About Empire Temple

About Saber Guild: Empire Temple


Our mission is to share our love of Star Wars with people of all ages and to follow the Jedi path of spreading hope and good will wherever we go. We aim to bring a little bit of wonder and transport our audiences to a galaxy far, far away…

Saber Guild is a non-profit, all-volunteer, international organization that specializes in lightsaber stage choreography, education, and community events. Saber Guild temples can be found in Europe, Asia, and across the US. Empire Temple is the New York chapter of Saber Guild.

We may seem like your typical dress up fan group, but that is not the case. Here’s what truly sets us apart:


Charity Based:

As defenders of the galaxy, our main focus is to raise awareness and money to support causes important to our group. To date, we have raised thousands of dollars for both national and local charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St.Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, and the American Cancer Society.

Jedi/Sith Focused:

Unlike our fellow Lucasfilm charity based groups, Saber Guild is made up of authentic Jedi and Sith warriors. Our members must meet strict screen quality costume regulations and are armed with combat ready lightsabers which we wield as the only performance based fan group affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd.

Experts in the Force:

Not only are we actor combatants and costumers who love bringing our Star Wars fandom to life, but we are also extremely adept in telling stories about the Force and improvising with our youngest fans about the lessons we can learn from both sides that wield it. From the ancient teachings, combat forms, and classic Star Wars character archetypes, we’re a font of knowledge and a source of entertainment regarding the legends of Jedi and Sith throughout the galaxy.


Local Director: Rubin Polizzi
Asst. Local Director: Amy Chrzanowski
Local Stage Director: Rodney Clarke
Fight Director: Tyler Welsek
Membership Director: Paul Sposato
Temple Librarian: Michele Montanez
Local Costume Counselor: Anne Richmond

SaberGuildHistory of Saber Guild

Saber Guild was started by Rob Estrada, member of Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion, Star Wars costuming clubs. Those clubs, by charter, were not allowed to partake in lightsaber choreographed entertainment, so Rob took it upon himself to make his own costuming club, which would focus on that. There were already some lightsaber clubs out there doing shows, but none of them at the time were LFL recognized, so he decided to figure out a way to make that happen. He enlisted a couple of his 501st and RL friends to put on a simple choreographed lightsaber show to do for charity events, and after gaining the trust of LFL Saber Guild was granted recognition to bear the Star Wars moniker, and become brand ambassadors.

New York, Star Wars JediHistory of Empire Saber Guild

Empire Saber Guild (ESG) is the New York chapter of Saber Guild, and was founded by Matthew Procaccini and Adrienne Lombardo in 2013.  ESG started off with only three members and one rehearsal a month. Since its inception ESG has grown into a group with an ever growing cast of Star Wars enthusiasts and weekly rehearsals. We have performed in various events all over the NY area, including comic conventions, baseball games, private parties / weddings and even children’s hospitals. Empire Temple’s emphasis on charity has created a culture of giving and community service that our members take pride in.

For More information on other Saber Guild temples around the U.S please visit www.SaberGuild.com

Upcoming Events

Empire Saber Guild at the NY Yankees SW Night

Empire Saber Guild at the NY Yankees SW Night

Aug 25, 7:05pm - Aug 25, 10:05pm

Yankee Stadium
One E 161st Street
Bronx, NY  10451 Map

Meet some of our #Jedi and #Sith at this Friday's New York Yankees #StarWarsNight Game! Empire Saber Guild will be trooping along with local #StarWars fan groups such as the 501st Legion: Empire City Garrison, Falco Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs, and Echo Base - Rebel Legion

Come find us and say hi!

For more info on the game, visit: newyork.yankees.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nyy
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Empire Saber Guild Performance at Brooklyn Cyclones SW Night

Empire Saber Guild Performance at Brooklyn Cyclones SW Night

Aug 26, 6:00pm - Aug 26, 9:00pm

Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball - Mcu Park
1904 Surf Ave
New York, NY  11224 Map

It's one of our favorite times of the year - Brooklyn Cyclones (Coney Island) #StarWars Night! Join our members (along with members from Saber Guild : Endor Temple Operations and Saber Guild Corellia) as Kylo Ren and his Knights of Ren go on the search for #TheLastJedi at MCU Park. Will the Resistance be able to help her in time?

In addition to our performance, we'll be raffling off two lightsabers for our local charity - St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children, AND we'll be conducting our Padawan Training Institute (Please note: Spots are limited and on a first come basis. Please see our table to sign up.)

We can't wait to troop with some of the other local Star Wars fan groups such as the 501st Legion: Empire City Garrison, Echo Base - Rebel Legion, Falco Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs, Raquor'daan Clan_NJ, and more!

Hope to see you in Brooklyn!
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

Oct 15, 8:00am - Oct 15, 11:00am

Bandshell in Central Park
New York, NY  10065 Map

For the third year in a row, Empire Temple will proudly be a #ForceForChange by marching (in special pink tabards) in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society. We began marching in 2015 in support of #SaberGuild's Assistant Global Director, Stephen, as his wife had just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Feel free to join our members on October 15th - or if you are comfortable, you can support our team by making a donation to the American Cancer Society via our team page:

Thank you and May The Force Be With You!
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Join Saber Guild Today!

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Posted by Saber Guild: Empire Temple on Monday, August 10, 2015

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