Being a working artist in New York City is a demanding prospect. Auditions, rehearsal schedules, survival jobs and making rent can all get in the way of your day to day life - not to mention continued training. It’s why we aspire to keep our training affordable and the experience about you, rather than us. We aim to provide you with training that mirrors its on the job counterpart. We want you to experience what it is like to be in the rehearsal room, creating alongside your fellow castmates and designers. Our approach is a reflection of who we are as artists, just as your experience of our class is affected by your own artistic makeup and goals. We are actors, singers, dancers, clowns, movement artists, martial artists, digital artists, photographers, cinematographers, directors, designers, athletes, technicians, musicians and most importantly; continual learners. Only we don’t thirst for knowledge. We fight for it.
Rob, Tate and Jon met while performing in an outdoor drama in North Carolina. In 2013 they established and coordinated the first annual Tourist Trap Stage Combat Workshop in Orlando, Florida. By 2015, all three were living in New York City where they identified a need for affordable training that took into account the busy schedule of young actors and working professionals actively engaging in the hustle. Seeking to provide an alternative to more rigid and less personal training, they began offering combat classes to actors, stunt performers and other entertainment professionals.
We're freelancers just like you, looking for ways to provide instruction that takes into account your busy schedule. We hope you'll trust us to keep you and your wallet safe from harm.
Rob grew up on the east coast of Florida with strong ties to NYC & Long Island. He and his beagle, Daisy, now reside in Chelsea where he serves as a freelance fight director, performer, stunt coordinator and teacher. Credits include Barefoot Shakespeare, Atlantic Theatre Company and Juilliard.
Jason Paul Tate
Tate is a proud Kentuckian with ties to Florida, Texas and California; though he has for the moment put down roots in Harlem. He is a freelance director, choreographer and performer, whose credits include the Metropolitan Opera, Classic Stage Company, A.R.T. and the Public.
Jon is also a Kentucky native and now lives in Washington Heights. He is a freelance actor, singer and fight designer who works regularly with Everyday Inferno Theatre and the Columbia University graduate program when he's not brushing up on his Aikido.