Want to learn more about intimacy direction & coordination? Check out these resources!
Intimacy Directors & Coordinators Formerly Intimacy Directors International. Providing training, certification, and intimacy direction/coordination services.
Providing training and intimacy direction/coordination services.
Providing training and consultations with a focus on de-colonizing the industry of intimacy direction and coordination.
Formerly Intimacy Directors International UK
A newly formed organization allowing intimacy professionals to collaborate and set industry standards.
UK based intimacy coordinator with lots of good resources on her site
New York Times Magazine: The Sex Scene Evolves for the #MeToo Era
Sydney Morning Herald: Rules of Engagement: How Actors and Directors Create Intimacy Onstage
San Francisco Chronicle: Intimacy Choreographer Maya Herbsman Makes Staged Sex Safe Sex
The Guardian: Safe Sex On Set: The Rise of Intimacy Coaches
EMPOWER YOUR ACTORS!
Want to make your theatre or film/tv set a safer and more empowering place in general? Use these guidelines!
Utilize audition disclosures. See example below.
Have a clear code of conduct, with expectations of behavior, consequences for violating expectations, and clear reporting structures. See this example.
Allow actors time to establish and communicate:
1. Their boundaries before intimacy.
2. A "safeword" and/or signal to use during choreography.
3. A moment of closure after intimacy.
Never hold auditions or meetings in hotel rooms. While auditions may be closed or private, there should always be a 3rd party present.
Do not require nudity or intimacy at auditions. If you feel the need to know about tattoos, scars, or body hair, you can ask actors about this on their audition form. If you would like to take body shape into consideration, ask actors to wear form-fitting clothing to the audition.
For theatre: Never take video or photos of intimacy rehearsals. Have the stage manager take detailed notes, or do an audio recording describing the choreography while actors say their lines.
Audition disclosures are a way to empower actors and communicate what will be required of them if they are cast in a role. It helps the creative team share their vision for the production and be upfront about their expectations, and prevents abuse.