The Experience of Stage Combat

The feeling you get when you watch a fight is different than the feeling of performing it. When we watch a fight as an audience, we tend to remember the image of the end points (completion of the attack and the parry), and the experience of the pathway. As a...

Receiving Your Choreography

In this series of posts, we’re looking at the various stages of learning your fight scene. Reminder: this blog is full of helpful hints, but you can’t really learn this art form in isolation. At some point, you need a teacher to help you build strong...

The Virtues Project

I’m starting to take a webinar with The Virtues Project. I first heard about it from Christine Ayling when I was up in Grande Prairie to teach. From talking to Christine in person, to listening to her TEDtalk (see below), and reading up on The Virtues Project...

FlashFood

Flashfood is a way to get discounted groceries. Grocery stores post when they area putting food on at a discount, you purchase it, and pick it up! Super easy! At all FarmBoy locations in Ontario. Check out their website for more info. Download the free app (scroll to...

Mindfulness: essential emotional fitness

Mindfulness training can make you more resilient and compassionate, less reactive in situations of high stress. Soldiers reported that not only did daily mindfulness exercises decrease the chances of PTSD, but it also INCREASED the chances of Post-Traumatic GROWTH....

Union resources

In light of the current #metoo, I want to be sure that people know some of their options when facing harassment in the performance workplace. Ideally these actions are prevented, but if you have experienced harassment in the workplace here is how your unions have your...
Heart Warriors

Heart Warriors

Intimacy choreography has been a fundamental tool for me as an actor and as a human with boundaries. My boundaries are very different now from what they were when I was 16. I have triggers now that never existed before. Without intimacy choreography, I don’t know that...
Body Cam footage

Body Cam footage

You need a fight director/stunt coordinator. Find a good one. Engage their services. Celebrate your incident-free production.   NB: No one is harmed in this body cam footage. Also, as soon as the police show up, DO WHAT THEY SAY, and read what Carly says below.  ...
The Toronto Cyclists Handbook

The Toronto Cyclists Handbook

Where has this been all my life?! I picked this up at the Toronto Public Library today. Has some excellent info on riding your bike in Toronto, including a quick reminder of the rules of the road, how to signal, handling intersections, and what you can be fined for....