In recent years, it has become undeniable that we need to do a lot more as an industry to create a working environment free from harassment and harm, one that empowers performers to have control over their own bodies. I am invested in changing the culture in our rehearsal spaces, one room at time, which lead me to train as an intimacy director.
Scott Emerson Moyle wrote a great explainer on intimacy direction for Generator’s Artist Producer Resource, which you can read here. My job as an intimacy director is to advocate for actors, choreograph movement, and create a safe space to work so that we can tell the story of the intimacy.
I want every actor to know that they can have boundaries, know how to communicate and receive them, and to have a nuanced understanding of consent. I am particularly interested in teaching tools to approach consent in classroom settings, where complex power dynamics are at play.
If you have questions about intimacy needs for a production, or if you think your organization could benefit from a workshop, please get in touch using the contact form below.