Fringe Promotion – Weapons Series – Master Classes

Happy June everyone! Check out the upcoming promotions, events, and special classes at Violence in Motion…

Firstly, to celebrate the Toronto Fringe Festival we will be running our FRINGE15 event! During the month of June, take a picture of yourself at a Fringe event, then email us, tweet it, or post it to our Facebook page and we will send you a personalized code for 15% OFF one of our classes! So get out there and support your fellow artists.

Secondly, next month we will be starting our Three-Class Weapon Series. Here you will get the chance to explore a specific weapons system in greater detail. Beginning July 12th, our first series will be Found Weapon. This uses prop items found on the set or stage as a means to carry out the violence. Instructor Jamie Treschak will take you through a given scene to teach one of the most common style of violence used in theatre. For more information on the Found Weapon series, and to book into this class, click here.

Finally, we here at Violence in Motion are thrilled to announce our Academy of Dramatic Combat MASTER INSTRUCTOR Series! We will be working with members of the ADC to bring you the biggest experts in stage and film combat.


Steve Wilsher  – Steve Wilsher on the Internet Movie Database

Small Sword for TheatreSundays, August 21st and 28th

$175 for both days. Click HERE to book.

Steve is a Master Instructor Emeritus with the Academy of Dramatic Combat and a former Fight Master of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. He is a member of The Society of Canadian Fight Directors, Canadian Actors Equity Association and ACTRA. Prior to coming to Canada he taught at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff for sixteen years; where he introduced stage and film combat as an integral part of the acting curriculum. He also instigated the combat courses at Friars Gate, Exeter and the Oxford Drama School. He has taught guest lectures or examined at all of the major drama schools in the United Kingdom. He now teaches fighting for film in the Acting for Film and Television program at Humber College and stage combat in the Theatre Department at Ryerson University. He continues an active professional career as a stunt coordinator, performer and fight director. Some of the companies he’s worked for are Resurgence Theatre, The English Shakespeare Company, The Royal Ballet Company, The Canadian National Ballet, The Canadian Opera Company, The Welsh National Opera Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Mirvish Productions, BBC, S4C Television and Channel 4 Television, Discovery Channel, Space Channel, MTV and Disney.


John SteadJohn Stead on the Internet Movie Database

Fighting for Film – October

           Dates and Prices TBA

John Stead is Head of Stage Combat for the Stratford Festival of Canada, a Master Instructor with the Academy of Dramatic Combat, Stage Combat Coordinator for The National Theatre School, and a member of the Society of Canadian Fight Directors. He has over 500 professional theatre credits as a fight director including 23 seasons as the fight director for the Stratford Festival and 17 seasons with the Shaw Festival. He has worked across Canada and the U.S. with numerous companies including Soulpepper Theatre, Canadian Stage Company, the National Ballet, Mirvish Productions, Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Factory Theatre, the National Arts Centre, Studio Arena Theatre, the Geva Theatre in Rochester, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Los Angeles Ahmanson Theatre and the Lincoln Centre on Broadway. He has stunt performed on over 200 TV episodes and films and stunt coordinated the action sequences for more than 400 film and television episodes in Canada and abroad. As a Director, John has directed for several television series including Dark Matter, Bitten, The Bobby Buck Show, Lost Girl, XIII, The Dresden Files, Mutant X, Tracker, Earth: Final Conflict and The Adventures of Sinbad. His short films include The Hot Flash for Wishing Field Entertainment, End Game for Wake Up Fast Productions, Charon’s Obal for Right Side Up Productions and the multiple award winning film, The Waking for Boomerang Films. He has also directed the feature films Troubled Waters for Genius Productions/Peace Arch Entertainment, Cyborg Soldier for Nu Image/Peace Arch Entertainment and Good Morning Tomorrow for Southern Ice Films. Mr. Stead has taught at the National Theatre School, as well as, the Universities of Toronto, Waterloo, Humber, Saskatchewan and Wilfred Laurier. He’s been awarded an Award of Excellence (Canadian International Film Festival), a Genre Award for Best Suspense (BNFF), the Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award (Stratford Festival), the Judges Choice Award (15 Minutes of Fame International Film Festival), a Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival), Best Short 1st Runner-Up (Ticket to Hollywood International Film and Screenplay Festival) and nominated for a Best Short Award (Directors Guild of Canada).