Category Archives: Projects

Checkout upcoming & recent events, classes, and projects that Jared has been working on.


September 13th, 2015

Stunts for Women (and Men are welcome too)

Stunt women work harder. To do the same stunts a man can pad up to perform, women often are in a bikini or heels and a skirt.  This seminar will be taught by Maya Santandrea whose stunt work can be seen on The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Parts 1 & 2, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Fast & Furious 7 and more (see IMDB for full list of credits). Through practical training and lectures you can learn what is truly required in the industry.

There are many ways to “break into” the industry, but there are some core skills and concepts which can help your chances. Before all that you need to ask yourself: do you really want to be a stunt performer? I mean really, REALLY want it. In this seminar you will learn what you’re getting into, and what it take to actually embark on a career in professional stunts.

This seminar will be heavily geared toward women, but all genders are welcome to join. We will begin with basic techniques, such as:

  • Fundamental falls (with and without pads)
  • Firearms safety & handling intro
  • Throwing a “picture punch”
  • Camera Awareness
  • “Selling It” – Reacting to hits, kicks, and gunshot wounds
  • Basic tumbling / shoulder rolls

We will also discuss the business, which is infinitely more complicated:

  • Equipment: what to have in your gear bag at all times (and where to buy it)
  • Film terminology 101
  • Why union membership is important
  • How wardrobe, special effects, prosthetics can (and will) ruin your day
  • Set etiquette and expectations for being part of the stunt TEAM
  • Resources for finding jobs / stunt vs actor headshots and resumes
  • Why regular training is crucial to your success

Come find out what Maya has learned about this crazy business from firsthand experience!

WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal).
TIME: 12pm-4pm
COST: $75 (late registration $100).

To register make your payment by August 31st:
Level 1: $75.00

Payments after August 31st:

Payment can also be made through PayPal to

Check out Maya’s “Hero Zombie” moment from The Walking Dead:


October 11th, 2015

Tactical Training for Actors
Take a hands-on tactical training course specifically designed for actors, stunt performers, and writers taught by veteran Law Enforcement trainer, Kevin McMahon. Kevin has spent over 20 years training Bergen County Sheriff’s Officers and will give you the fundamental skills and confidence to accurately and realistically portray a character who is required to handle a firearm.

There will be two seminars offered this day.
Level 1: 12pm-4pm

Level 1 Seminar includes:
Weapon Nomenclature
Gun Handling and Drawing
Individual Movement & Positioning
Team Movement & Positioning
Door Breaches

Level 2: 4:30pm-8pm

Level 2 Seminar includes:
Room Clearing
Hallway Movements
Gun Disarms
“Set-iquette” for firearms

Participants will practice working with guns during reality based training scenarios in a controlled environment. The Level 2 seminar will end with training scenarios where you’ll be divided into Officers and Criminals and have to clear a room of bad guys!
To participate in Level 2 you must take (or have taken) Level 1.

WHERE: Battery Dance Company, 380 Broadway (2 blocks south of Canal).
TIME: Level 1: 12pm-4pm / Level 2: 4:30pm-8pm
COST: $75 (late registration $100).

To register make your payment by September 30th:
Level 1: $75.00

Level 2: $75.00
Both Levels: $125.00

Payments after September 30th:
Level 1: $100.00

Level 2: $100.00
Both Levels: $175.00

Payment can also be made through PayPal to


July 10th – 11th, 2015

Fight Directing the AoC NYC Intensive Fight Showcase: The Doctor and Donna: Allons-y!!!

A Showcase of Fight Scenes
Presented by
Art of Combat & Shrewd Business

Friday & Saturday, June 10th & 11th, 2015
at the Access Theater 380 Broadway, NYC (two blocks south of Canal Street)

Suggested Donations are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for regular admission.

This presentation is the culmination of a week long intensive workshop which furthers participants’ training by taking their hard work to the next level: performance.

