Friday, April 02, 2010
Lately, I've seen some poor stage combat on LORT stages. I was at the bottom of Brian Byrnes' yearlong stage combat class at the U. of Houston PTTP, however, I'm feeling better these days about having SAFD Actor/combatant on my resume (though I should add: our class was stronger in combat than other UH grad classes. I was the only one to fail a test--for unarmed--the first time in our class, and I retook unarmed and passed while on a summer job, whereas other grad classes have had much higher fail rates.) Brian spent a full academic year coaching us to be specific in both our technique and acting and always to marry the two so that audiences can believe in our fights. I'm grateful now.