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Rapier & Dagger: 
Examining Violence and Fight Direction


2: 7/10/2023 - 7/23/2023



Guest Artists

Amie Root, David Sterritt, 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.


Headshot, 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

Am​ie 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.

Darius Williams

Darius (DJ) Williams is a choreographer/dancer/actor/singer from Charlotte, NC who is passionate about movement and storytelling. Williams is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a B.A. in Theatre and Minor in Dance. He is excited to be a part of Summer Arts this year and is grateful for this opportunity.

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.

Lavaun Lloyd Thompson

Lavaun Thompson is trained in knife and unarmed stage combat. Some of his favorite credits include Stick Fly (Kent), It’s A Wonder Life (Freddie Filmore), and Chicago (Ensemble/Dance Captain). Thompson is based in Atlanta and is thrilled to be a part of the CSU team.

David Sterritt

David Sterritt is an actor and fight choreographer based in Atlanta, GA. He received his Advanced Theatre Training Certificate while training in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre and is a certified teacher through the Society of American Fight Directors. Sterritt founded and coordinates the A-Town Throw Down. He is a proud SDC Member.

Olivia Willcox

Olivia Willcox is an actor, fight choreographer, and teacher who travels across the US for work. After graduating from LATech University in 2018, Olivia has gone on to work Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and regional theaters. She is excited to be in California to share her love of combat!