Stage Combat: Unarmed and Small Arms Combat for Theatre and Film

Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014
Application Deadline: May 16, 2014
THE DEADLINE FOR THIS COURSE HAS BEEN EXTENDED. Please contact the Course Coordinator for more information.

  • Learn unarmed physical violence, first and most common fight any actor (female or male) will be asked to perform.
  • Learn the skills for the most commonly staged physical violence: from realistic to comedic to farce.
  • Learn safe techniques for domestic violence, bar room brawls, theatrical death scenes, murder mysteries, and more.
  • Funny fights: get proficient at farce and slapstick.
  • A Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teacher will provide 30 hours of training, allowing students to apply for Skills Proficiency Testing.
  • This course will culminate in a public performance by the participants.

Undergraduate: DRAMA 421, 3 units
Graduate: DRAMA 621, 3 units


Actors, directors, fight choreographers, with or without experience in stage combat, who wish to take a concentrated course that will teach the techniques of the most common stage and film violence.

1)      Submit your resume (including any training in dance, movement, etc., with emphasis on stage combat), and a recent headshot (or other photograph).
2)      Send the materials listed in step one with your completed Registration Form to the Summer Arts office by May 16, 2014.

Dr. Terry Smith


Anthony Carreiro
Anthony Carreiro is a Professor in the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film at Long Beach City College. A certified sword fighter with The Society of American Fight Directors, he teaches several acting classes, movement and stage combat for actors, and introduction to theatre and dramatic literature. Tony received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in 1982 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program in 1985. A professional actor since that time, he has appeared in almost one hundred television shows including recurring roles on FrasierSister Sister, and Deadly Games . Tony was a series regular on the award winning CBS show Doctor Doctor. He has done scores of television commercials and over a half dozen major motion pictures, including Lethal Weapon II and Liar Liar. Tony has worked in regional theatres and Shakespeare festivals as an actor, director, and fight choreographer up and down the West Coast and in New York. He also teaches workshops on Theatrical Combat, The Business of Acting, and Acting for the Camera.

Collin Bressie
Collin Bressie is a recognized Advanced Actor Combatant with The Society of American Fight Directors, certified in all eight weapon disciplines within the SAFD. He recently taught at the 31st annual National Stage Combat Workshop hosted at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and at the nation’s largest regional stage combat workshop, The Winter Wonderland Workshop.  Collin also teaches at numerous other regional workshops around the country. He has choreographed violence for CSU Dominguez Hills, Long Beach City College, Fullerton College, and the Los Angeles Fight Academy. This is his fourth time as a guest artist at CSU Summer Arts and is thrilled to work alongside everyone at Summer Arts and his mentor Tony Carreiro.

Amie Root
Amie Root is an actor, fight director, choreographer, stage combat and movement instructor based out of Washington, DC. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a BA in Drama, with a focus in physical theatre. She currently works as a teaching artist for the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theater Company, DC. She has taught movement and stage combat courses at University of Kentucky, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Regent University-Virginia Beach, Kennesaw State University, as well as the three-week National Stage Combat Workshop hosted by North Carolina School of the Arts. She returned, for a third year, to the three-week Central Illinois Stage Combat Workshop hosted by Eureka College. This will be her third time as a guest artist for California State University Summer Arts and she finds it an inspiration, a joy and a privilege every time.

Nate Mitchell
SAFD Certified Teacher Nate Mitchell began his professional career in 2008 at Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan. He has worked professionally as an actor, director, and fight choreographer from since 2008. Nate has taught stage combat and acting classes as adjunct faculty or guest lecturer at several schools including the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, and Macomb Community College. He has also taught many workshops throughout the mid-west and England. Nate currently teaches stage combat at AMDA in Los Angeles. His related training and study includes several years of competitive free and folk style wrestling, martial arts training, in particular Tai Chi and south Indian Kalarippayattu. Current studies include ongoing training of the Russian martial art, Systema and IDPA defensive pistol competitions. Nate received a BA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University, and graduated with distinction from the University of Exeter, UK with an MFA in Theatre Practice and Physical Training for the Actor.