Upcoming Classes

“The Rapier Wit experience is unlike any other. They expect an incredible amount out of their students which makes them rise above where they believed they could go. No-one is left in the dust and everyone is treated like an actor, not just a fighter.” –Intermediate Certification Student

Looking for general info on weekly drop-ins, workshop types, or custom training? Check out our Training page.

Plan ahead for these must-have courses!

Are you ready for a challenge?

By special request, Rapier Wit will be holding an FDC Advanced Actor Combatant intensive certification course in January 2018! Normally we offer Advanced AC only via semester format because of its demanding 5-discipline syllabus; however, this year we are presenting an intensive opportunity for the benefit of Advanced candidates who can’t attend either our full semester classes or the FDC Nationals in the summer term. If that’s you and you’re ready to laser-focus on your Advanced training, get ready for January at Rapier Wit!

Things You Should Know

  • Due to the intensive nature of the program, very limited time will be spent revisiting material from previous levels. We strongly recommend that candidates thoroughly review and practice their Intermediate material before the start of this course session – ideally with feedback from an FDC teacher or assistant.
  • These will be full class days (9 AM to 6 PM) with several evening classes and rehearsals. In order to meet course demands and scene partner obligations while still having time to rest, candidates will need to clear their schedules of outside commitments as much as possible.
  • Because of the course length and intensity we do not recommend this format for those recovering from illness or injury, experiencing ongoing fatigue, or dealing with significant issues of sequential memory. If any of these reflect your situation you’ll benefit much more from the semester format, which permits more time between classes for rest and integration.
  • Set yourself up to succeed! You can prepare for this course by making sure your Intermediate stuff is solid, checking out a healthy conditioning program (especially for your arms and shoulders, and legs), and getting plenty of rest over the holidays. And if you have any questions about the course, just ask us!

Dates and Times – subject to change
January 7 to 27th, 2018. This period includes 2 rest days (dates TBD).
Classes run 9 AM to 6 PM with 1 hour for lunch. Some days will include evening classes or rehearsals as well; evening schedule TBD.

Course Content

FDC Advanced: Rapier & Companion, Advanced Smallsword, Armed Martial Arts, Sword & Shield, Found Weapon. Approximately 150 hours.

Class Size
FDC Advanced: minimum 6, maximum 10

Fees
Advanced fee (including HST): $2150.54 members*, $3188.73 for non-members. Please​ ​see​ ​our​ ​Contact/Register​ ​page
for​ ​payment​ ​options. *The term ‘members’ refers here to members of Rapier Wit, FDC, CAEA, ACTRA and IATSE. Students referred by our fellow Toronto Association of Acting Studios instructors also qualify for the Member rate.

  • Course​ ​deposits​ ​of​ ​$150​ ​minimum​ ​are​ ​required​ ​by​ ​November​ ​1,​ ​2017​​ ​in​ ​order​ ​for​ ​us​ ​to
    determine​ ​whether​ ​or​ ​not​ ​we​ ​have​ ​enough​ ​registrants​ ​to​ ​proceed​ ​with​ ​the​ ​course.​ ​Full​ ​payment
    is​ ​due​ ​by​ ​the​ ​first​ ​day​ ​of​ ​class.
  • Installment​ ​payments​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the​ ​start​ ​of​ ​the​ ​course​ ​are​ ​fine,​ ​but​ ​​registrants​ ​must​ ​have​ ​paid​ ​a
    minimum​ ​of​ ​50%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​course​ ​fee​ ​by​ ​December​ ​20,​ ​2017​​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​the​ ​member​ ​rate.

Rapier Wit’s Winter 2017-18
Stage Combat Certification Programs

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Over the course of these certification classes, some of Canada’s best stage combat professionals will take students through training designed to help them progress as physical performers. Classes will focus on successfully creating the illusion of violence through armed/unarmed techniques and application of acting craft. Participants will have the opportunity to test for certification with Fight Directors Canada, Canada’s only nation-wide and internationally-recognized stage combat association. Space is limited, so register early!

Dates/Times – subject to change

FDC Intermediate Actor Combatant
January 30 – February 16, 2018, 9AM – 6PM daily, with two rest days

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FDC Intermediate: Rapier & Dagger, Broadsword, Small Sword, Eastern Martial Arts. Approximately 120 hours.

