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Swords and Shakespeare: Uniting Words with Blades

Course dates

July 1 to July 14, 2019

Application deadline


Fight your way through the lines of the Bard with a broadsword in hand as you to tackle Shakespeare’s trademark rhythms and develop the acting and fighting skills needed to bring broadsword scenes to life.

  • Expand your skillset by learning Shakespeare’s language and stage combat, applying these skills to scene work from Shakespeare’s canon.
  • Interpret Shakespeare’s texts and learn how to convey his language with power and force on stage.
  • Explore the martial and theatrical applications of medieval broadsword with Certified Teachers from the Society of American Fight Directors.
  • Present your skills in a public student showcase performance.

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Undergraduate: DRAMA 420, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: DRAMA 620, 3 units




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


  1. Submit your resume (including any training/experience in dance, movement, etc., with emphasis on stage combat) and a recent headshot (or other recent photo if you don’t have a headshot). Also submit a brief letter of intent, detailing your desire and ability to study Shakespeare and stage combat. Please combine your resume, headshot, and letter of intent in one PDF document.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by April 29, 2019.


Professor Collin Bressie

Guest Artists

Amie Root

Amie Root

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

Jess Prichard

Jess Prichard - @JessTheActor,

Jess Prichard is a classically trained actor based in New York City. He has performed such Shakespearean roles as Brutus, Petruchio, Oberon, and Theseus at festivals including the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Shakespeare, and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. His solo show, Uhmerika’s Shakespeare, transforms Shakespeare’s work into a story about being raised in Los Angeles. Jess holds an MFA in acting from the University of Illinois. He is certified by the Society of American Fight Directors in Unarmed, Smallsword, Single Sword, and Quarterstaff combat. He has directed and taught acting at universities and colleges in North America and Asia. Jess is also an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher. As an actor and educator, Jess is committed to giving voice to the unheard.

David Sterritt

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.

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