Fight scenes include:

John Lennox- FD; Aaron Orensky- AFD; John Evenden- Fight Captain; Brian Brockenshire; Charlsie Cole-Melora; John Everdeen-Roman Soldier; Kaitlyn Farley-Boudica; Morgan Lees- Roman Solider; Kris Meden- Branigen; Ethan Washburn-Catus; Jennifer Yeager-Roman Soldier

Henry VI Part 1
Chris Pytlak- FD; Kyle Rowling-AFD; Nathan Oesterle- Fight Captain Vincent Lane- Hotspur; Nathan Oesterle- Hal

Morgan Lees- FD; Brian Brockenshire- AFD; Tony Mita- Fight Captain Aaron Kapner- Shang; Ethan Washburn- The Emperor; Jennifer Yeager- Chien Po

Ring Around The Moon
Brian Brockenshire- FD; Chris Pytlak- AFD; Kaitlyn Farley- Fight Captain Kaitlyn Farley- Diana; Jennifer Yeager- Isabelle

The Godfather
Jared Kirby-FD; Mark Allan Davis- AFD; Vincent Lane- Fight Captain; Kris Meden- Connie; Tony Mita- Carlo; Vincent Lane- Sonny; Ethan Washburn- Gambler Aaron Kapner- Gambler

Aaron Orensky- FD; John Lennox- AFD; Nathan Oesterle- Fight Captain Charlsie Cole- Eudorus; John Evenden- Hector; Nathan Oesterle- Achilles

Mark Allan Davis- FD; Brian Brockenshire- AFD; Tony Mita- Fight Captain Kaitlyn Farley- Sara Sandoval; Kelly Melcho- Maria Alvarez; Tony Mita- Quentin

Red Hood Assassins
Kyle Rowling- FD; Aaron Orensky- AFD; Nathan Oesterle- Fight Captain Charlsie Cole- Assassin 3; John Evenden- Batman; Aaron Kapner- Assassin 1; Kris Meden- Assassin 5; Vincent Lane- Red Hood; Morgan Lees- Assassin 4; Nathan Oesterle- Assassin 6; Ceris Thomas- Donna; Ethan Washburn- Assassin 2

Director……………………………….Ceris Thomas
Stage Manager………………………Rebecca Rein
Lighting & Sound…………………………..Ben Rezendes
Costume Assistance………………… Elise M. Vanderkley
Doctor and Donna Script……..…….Ceris Thomas


July 6th – 11th, 2015

Art of Combat Fight Directing and Combat for Stage & Screen Intensive in New York City.

Participants from all over the US and abroad will come together in New York City to train for one intensive week with the Art of Combat company in the skills needed to create extraordinary fights for stage and screen.  Classes (taught by Jared Kirby, John Lennox and Kyle Rowling) will include stage combat, historical fencing, acting the fight, finding your angles and much more. The workshop will culminate in a show that will be performed in New York City.

This workshop is an immersion into the AoC company which has been actively transferring historical combat styles to stage and film for over a decade. Members are trained in historical combat styles and learn how to make them safe and replicable for stage and screen. Our training and expertise has enhanced theatre, film and TV with authentic and realistic combat sequences all around the world.

The week is structured so that you will get the most out of it.  You can register at one of three levels, based on your skill level and what you want to learn: “Combatant”, “On Track” or “Fight Director”.

Great review of the 2012 AoC NYC Intensive by Rachel Strayer who participated in the workshop.

Check out our great Promo video for 2014!


Summer Film Fighting Session

This Film Fighting course provides practical experience working in front of the camera for Action Films/TV. Film sets can be both exciting and intimidating because you are expected to deliver quickly in a high pressure environment. Stunt professionals must be proficient in every aspect of physical action and know how to “sell it” for the camera.

This session will focus on unarmed fighting and will culminate in shooting a short film fight on location that can be used for your reel.
Topics that will be covered include:

    • Camera awareness
    • Angles to shoot from
    • “Set-iquette”
    • Unarmed combat: punches, kicks, falls, chokes, restraints and basic stunts
    • Performing under pressure
    • Hitting marks
    • Keeping yourself safe

Classes will be Wednesday nights from 6-7pm on the following nights:

    • 7/1 – Class in Session (Ripley Grier: 520 8th Ave – 16th FL. Room #16K)
    • 7/8 – No Class
    • 7/15  – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)
    • 7/22 – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)
    • 7/29 – No Class
    • 8/5 – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)
    • 8/12 – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)
    • 8/19 – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)
    • 8/26 – Class in Session (Location: Gelsey Kirkland Academy-DUMBO)

Shooting will happen sometime the weekend of 8/29-8/30 so mark it in your calendars.

Class will be in Studio #3 at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy in DUMBO (29 Jay St. Brooklyn NY 11201). Using the subway, the “F” train is the closest line. From Manhattan take the F train towards Coney Island – Stillwell Av to the York Street Station. It is approximately a 3 minute walk on Jay Street to GKA. Driving directions can be found here.

The building does not have a sign yet. But it is a big red brick one-story building with a painted sign that says Queen Ann’s Warehouse.

$350 and will included 6 hours of training & a fully edited film fight:

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