library Systems as part of the annual Summer Reading Program since 2006.

Scott is a professional journalist and author, and his articles on medieval history and the ideals of chivalry have appeared in many print and on-line publications, including The New York Times, Costco Reporter, Renaissance Magazine, Military History Quarterly, Civil War Times, Men Today, and Police Magazine. His chapter “Sir Aristotle and the Code of Chivalry” is included in the book Martial Arts And Philosophy (Open Court Books, 2010); and his chapter "A Cape And A Code" appears in the book Batman, Superman, And Philosophy (Open Court Books, 2016). You may also recognize his voice as the host of the Chivalry Today podcast, and the ringside “color commentator” from San Diego’s acclaimed Tournament Of The Phoenix competitive jousting event.

Scott has given lectures and demonstrations for a wide variety of groups with an interest in medieval history, armor, castles, knighthood, and the code of chivalry, including: The San Diego Shakespeare Society, The San Diego Historical Society, University of California Irvine Faculty Club, San Diego State University, Kiwanis International, The Rotary Club, The Boy Scouts of America, Sisters In Crime Mystery Writers, and Romance Writers of America.

For more information on Scott's written work, please visit his website. 


April Apperson-Farrell 

Co-Founder/Head Coach/ Program Advisor 

April has been studying the art of historical fencing for more than 25 years, and has expertise with a variety of Renaissance and Medieval arms and armor, including the rapier, longsword, spear, and messer; additionally, she has experience in both single combat, and group "melee" battle.

April has delved deeply into medieval history in researching a variety of papers and presentations for historical reenactment groups such as the Society for Creative Anachronism. Her knowledge extends to topics as diverse as medieval table manners, medieval health and diet, using a medieval counting board, manorial life in 12th and 13th century England, and medieval horsemanship and jousting.

Loreen Mattis 

Education Program Administrator/ Armored Combat Presenter 

Need something done? Just reach out and Loreen will be sure to make it happen! Loreen is a practicing western martial artist and helps to Scott take care of the administrative side of things so he can focus on what he does best - sharing his knowledge and expertise in medieval society. 

When not in the office or on the fighting field, Loreen can be found in the fencing studio as an assistant longsword coach. She loves teaching introductory classes as it is her joy in life to watch others grow in their technique, skill, and confidence as they embark on the journey of a swordsman. 


Kate Endsley 

Armored Combat Presenter/ Assistant Coach

Kate has been part of the Chivalry Today team since 2012. She has worked extensively with our historical fencing program and is a regular on the armored fighting field. She has been part of numerous demonstrations at schools, conferences, and museums. She is also a team leader in our warrior camp program.  

Kate is currently pursing a bachelors in criminal justice at San Diego State University.  

 


Richard Orazi 

Catapult Engineer 

Richard is a retired professional engineer and the lead presenter of Chivalry Today's Catapult demonstration. 

Richard has has over 5 years of experience as an unarmored longsword fighter and often assists with coaching new students in our HEMA program. 


 


Terry Lockwood

Presenter / Falconer

Terry Lockwood is a federally licensed falconer and expert in birds of prey. She works with several habitat conservation and raptor rescue organizations, including the Ramona, California-based Skyhunters.

Terry is Chivalry Today’s official “falconer to the duke,” and presents talks on falconry and medieval hunting traditions as part of Chivalry Today’s Festival of Chivalry school history faire days.

image of Terry Lockwood, Presenter / Falconer

 


Mike Mason

Presenter / Brick Oven Baker

Mike Mason is an amateur history enthusiast who has been taking part in medieval historical reenactment events for more than a decade, and has cooked several historical-themed feasts for 100+ diners. Anyone who has sampled Mike’s cooking will never forget the marvelous taste of bread or pizza from “the bake-inator,” his 600 lb. traveling brick oven, based on designs shown in medieval artwork.

Mike presents “Bread Oven” a demonstration of the art of baking in a 14th century wood-fired oven, as part of Chivalry Today’s Festival of Chivalry school history faire days.


Danielle Mitchell

Musician / Dance Master

Danielle Mitchell plays a variety of 14th century stringed and woodwind instruments with the Calafian Consort, an informal group of medieval musicians. She presents “Medieval and Renaissance Dance” and “Medieval Song and Music” as part of Chivalry Today’s Festival of Chivalry school history faire days.

Danielle has a degree in education and has taught at several private and charter middle schools in the San Diego area. She is an amateur history enthusiast and reenactor, with an interest in medieval and Renaissance dance and music.

 


Deborah Fox

Musician / Medieval Ensemble

Deborah coordinates a team of early music experts and presents “Medieval Music” as part of Chivalry Today’s Festival of Chivalry school history faire days.

Deborah Fox is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, who is also an amateur medieval history scholar, with skills including Elizabethan fashion, courtly music, 11th century embroidery, and medieval calligraphy and drawing.


Marilyn McPhie

Presenter/Storyteller

Marilyn McPhie tells tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, bringing her engaging style of performance art to medieval stories of adventure and chivalry.

Marilyn has been telling stories professionally since 1985 and has performed for audiences from preschool to adults, from Massachusetts to California. Her TED Talk Do Try This At Home focuses on the importance of storytelling as part of family social interaction. She has a degree in English and French literature, and has served as the president of the Storytellers of San Diego, and as a California State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network.


Doug Brownell

Presenter/Calligraphy and Heraldry

Doug Brownell is an accomplish master in a wide range of medieval arts and crafts: heraldry (the study of coats of arms), dancing, painting, calligraphy, metal working, and weaving, just to name a few. 

Doug works as an adjunct professor teaching physics on several college campuses throughout San Diego county.


Our Knights

Chivalry Today works with an ever growing team of experts in Western martial arts and historical armored fencing. We give educational presentations of the medieval historical fighting arts at a variety of events and venues such as conferences, conventions, museums, and libraries, as well as school campuses throughout the country. 

Still To Come

  • Terry Lockwood – Falconry and Birds of Prey
  • Kyle Lazzarevich – Associate Educator and Historical Sword Combat Coach
  • Sean Richards – Roman History
  • April Apperson-Farrell – Medieval Life, Clerical Skills, The Rules of the Joust, and Women’s Roles