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Lights, Camera, Fight! Film and Stage Combat

Course dates

July 16 to July 29, 2018

Application deadline

May 14, 2018

  • Join the good fight! Learn combat for film, television and stage -- and act at the same time.
  • Learn how to use a variety of weapons in film, television and theatre.
  • Receive on-camera and theatrical acting instruction specific to action and fight sequences.
  • Be trained by instructors with Certified Teacher status with the Society of American Fight Directors.
  • Understand how the skills taught in this course can lead to a variety of career options.
  • Display your skills in a public student showcase performance.



Undergraduate: DRAMA 421, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: DRAMA 621, 3 units




Actors, directors, fight choreographers, and anyone interested in honing their grace and control on stage. No prior experience necessary, but always welcome.


  • Submit your resume (including any training or experience in dance, movement, etc., with emphasis on stage combat) and a recent headshot or another recent photo if you don’t have a headshot.
  • Submit/upload the materials listed above when you apply online by May 14, 2018.


Professor Bernardo Solano

Guest Artists

Anthony Carreiro

Anthony Carreiro

Tony Carreiro is a professor of theatre in the performing arts department at Long Beach City College. Along with directing plays for the department, he teaches beginning and intermediate acting, Shakespeare for actors, movement, and stage combat classes. Tony received his bachelor's from Cornell University and a master of fine arts from the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program.

Also a professional actor, Tony has appeared in nearly 100 television shows, including recurring roles on "Frasier," "Sister Sister" and "Deadly Games." Tony was a series regular on the award-winning CBS show, "Doctor Doctor." He has done scores of television commercials and more than a half dozen major motion pictures, including "Lethal Weapon II" and "Liar Liar." He has worked in regional theatres and Shakespeare festivals as an actor, director and fight choreographer up and down the West Coast and in New York. He teaches workshops on theatrical combat, the business of acting, and acting for the camera. He is also an arts advisor to CSU Summer Arts. Tony is a proud union member of AFTRA/SAG, as well as CTA and NEA.

Collin Bressie

Collin Bressie

Collin Bressie is an actor, fight director, stage choreographer, and theatre professor based in Los Angeles. He received his master of fine arts in Television, Film and Theatre from Cal State LA. He is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and currently serves as the Pacific West Regional Representative for members in California, Nevada, Hawaii and Arizona.

On stage, Collin has performed with Deaf West Theatre, the Southern California Shakespeare Festival, the Long Beach Shakespeare Company, and Sacred Fools Theatre Company. He currently teaches courses at Cal State LA, Azusa Pacific University, Long Beach City College, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. His fight-direction credits for the stage and screen include the Disney Channel, Deaf West Theatre, Actor’s Co-op, the Southern California Shakespeare Festival, Cal State LA, CSU Dominguez Hills, Long Beach City College, Fullerton College, Cypress College, and the Brentwood School.

Nate Mitchell

Nate Mitchell

Nate Mitchell works as an actor, stuntman, director, fight choreographer, and stage combat instructor. His film and television credits include "American Horror Story," "The Commuter," "Get Out," "Insight," and "Deadrise."

Nate’s theatre/live show credits include "Moby Dick" (LA Opera), "Waterworld" (Universal Studios Hollywood), "The Special Effects Show" (Universal Studios Hollywood), "Harry Potter’s Tri Wizard Rally" (Universal Studios Hollywood), "Escanaba in the Moonlight" (Purple Rose Theatre), "Hawk I’m Your Brother" (Wild Swan Theatre), and "A Zoo Story" (Roboraugh Studio Theatre). His fight-direction credits include "Othello" (The John F. Kennedy Center), "The Three Musketeers" (Shaw Theatre), "Noises Off" (Mendelssohn Theatre), "A Streetcar Named Desire" (Purple Rose Theatre), "The Beaux’ Stratagem" (The Power Center), "As You Like It" (Shaw Theatre), and "Superior Donuts" (Purple Rose Theatre). Nate’s directing credits include "Boeing Boeing" (Purple Rose Theatre), "Oh the Places You’ll Go" (Roboraugh Studio Theatre), and "Hamlet’s Ghost" (NDM Production). He has taught stage combat at the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University and has taught workshops at several universities and theatres throughout the country. Nate currently teaches at the American Music and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. He is a Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teacher and a member of both Actors Equity Association and The Screen Actors Guild.

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