As you move forward in your rehearsals and classrooms, here are some reminders of tools & practices to help you do work that is safe, sustainable, and ethical. 


  • When speaking about bodies, use the language of muscles and bones

  • Stage kisses are always no tongue/closed mouth, unless discussed beforehand


(use during rehearsals) 

  • Short for “pause button” 

  • Used to express a need and/or boundary (five minutes, finding another way to do something) 

  • Response to button: “What do you need?” 


  • BED

    • Balance​

    • Eye contact

    • Distance

  • Fight call minimum: 

    • Run once 1/2 speed​

    • Run once regular speed

audition disclosures
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Empowers actors to make informed choices when choosing which shows to audition for. Click the button below to see explanations and examples. 

stage kiss tools

Some general reminders, tips & tricks regarding stage kisses. Click the link below to download a one-page guide.

self care resources

Coming soon!


(use before rehearsal & performance) 

  • Warm up body

    • Dance/shake/shimmy/march in place

    • Stretch

    • Other warm ups as desired (vocal, etc.)

  • Get present in the room

    • One hand on stomach, other hand on sternum

    • Take a few deliberate breaths

    • Notice 3 things about the room you're in (sounds, colors, location of doors/windows, etc.)

  • If rehearsing intimacy or other close contact, complete any necessary hygiene

    • Swish with mouthwash for 30 seconds​

    • Chapstick if needed

    • Wash hands

    • Put on rehearsal clothes if needed


(use before rehearsal & performance) 


Short version:

  • All parties say: “Hey just wanted to check in on your boundaries today--what parts of your body would you prefer I not touch?” 

  • All parties say “My name is ______, and I’m playing the character of _____. I respect your boundaries and I’m looking forward to doing this scene/show with you.”

Long version: 

  • Stand opposite scene partner and choose who will be A and who will be B. 

  • Person A uses a slow wiping/swiping movement to show Person B all the places on their body where they are giving them permission to touch in this rehearsal/performance today. No talking is necessary. 

  • Person A says “Would it work for me to take your hands?” If Person B says yes, Person A takes their hands and moves them in that same wiping/swiping movement over those places they’re giving permission to touch. (If Person B has boundaries surrounding touching parts of someone else’s body, they can call “button.” Options for doing this another way include hovering, following hands, placing hands on top of another’s, or just looking.) (NOTE: You may discover that when someone else is about to touch someplace, you actually DO have a boundary there! That's totally fine. Boundaries can change.)

  • Person B says “I noticed a boundary around ________” (name parts of body where no permission was given to touch). Person A clarifies as needed. (Use language of muscles and bones.) RESIST THE URGE TO EXPLAIN/JUSTIFY BOUNDARIES

  • Switch and repeat!

  • All parties say “My name is ______, and I’m playing the character of _____. I respect your boundaries and I’m looking forward to doing this scene/show with you.”


(use after rehearsal & performance) 

  • Work it out of your body (based on Alba Emoting "step out") (click here to see video if needed)

    • Stand with feet shoulder width apart, with the outsides of your feet parallel

    • Look out in front of you onto your own personal horizon (something in the room that doesn't include another person) 

    • Interlock your fingers in front of you

    • Inhale and allow it to bring your hands up and over your head, landing at the back of your neck

    • Exhale and allow it to bring your hands back to your front, keeping your fingers interlocked

    • Repeat breathing and arm movement 4-5 times

    • On the last exhale, bring your body forward so you're bent over

    • Slowly begin to shake and wiggle your body, including legs, hips, shoulders

    • Massage your face with your fingertips while still bent over and shaking your body

    • Allow the shaking of your body to gradually increase until you're up and doing big jumping motions

    • Add some vocalizations as you jump

  • "De-role"

    • Face your partner or the group and take turns saying the following: 

    • "As the character of ___, I am feeling/thinking/doing ___."

    • "As myself, I am feeling/thinking/doing ___."

    • "After rehearsal, I’m looking forward to ___."

    • When you're done speaking, hit your own thighs and say "hup!" and then clap your hands once. Then your partner or the rest of the group repeats this action. 

    • After everyone has finished speaking, do three thigh hit/hup and claps in unison, then all shout "yaaaaaay!" 

    • To "de-role" on your own, speak the same things as above out loud, then do the three thigh hit/hups and claps and shout "yay!"


(Credit to Laura Rikard for "de-role-ing" practice; Susana Bloch for Alba Emoting step out)​​​