Violence Design Lab Podcast
About This Show
The Violence Design Lab podcast is an weekly broadcast about stage combat and violence design, geared for fight choreographers, theatre directors, stage combatants, actors, teachers of theatre, or anyone interested in the art of stage combat who wants to learn to design violence for theatre.
Most Recent Episode
#28 Training to Design
5 days ago
Unlike other theatrical design specialties such as lighting, sets, or costumes, violence design suffers from a lack of formal instruction and training available to those who would pursue a career in fight choreography. The potential designer often has little recourse other than to take the “sink or swim” approach in trying to transition from a performer who knows stage combat to a designer responsible for conceiving, teaching, and staging the violence for an entire show.
Internships or apprenticeships are a great way to bridge the gap. This week, I have a panel of people with personal experiences as apprentices:
Victor Bayona, who began as an apprentice for R&D Choreography in Chicago (and went on to become a partner in the company)
Chloe Baldwin, an intern who trained under Victor and is now working as a designer on her own
Almanya Narula and Nicolas Cabrera, who are currently interning with R&D
It was a great interview, with lots of information for both potential apprentices and for experienced designers considering become mentors to train the next generation.