Intimacy Direction & Coordination
Intimacy directors and coordinators act as choreographers, advocates, and liaisons for productions involving intimate material in storytelling:
we take the creative vision of the work and design a scene that honors both the boundaries of the actors involved and the intent of the director, staying authentic to the needs of the production while maintaining a safe and consent-forward environment.
As an intimacy coordinator (IC), intimacy director (ID) and movement expert, I work to ensure an atmosphere that is safe, professional, artistic, and consent-forward when dealing with material involving intimate moments in scenes for theater, film/tv, dance, opera and live performance.
This can include scenes involving:
Intimate Physical contact
Nonconsensual sexual acts
Gender nonconforming sexuality
As an ID/IC, my goal is to align the artistic vision of the work with the boundaries of all involved. This means I act as a liaison with various departments to establish an environment that is safe and informed for everyone on the production.
Advocating for an actor’s boundaries and safety
Collaborating with the director to choreograph scenes involving intimacy
Consulting with wardrobe, makeup, lighting and crew
Discussing language/communication around intimate scenes
Establishing closed-room protocols
Offering closure practices to aid in de-rolling of the character
I work with diverse casts to ensure authentic presentation of intimate experiences that includes advocating for actors who identify as male, female, trans, gender nonconforming, BIPOC, queer, straight and asexual.
photo by Emily Lambert
Intimacy Coordinators & Directors (IDC)
Intimacy for Stage and Screen
crafting character physicality
physical theater & comedy
working with dancers
working with untrained movers
working with differently abled bodies
language/communication for intimate scenes
Mental Health First Aid
Yoga & Pilates
Massage Therapy/Anatomy & Kinesiology
Intimacy direction for theater, plays, musicals, dance, opera, live performance
Intimacy coordination for film, TV, commercials, music videos, photoshoots
Consultations on intimacy needs within a production or script
Intimacy in theater, dance, opera, and film
Consent & boundary practices
How to navigate intimate scenes in a university setting
As an intimacy professional, I am called to do this work because of my love for storytelling in the performing arts, and because it is every person's right to feel safe, supported, and heard when telling these stories.
An expert in movement and movement creation, I have spent my life in dance, theater, film, and music, and am passionate about creating safe spaces in these worlds, finding unique, creative ways to tell stories with honesty and artistry, all while uplifting the art of the work involved and honoring the boundaries of the actors, crew, and story the director wishes to tell.
I specialize in creating powerful, considered, artful, and compelling choreography in intimate scenes for theater, film, dance, and opera.
Having been a mover of 30+ years and a teacher of nearly 20 years, I am an expert in working with bodies of all kinds to find the movement and confidence available to each individual self.
INTIMACY DIRECTORS & COORDINATORS
Level I Training - Sarah Lozoff & Sasha Smith
Level II Training - Colleen Hughes & Charlie Baker
Level III Intimacy Director Training - Claire Warden & Cha Ramos
Level IV Intimacy Director Mentorship - Claire Warden
Intimacy Coordination with Regency Intimacy- Lizzy Talbot & Sylvia Fuhrken
Scene Work with Kink and BDSM - Dr. Timaree Schmit, Dr. Ayshia Mackie-Stephenson
Supporting Transgender & Non-Binary Artists- Maybe Burke & Tweet
How Unaddressed Whiteness Can Cause Harm in Intimacy Work - Erin Wehrenberg
Creating Spaces: Community Guidelines and Tools for Talking - Lauren DeLeon
Consent in Improv - Jessica Steinrock
Intimacy Professionals and Eating Disorders: Awareness, Assessment, and Referral - Bridget McCarthy
Lean Forward: Intimacy Choreography Analysis - Francesca Betancourt
INTIMACY FOR STAGE AND SCREEN
Introduction to Intimacy Coordination - Lizzy Talbot
Nonconsensual Intimacy and Violence for Tv/Film and Theater
Mental Health First Aid Training - West Chester University
Bystander Intervention Training - nyc.gov
First Aid/CPR/AED Training - American Health Care Academy
Sexual Harassment Prevention - ny.gov
Somatic Psychology - Asheville School of Massage & Yoga
Dance - The Alvin Ailey School, Fordham University (BFA)
Acting - The Freeman Studio, The Barrow Group, McCaskill Studio
Lights Film School - directing, cinematography, lighting, sound design, editing, and music video creation
Anatomy, Kinesiology, Biology, Physiology, Somatic Psychology - Rebecca Dietzel; Asheville School of Massage & Yoga