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Register Now for AU's Stage Combat Workshop

January 10-11, 2013

Join the Anderson University theatre department family for a special, theatre event. Don’t miss this opportunity featuring an intense stage combat workshop taught by Orlando, Florida, fight choreographers Nicolas Santana and Joey Costello. This event also includes an improvisation workshop led by AU’s own Robert Homer-Drummond. 

Join the AU theatre students and faculty as our guest for this exciting two-day workshop!

Sword Play

Sword play is utilized regularly on stage in theater, dance, and opera productions across the world. It is a valuable tool in the performer's toolbox when trained properly. Well-executed stage combat excites the crowd, adds suspense, and increases production value. However, poor stage combat can come across as cheesy, or even worse, can put both actors and audience in danger. In this workshop students will be trained to use a rapier-style sword onstage in a safe and effective way. Starting with basics and moving to intermediate level, students will learn footwork, concepts of attack and defense along with distance, timing, rhythm, and "blade traffic." This exciting workshop will cover beginner- to intermediate-level skills; no previous experience is necessary. Students will be introduced to a variety of stylized choreography and can look forward to a fun-filled, yet physically challenging theatrical experience.

Please note that students must wear closed-toed sneakers and active wear. Students must also bring a closed-fingered glove (such as a leather work glove or batting glove.)

Nicolas Santana

Nicolas Santana is an advanced actor combatant and fight choreographer. He’s a stage combat training SAFD-recognized, advanced actor combatant. His credentials also include the following:

• Advanced actor combatant status with recommendation in the following weapon styles: unarmed, rapier and dagger, broadsword, sword and shield, single sword, knife, quarterstaff, small sword.
• SAFD certificate in theatrical firearms safety
• Awarded Best Scene Award - rapier and dagger at ACW 2009 (Teacher: Michael G. Chin).
• Began training 2005 with Heroes for Hire under fight director and SAFD Advanced Actor Combatant Joey Costello

Registration is free and includes:

  • Campus tour
  • Overnight stay
  • Stage combat workshop (2 sessions!)
  • Improvisation workshop
  • Audition opportunities
  • Campus experience with a host student
  • Breakfast with professors

Space is limited - be sure to register now!

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