Tuesdays, March 28 through May 6
6:45–9:15 p.m. ET
In-Person, 516 8th Street SE, 3rd Floor Rehearsal Room
Instructor: Matt Castleman
Prior Experience: Not required.
Stage Combat is a specialized form of movement training but also an acting discipline that endeavors to develop technical skills along with the ability to successfully blend these skills with the overall “storytelling” process. This class will concentrate on learning the basics of safely performing effective techniques of staged violence with intention.
We will focus predominantly on technique but always with an eye towards utilizing the techniques to create believable moments of dramatic violence. Our work will specifically focus on fighting unarmed.
Matt Castleman, STC Teaching Artist
Matthew Castleman is a stage actor and writer originally from New York City, now making D.C. his home. Shakespeare has been the core of his performing career for years, and in that time he’s done workshops, classes, and educational performances up and down the East Coast. As an author he’s visited many schools and libraries and taught kids from elementary to high school about storytelling, dramatic structure, and the creative process. Matt spent the summer of 2019 teaching and directing at STC’s Camp Shakespeare, and also works as a teaching artist with Wolf Trap’s early childhood program. When not on stage or at a keyboard he can be found practicing 14th-century German fencing (competently) and bass guitar (less so).