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The Insider's Guide to Intimacy Direction During a Revolution inside a Pandemic (Because it's a lot) // Fall 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Category: FY21 Workshops

The Insider's Guide to Intimacy Direction During a Revolution inside a Pandemic (Because it's a lot)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm ET

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Join Ann James, founder of Intimacy Coordinators of Color, for this informative two-way discussion on how intimacy in performance, social justice and the ongoing pandemic coincide to make theatre moving forward a whole new ball of wax. She will guide you and your team through:

  • What IS Intimacy Direction anyway?
  • Why do theaters need this kind of support moving forward?
  • How to vet an Intimacy Director
  • How to manage the Power Dynamic successfully
  • Race and Intimacy Direction
  • Effective strategies to share with the directors you hire
  • Having a voice in the New Standards of theater practice

These topics and much more will be explained and discussed in what hopes to be a lively 2-hour presentation of new developments in this growing field. Be on the right side of understanding and get all the information you need to decide if you should hire an Intimacy Director for your upcoming season. Questions and dialogue encouraged but not required.

Ann James has an extensive career in theatre education, stage direction and conflict resolution in corporate and artistic environments. As an internationally certified educator she has had the opportunity to teach theatre on 4 continents. Ms. James has been featured as moderator in "Intimacy and Covid-19" with Theatre Communications Group and HowlRound, "Intimacy and Theatre Practice" with The Los Angeles Theatre Alliance, "How Intimacy Impacts the work of Artistic Directors" with The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and "Intimacy and the Pandemic" with Lincoln Center Director's Lab West. She is a published author on HowlRound, and has been a featured Intimacy Specialist on many other theatre affiliated panels during Covid-19.

Ann is devoted to making both stage and screen safer places for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to practice their craft. Her company, Intimacy Coordinators of Color has solid partnerships with Actor's Equity, ArtsEquity, Theatre Communications Group, TimesUp and A.R.T./New York. To that end, Ms. James is pursuing America's first simultaneous MFA in Performance Pedagogy/PhD in Intimacy Direction for People of Color at Loyola Marymount University.


For accessibility information, special circumstances, or other accommodations please contact Kirsten Sweeney at [email protected]. Interpretation and captioning is available upon request; requests must be made at least 7 business days prior to the event.

Contact: Kirsten Sweeney - [email protected]