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Fight Direction

Date: Apr 08, 2013


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On April 8, 2013, Fight Directors Erica Gould and Rick Sordelet spoke with SDCF Producing Director Ellen Rusconi to discuss the responsibilities and roles of theatre's fight directors. Listen in as Rick and Erica share their approaches to working with a director, to assessing actors' skills and potential for fight direction, and to creating a variety of fights for the course of one play to avoid "battle fatigue" in the audience. They share their experiences of working with particular directors and actors on specific productions and on how that artist's preparation and communication elevated the resulting production. By hearing their thoughts on building character through weapon choice and fight style and on the importance of early communication and collaboration with the creative team the listener will gain a better understanding of the role of the fight director and the support a master fight director provides in storytelling on stage.