Actor Combatant Skills Proficiency Workshop

Introduction to Stage Combat  |  Actor Combatant Skills Proficiency  |  Advanced Actor Combatant Skills Proficiency

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>> 2017 NSCW Registration Deadline is Monday, April 17th!! <<


Actor Combatant Skills Proficiency is an intensive course focusing on training students in the compulsory techniques required for SAFD Skills Proficiency Tests (SPTs) in unarmed, rapier & dagger and broadsword. Students will spend over thirty hours learning to safely perform choreography in each of these three “fight” disciplines, as well as additional classes in other weapon styles.

Although the primary focus of this course is the learning of techniques and choreography containing the compulsory techniques required for the SPT, the class also focuses on developing partnering skills and expanding the artist’s imagination and ability to use these skills to make their stage combat work more connected and truthful. Working in a studio format, students will explore character objectives and beat work within the fight, and are coached/rehearsed through their fight scenes. The course concludes in a presentation of the fight scenes for adjudication by SAFD Fight Masters.

Students will be in class at least seven hours a day, six days a week. Each day typically begins with an appropriate physical warm-up, followed by classes in two disciplines in the morning, two further disciplines each afternoon, and master classes and rehearsals in the evening. The long hours and intensity of this program require a considerable amount of discipline, commitment, flexibility and stamina from all participants. Swords, daggers and all other required theatrical weapons will be provided, in class, for each student.


  • June 18th - July 8th, 2017

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition scholarships available for all SAFD members!

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age is 18 (must have completed high school).
  • Previous drama, acting and/or stage combat experience is not essential.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from either a dramatic arts teacher or theatre professional that supports the student’s desire and ability to pursue training in stage combat.

To Apply:

All 2017 applications need to be received by The University of North Carolina School of the Arts no later than Monday, May 17th, 2017.

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