Fight Direction & Stage Combat
Welcome to Rapier Wit, Canada's oldest continuous stage combat school and production company. Rapier Wit was founded in Toronto, Canada by Daniel Levinson in 1991, and established its first permanent studio in 1996.
Rapier Witís goal is to promote action-motivated theatre and the art of stage combat by training actors, stunt people, directors, and stage management in the art of theatrical violence. We do this through structured and unstructured classes, fight direction and choreography, special workshops, various productions and our comic fight troupe, The Rude Mechanicals.
Stage combat training is a must for performers who want to participate fully in todayís physically challenging theatre, film or television. Rapier Wit offers artists the grounding they need to safely and effectively portray simulated violence, strengthen character choices, develop stronger intentions and, ultimately, to tell the story. We encourage our peers in the artistic community to use Rapier Wit as their stage combat resource. We are based in Toronto, Canada, but are happy to work throughout Ontario or wherever we may be needed. If you are looking for a fight instructor, fight director, or choreographer, please don't hesitate to contact us!
Rapier Wit is proud to be a member of TAAS (Toronto Association of Acting Studios).
For more information on TAAS, go to http://www.torontoactingstudios.com.
Get regular updates and join other stage combat enthusiasts over at our Rapier Wit group on Facebook!
Events and Classes
at Rapier Wit:
Get moving! Our first Motion Capture Performer Workshop begins June 15!
Our Spring 2013 FDC Basic Stage Combat Certification Intensive Workshop schedules are up! Find them here.
Attention FDC Basics & above: FDC Open Floor Friday Nights are your chance to stay sharp! Details here.
Have questions about the stunt world? These guys have answers! Join Richard Collier, Don Gough and Michael Dufays on August 3 and 4 for Stunts Stage 1!
This is the workshop your kids have waited for! Temper Combat Performance Arts presents The School of Hard Knocks - a summer experience they'll never forget! Details here.
Make Monday your favourite day of the week! Monday Open Technique Nights at Rapier Wit are great opportunities to explore stage combat, get a taste of new techniques or keep your skills up.
Master Monday Nights are open master classes taught by skilled specialists.
And to make Mondays at Rapier Wit even cooler, Jingju Canada is bringing you a Beijing Opera drop-in class from 6 to 7 PM every Monday! More here.