Intimacy for the Stage for Directors Jan 2018

Theatre Ontario in partnership with IntimacyDirectorsInternational presents

Intimacy for the Stage for Directors

Saturday January 13, 2018
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Theatre Ontario Boardroom
Suite 350, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto

Learn the techniques and the language to stage human sexuality in a way that is professional, dynamic and focused on storytelling.


Whether you're a director or stage manager, you've probably been confronted with an intimate scene and you know how difficult they can be to stage comfortably.  This 4 hour workshop is designed to give you the tools you need to handle these moments respectfully, safely, and with confidence. Learn the language and standards for staging intimacy that should be followed from rehearsal into performances, just like fight choreography.


The focus is on subtle and specific details in choreography for the purpose of telling the story of the scene.  Contact improvisation is used as well as breath and eye contact to keep partners connected physically and emotionally.


Tonia Sina’s Workshops on Intimacy for the Stage have been enthusiastically received as a practice which empowers actors to respect their own boundaries, while improving the quality and clarity of scenes of intimacy.  Intimacy For The Stage workshops and the assistance of an Intimacy Director/Choreographer creates better storytelling, and is an important step forwards in supporting actors’ safety and rights.

“Last week we had an intimacy choreographer, Tonia Sina, conduct workshops with actors and help mold difficult moments in the show. In many regards this is new territory. It's what fight directors were facing twenty years ago. When you think of that comparison, you see the importance of staging a kiss with the same care as a fencing move. Safety, precision, a controlled situation are so necessary for the artists to work freely and feel safe within the structure of the play. It's all illusion here, the theatre's greatest tool. No one is struck in a fight, no one is making love on the stage, it's a magic trick, it is a grand illusion. The audience is deceived into thinking they've seen more than what has actually been presented to them.” - Valerie Hawkins

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Meet the Instructor…


Tonia Sina is currently the Intimacy Choreographer and sexual harassment prevention advisor for the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada.   She is the Artistic Director of Reduxion Theatre Company in Oklahoma City, and an international Intimacy for the Stage workshop teacher and choreographer. Tonia has been researching Intimacy for the Stage and Sexual Harassment in the industry since she began research for her thesis in 2004. Tonia is the founder of Intimacy Directors International,  whose goal is to make the theatre industry safer and more professional when handling scenes containing sexual content. Other Intimacy Direction includes: Les Liaison Dangereuses, Ausust: Osage County, The Odessey, Metamorphoses, Angelina Project, Anna in the Tropics, Lion in the Streets, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). Also an actress, playwright, model, and former movement professor, Tonia is a double kidney transplant recipient and rare and chronic disease patient advocate and national motivational speaker. Training: Niagara University- BFA in theatre performance, Virginia Commonwealth. 

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Course Fees

$75 plus HST Regular Price

$50 plus HST for Theatre Ontario individual and organization* members

*Theatre Ontario Organization Members may send 1 delegate at the member price.

Groups of 4 or more get 25% off


Theatre Ontario Members must sign-in to access member pricing.

Confirmation and receipt will be sent by email.

To receive the group discount or for more information, please contact the Theatre Ontario at or 416.408.4556 ext 10.

Refund & Cancellation Policy 

  • If we receive your cancellation up to 5 business days before your workshop, you will receive a full refund less 10% administrative charges.
  • If we receive your cancellation 5-1 days before your workshop, you’ll receive a 50% refund.
  • If we receive your cancellation on the day of your workshop or you do not show up for your workshop, no refund will be issued.
  • If Theatre Ontario cancels a workshop you will be refunded in full.



401 Richmond Street West, Suite 350, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8
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