Department of Theatre

Spring 2014 Curriculum: Stage Combat

Spring 2014 Curriculum: Stage Combat

One of the more special classes offered this Spring semester is Stage Combat, taught by our Voice and Movement Profesor Matt Weedman.

When asked why the class was so important Matt responded, "The goal of the stage combat class is to help actors learn how to truthfully and realistically depict stage violence in a way that contributes to the story of a play. Students learn how to accomplish this goal in both unarmed combat and single sword choreography with an overarching emphasis on safety and clarity of movement". 

In addition to actors, Design and Production students are also active participants in the class. Junior, Melia Beschta commented, "As a Stage Manager it's nice to understand and run a fight call more effectively. Having that knowledge makes it easier to see and diagnose what is wrong or off of a fight call. You get the performance aspect because you get a taste of what your actors will be going through when you're directing them through those moments". 

Stage Combat meets every Monday and Wednesday at 10am.