Teacher Training Workshops for Theatrical Combat – Session 2

Jul. 7, 2024 — Jul. 27, 2024

Campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO

These intensive three-week workshops offered through True Edge Entertainment provides practical training and information on how to instruct and practice sound techniques in the multiple disciplines of theatrical combat as well as discuss and explore how to coach the dramatic elements of this art form within the context of a training and educational environment. The workshop will primarily focus upon teaching the disciplines of Unarmed Theatrical Combat, Broadsword, Quarterstaff, Rapier and Dagger, Single Rapier and Smallsword for the beginning student. The workshop will also schedule time to discuss the topics of EDI and Intimacy Coordinating, and it is designed for both new aspiring instructors as well as for current instructors of Theatrical Combat.


Curriculum Development for Independent Workshops
Curriculum Development for High Schools, Colleges and Universities
Review of Appropriate Terminology for the Teaching of Theatrical Combat Review of Correct Techniques for The Primary Disciplines of Theatrical Combat Review of Relevant Historical Information for the Teaching of Theatrical Combat Strategies and Methods for Teaching the Primary Disciplines of Theatrical Combat Strategies and Methods for Coaching the Physical Action Theatrical Combat Scenes Strategies and Methods for Coaching Dramatic Content of Theatrical Combat Scenes Strategies and Methods of Building and Choreographing Training and Test Fights Review of Objectives for Training and Testing Processes in Theatrical Combat

The WORKSHOP SCHEDULE will run from 8:30 – 5:00 daily with some evening seminars.


Gregory Hoffman is the Founder and a Master Teacher of Dueling Arts International and Founder and President of True Edge Entertainment and True Edge Pictures. He has been teaching and directing in Universities, Dramatic Conservatories, and Theaters in Europe, Asia, and the United States since 1984. Working as a Theatrical Fight Director and Teacher, Movement Coach, Stunt Coordinator, Independent Filmmaker, Theatrical Producer and Director and Instructor of T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Laban-Bartenieff Movement Studies, he has over 300 professional credits and is the winner of numerous awards. For 10 years the Resident Fight Director and Instructor in the MFA program at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, is also a Founding and Honorary Member of the Nordic Stage Fight Society of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Estonia. Gregory is the producer of “And They Fight”, a 23- hour Comprehensive Instructional Video Series on Theatrical Swordfighting which was released in 2005.

Other Instructors to be announced.


The total and inclusive fee for the Workshop is $2,750.00. This includes the workshop tuition and dorm room housing for the three-week period, 1 required week of Private Training, and on-going mentoring with Mr. Hoffman as well as the 23hr comprehensive instructional DVD set “And They Fight….” which will be required viewing prior to the workshop.

Please NOTE – Due to possible high interest and high demand as well as limited enrollment this workshop is being offered twice in the summer of 2024. Therefore it is preferred you are able to attend either of the two. However, when applying we are asking that applicants indicate which or the two workshops is most preferred or possible to attend given any real schedule conflicts that may prevent you from attending one or the other with the further understanding that the possibility of acceptance will be higher if applicants are in fact able to attend both. Though no promises are being made these real schedule conflicts will be considered in determining the participants for each different workshop. Please also note that the second workshop session may “possibly” be moved back one week to be determined ASAP. Contact Gregory at gregory@duelingarts.com with any questions.

To APPLY for the workshop please include the following:

  1. I)  Letter of intent addressing specifically why you want to teach theatrical combat and how you feel this workshop will be pertinent to your educational as well as professional goals.
  2. II)  Two letters of Recommendation from those who have knowledge of your teaching history. One Letter should preferably be from a Dueling Arts Instructor with a preference from a Senior or Master Instructor.
  3. III)  Comprehensive Resume including the following:
    1. a)  Educational background
    2. b)  All theatrical combat experience including teaching, training and performance with dates
    3. c)  Teaching Experience in Theatrical Combat and/or Related Theatre areas such as other relevanttheatrical movement training, theatre, dance, martial arts, acting, voice etc.
    4. d)  All other relevant theatre experience (stage manager, directing, costume design, etc.)
    5. e)  Any other information you feel is relevant for your consideration of acceptance.

December 15, 2023 – Application Deadline.

January 15, 2024 – Notification of acceptance into workshop.
February 15, 2024 – Non-refundable deposit of $750.00 is due unless other arrangements are made.
May 1, 2024- All remaining fees are due unless other previous arrangements are made.

Please note that payment plans are possible and considered on a case by case basis. Applications should be sent via e-mail to Gregory at gregory@duelingarts.com. For more information and/or to apply via e-mail – again, please use gregory@duelingarts.com.