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PSPA Workshop Series:



Sunday, February 26th, 2023

SESSION 1: Ages 9 - 17, 12:30 - 2:30pm

SESSION 2: Ages 18+, 3:00 - 5:00pm

PSPA Studios

2324 2nd Street Pike

Newtown PA 18940



Some of the most thrilling parts of a story are when the words aren't enough and the actor lets their body do the talking! The underlying techniques that allow this to happen safely and with gusto are a great way to enrich your abilities in all other storytelling venues! This Stage Combat FUNdamentals workshop is an opportunity to explore the exciting world of storytelling through stage combat. Just as practicing dance technique and learning a new song can prepare you for your next big audition, so can learning the skills of stage combat. How? By discovering this fun way of developing your acting and storytelling abilities through staged fighting.

Not into fighting? Great – neither are we! We want to dive deep into the world of stage combat storytelling, and have a great time while doing it. 

By the end of the 2-hour workshop, each student will design and develop their own fight. After taking this workshop in fight fundamentals, students will be ready for "Sword FUNdamentals" where they will begin learning the sword positions and techniques used from Broadways to the Silver Screen.

            None! This workshop is for beginners of all ages interested in learning the basics of stage combat. ALL are welcome to join. We simply ask that all workshop participants come dressed for movement.


John Patrick Hayden has worked for the last 23 years teaching stage combat around the nation and internationally – from a rehearsal hall in downtown Nairobi to the Roundabout Theaters' Broadway stages, from a castle in Durham to middle schools in Nebraska! He loves teaching fights and the sense of joy and community that can be created in a fight class! As a fight choreographer, he has worked on and off Broadway, and on film sets. John was nominated for

an NYC Independent Theatre Award for his fights in Hamlet.


John has also worked professionally as an actor in shows such as Daredevil, Pretty Little Liars, Law and Order SVU, Blindspot, and on stage at the Guthrie, Denver Center, Lincoln Center, Northern Stage, the Roundabout Theater in NYC, and many more!



Payment methods – cash, check. Payment is due at the door.


Click the link below to fill out the workshop registration form and reserve your spot! Please direct any questions to

Stage Combat FUNdamentals

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