Shakespearean Swordplay


These sessions are SOLD OUT! We apologize for the inconvenience.  We will let you know if we offer more classes in the future. 


Learn the basics of theatrical sword fighting safely outdoors on the beautiful Bruns Amphitheater grounds this summer. This course will cover techniques for creating stage combat with the weapons traditionally used in Shakespeare’s plays: the medieval Broadsword and the renaissance Rapier & Dagger.  Stressing safety and physical distancing, students will learn to channel their inner warrior.  Additionally, this course will examine the historical uses of these weapons and how a culture of violence influenced Shakespeare’s work.

Dave Maier is the resident fight director at Cal Shakes.  He is recognized as a Master Fight Director and Senior Instructor with Dueling Arts International.  His work has won several awards and has been seen at many bay area theatres including San Francisco Opera, ACT, Berkeley Rep, Berkeley Playhouse, SF Playhouse, Center Rep, Marin Theatre Co., and Santa Cruz Shakespeare.  He is a faculty member at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has taught stage combat classes for Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, St. Mary’s College of California and Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

COVID Safety Protocols: Classes will take place outdoors on the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda, CA.  Class sizes will be limited to 12, masks will be required, and regulations are subject to change based on Contra Costa County COVID-19 guidelines.


Session 1: Teens (13-18)
Mondays  4:30 -6:00 pm
May 24, June 7, 21, & 28
$80 for all 4 sessions

Session 2: Adults (18+)
4:30-6:00 pm
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
$100 for all 5 sessions

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