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:
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.
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.
EMPIRE SABER GUILD STAFF
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
History 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.
History 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