Advanced Combat Intensive 2015

Schedule and Location

Pheasant Run Resort
Saint Charles, IL.


MACE uses the ACTIVE registration system. When you click to register, you will be redirected to that site.

What is an “Advanced” Actor Combatant?

An Advanced Actor Combatant is one who has the ability to proficiently execute basic combat techniques to such a high level that it enables the actor to realize the available choices within the choreography and perform the fight as if it were happening spontaneously, all the while having the ability to respond to what is happening with their partner and try to impose their character's will upon the given circumstances of the immediate moments and making them tie into the play as a whole.

Think you have what it takes?

This intensive, three-day workshop will focus on three disciplines: Knife, Rapier & Dagger, and Smallsword. Working with some of the best in the industry, students will have their performance and combat skills for stage pushed to the next level. Applicants for this intensive will need to have an extensive background in acting and stage combat in order to qualify.

The cost for this exclusive event is $450. Space is limited to 24 students.

To apply for the ACI, please send a copy of your acting and stage combat résumés to John Tovar.

Also, if you attend The Advanced Combat Intensive, you will receive a hefty discount to attend the Winter Wonderland Workshop. If selected you will be given further instructions for deposit and workshop payment. Restrictions apply. For more information, email Coordinator John Tovar at aci@macenfp

All information subject to change.

Any student that registers for an intensive as well as registering for the full (ALL FOUR DAYS) of WWW will receive a $100 discount on WWW.

Student registration is currently scheduled to open on November 15. In the event that the registration date changes, we will make an announcement our our Facebook page and our website.

If you have questions contact ACI Coordinator, John Tovar.

Do you accept Credit Cards?

Yes, use the online registration form and you can choose to pay with a credit card. Please note: There is a processing fee.

Can I pay by Certified Check, Personal Check, or Money Order?

Yes. However, your payment must be received in full by December 16th. MACE Training is not responsible for how fast or slow the U.S. Postal Service delivers your payment and will not take that into account if your payment is not received on time, so factor in delivery time when making payments by mail.

Is my tuition refundable if I cannot attend?

Before December 24th, tuition is refundable minus the $150 deposit. After December 24th, no refunds will be allowed under any circumstances.

What time do we finish everyday?

Classes finish around 10:00 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, the workshop ends around 6:00 pm.

Which is better, O'Hare or Midway?

O'Hare International Airport is located 27.64 miles from Pheasant Run Resort with an approximate travel time of 45 minutes. Midway International Airport is located 41.81 miles from Pheasant Run Resort with an approximate travel time of 57 minutes. Which one is better will depend on which one is cheaper for you to fly into. Airport Express is a shuttle service that will pick you up at either airport and drive you to the resort. It will also pick you up and take you back to your particular airport and the end of your stay. Go to and get a quote. I know they do round-trip and group discounts!

Where can I leave my personal stuff so it doesn't get stolen?

Since the hotel rooms and classrooms are located in the same area, personal items can be kept with you at all times or left in your hotel room. MACE Training is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Is lodging included?

No, lodging is not included. There is a discounted rate from Pheasant Run Resort using this link.

Where can I stay?

Pheasant Run Resort is located at 4051 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174. Go to for more information about their facilities.

What food will be available during the workshop?

At this time, food will not be offered. There are numerous locations, both on-site and off, in which you can purchase food. There will be information in your packet that shows you where food can be purchased. If desired, you can upgrade your hotel room to one with a refrigerator and microwave. That would allow you to go to one of the local grocery stores and purchase food you can make. Water fountains are located throughout the resort, so you can fill water bottles.

Do I need to provide weapons?

All weapons are provided by the workshop.

What if I get hurt?

The workshop is not liable for injuries that a student may acquire during the workshop. There is a mandatory waiver that each student must sign to that effect in order to attend the workshop. However, there will be someone on staff who can handle minor injuries (bumps, bruises, scrapes, etc.) if the situation arises. Several people on staff at the workshop are certified in First Aid and CPR.