A scene study class with an emphasis on that all-important aspect of any theatrical event: conflict. How to find it in a scene on the page, how to use it to drive your performances, and how to ratchet it up. What drives a character to use force, what is their tipping point, and how does aggression change the character and the story? Because engaging physically can be a great catalyst to engaging psychologically, some stage combat will even be employed! Nothing overly strenuous, and safety will always come first, but you’ll learn how an exploration of (simulated) violence can unlock the conflict inherent in a scene. For students with some scene study experience.
Casey Kaleba is an award-winning fight director who has staged movement and violence for more than five hundred productions of opera and theatre. He has taught acting, stage combat, and other courses at George Mason University, Catholic University, Shepherd University, and the University of Maryland. As a choreographer he has worked at the Washington National Opera, Spoleto Festival, Guthrie Theatre, Folger Theatre, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Olney Theatre Center; he is a company member and resident fight director with Rorschach Theatre and Brave Spirits Theatre. His work at Keegan Theatre and Constellation Theatre Company has been nominated for Helen Hayes Awards, and he spent two years as an audition choreographer for Marvel Universe Live. Casey is a proud member of the Society of American Fight Directors and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).