UArts Hosts Stage Combat Workshop
Faculty member Charles Conwell leads Society of American Fight Directors' annual 'Cheesesteak' conference
October 15, 2013
If you happen to need certification in weaponry and also have a craving for a cheesesteak, then you should have been at the 14th Annual Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop. Held October 4 – 6 at the University of the Arts, this annual conference of the Society of American Fight Directors – also known as "The Cheesesteak" – was led by UArts Professor and SAFD Fight Director Charles Conwell, co-founder of the workshop.
"At a UArts stage combat workshop, actors learn how to swash a buckler and break fingers and duel and stab and generally fake-fight more frighteningly," says The Philadelphia Inquirer, which featured the 2013 Cheesesteak in its Sunday, October 13 issue.
Fight teachers and "actor combatants" from all over the country and Canada gather every year to learn new techniques and be certified (or recertified every three years) in eight different categories of weaponry with an emphasis on safety. In addition to a weekend of classes with local, national and international fight masters, a t-shirt and continental breakfast, tuition also includes a cheesesteak lunch.