Stage Combat and Fisticuffs Fundamentals

In this class we will explore how to use stage combat and movement to immediately heighten stakes in storytelling. A strong emphasis on acting while safely simulating physical combat on stage. Actors will move through a series of skills both offensive and defensive, technical and vocal and eventually add language, character, and circumstance. Culminating in shared scenes in an open rehearsal using the skills we’ve learned throughout our time together.


General Information and Requirements: 

  • Date: Saturday January 20 2024
  • Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Place: Rehearsal Space of IATI Theater (64 East 4th St. New York, NY 10003. 2nd floor). In-person class.
  • Please dress in comfortable movement clothes.
  • Maximum number of participants: 20.
  • Duration: The master class will last approximately 3 hours.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the class. The class will start on time.
  • You are required to be present during the whole session. Do not register if you cannot be present for the entire class.
  • No one will be admitted once the class has started. NO EXCEPTIONS.



About the instructor:

Jose-Maria Aguila is a Mexican born Actor, writer, and fight choreographer. A graduate of the NYU Graduate Acting Program, and has studied at the British American Drama Academy, Oxford University and the National theater Conservatory.

Credits include, SWAT (CBS/Paramount+), Pose (FX), Blue Bloods (CBS), Madam Secretary (CBS), 5th of July (Amazon).
Regional: Portland Stage, Ivoryton Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, Denver Center, The Guthrie Theater.
Jose-Maria currently teaches and has taught stage combat/acting/movement for the actor at NYU Graduate Acting, The Stella Adler Conservatory, NYU Tisch Undergraduate Acting Program, Hamilton College, The Dalton School, The 52nd Street Project, Encompass Collective and Dream Yard.

“Enseñales quien eres..”


About HOLA Master Classes series:

In expanding job opportunities for Hispanic actors, HOLA strengthens and supports the available talent pool through its Educational Programs which offers professional development, acting training and networking opportunities for members and the Hispanic community. This is an invaluable resource for artists to further develop their skills, gain practical experience and industry knowledge to support a greater chance of success in their careers. HOLA Master Classes are free for members and scheduled once a month.

HOLA y sus clases magistrales:

En función de expandir las oportunidades laborales de los actores hispanos, HOLA fortalece y apoya el potencial del talento humano disponible a través de sus programas educativos. Los cuales ofrecen desarrollo profesional, formación actoral; además, de las oportunidades de establecer relaciones interpersonales entre los miembros y la comunidad hispana. Este invaluable recurso impulsa a los artistas a desarrollar aún más sus habilidades. Ganando experiencia práctica y conocimientos del área; aumentando así, las posibilidades de éxito en sus carreras. Las clases magistrales de HOLA son mensuales y gratuitas para los miembros.


Cancellation Policy:

  • In the event you need to cancel your reservation, immediately notify us within 24 hrs notice. Please email us at to notify us of your cancelation.
  • Failure to cancel on time will result in one unexcused absence.
  • An unexcused absence will suspend your privilege to register/participate in the next 2 HOLA Master Classes or Workshops.


Política de cancelación:

  • Para cancelar su reserva, debe notificarlo con 24 horas de anticipación a través del correo electrónico:
  • La falta de notificación oportuna o demorada, se considerará una inasistencia injustificada.
  • Cada inasistencia injustificada suspende la inscripción de las próximas 2 clases magistrales o talleres de HOLA.


Photo Credit: SWAT -CBS Television



This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



HOLA would like to gratefully acknowledge Radio Drama Network for their generous support towards our 2023-2024 educational programming supporting art that enriches our culture.



This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.





Saturday Jan 20 2024


1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
IATI Theater's Rehearsal Space


IATI Theater's Rehearsal Space
64 East 4th St. New York, NY 10003. 2nd floor


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