CSU Summer Arts’ first course deadlines are today, Friday, May 3


The first deadline for CSU Summer Arts workshops, offered during the summer at Cal State Monterey Bay and which include a stage combat course taught by a Cal State San Bernardino theatre arts professor, is today, Friday, May 3.CSU Summer Arts

Registration may be done online at the CSU Summer Arts registration website  Applications are due today for the following courses:

  • Stage Combat (taught by CSUSB associate professor Terry Smith);
  • Digital Documentary Photography;
  • Observational Painting;
  • The Triple-Threat Writer;
  • DreamWorks Animation;
  • Strictly Sax;
  • American Classical Guitar;
  • Steppenwolf; and
  • Dynamic Partnering.

Course descriptions for these workshops and others offered may be found at the CSU Summer Arts course website.

Smith will teach “Stage Combat: Rapier and Dagger SPT Intensive” from July 1-14.  The goal of the course is to help participants “acquire the skills and techniques to create and perform safe and theatrically exciting stage sword fights,” according to the course description. The course will also include a skills proficiency test, and students will conclude their workshop with a public performance using the skills they learned.

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Click on the image to go to the ‘Stage Combat: Rapier and Dagger SPT Intensive” course description.

Smith will be assisted by guest artists Anthony Carriero, an associate professor in the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film at Long Beach City College; Collin Bressie, a recognized advanced actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors; Robert Hamilton, who has more than 20 years of teaching experience and has instructed stage combat in more than 17 states and overseas; and Amie Root, a fight director, choreographer, stage combat and movement instructor, as well as a performer.

Smith, who teaches dramatic literature, theatre history and acting at CSUSB, has extensive experience in theater, both in the classroom and out. Before teaching at CSUSB, he taught at the University of South Carolina, where he headed its master of arts program and was associate chair of the theatre department. Prior to teaching, he made his living as an actor in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The courses in theatre arts, dance, music, visual arts, writing media and arts education are two weeks long and run 12-14 hours a day, including weekends. As part of their residencies with CSU Summer Arts, most guest artists will present a public event, which can be a lecture or performance. In addition to guest artist presentations, each workshop will stage a public culmination event featuring student work.

All workshops carry three units of transferable undergraduate or graduate university credit.

CSU Summer Arts was created in 1985 during an arts faculty institute in the woods of Kirkwood, Calif. The California State University faculty and administrators were seeking a way to meet the needs of the arts students of the CSU and supplement the programs of the CSU’s large and diverse arts colleges.

In its first incarnation, Summer Arts was a summer dance program housed on the campus of Cal State Long Beach in 1985. Because of overwhelming student needs, Summer Arts expanded its curriculum to include various arts genres, and in 1990, the Media Arts Festival.

The program was housed on the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1986 and 1987. The program then moved to Humboldt State University, where it remained from 1988 through 1995 before moving to Cal State Long Beach for the 1996 through 1998 seasons. In 1999, Summer Arts relocated to Fresno State through the 2011 season. The program is currently hosted by Cal State Monterey Bay.

Visit the CSU Summer Arts website for more information in its workshops.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.