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Rapier & Dagger: 
Examining Violence and Fight Direction​


2: 7/10/2023​ - 7/23/2023



Guest Artists

Amie Root, David Ste​rritt, Marc Leclerc, Lavaun Thompson, Edgar Landa, Darius Williams, Roxanne Westerlin​


Students will learn the foundation principles of Rapier & Dagger stage combat and be introduced to the role and responsibilities of a Fight Director. Additionally, students will develop their ability to examine and analyze the violent narratives of the stories we often are asked to portray onstage. Participants will gain valuable skills to enrich their​ abilities as a theatrical storyteller.​ Student course work will culminate in a public performance where they will showcase their scene work and choreography.  No previous Stage Combat experience needed! Receive college credit for an entire course in under two weeks!​

Who should take this class

This is an open course that will accommodate all skill levels. It is highly recommended all attendees have completed the equivalent of an Acting I (or Introduction to Acting) course.


Headsho​​​​t, ​​​Resume, Letter of Intent (no longer than one page)​

Course Coordinator

Collin Bressie is an actor, adjunct professor, fight director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. He received his M.F.A. in Acting from CSULA and currently teaches at CSULA, Fullerton College and Long Beach City College. Onstage, he has performed with A Noise Within, Deaf West Theatre, The Southern California Shakespeare Festival and Sacred Fools Theatre Company. Fight Direction credits include the Disney Channel, The Geffen Playhouse, A Noise Within, Deaf West Theatre and the Actor's Co-op.

Guest Artists

Amie Root

Amie Root is a movement and stage combat teacher, fight director, playwright, and actor who works and instructs in theatres across the country. She is a certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and holds a BA in Theatre from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Edgar Landa​​

Edgar is an actor/director and creates fights, violence, and mayhem for theatres large and small. He currently serves on the USC School of Dramatic Arts faculty

Marc L​eClerc

Marc Leclerc is a stage combat instructor with a passion for telling dynamic physical stories. He teaches at AMDA, AADA and California School of the Arts, San Gabriel Valley, and is an advanced actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Roxanne Westerlin

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.