Class Sizes

FDC Intermediate: minimum 6, maximum 10

Fees

Intermediate fee (including HST): $1720.43 for members*, $2550.98 for non-members
A $150 deposit is required at least one month prior to workshop start date in order to reserve a place in the class.

*The term ‘members’ refers here to members of Rapier Wit, FDC, CAEA, ACTRA and IATSE. Students referred by our fellow Toronto Association of Acting Studios instructors also qualify for the Member rate.

Registration and Payment

Please visit our Contact/Register page for registration and payment instructions. After you register, please wait for confirmation of a place in the class before you send payment.

Stage combat benefit #41: it makes you extremely good-looking.

General Notes

  • If you’re considering certification, please visit our Stage Combat Certification page for detailed information about the FDC certification program at Rapier Wit. You may also want to take a look at our FAQ.
  • Times, dates and instructors are subject to change where absolutely necessary, but every effort will be made to give reasonable notice.
  • In order to test for certification, students must become members of Fight Directors Canada. Membership fees are paid directly to FDC. Visit www.fdc.ca to become a member before signing up for classes and you’ll save significantly on Rapier Wit class fees by receiving our “member” rate!

We are committed to helping our students achieve their goals and are always happy to answer questions. Feel free to call or e-mail us with whatever inquiries you have regarding certification, testing, time commitments, class schedules, stage combat disciplines, physical requirements, FDC. . . anything you want to know!

 

 

Rapier Wit’s PAL/Stage and Screen Firearms Workshop

 

Casey with pistolsThis is a ‘must’ course for actors, directors, and stage managers. Its depth and focus on the entertainment industry make it the only one of its kind in Ontario. For liability and safety reasons, it is best practice for all theatre companies to have a licensed PAL holder on staff if firearms or replica firearms are being used in a production. Rapier Wit’s Possession and Acquisition License Course will give participants the opportunity to earn both their restricted and non-restricted firearm licenses and train in safe and effective performance techniques for stage and film.

This unique course takes place over three days and covers training in non-restricted firearms, restricted firearms, and blank-firing replicas which are prohibited devices. During the stage/screen portion of the workshop our participants will be firing blanks from eight different types of firearms and learning how to use these props safely and effectively in performance by training in safe angles, proper stances, draws, movement and carry. Firearms covered: pump shotguns, break shotguns, lever-action rifles, bolt-action rifles, single-action revolvers, double-action revolvers, single-action self-loading pistols, and double-action self-loading pistols.

The PAL (Possession/Acquisition Licence) course (days 1 and 2) is taught and examined by a Canadian Firearms Safety Course Instructor. The Stage and Screen Techniques practical class (day 3) is taught by PAL-certified FDC Fight Master Daniel Levinson. You may take the practical day ala carte if you wish, but the information in the Stage and Screen Techniques segment does build on that presented in the PAL course so we highly recommend taking the PAL first.

Dates/Times – subject to change   – FULL! Waiting list only

PAL portion: Saturday October 21, 2017, 10 AM to 4 PM class then exams till 8 PM and Sunday October 22, 2017, 10 AM to 3PM with exams till 6 PM
Stage and Screen Firearms practical day: Sunday October 29, 2017, 10 AM to 3 PM

What tuition includes

  • Restricted and non-restricted firearm textbooks, training and testingIMG_7407
  • stage and screen-specific training, including safety, aesthetics, choices in blank ammunition, performance scenarios
  • experience firing blank ammunition with various theatrical firearms (a variety of longarms and handguns)
  • ammunition for blank firing practice

Fees
PAL course Fee: $220.00 , text books $32.50 due on the first day of workshop and paid to PAL instructor/adjudicator
Rapier Wit Fee: $169.50 for members*, $282.50 for non-members
A $100 deposit is required in order to reserve a place in the class. There is an additional license fee for the PAL which is to be paid directly to the government; instructions for paying this are given during the class.

*The term ‘members’ refers here to members of Rapier Wit, FDC, CAEA, ACTRA and IATSE. Students referred by our fellow Toronto Association of Acting Studios instructors also qualify for the Member rate. Member rate may be applied only if fees are paid in full before Friday, September 29, 2017.

Notes

  • Instructors, dates and prices subject to change; every effort will be made to give reasonable notice of changes.
  • Classes will run at the Rapier Wit Studio, 575 Wellington St. West, Toronto.
  • Class size will be a maximum of ten participants
  • We recommend that students review the restricted and non-restricted firearm textbooks in advance of the PAL segment.
  • We will notify registered students as soon as textbooks are available for pickup at the studio.

