Fighting For Film with Stunt Coordinator/Master Instructor John Stead

Fighting For Film with Stunt Coordinator/Master Instructor John Stead!

Due to overwhelming popularity this workshop has sold out! In response we have added a second day on Oct. 29th! Click here to register.

It is with great honour that we are announcing the second installment of our Master Class Series, Fighting for Film with John Stead. On October 16th, 2016, John will be in-house at Opia Studios with his limitless knowledge of combat and it’s relation to the entertainment industry. Join us for a day of combat you will never forget.

John is one of the leading Stunt Coordinators in Canada. He has coordinated many recent TV series such as Dark Matter, Bitten, Designated Survivor, The Listener, and Ransom, among countless others. He is also the resident Fight Director at both the Stratford and Shaw festivals.

This is a fantastic opportunity for all performers wanting to develop the invaluable skill of combat for the camera!

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John Stead: Fighting For Film Workshop

When: October 16th 2016, 10am – 4pm

Where: Opia Studios – 587A College St. Toronto, ON

Cost: $100 + HST


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 250 TV episodes and films and stunt coordinated the action sequences for more than 450 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).


Affiliations include:DGC CAEA ACTRA ADC SCFD