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Interview with Harris Smith

Interview with Harris Smith Nadia Sine Th e fi ght part of it is fun, but ultimately we’re trying to further the plot. In musical theater, we sing these elongated vowels because we can no longer verbally contain our emotions and how we feel. We have to express them through song. Th e same applies to stage combat: I can no longer verbally get what I want, so I have to physically go aft er my objective. Th at’s my approach, and that is how the actor should be approaching it as well. Harris Smith is the former chair of the Department of Th eatre at the University of Utah. He received his bachelor of arts degree in theater from Montana State University and earned his master of fi ne arts degree in acting from the University of Washington School of Drama. Harris is originally from the Seattle area in Washington State and is a certifi ed teacher of stage combat through the Society of American Fight Directors. He has been personally trained by David Boushey, one of SAFD’s founding members, in stage combat and fi lm stunt work. His research focuses on the evolution of violence for the cinema, including Afro- futurism http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies University of Nebraska Press

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Abstract

Nadia Sine Th e fi ght part of it is fun, but ultimately we’re trying to further the plot. In musical theater, we sing these elongated vowels because we can no longer verbally contain our emotions and how we feel. We have to express them through song. Th e same applies to stage combat: I can no longer verbally get what I want, so I have to physically go aft er my objective. Th at’s my approach, and that is how the actor should be approaching it as well. Harris Smith is the former chair of the Department of Th eatre at the University of Utah. He received his bachelor of arts degree in theater from Montana State University and earned his master of fi ne arts degree in acting from the University of Washington School of Drama. Harris is originally from the Seattle area in Washington State and is a certifi ed teacher of stage combat through the Society of American Fight Directors. He has been personally trained by David Boushey, one of SAFD’s founding members, in stage combat and fi lm stunt work. His research focuses on the evolution of violence for the cinema, including Afro- futurism

Journal

Frontiers: A Journal of Women StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: May 5, 2021

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