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Stage Fighting & Physical Acting
with Tony Simotes
For High School students and Adults
1 ½ hour class on Thursdays from 6:30 - 8 pm
Whether the scene is comic or violent, how do actors stay safe on stage when the script calls for a fight? Playwrights still require actors to express a full range of emotions and actions in their plays. Actors need to know how to protect themselves and still have artistic "fun" as we take on the villains and/or comic sidekicks that fill our theatrical literature. In this class, we’ll cover a series of easy moves that anyone can do to expand their actor's tool kit! We'll discuss and work with both props and hand to hand moves as we have fun exploring the craft of stage fighting and physical acting. You'll learn how to feel safe and be more confident when involved with physical action, no matter your skill level.
This class will be held via the Zoom platform from 6:30 to 8 pm each day class is held. Students must be able to have access to a device with a camera and microphone which can also download the Zoom application. A link will be supplied in the confirmation email after you register.
About the teacher, Tony Simotes
Tony is a Founding Member and former Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company, a Master Teacher of Stage Fighting certified by the Society of British Fight Directors, and a full professor and Director of University Theatre at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has also held the position of Head of Undergraduate Acting at UWM and was an Associate Professor at the School of Theatre at Florida State University prior to Wisconsin. He is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA and SDC. His career as an actor, director, fight choreographer, and educator has taken him all over the globe, and currently lives in Orlando, FL, where he has found a flourishing arts community. Tony has directed a number of plays for Mad Cow Theatre and directed fights for Orlando Shakes, which are the primary professional theatres of Orlando. “This past season, I did fights for Macbeth, The Three Musketeers, and Henry IV for Shakes and directed Pride and Prejudice, Top Girls and Hand to God for Mad Cow -- then COVID came and everything stopped for a while. So I am pleased to be making my Zoom debut in your area with this class!!!” To learn more about Tony, visit https://tonysimotes.com/about/