What is Intimacy on Stage? An Introduction to Creating a Safe Space - Webinar - November 9 2018

Theatre Ontario in partnership with Intimacy Directors International presents

What is Intimacy on Stage? An Introduction to Creating a Safe Space

Friday November 9th, 2018
Recorded Webinar - (may be accessed at any time on this date)

Learn about the background and impetus behind the Intimacy for the Stage initiative

In this 45-minute introductory webinar, Siobhan Richardson - an intimacy director from Intimacy Directors International - will go over the fundamental principles behind staging intimate scenes. Intimacy Directors International was founded by Tonia Sina, a fight and movement teacher who recognized the need to formulate the intimacy for the stage method for performing artists, directors and coaches. Over the past 14 years the this directive grew out of a need to create structured and choreographed scenes that ensured that actors are given the tools to ensure that they give consent when performing romantic or intimate scenes. During the past 10 months the #metoo, #timesup and the #aftermetoo movements have had significant impact on the artistic practice within the performing arts.

In this webinar Siobhan will discuss:

  • The philosophy behind Intimacy for the Stage training
  • What the Intimacy workshops are all about and why both performing artists and directors need to understand its tenets
  • Why actors need to learn and understand that it is their right to have consent when doing intimate scenes
  • How organizations and directors are responsible to respect the boundaries of actors involved in intimate scenes
  • Inimacy Directors Internaional and Theatre Ontario’s role in providing training

In this socio-political climate there is a need to discuss how to maintain a safe and healthy work environment at the theatre. This informative webinar will prepare individuals on what to expect in each of our Intimacy workshops: Intimacy for the Stage for Performing Artists or our Intimacy for the Stage for Directors workshops.

This what one participant said about our Intimacy for the Stage for Performers workshop: "This is the kind of training every actor should have in their tool kit, I learned so much."

Meet the Instructor…

Richardson_SiobhanSiobhan Richardson is an Intimacy Director, co-founder of Intimacy Directors International (www.IntimacyDirectorsInternational.com) and of Canadian Intimacy for Stage and Screen (www.CISS.online), 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.


Website information:  https://www.intimacydirectorsinternational.com/

New York Time Article:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/theater/need-to-fake-an-orgasm-theres-an-intimacy-choreographer-for-that.html 

Course Fee

FREE! (All participants must register)

For more information, please contact the Education Coordinator at outreach@theatreontario.org or 416.408.4556 x.10



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