How to be a Sword Fighter: A Stage Combat Class

Six classes: Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Ages: 12 – 16
Orpheum Theater – Downtown Sioux Falls

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In this introduction to the theatrical single sword, students will learn the moves and techniques to safely and effectively perform stage combat while portraying a character with honesty and sincerity. Students will utilize wooden dowels and engage in a safe, controlled environment. This will allow students to learn how these concepts can be adapted into a number of different weapons styles, as well as being present with their scene partner, how to react appropriately in staged violence, and respect the importance of rehearsal. A final showcase presentation will take place on the last day of class.

Teacher Bio: Jordan Deffenbaugh is a graduate of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film and the former Artistic Director of the Haymarket Theatre in Lincoln, NE. He has traveled the country and the world working on many projects, including directing his own adaptation of Alice in Wonderland at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ, assistant directing Much Ado About Nothing at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder, CO, participating in the Advanced Actor Combatant Workshop at the National Stage Combat Workshop in Winston-Salem, NC, and launching a nomadic theatre company called Nomades in Chicago, IL. His acting credits include Hamlet, Who’s There?, Taming of the Shrew, Phoenix Closer, Proof, The Maiden’s Prayer, Daisy Pulls It Off, The Three Musketeers, Iphigenia 2.0, Lady Windermere’s Fan, You Never Can Tell, and Kung Fu Hamlet.  His directing credits include Hamlet, The Outsiders, Killer Joe, Annie, Mulan Jr., The Island of Doctor Moreau, It’s a Wonderful Life, Robin Hood, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Twelfth Night, and Young Frankenstein. He also directed four of his own scripts: Super Academy, Detective Quantum, and adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and The Inferno. Jordan is also a certified actor combatant in the Society of American Fight Directors with all 8 weapons (unarmed, knife, single sword, rapier/dagger, broadsword, sword/shield, quarterstaff, and small sword) and a firearm wrangling permit.