Man oh man the semester is in full swing and it’s going to be a long and complicated one!
I’m able to now officially announce that I’ll be teaching stage combat at Apollinaire this fall with their actor training program. We’ll start with a six week unarmed fundamentals class, then move into a six week class on swashbuckling. If you’re looking to pick a fight with me, coming to my class is a great way to do it. I’ll be excited to teach this as, let’s face it, fighting with others is my favorite means of paying my rent.
I also recently put together a bit of violence for Zeitgeist Stage Company’s production of Bent. If you’re at all interested in hard-hitting theatre performed by extremely talented actors, you should check this one out. The performance, from what little I saw at the edges of my fight call, is going to be intense. These guys are the real deal and, as usual, Zeitgeist is producing theatre that speaks to the darkness of man. Prepare for some emotional after-care after this one; whether that means beer or chocolate, you’re going to need it.
In addition to my two department-sponsored classes (one as an instructor, one as a TA), I’m also teaching another OSHER class this fall. We’re reading Twelfth Night and Merchant of Venice. I love teaching adult students and find it incredibly fulfilling to spend a couple hours a week discussing Shakespeare with the brilliant folks who come through OSHER. And, really, what teacher wouldn’t want to be given a classroom full of people who took their class by choice, for self enrichment purposes only, and who are doing it for the pleasure of doing it? Oh… and I don’t have to grade them. That also helps to make this class one of the more enjoyable things I do with my precious time.
Have I mentioned recently that I love teaching?
Someone remind me of this around finals when I’m going nuts trying to make sure that everything gest graded in time.