Teachers Workshop (Illinois State University, Illinois) July 9-21, 2012

Dueling Arts International
2012 Teachers Workshop
Bloomington, Illinois

Illinois State University
July 9- 21, 2012

Designed for current instructors and aspiring instructors of theatrical combat, this intensive two week workshop provides practical training and theory for teaching safe and believable techniques of theatrical combat. In addition to addressing the instruction and practice of sound technique in the physical disciplines of theatrical combat, this intensive process also explores how to coach the dramatic elements of this art form within the context of a training and educational environment. The workshop throughly examines the primary disciplines of Unarmed Theatrical Combat, Broadsword, Quarterstaff, Rapier & Dagger, Single Rapier, and Smallsword. The workshop also briefly examines the discipline of Knife Fighting. Participants who successfully complete this workshop may be eligible for recognition as an Associate Instructor of theatrical combat by Dueling Arts International.

All training will take place at the Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois.

Bloomington-Normal is located in the heart of Central Illinois, approximately 125 miles southwest of Chicago, 155 miles northeast of St. Louis and 64 miles northeast of Springfield, the State Capital. Bloomington-Normal is easily accessible from any city, with access from Interstates 39, 55 and 74, as well as daily Amtrak service and flights through the Central Illinois Regional Airport.
Bloomington-Normal is a vibrant community, home to over 125,000 people who exemplify traditional Midwestern lifestyle and values. Like our visitors, the residents of Bloomington-Normal enjoy our multitude of museums, entertainment venues, trails and parks, fairs and festivals, restaurants and shopping centers.


Review of terminology applicable for teaching theatrical combat
Review of correct techniques for the primary disciplines of theatrical combat
Review of Relevant Historical Information for theatrical combat
Strategies and methods for teaching the primary disciplines of theatrical combat
Strategies and methods for coaching the physical action in theatrical combat scenes
Strategies and methods for coaching dramatic content in theatrical combat scenes
Strategies and methods for building and choreographing training and test fights
Curriculum development for high schools, colleges, and universities
Curriculum development for independent workshops
Review of Dueling Arts International’s testing process objectives


Training and seminars will be held daily Monday through Saturday from 8:30am-5:30pm. There will be two evenings each week, plus Sunday, July 15th, that will be free for rest and relaxation.


Application Fee (non-refundable): $25
Two week workshop tuition: $1200
Double occupancy Housing: $300 (Alternatively, single/private occupancy $425)
Private tutorial with Master Instructor: $300 (explanation below- Additional Preparation)


To apply, please include the following in your application package:

1. Letter of intent specifically addressing why you want to teach theatrical combat and how you feel this workshop will be pertinent to your educational and professional goals.
2. Submit a resume, and include the following:
a) Educational background
b) All theatrical combat experience including teaching, training, and performance. Please include dates.
c) Teaching experience in theatrical combat and/or related theatre areas such as movement training, dance,
martial arts, acting, voice, etc.
d) Any other pertinent theatre experience (stage manager, directing, costume design, etc.)
e) Any other information you feel is relevant for consideration.
3. Two letters of recommendation from those who have knowledge of your teaching history.
4. Application Fee $25 in a check made out to Dueling Arts International.
5. Application form and checklist below:



Candidates for the Teachers Workshop must fulfill the following:

Complete training in all seven disciplines of the Dueling Arts International curriculum
for Level Two or the equivalent in other accredited organization. DAI committee will determine alternative training equivalency.

2. Tutorial training with a DAI recognized Master Instructor in weapons disciplines prior to the start of the workshop. This requirement insures focus is directed immediately to the workshop’s goals, and allows all participants to be up to date and proficient in their own technique and terminology. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis. To have this requirement waived, sufficient information must be submitted for the acceptance committee’s review. The cost for a 5-day intensive is $300 and must be completed prior to the start of the workshop.


Application Deadline: March 1, 2012
Acceptance to workshop announced: March 15, 2012
Deposit Due: $500 by April 2, 2012
Balance Due: May 15, 2012
For special payment plan consideration, please inquire with the workshop coordinator.
Karl Ramsey: karl@duelingarts.com


Participants completing the Teachers Workshop may be eligible for recognition as an instructor with Dueling Arts International and may receive an invitation to join as a member. Participation in this workshop does not guarantee an invitation to join or any official recognition from Dueling Arts International.


The founder, and a Master Teacher of Dueling Arts International, LLC, Gregory is now an advisor and guest instructor for the re-organized Dueling Arts International, NPO. He is also a founding and honorary member of The Nordic Stage Fight Society and was a recognized Fight Director and Teacher with The Society of American Fight Directors for 15 years.
Gregory has been teaching and directing in universities, dramatic conservatories, and theaters in Europe, Asia, and the United States since 1984. Working as a producer, director and fight director, Gregory is the winner of numerous awards and has earned over 250 theatre credits during his career, in which he has worked with many notable artists such as Elizabeth Banks and Anika Noni Rose, Academy Award winners Holly Hunter and Olympia Dukakis, as well as Emmy Award winner Tony Kushner.
In 2005 Gregory released And They Fight…, a 23 hour, 16 disc educational DVD series on theatrical sword fighting. This is the most comprehensive training series of its kind. In 2006, working under a SAG experimental contract, Gregory completed an independent film, featuring Olympia Dukakis, titled Upside Out.
Charitable contributions include work for The Violence Intervention Program (VIP) in East Los Angeles. VIP is a clinic providing health services to children, youth, women and geriatric patients who are victims of violence, abuse, and neglect. Gregory produced and directed several promotional videos for VIP to help raise awareness and generate support for the clinic and its ongoing work. Gregory now resides in Los Angeles. In early 2009 he founded True Edge Pictures, (www.trueedgepictures.com), an independent film company dedicated to developing and producing character driven period action films which utilize the sword.

D.C. Wright is recognized as a Master Instructor by Dueling Arts International, and as a certified teacher of stage combat by the Society of American Fight Directors. D.C. holds an M.F.A. from Boston University and is currently head of movement and stage combat at Western Illinois University. His work has been seen at the Boston Playwrights Theater, Boston Musical Viva, Boston University Theater, Boston University Opera Institute, Tuachan, Actor’s Repertory Theater Ensemble, and Brigham Young University. Most recent credits include Romeo and Juliet for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, which also toured through seven states. He also recently directed fights for University of Kansas’ production of Romeo and Juliet as well as fights for Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Distance From Here, and Oleanna at Western Illinois University. In conjunction with Dueling Arts International D.C. has written, directed and performed in three Wild West Stunt Shows in Taiwan and is a featured player in the Dueling Arts International video training series on theatrical sword fighting, “And They Fight.”