When: Nov 4, 2017 from 12pm – 6pm
Cost - $70
The students will learn the safety, elements, and execution of effective hand-to-hand stage combat. Safety is the first rule and primary goal of any stage combat scene. Students will discover the difference between working with a partner in fight choreography and working against an opponent in real combat. All stage combatants will learn a respect for the craft of stage combat and how it aids in telling a good story well.
Gregory James Michniak started his stage experience at the age of 3 singing “Rhinestone Cowboy” to a packed auditorium. Since then he has been active in theatre, dance, sports and singing every year of his life on stage where he performed in over 25 musicals.
At Richland College Gregory performed in or was a crewmember for every theatrical production produced during his 2 years there.
During his years at The University of Texas at Austin, Gregory worked, with many hats on, for The Public Domain Theatre in downtown Austin. While in Austin, he auditioned for and was selected to the BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) acting program. In his second year at UT, Gregory earned a Departmental Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduate Acting Student.
While graduating from the UT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Acting Concentration Michniak built his first theatre company, Austin Performance Ensemble. This company produced four full productions in its first four months of existence. Gregory then went to Los Angeles for two years to work in the entertainment industry. Since then Michniak has gone on to be apart of Ameristage Players that is currently producing shows in the Dallas area as well as earning his Masters of Arts in Teaching with a multi-sensory concentration.
Gregory taught and directed theatre and stage combat for eight years at the June Shelton school and is currently teaching at St. Pius X Catholic School.