About Us

Argent Combat is a Philadelphia-based organisation of students, performers, choreographers, and instructors of Theatrical Violence and Stage Combat. We are dedicated to promoting safety and fostering the excellence and proficiency of action-oriented entertainment.

Mission Statement
Our objectives are
1.) to uphold these values,
2.) to encourage safe techniques for performers and enthusiasts,
3.) to adapt styles of historical and modern forms of combat to dynamic theatrical performances,
4.) to provide artists with the tools they need to develop confidence in their autonomy,
and 5.) to expand theatre’s influence by engendering new students and audiences who enjoy the expression of stories and emotions through theatrical violence.


In furtherance of these goals, Argent Combat routinely offers workshops and ongoing classes in a variety of disciplines all over Philadelphia, and members can be found attending Regional and National Workshops all over North America.


Inclusivity
Argent Combat is committed to the policy that all students shall have equal access to programs without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation, except in those cases where specific physical limitations prohibit participation in performing the required skills in a manner safe to themselves or to their participants.


For additional information, please review our Decorum & Conduct Policies.

 

J. Oliver Donahue
Instructor  |  Co-Founder

[he/ him- What's with the pronouns?]


Oliver has been studying and performing theatrical violence for more than a decade. A Certified Instructor with both Fight Directors Canada and the Society of American Fight Directors, his work has been seen from one side of North America to the other. Recent credits include Lay Me Down Softly with Irish Heritage Theatre, Les Liaisons Dangereuses at The Booth Theatre, I Hate Hamlet at Allens Lane Theatre, The Rover for Jackpine Productions, The Tale of the Phantom Ship for Temple Theatre’s Sidestage, Seventeen Missing Years, Ubu Roi, and After the End, all for GDP Productions.
For any questions regarding course content and certification, or if you'd like to consult Oliver for theatrical violence for your project, please email him: 

oliver@argentcombat.com

Brittany Holdahl
Administratrix  |  Co-Founder

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Brittany has been an active member of the Philadelphia arts community for over a decade.   She had studied stage combat under SAFD Fight Master Ian Rose and has since been an advocate for making stage combat accessible to artists and ethusiasts.
In addition to performing, she has lent her administrative talents to several different non-profit organizations over the years, including Historic Philadelphia, Inc., Macy's Dickens Village, ETC Performance Series, and St. Mary's, Hamilton Village.
If you would like to enroll for a class or workshop, or if you have any questions regarding billing or payments, please contact her:

brittany@argentcombat.com

Steve Wei
Demo Assistant

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Steve is an Advanced Actor Combatant with Fight Directors Canada with equivalent experience in the Society of American Fight Directors, and commendations from both. His work in the performing arts in Philly spans nearly a decade at venues like the Walnut Street Theater, Opera Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.
He is pursuing his teaching certifications from his parent societies, and is especially interested in developing stage combat as a cross-media story-telling art form.

Millie Omps

Demo Assistant
[she/her]


Millie Omps is a proud Actor Combatant and Fight Choreographer from West Virginia. Since moving to the area she has become a frequent cast member at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, an actor combatant with Swords and Stories, and a member of the armoured combat team The Knights of Crossford.

Her choreography has been toured across West Virignia with the Shakespearean troupe The Rustic Mechanicals and most recently their production of Julius Ceasar touring Fall 2019.

 

Students can enroll in current classes and workshops
via our EventBrite page.

Enrollment Opens January 9, 2020
Tickets available here,
courtesy of TodayTix and Theatre Philadelphia.


Part of Philly Theatre Week!

For Theatre Week, we thought we'd show some love to the Philly artist community this Valentine's Day with our workshop,
Heart of Violence.
This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring Actor Combatants to experience a stage combat class before committing to a full Society of American Fight Directors' certification course and Skills Proficiency Test.
Actor Combatants are active SAFD members who have passed SPT's in at least three SAFD disciplines: 1) Unarmed, 2) either Single Sword or Rapier & Dagger, and 3) any other discipline.

This particular class will focus on Unarmed and Single Sword.  All experience levels welcome!  Both classes will begin with a physical warm-up and will be taught by Society of American Fight Directors- and Fight Directors Canda-certified instructor, J. Oliver Donahue.​

Enrollment Opens October 28, 2019

EventBrite  |  Facebook Event


Jan 24: Unarmed
Jan 25: Single Sword
Jan 26: TBA (Cloak & Sword)

To learn more about our seasonal Taste of Violence workshops,
click here!

Enrollment Opens October 28, 2019!

EventBrite  |  Facebook Event


By the completion of this 16-week course, students will have the opportunity to take the 
Society of American Fight Directors' Skills Proficiency Test 
for certification or renewal of certification in unarmed.
Returning and college students will receive a discount.
If you have any questions about enrollment, please email Brittany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The 20th Annual Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop
October 25- 27, 2019

 

For more information, visit the PSCW's official website.
 

September 2019- January 2020

By the completion of this 16-week course, students will have the opportunity to take the 
Society of American Fight Directors' Skills Proficiency Test 
for certification or renewal of certification in smallsword.

 

This three-day workshop gave new students a sampling of three different stage combat disciplines:
Unarmed, Single Sword, and Longsword!


This was a wonderful opportunity for artists and enthusiasts to try a stage combat class out before committing to a full certification course, so we decided to offer it seasonally with our ongoing
Taste of Violence workshop series!

This class was conducted from May 2019 to September 2019.
By the completion of this 16-week course, our students had the opportunity to take the 
Society of American Fight Directors' Skills Proficiency Test 
for certification or renewal of certification in longsword.
We are so very proud of all of you!  Your hard work inspires us!


This course was featured in The East Falls LocalRead it here.


 

Knives in the Dark! was the first class we had the pleasure to offer our students from December 2017 to April 2018.
By the completion of this 16-week course, our students had the opportunity to take the 
Society of American Fight Directors' Skills Proficiency Test for certification or renewal of certification in knife.
 

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