IDSA Short Course Template

Introduction to Unarmed Combat

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In this two-day intensive course students will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of unarmed fighting
techniques for stage and screen. From simples pushes, grabs and throws, to punches, slaps, kicks, knees,
blocks, locks and falls. At the end of the course participants will have the opportunity to apply these new skills
within fight choreography, and those who successfully complete the full course will receive a Spotlight
accredited certificate in Unarmed Combat.

Keith Wallis works as a professional fight director and action performance tutor. He began teaching stage
fighting at the National Youth Theatre back in 2007, followed by his first fight directing credit in 2008 for the
stage production Sons of York at the Finborough. Over the past fifteen years he has gone on to choreograph
fights for a wide range of projects and productions across the UK, as well as teaching stage combat at some of
the UK’s top acting schools and Universities, including LAMDA, Italia Conti, East 15 Acting School, Arts
University Bournemouth, Falmouth University, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Recent projects include
choreography for Paines Plough, The Almeida, The Arcola and the Orange Tree, stunt coordination for the
BAFTA nominated Lady Macbeth, starring Florence Pugh and historical weapons demonstration for Dan
Snow’s History Hit series. In 2018 he formed Master at Arms, a new organisation dedicated to developing and
improving the teaching of action performance for theatre and film. You can find out more by visiting

UTA HAGEN SUMMER INTENSIVE with Heather Nimmo Acting Coaching

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Heather Nimmo is an actor, director and acting tutor who trained on E15 Acting School
Foundation Acting (2004-2005) and Drama Centre London BA Hons Acting (2005-2008). In
2007, during her BA Training she was awarded the prestigious Lilian Baylis Award for most
promising 2nd year student and presented with the accolade by actor Ruth Wilson in a
ceremony at The Old Vic Theatre London.

In 2014 she began training and subsequently teaching as an Acting Tutor, specializing in the
work of Uta Hagen at Italia Conti Acting on both their BA Acting and CertHE: Introduction to
Acting programmes, where she continued to teach and develop her understanding and
delivery of the work for the next six years. In order to further support her engagement she
then went on to study at the HB Studio’s New York – Uta Hagen Teacher’s Lab and the Uta
Hagen Actors Programme in June 2021 with Carol Rosenfeld Founder of the Uta Hagen
Institute at HB Studio and Mark Nelson Director of the Uta Hagen Labs. During which time
she created a strong relationship with the school and their educators and has become an
associate practitioner of The Hagen Institute. ‘It was a wonderful opportunity for me to take

ownership and to distill my practice in terms of understanding and teaching and
reinvestigate the work myself from the actor’s perspective.’ Heather Nimmo

This summer with Identity School of Acting she is offering a 4 day intensive on Hagen’s
process based ‘Object Exercise’s’ and their application to character and contemporary text.

“Whilst my main skills as a practitioner are based in Uta Hagen’s teachings I also utillise the
techniques and tools of other practitioners such as Mike Alfred’s, Dee Cannon and
Stanislavski. My aim and passions lie in freeing the actor to make their own creative choices
and engage with what their job truly is. Another cornerstone of my teaching is encouraging
brave, bold and mindful practice, whilst ensuring that individual artistry is separate to the
actors ‘being’ – and that this objective viewpoint ultimately lives to serve them more fully in
their continued pursuits as creatives. “– Heather Nimmo

About Uta
Uta Thyra Hagen was a German American actress and drama teacher. Hagen was cast, early on, as
Ophelia by the actress-manager Eva Le Gallienne. From there, Hagen went on to play the leading
ingenue role of Nina in a Broadway production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. It was 1938; Hagen
was just 18. Primarily noted for stage roles, Hagen won her first Tony Award in 1951 for her
performance in Clifford Odets’ The Country Girl. She won again in 1963 for originating the role of the
Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She taught at HB Studio in the West

Village. Hagen was an influential acting teacher who taught, among others, Matthew Broderick,
Sigourney Weaver, Liza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemmon, and Al Pacino.

4 Day Course – (across 7 days)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Once accepted on the course you will be given work to prepare and casting for Scene Study.

Course Overview –
Day One –
– Introductions
– Uta Hagen Object Exercises Overview
– Presentations of prepared exercise work
– ‘The Play’, ‘Homework and the Rehearsal’, ‘Scoring the Role and Scoring the Scene’
– Paired duologue work on text (Masterclass)

Day Two –
– Checking In
– Presentations of prepared exercise work
– Individual Duologue work on text (Masterclass)

Day Three –
– Presentations of prepared exercise work
– Individual Duologue work on text (Masterclass)

Day Four –
– Presentations of prepared exercise work
– Individual Duologue work on text – final scene sharing and ongoing feedback given (Sharing)


Please send your applications to [email protected] to secure your place.



Two week devised and scripted performance course.

Identity School of Acting is excited to announce a two week summer
course in which a show will be created entitled “Me, Myself, I”.

Senior resident acting tutor, Aly Spiro, will work alongside the 2022
Paptango new writing award runner up, Georgia Bruce, to make an
exciting public show to be performed at the Identity Theatre in

The company is open initially to Identity students of Intermediate
level and upwards and to Identity graduates. We ask that you submit
a SHORT piece saying why you would like to be part of a devising and
writing project and what you think you would have to offer the
journey. This can be written , filmed, sung, presented as a piece of
poetry – the choice is yours. After 27th July this project will be
opened to the general public. If you have not been part of the
Identity program please submit a self tape offering a short
monologue and tell us why you would like to be part of this event.

The rehearsals will start on Sunday 28 August and the performances
will be on September 9th . We will not work Saturdays but please be
prepared to work a few evenings. We will rehearse in Stockwell

The cost for the two week course is £600. We have limited spaces so
please apply early. We will have two free spaces available for those
who would like to take part but are not in a position to afford it .