Master Classes

Stage Combat! Actor Survivor Skills with Dexter Fidler

Want to know how to fight on stage and not get hurt?  Join Dexter Fidler, Fight Director and Choreographer for Stage Combat: Actor Survivor Skills.  Learn how to fall, throw a punch (safely!) and take a punch (Safely!).  Stage Combat is also an incredible acting challenge – acting like you are trying to hurt someone while actually doing everything possible to keep them safe!  Besides learning punches, blocks and evasions, we will also discuss the differences between Live Action/Theatre and movie stunts.
A Certified Fight Director and Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, Dexter Fidler has choreographed fights for over 160 productions. Dexter has done extensive work with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Stanford University. Other
credits include work at Cal Shakes, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Boise
Contemporary Theater, Sierra Rep, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Western Ballet, The
Discovery Channel series Deadly Duels, and training Robin Williams in Sabre and
Cutlass for the film Hook. Dexter has taught stage combat for Carnegie Mellon
University, University of Pittsburgh, Marin Theatre Conservatory, San Francisco Ballet
School, and currently teaches at the Academy of Art University. He received his MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University, and has assistant directed for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Pittsburgh Public Theater, and
directed locally for Palo Alto Players, Lyric Theatre and Vallejo Music Theatre.
STage Combat 2019
Saturday, December 7th, 1-3 pm
Harvey Milk Center, 50 Scott Street
Cost: $45 
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Music Theatre Intensive with Nikki Snelson

Nikki Snelson, is most recognized for her performance of Brooke Wyndam in the original Broadway and MTV cast of LEGALLY BLONDE. She has also been seen on Broadway in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (starring Bernadette Peters) and SWEET CHARITY (starring Christina Applegate). Nikki played “Cassie” in the National Tour of A Chorus Line and also performed in the Broadway National Tours of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SHOW BOAT, HELLO, DOLLY, and Jonathan Larson’s TICK TICK…BOOM(Susan)! Snelson originated the role of The Mad Hatter in Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland. Recently, Nikki played Velma in CHICAGO at Maine State Theater and Sally Bowles in CABARET at The Napa Valley Opera House. Snelson was featured in the groundbreaking documentary EVERY LITTLE STEP as well in the major motion pictures REEFER MADNESS and ACCROSS THE UNIVERSE. On the small screen, Nikki has been seen on Desperate Housewives and All My Children. She received her training in Theatre from Boston Conservatory. Nikki grew up in the St Louis area and made her professional debut at the St Louis Muny. Ms Snelson has directed, choreographed, and taught in Argentina, Chile, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand and many more. She is currently serving as on staff for and The US Embassy’s American Voices program. She is an artist in residence at Singapore’s famed theater school,Lasalle College of the Arts. Nicole is the Artist Director of Rochester Broadway Theater League’s Summer Star program. Her directing credits include: AINT MISBEHAVIN, WORLD GOES ROUND, GYPSY, WEDDING SINGER, PAJAMA GAME, CABARET AND CHICAGO and A CHORUS LINE. She recently directed and Choreographer Legally Blonde for Lindenwood University. Nikki is just back from choreographing Elton John’s Life Ball in Vienna. Nikki plays Janelle Kincaid in the upcoming web series “Ms Guidance.” You can see Nikki this summer on E Entertainment’s new show, “The Funny Dance Show.” Nikki is one of the on camera choreographers for the finale show.


October 6th – 11:30–2pm

Location: Harvey Milk Center, 50 Scott Street

Cost: $70

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