Intimacy Direction

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Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director: Black Love and Human Rights
Essay
Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director: Black Love and Human Rights
by Ayshia Mackie-Stephenson
7 June 2021
Dismantle the Hierarchy: Best Practices for Creating a More Equitable, Consensual Theatre Classroom
Essay
Dismantle the Hierarchy: Best Practices for Creating a More Equitable, Consensual Theatre Classroom
by Alli St. John
17 May 2021
Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director with Dr. Ayshia
Video
Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director with Dr. Ayshia
A talk on Black sex, Black bodies, and Black love led by Dr. Ayshia Stephenson
Monday 15 March 2021
United States
The silhouettes of a Black woman and a Black man in an embrace against a pink-purple ombre background.
Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director: Black Love and Human Rights
Essay

Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director: Black Love and Human Rights

7 June 2021

Dr. Ayshia Mackie-Stephenson believes that when it comes to intimacy directing, choreography can celebrate Black love as an act of racial and sexual justice.

Two actors lifting another one from the top of a pile of hay.
Dismantle the Hierarchy: Best Practices for Creating a More Equitable, Consensual Theatre Classroom
Essay

Dismantle the Hierarchy: Best Practices for Creating a More Equitable, Consensual Theatre Classroom

17 May 2021

Alli St. John shares a guide she developed for directors of youth theatre to prioritize consent and safe practices for staging theatrical intimacy.

silhouette of two people embracing, with a red and purple starry background.
Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director with Dr. Ayshia
Video

Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director with Dr. Ayshia

A talk on Black sex, Black bodies, and Black love led by Dr. Ayshia Stephenson

Monday 15 March 2021
United States

Dr. Ayshia Mackie-Stephenson presented Confessions of a Black Intimacy Director with Dr. Ayshia livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 15 March 2021 at 3 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 5 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 6 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

two actors onstage
What Playwrights Can Learn from Intimacy Directors
Essay

What Playwrights Can Learn from Intimacy Directors

A Conversation with Gaby Labotka

1 September 2020

Playwright Hallie Palladino chats with intimacy director Gaby Labotka about how intimacy directors approach scripts, the importance of a well-chosen adverb, and the necessity of innovation, now more than ever, to keep performers healthy and safe.

two actors onstage
Intimacy Direction in the Time of Physical Distance
Essay

Intimacy Direction in the Time of Physical Distance

25 August 2020

As artists and companies re-examine the failures of their infrastructures and unconscious biases, Emily C. A. Snyder argues that the lessons learned and challenges faced so far within the field of intimacy direction may be of particular value.

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Is There Still Hope for Integrity and Intimacy in Online Performance?
Video

Is There Still Hope for Integrity and Intimacy in Online Performance?

Moderated by Corrie Tan, with panelists Katrina Stuart Santiago, Maria Tri Sulistyani, and Bernice Lee

Tuesday 28 July 2020
Singapore

ArtsEquator presented Is There Still Hope for Integrity and Intimacy in Online Performance? livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 28 July 2020 at 7:30 p.m. SGT (Singapore, UTC +8) / 8:30 p.m. KST (Seoul, UTC +9) / 12:30 BST (London, UTC +1) / 13:30 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 7:30 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4)

Ann James and Carly D. Weckstein.
Directors Lab West Connects: Ann James and Carly D. Weckstein (ASL-interpreted)
Video

Directors Lab West Connects: Ann James and Carly D. Weckstein (ASL-interpreted)

Using Intimacy Direction to Create a Culture of Consent Post-COVID

Monday 25 May 2020
United States

Directors Lab West presented Directors Lab West Connects: Ann James and Carly D. Weckstein livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 25 May 2020 at 8 a.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC-10) / 10 a.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-8) / 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 19:00 BST (London, UTC+1) / 20:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

two actors embracing
Intimate Reform
Essay

Intimate Reform

Making Space for Leaders of Color

19 March 2020

Ann C. James reflects on the quickly growing field of intimacy direction, arguing that it is vital for the leadership to include people of color so that stories centering on racialized sexual trauma and non-white romantic intimacy can be told in the most truthful ways.

Intimacy Director Tonia Sina expressing an idea with her arms and hands in a rehearsal with two actors
The Art and Craft of Intimacy Direction
Essay

The Art and Craft of Intimacy Direction

30 January 2020

Holly L. Derr examines the history of the intimacy choreography movement in the United States and speaks to several of the artists behind it all.