The Fredricksen Intensive

May 10 - 12, 2024
University of Michigan
Walgreen Drama Center

a three-day stage combat intensive 

hosted by the University of Michigan Theater Department 

 The Fredricksen Intensive offers students 20+ hours of stage combat training over a three-day weekend in the first half of May. The training is led by certified teachers and fight directors of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), and the hours go towards the SAFD's Skills Profiency Test (SPT) certification.

2024 Intensives Tracks

Single Sword

20 Skills Proficiency Training hours Single Swordwith FM J. Allen Suddeth


20 SPT hours Quarterstaffwith FD Jacqueline Holloway

Dual Weapons

10 SPT hours in Single Sword, 10 hours in Quarterstaffwith CT Nicky Jasper

Medieval Martial Arts

Principles of Medieval Martial Artswith Jess Finely

Skills Proficiency Tests & Renewals

SPTs of Past Fredricksen Weapons, and Renewals in all 8 SAFD Weaponswith CTs Sarah Flanagan & Adam Baglereau

2024 Tuition

"Paddy" Special

Our Lowest Price, Register by 3/17

Early Bird

Register by 4/15


Member of the SAFD? Union? Student? 


Full Tuition

Workshop costs cover certificate of hours complete, lunch on Friday and Saturday, breakfast snacks, and, of course, our classic ringer t-shirt.  

Cookies are also known to randomly appear in classrooms throughout the workshop.

We compile the Hits with Swords and Sticks,
'cause Training Never Hurts Me

Erik demonstrating a thought at the 2017 Intensive

J. Allen Suddeth

Single Sword Track

Jacqueline Holloway

Quarterstaff Track

Nicky Jasper

Dual Weapons Track

Jess Finely

Fourth Track - Principles of Medieveal Martial Arts

Mason Tyer

Fourth Track Assistant 

& Masterclass

Sarah Flanagan

Fifth Track - Testing & Fights


Christina Traister

Coordinator, Co-Founder

Adam M Baglereau

Coordinator, Co-Founder


Rodney Rice

Asst. Coordinator & TA

SaraAnne Tomczak

Asst. Coordinator 

Jen Pan

Teaching Assitant

Joe Wright

Teaching Assistant

Andrew Rathgeber

Teaching Assistant

Carolyn Maggard


Erik Dagoberg


Stefiana Gonzalez



The University of Michigan

Walgreen Drama Center

1226 Murfin Ave

Join us at the home of the Univeristy of Michigan's Theater Department for three days of theater training.