Registration and Payment

For those taking the full course, $252.50 of the total fee is payable directly to the PAL instructor by cheque, with the balance payable to Rapier Wit. (For example: if you are paying the member rate of $422.00 for all 3 days, $169.50 is payable to Rapier Wit in advance of the course, and you will pay the PAL instructor $252.50 directly.) Please visit our Contact/Register page for registration and payment instructions. After you register, please wait for confirmation of a place in the class before you send payment.

 

Rapier Wit’s Squad Tactics and Weapons Workshop

These two workshops are intended for actors who want to be able to accurately portray military or armed services personnel and enact engaging tactical maneuvers. Taught by Fight Master Daniel Levinson and tactical expert Shawn Hamilton. Course A is the foundation course that let participants become comfortable with the weapons of a tactical officer. Participants will train in firearm stances, drawing their firearms, transitioning between long gun and handgun, moving as an individual and a team. Training in how to stack, use of gestures for communication, and room clearing. Course B builds on course A and lets the participant explore more complicated movement and room clearing. This course, after a review, starts with simple missions and moves onto more complicated tactical scenarios including hostages and adversaries. Everyone learns a lot from the ever popular “Shawn” complication missions. Participants will get the most out of course B after first taking part in Course A.

Dates/Times – subject to change


Course A: Saturday November 18, 2017, 1 PM to 5 PM, and Sunday November 19, 2017, 1 PM to 5 PM
Fees
Course Fee: $254.25 for members*, $395.50 for non-members
A $100 deposit is required in order to reserve a place in the class. There is an additional license fee for the PAL which is to be paid directly to the government; instructions for paying this are given during the class.

*The term ‘members’ refers here to members of Rapier Wit, FDC, CAEA, ACTRA and IATSE, and Dimesar. Students referred by our fellow Toronto Association of Acting Studios instructors also qualify for the Member rate. Member rate may be applied only if fees are paid in full before Friday, November 3, 2017.

Notes

  • Instructors, dates and prices subject to change; every effort will be made to give reasonable notice of changes.
  • Classes will run at the Rapier Wit Studio, 575 Wellington St. West, Toronto.
  • Class size will be a minimum of 6, maximum of 10 participants

Registration and Payment

Please visit our Contact/Register page for registration and payment instructions. After you register, please wait for confirmation of a place in the class before you send payment.

 

Fighting for Film at Rapier Wit Studio

This essential workshopCasey Fighting on Set is designed to arm actors and stunt performers with the foundational skills needed to play convincing
 action sequences, and to show them how to protect themselves and their performance on camera. Taught by experienced film action creators and performers director/editor Tyler Williams and FDC-certified fight director and instructor Casey Hudecki. This 2-day course will cover basic combat technique, ‘finding the lens’, on-set protocol, and lots of hands-on practice. The course will culminate in a short professional-style fight shoot on the second day, with each student receiving an edited copy of his/her work.

Don’t wait to learn the hard way on set. Enjoy a weekend with talented instructors who have done stunt work on shows such as Lost Girl, Pompeii, Star Trek Discovery, Killjoys, Reign, The Expanse, and Taken and take these critical skills with you into your next shoot!

Dates/Times – subject to change

Fighting for Film is a full weekend course. Please note the different start/finish times for each day.
Saturday November 4, 2017: 1 PM to 6 PM
Sunday November 5, 2017: 10 AM to 6:30 PM


Fees
The full course fee is $452.00 CDN for members (inc. HST) if paid before September 26, 2017. $565 for non members. A minimum $100 deposit is required in order to reserve a place in the class. Member rate may be applied only if fees are paid in full before October 17, 2016.

*The term ‘members’ refers here to members of Rapier Wit, FDC, CAEA, ACTRA and IATSE, and Dimesar. Students referred by our fellow Toronto Association of Acting Studios instructors also qualify for the Member rate.

Notes

  • Instructors, dates and prices subject to change; every effort will be made to give reasonable notice of changes.
  • Classes will run at the Rapier Wit Studio, 575 Wellington St. West, Toronto.
  • Class size will be a minimum of 6, maximum of 14 participants

Registration and Payment

Please visit our Contact/Register page for registration and payment instructions. After you register, please wait for confirmation of a place in the class before you send payment.