FURY YOUTH - STAGE COMBAT CLASSES AT CHICAGO PARKS
Staged combat in theatre is an integral part of our art. Hamlet cannot fight Laertes with words alone. At Fury Youth, we have been teaching young performers the craft of safe and dynamic stage combat since our first Teen Bard show, Romeo & Juliet in 2012. Since then we have worked with countless youth to train them to be able to tell the story on the stage, where combat is required, safely and with an eye to making the illusion of the "fight" as exciting as possible.
In promoting the instruction of stage combat, we teach young artists:
Our teaching artists have been trained and adjudicated by the Society of American Fight Directors in multiple stage weapons and unarmed combat and approach each lesson with a strong emphasis on the techniques and safety learned under their instruction.
Mark Dodge (Mr. D) - Began his love of stage combat at Columbia College by studying under David Wooley, Fight Master, Society of American Fight Directors from 1999-2000. In college, Mark was recognized as an actor/combatant by the SAFD in Unarmed, Broadsword, Single Sword, Quarterstaff, Rapier & Dagger, and received an Examiner's Award for Excellence in Small Sword. In 2016 he earned a Recommended Pass in Broadsword by the SAFD for his re-certification.
As director of the annual Teen Bard program, Mark has worked with teen actors choreographing fights for Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet and recently, Henry V. he has taught stage combat to students from age 10-18 with Chicago Youth Shakes.
"Never underestimate young actors and their willingness to champion a skill like stage combat. They'll surprise you every time!"
Teen bard - Henry V broadsword coaching with Mr. D