Michael Hood, dean of the College of Fine Arts, will offer a course in stage combat during the Spring semester for the Department of Theater and Dance.
Hood is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors and is certified by the society to teach various forms of fighting for actors. This course will include rigorous and intensive study, practice, and performance of unarmed, broadsword, and rapier and dagger techniques.
Hood stresses that the course is “an acting course and that students and audiences need to understand that stage fighting is not competition and is much more than athleticism alone.” Dean Hood has been teaching stage fight since 1975 and has choreographed violence for the community, university, and professional theater. His work has twice been recognized for meritorious achievement by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, for Rapier and Dagger in 1989 for the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and here at IUP in 2003 for Zastrozzi: Master of Discipline.