Beginning Stage Combat


Beginning Stage Combat

March 22
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $120


Who wants to throw their friends? In this beginning stage combat course, you can learn how to safely throw a punch, throw your friends, and look cool while doing it! This course is an introduction to the dynamic and impactful world of stage combat. Through fundamental technique building, participants will become more confident in hand-to-hand combat and small stunt work. Participants will also be asked to analyze combat scenes from plays, using the given circumstances of the play to develop fight choreography that tells the story of the scene. Please note: this workshop is not designed to prepare participants for licensure or testing.


Due to the physical nature of this course, access for participants with mobility needs will need to be discussed. Accommodations could be made with foresight and preparation.

Classes are designed for adult students, age 18 and older. No prior experience is needed. Previous students are welcome.

Please indicate whether you would prefer to work on an original piece, which you will be asked to bring in on the day of the class.

Please note: Deadline to cancel class is 5 days prior to start of first class if class minimum is not met, unless otherwise discussed with instructor.


About the Instructors

Abigail Miskowiec is a Learning & Creative Engagement Associate at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She trained as an actor at the Stella Adler School of Acting through New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. She has taught film, literature, public speaking, and various acting disciplines as a classroom teacher and as a teaching artist. She holds an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College.

Matthew Dryburgh is a Learning and Creative Engagement Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Currently he is assistant directing on the New Play Project at Actors for the show Louisville // KY // USA. Matthew graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.F.A. in theatre performance with an emphasis in directing. While at NDSU, he directed Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive for their main stage season. He also worked as an assistant director, devisor and dramaturg on various productions including The ChristiansThe Odyssey and Peter Pan. In addition to his artistic work, Dryburgh taught several theatre workshops for the university and community during his time in school. Before accepting the apprenticeship at Actors Theatre, he worked in casting, teaching, and directing in Chicago with Remy Bumppo Theatre, The Neighborhood Theatre and Chicago Public Schools.