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Intimacy Direction Workshop

Theatre Alberta, Rosebud School for the Arts, and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity are proud to welcome Siobhan Richardson of Intimacy Directors International (IDI) for a masterclass in intimacy direction.

There is a growing—and urgent—need in the theatre industry to create safer, more respectful working environments. The role of an intimacy director or intimacy choreographer is increasingly valued in the rehearsal and production process. This master class will offer experienced directors and choreographers an intensive introduction to best practices and recommended working conditions for safe on-stage intimacy through discussion and practical exercises.

What does the Program Offer?

Participants in this master class will gain a greater understanding of the role of an intimacy director through immersion in the work, learning how to begin to incorporate best practices in rehearsal and giving them a solid foundation should they pursue further training in this area.

Topics will include communication of personal boundaries; how to physically and emotionally prepare actors for scenes of intimacy; choreographing simple scenes of intimacy (i.e. “they kiss”); violent intimacy; consent in the theatre workplace; and psychological safety.

Intimacy Directors International is a not-for-profit organization that represents like-minded artists who adhere to the highest standards of artistry and safety. Siobhan Richardson is among IDI’s exclusive roster of recommended intimacy directors.

Who Should Apply?

This program is aimed at directors or choreographers with some experience staging intimate scenes, as well as instructors who work with actors in post-secondary or other theatre training programs. Movement training and mental health first aid training are assets but not compulsory.

Please note that this is not a formal intimacy director certification course, as certification of intimacy directors is an emerging and highly individualized process. Artists who reside outside of Alberta will be required to pay an out-of-province fee of $100.

This master class is presented by Theatre Alberta and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as part of Theatre Alberta’s Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series.

For more information or to apply online, visit

Application Deadline: October 31, 2018
Program dates: November 30 – December 2, 2018