Theatrical Firearms Safety Certification Workshop with Robb Hunter
Guns are many things; dangerous, pervasive, persuasive, polarizing, terrifying, threatening and even life-saving. They are all of these things (and more) and, if you spend any time at all doing theatre, you will eventually have to handle one on stage. In some situations you may even be called upon to handle a blank-firing weapon; with smoke, flame, thunderous sound and potentially lethal consequences if mishandled. With proper training these moments can be both theatrically transformative and (absolutely must) be safe and worry-free for actors, crew and audience.
This Society of American Fight Directors Theatrical Firearms Safety Certification workshop encompasses more than 14 hours of training over the course of two days and will be taught by SAFD Fight Director and Theatrical Firearms Instructor Robb Hunter. In this course we will learn the terminology for the most common types of firearms and ammunition, the protocols for handling these firearms, techniques for gun wrangling on a set or on stage, procedures for cleaning these weapons as well as protocols for handling jamming and other potential firearm malfunctions (which will happen), a brief history of firearms, and of course, we will fire many rounds through several different types of blank firing guns and will stage a "shootout" on the second day. At the end of the workshop there will be a test with both a written and a practical portion. All firearms, ammunition, hearing protection and eye protection will be provided for you although you may bring your own hearing and eye protection if you so desire (subject to instructor approval). This course has no prerequisites.
LOCATION: Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS
$225 - General Registration
$175 - SAFD Member Discount
EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT (purchased prior to 12/11/18 at 11:59pm):
$200 - General Early Registration
$150 - SAFD Member Early Registration Discount
WHEN: 10am-6pm (including a lunch break,) both Saturday January 5th, 2019 & Sunday January 6th, 2019 (Attendance required for the entirety of both days)
ABOUT ROBB HUNTER: Robb Hunter is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and is a Certified Fight Director and Teacher of Stage Combat as well as Theatrical Firearms for the Society of American Fight Directors. As a professional fight director he has choreographed violence/movement for many DC theatres including The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Washington National Opera, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Fords Theatre, The Studio Theatre (where he has received multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations for his choreography), Olney Theatre, The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Rep Stage, and Washington Shakespeare Company. Robb holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from the Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently Artist in Residence at American University where he choreographs, directs and teaches movement, mime, stage combat, acting and various sections of theatre history. In addition he also teaches stage combat for McDaniel College and for the MFA program at Catholic University. Robb is currently a teaching artist for The Shakespeare Theatre and its Academy of Classical Acting, and for the Acting Conservatory at The Studio Theatre. When he is not teaching or directing violence he is enabling it through his theatrical weapons rental company, Preferred Arms, Inc. which supplies swords, knives and assault rifles to theatres and universities nationwide (www.preferredarms.com). Before becoming a professional Fight Director Robb was an actor and was fortunate enough to have spent an amazing three years working with Michael J. Fox as his stand-in and stunt double.
ABOUT FLYING V: Founded in 2011, Flying V is a non-profit, ensemble-based company dedicated to creating theatre that invigorates and inspires people to live life with a greater sense of appreciation and adventure. A gateway drug that bridges the gap between pop culture and high culture, we are dedicated to the creation, development, and production of vibrant original work, offbeat contemporary plays, and performance art inspired by genre fiction and other modern mythologies. By creating work that reflects the intimate struggles of the human condition through vivid, high concept metaphors and artistic vigor, we hope to shine a light on the loneliness and isolation that so many feel and create a sense of connection and wonder. We are your Friendly Neighborhood Indie Theatre. Expect Awesome. Be Awesome.
Visit us at www.flyingvtheatre.com. Facebook.com/FlyingVTheatre. Twitter.com/FlyingVTheatre.
Flying V is also proud to be hosting this workshop as an extension of the Flying V Fights: Combat Gym, a bi-weekly drop-in stage combat class offered at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center on every other Sunday evening from 7-9pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/241083599771648/ or http://www.flyingvtheatre.com/flying-v-combat-gym/
ABOUT THE NOBLE BLADES: Founded in 1993, the Noble Blades are the resident stage combat troupe of the Reston Community Players (Reston, Virginia) and the areas premier professionally trained, community theatre-based fight group. Our primary activities include providing workshops, demonstrations and fight choreography. The Noble Blades are committed to learning and presenting stage combat in an entertaining, educational, historically accurate and safe manner. As part of the Reston Community Players, we support their commitment to a level of professionalism rarely aspired to in amateur theatre. For more information, visit http://www.nobleblades.org/
The Silver Spring Black Box Theatre (View)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|