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Drake to host 'Carnage in the Corn' stage combat workshop

November 12, 2009
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Drake University will host "Carnage in the Corn II," a stage combat workshop sanctioned by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) on Nov. 21-22. 

The workshop, which is open to the public, will take place in Drake's Harmon Fine Arts Center, 25th Street and Carpenter Avenue. 

"There are not many opportunities to get hands-on stage combat training anywhere, especially in the Midwest," said Karla Kash, a member of SAFD and assistant professor at Drake. "This is going to bring something new, cutting edge and fun to the Drake and theater communities." 

A variety of stage combat workshop sessions will be offered, including:
  • Street Fightin' Single Sword
  • Who Says Broadswords are Slow
  • Tyler Durden Isn't Home
  • 3-2-1 Contact!
  • Instant Choreography 
  • Stage Combat Jazz
The classes will be taught by the following field experts: 
  • Michael Chin -- fight master, fight director and certified teacher with the SAFD
  • Michael "MJ" Johnson -- fight director with Epic Theater, Fluid Motion, Sonnett Representative and the Lady Cavalier Theater Co.
  • Ian Borden -- professor of practice for the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
  • Brian LeTraunik -- fight director and stage combat teacher from Macomb, Ill. 
  • D.C. Wright -- fight director and stage combat teacher
To participate in the full, two-day workshop, the cost is $125 for Drake students and members of SAFD and $150 for others. Single-day registration fees are $70 for Drake students and members of SAFD and $80 for the public. 

Registration is required to participate in the workshop. For more information and to register, send an e-mail to