Every now and then, characters in a play get a little heated and turn physical with each other. We're not talking Shakespearean sword fights, but maybe a light shove here or there. What do you do when you aren't able to bring in a dedicated fight choreographer to stage these scenes? This workshop will give you the tools to direct realistic physical altercations safely. Master fight choreographer Michael Rossmy, whose extensive work as a Fight Director has been seen on and off-Broadway and regionally, will teach you basic moves, such as as slaps, backhands, punches, falls, and hair pulls, while most importantly demonstrating how to safely incorporate these elements into rehearsals and productions. You will then get on your feet with director Jen Wineman to immediately put these techniques to work with actors in the class, learning how to create a safe room and how to speak to artists in a way that makes them feel safe and comfortable.
Once you have learned the basics of safe fight choreography, we invite you to integrate it into narrative scene work with our new workshop, Directing Physical Danger with Moritz von Stuelpnagel.
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Instructors: Michael Rossmy (Fight Director, A Tale of Two Cities on Broadway, These Paper Bullets at The Atlantic, Harbor at Primary Stages) and Jen Wineman (Director, Sweeney Todd at Playmaker's Rep with Broadway's Annie Golden; Co-founder, Studio 42)
Sunday, April 23
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Michael Rossmy and Jen Wineman
Sunday, April 23
All classes take place at Primary Stages Studios at 307 West 38th Street in New York City. Get directions here.
Returning Students: $220
New Students: $220
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