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Hollywood Swashbuckling & 

The Art of Victorian Swordplay​






Guest Artists

Amie Root, David Sterritt, Marc Leclerc, Ellen Arroyo, Roxanne W​esterlin​


Train with Certified Teachers from the Society of American Fight Directors and fortify your skills as an actor combatant. Learn the foundations of Single Swordplay and Victorian Stock Phrases, how to perform with safety, clear intent and ZA! Gain valuable skillsets you can employ onstage or on film!

Who should take this class

Completion of an Acting 1 (or introduction to acting) course required.

Required application materials

  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Letter of intent (no longer than one page)

Course Coordinator

Collin Bressie

Guest Artists

Amie Root

Amie Root

Amie Root is certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, an actor, fight director and movement instructor. She worked as a teaching artist for the Tony award winning Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC, for three years. She studied her BA in Drama at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She is currently based out of Minneapolis, MN, but travels teaching movement and stage combat courses at universities and theaters across the country.

Jess Prichard

David Sterritt

David Sterritt is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and founded the A-Town Throw Down, a stage combat and stunt workshop, in 2011. David has an MFA in Acting from Wayne State University through the Hilberry Repertory Theatre. He also received his Advanced Theatre Training Certificate while training in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre and received his BFA in performing arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. His selected fight credits include Cardboard Piano, Serial Black Face, Slasher, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, As You Like It, Beauty and the Beast, and Dracula. Selected Acting Atlanta credits include, Hamlet the Musical, Macbeth, Henry VI Parts I-III at the Shakespeare Tavern, Slasher at Actor’s Express, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Fabrefaction Theatre Company. He was also in the Michigan premier of Detroit by Lisa D’Amour.

Amie Root

Marc Leclerc​

​Marc Leclerc's most recent theatre credits include Eros in Argonautika, Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol, Jose in Man of La Mancha, and Fluellen in Henry V at A Noise Within. At the Loft Ensemble Marc has played Branwell Bronte in Branwell and the Other Brontes, Eric Harris in The Columbine Project, Peter Pan in Now or Neverland, and Ricky in School for Wayward Girls. He is also an award winning fight choreographer who has most recently coordinated the music video for Are You ready by Disturbed.

Jess Prichard

Ellen Arroyo

​Ellen Arroyo is an actor of Mexican descent who is currently working in the health industry while pursuing her love of acting. She received her AA in Theater Arts from Long Beach City College. Ellen has performed in a number of onstage productions including Lost In Place, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and even a dinner theater titled A Valentine’s Story.​

Jess Prichard

Roxanne W​esterlin

Roxanne is an intermediate actor combatant with the SAFD and has passed all eight weapons. She is finishing her BA at CSULA in Performance Theater and assistant teaching at two colleges to become a teacher. In her free time, she plans her Star Wars wedding and snuggles her labradane, Daenerys.