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Workshop Opportunity: Intro to Stage Combat

Swamp Rat Experience is pleased to present this 3 hour two-day workshop, an introduction to unarmed stage combat. It will give the students a basic understanding of the concepts of stage combat, leaving them with an understanding of how to develop a stage fight using a variety of concepts and techniques.

The concepts we will explore include sight lines, distance, knaps, reactions, safety rules and a step by step framework to properly execute an attack. By the end of the workshop you will be able to perform a fight or physical action on stage realistically and – most importantly – safely along with having a greater understanding of what it takes to develop a fight for the stage. You will walk away with the knowledge how to build a fight with all aspects of a theatre performance in mind.


Nathan Loitz is Metis Dene from Fort Mac Kay First Nation. He has worked as a professional actor in the Theatre for many years and he is also an experienced Fight Director. He has certified with Fight Director’s Canada at the Advanced level. Nathan has performed and choreographed fights all across Western Canada and has also worked as a Stuntman in film and television. His most recent credits include working as a stunt-actor on Black Summer, Billy the Kid and The Last of Us.