Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Wendy Meaden


One of the most integral parts of stage combat is safety. A fight director’s constant challenge is keeping their actors safe. One aspect of a fight scene that then merits close inspection is the effect that the intense emotions involved in the scene have on an actor’s ability to perform the fight safely. Does the level of stakes in the scene affect the integrity of the actor’s fighting technique? There exists a paradox when an actor must be emotionally present in a fight as their character while performing technical fight moves accurately. Knowing how to navigate this paradox will enhance the safety of everyone involved in a fight scene as well as contributing to the growing amount of literature available on stage combat.