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CMU is one of approximately 30 undergraduate programs in the country to offer this training.


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Theatre students: mastering the art of stage combat

On Feb. 17, eight theatre arts students passed the Society of American Fight Directors quarterstaff skills test adjudicated by Fightmaster Brian Byrnes of the University of San Diego. This was the first test given at CMU. The students achieved a 100 percent passing rate.

“Each weapon test requires 30 contact hours with a certified teacher, to present a scene that includes a fight with the weapon, and to pass a second section where the adjudicator gives them additional material to master or improve upon,” said Tim Pinnow, theatre arts department head and a certified stage combat teacher.

The nearly three-hour test for each weapon is most often found in graduate MFA programs. CMU is one of approximately 30 undergraduate programs in the country to offer this training.

“It is rather unusual for students who have never studied stage combat before to have 100 percent passing rate,” said Pinnow. “I’m incredibly proud of them for this accomplishment.”

The theatre arts students were Ben Carlson, Millie Schreibman, Joey Laughlin, Rachel Eckelkamp, Lane Heinz, Bryan Carlson, Jamie Overcash and Abby Calvert. •


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