Actor Training: Stage Combat

Rate of Pay: 

Art in Arms is offering multiple long-form weekly stage combat courses to kick off 2022!  Take your performance skills to the next level by studying extensively in the disciplines of Sword and Shield, Two-Handed Sword, or Rapier and Dagger.

Stage actors don't get the luxury of having a stunt double, and film actors are increasingly lauded for their time spent training in preparation for high-action roles.  These courses are designed to give performers the tools they need to be able to physically perform dramatically effective choreography in a confident, repeatable way.  Whether you're prepping for a Classics show, want to nail that next fight audition, or just want to keep honing your physical acting skills, these classes can help you.  No prior stage combat experience necessary.

These courses culminate with a public performance showcase with students getting the option to be adjudicated for a Skills Proficiency Test through the Society of American Fight Directors - the largest active stage combat training network in the country.  The test process gives students the opportunity to perform a fight within a scene for an excited audience and receive feedback from one of the SAFD Fight Masters, a group of professional choreographers with decades of experience.  It is a rare thing in the arts to be able to have your work constructively critiqued and validated against a national industry standard of quality, but that is the foundation of the SPT process.


About the Instructors: 

Mike Lubke is a Certified Teacher and Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors, and currently serves as the Fight Director Representative for the organization.  A choreographer of over 70 productions, he has also taught stage combat at workshops across the country.

Don Preston is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors with over 30 years’ experience in the field as a professional choreographer for stage and screen.



SUNDAYS     February 6 - May 22nd     

Location: Art In Arms Studio - 549 Minnehaha Ave E, St. Paul, MN 55130

1:00PM - 3:30PM: Sword and Shield

4:00PM - 6:30PM: Two-Handed Sword

7:00PM - 9:30PM: Rapier and Dagger      

**Additional Class sections can be added on weekday evenings to meet enrollment demands**



$400 for a single course (including $50 deposit/downpayment at registration)  

$750 for 2 courses (including $100 combined deposit/downpayment at registration)

$1050 for 3 courses (The diehard special ) (including $150 combined deposit/downpayment at registration)

Flexible payment plan options are available.  


**Covid-19 Policy**: all attendees and staff must provide proof of vaccination (including booster, if in the recommended CDC window) prior to entering the building.  In addition, all attendees and staff will remain masked at all times in the studio.


For more information on classes, instructors, or to get registered today, please visit


Contact information

Art In Arms, LLC
Mike Lubke
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Posted January 3