The Psychology of Violence

Kathryn Jacobs, a guest lecturer from the University of Minnesota’s Psychology department, shares how neuroscience can help guide the way you practice and perform theatrical violence. Understanding fundamental principles of neurology can help produce more visceral, genuine responses to your storytelling.


A class which examines the five Meisterhauen (mastercuts) of the Liechtenauer canon of longsword training. The cuts will be demonstrated, and then shown how they may be adapted for safe use on the stage. Footwork as well as sword work will be examined to develop a total movement system.