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Stage fighting professor to discuss connection between academics, athletics on Sept. 10

Lyon College will host a convocation featuring Matthew Crider discussing stage fighting and definitions of learning on Friday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre in Holloway Theatre.

Crider is a tenured Associate Professor of Acting and Movement at Murray State University. He is one of fewer than 200 people worldwide to be certified as a teacher of stage combat by the Society of American Fight Directors. His specialization is in the instruction of performance from a movement standpoint, including not just stage combat but also international physical comedy training and the Japanese Suzuki method of actor training.

During the convocation, Crider will discuss safely staging violence in theatre and look more broadly at how learning is defined. Athletics and academics are often described as different areas, but this lecture will open the discussion on what is really meant by “learning” and how studies and movement are more connected that people may think.

Crider said he plans to “blur the line” between academics and athletics so that people can recognize the importance of studying both in a connected way.