Courtney McKay Murphy attended Northwestern State University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science with a Concentration in Performance and Directing. It was during this time she was certified by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) in three forms of stage combat: Unarmed, Single Sword, and Knife Fighting. A Theatre Baton Rouge veteran you can find her on or off stage involved in as many projects as possible. She has staged fights for film, straight plays, and musicals. Some of her staged fight credits include: The Women, August: Osage County, To Kill a Mockingbird, Sister Act, and Theatre Baton Rouge's upcoming production of She Kills Monsters.
Tony Collins has choreographed many area shows, school show choirs, and taught several Musical Theater Dance Workshops and classes. He recently choreographed MTC @ LSU's production of Hairspray and Singo this spring. He had the privilege of choreographing Theatre Baton Rouge's production of The Rocky Horror Show 2016; recent production of Hair! A few of his favorite dance credits include: Romeo and Juliet Ballet (Paris) with Of Moving Colors Dance Company, Spamalot at Theatre Baton Rouge (LakerGirl/ Dance Captain), and AMDA NYC Cabaret Series (Dance Soloist)!
Do you think falling is fun, or have you ever wondered how to slap someone? Then this is the class for you! Come explore the world of stage combat in this introductory class for Hand-to-Hand Combat. In this class, we will explore the design, practice, and performance of theatrical violence. Our main goals are to develop the ability to safely portray violence onstage within the context of a play, as well as to understand how stage combat fits into the practice of theatre as a whole. Students must be dressed in appropriate movement clothing for every class and final performance. Class Limit: 18 students.
13-17-year-old students will learn to quickly pick up dance combinations. We will focus on technique and learn what choreographers look for in dance auditions to be more confident with our bodies. Class Limit: 18 Students.
Students 18+ will learn to quickly pick up combinations. We will focus on technique and learn a different style of musical theater dance each week, and go into the history and technique of each style in depth. Class Limit: 20 Students.