Intimacy for the Stage for Directors - Workshop - June 29 2019

Theatre Ontario in partnership with IntimacyDirectorsInternational presents

Intimacy for the Stage for Directors

Saturday June 29, 2019
11:00am to 3:00pm
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.

Siobhan Richardson'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.

“Thank you so much for your work today. It was so inspiring watching you work and I feel like I learned so much. You made the women feel totally comfortable and safe and I love what you came up with. Feeling very grateful to have had your eyes on the project.”  – Claren Grosz, PencilKit Productions

Meet the Instructor…


Richardson_SiobhanSiobhan Richardson is an Intimacy Director, co-founder of Intimacy Directors International ( and of Canadian Intimacy for Stage and Screen (, and one of two people in Canada recognized as an Intimacy Director by Tonia Sina, founder of the Intimacy For The Stage method. Siobhan is quickly building an impressive resume in this field, including several directing and teaching credits across Canada, Europe, and the USA. Directing credits include Serenity Wild (Tender Container), White Biting Dog (Soulpepper), Odd One Out (Human Wick Effect), Dancock’s Dance (The Hogtown Collective), How I Learned To Drive (Trinity College Dramatic Society, University of Toronto), Aunt Dan and Lemon (Shadowtime Productions), The Container (Theatre Fix), The Trial of Judith K (Thought For Food Productions), and assistant to Intimacy Choreographer Tonia Sina on The Bakkhai (Stratford Festival, directed by Jillian Keiley). Recent teaching credits include workshops in Norway, Germany, the United States, and across Canada, with visits to Sweden, Denmark and Finland currently under negotiation. Siobhan is thrilled to be part of the movement that’s creating safer more respectful workspaces, and bringing Intimacy Directors into the rehearsal hall to support actors and directors in these sensitive moments which are so vital to plot and character development.  Siobhan is also an actor/fighter/singer/dancer, and a fight instructor/director. In all her work, Siobhan is dedicated to the growth and development of the art form and for the artists in order to support a vibrant and healthy artistic community.

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Course Fees

$75  Regular Price plus HST and a 4% administration fee

$50  for Theatre Ontario individual and organization* members plus HST and a 4% administration fee

*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 Education Coordinator at or  416.408.4556 ext 10.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • If we receive your cancellation more than 5 business days before your workshop, you will receive a full refund less 10% administrative charges.
  • If we receive your cancellation 5-1 business 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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(In July and August, our hours are Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm and Friday: 9 am to 1 pm)