Casey Hudecki has a Theatre Specialist H.B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and is a Certified Fight Director and Stage Combat Instructor with Fight Directors Canada. Casey has over fifteen years of stage combat performance and teaching experience, having taught at every academic level. As a Fight Director, Casey is the first woman to be credited with Fight Direction at the Stratford Theatre Festival, and has directed fights for various amateur and professional theatre companies throughout the GTA. Casey is a Professional Actor and Stunt Performer in Film, Television and Theatre; recent credits include Bo’s Stunt Double on Lost Girl, as well as Principle roles on Saving Hope, King and Nikita. Casey is the winner of the Female Action Performer of the Year at the 2009 Action on Film festival in Los Angeles, as well as the FDC Paddy Crean Award, 2007. Casey is a founding member of Riot A.C.T., an action creation team who have won twelve awards for their action film shorts. Casey is the founder of TEMPER: Combat Performance Arts, and is passionate about teaching the art of stage combat with enthusiasm and specificity.
Casey is a member of FDC, Rapier-Wit, ACTRA, CAEA, and a trained First Aider.
OTHER TEMPER INSTRUCTORSMIKE DUFAYS Mike Dufays is a Graduate of the American Musical and Darmatic Academy (NYC) where he developed his love for acting and stage combat. Since then, Michael’s stage career has taken him from coast to coast, including touring with the award winning company, Red Sky Performance, in Raven Stole the Sun, and touring Europe and the UK with the award-winning, Corpus Dance Projects. Favourite roles include: Originating the role of Yoshi in Daniel MacIvor’s Arigato, Tokyo (Buddies in Bad Times), a performance which earned him a Dora Mavor Award Nomination; Kyoketei in Duel of Ages; originating the role of Horne, and playing Sun Wukong, in Forbidden Phoenix (LKTYP and Gateway Theatre, BC); and Bill in The Voice of the Turtle (The Classic Theatre Festival) which earned him a nomination for “Best Actor” with the Captal Critics Circle award jury. Favourite film credits include: Foster in Shaolin Delivery Boy (Zed Channel/ CBC), Clockwatcher in A Day At The Office (Bravo Channel/CBC), and Detective Dumbo in Heroic Bloodshed (RiotA.C.T.) – for which he was nominated for Breakout Male Action Star at the Action on Film Festival in L.A. Michael has had the privilege of Assistant Fight Directing at the Stratford Theatre Festival for two seasons, is a Certified Stage Combat Instructor with FDC, and is a co-founder of RiotA.C.T., a multi award winning Action Creation Team of fighters and filmmakers. Visit his website to learn more about him! Michael is currently developing the Acted Aggression class with Casey. A class that works hand in hand with technique-centric classes, focusing on finding a way for the actor to get the authentic emotional intensity required for most fight scenes. Using some Meisner-inspired exercises and guided emotional prep work, students explore the gamut of emotions such as fear, anger, hurt and desperation associated with physical conflict. Putting the ACT in Action!