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The Intimacy Captain Certificate // Spring 2023
Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Category: Online-Only

The Intimacy Captain Certificate

Wednesday May 10, 2023
3:00pm - 6pm ET

Format: Online only
Location: Zoom
Intended Audience: Actors who regularly work with A.R.T./New York member companies. Member representatives who are not actors themselves may "sponsor" an actor with whom they regularly work.
Participation Level: High - This workshop is highly participatory and includes an exam at the end.

As our field continues to expand its understanding of intimacy practices, it is important to add the new and necessary role of the Intimacy Captain (ICap). Much like a Dance Captain monitors the dance choreography of a show, or a Fight Captain reviews the fight choreography before performances, we must include an experienced individual who can review the intimacy included in a production to ensure the work of the hired professional Intimacy Choreographer remains intact for the duration of the production. It just makes sense.

This 3-hour class offers a certificate of completion to being an Intimacy Captain. There is an exam at the end in order to earn the certificate, but it in no way qualifies the certificate earner to choreograph intimacy on any set or rehearsal room at any time as a professional. It takes several months of study (up to and extending over a year) of training in order to be a qualified ID or IC through Intimacy Coordinators of Color.

**This workshop is primarily geared toward actors, so A.R.T./New York member representatives who are not actors themselves may "sponsor" an actor with whom they regularly work. The registration form will offer an option to "Register Guest", and for you to provide their name and email address. Please confirm their interest and availability before completing the form on their behalf.

Limit one registration per organization. Please register only yourself OR a guest. 

Ann C. James, has an extensive career in international stage direction and theatre education spanning over three decades. James recently made her debut as the first Black Intimacy Coordinator of Broadway for Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over.

James is an expert in the burgeoning industry of intimacy direction and institutional consent culture for national arts organizations. In addition to her Broadway credit, she served as Intimacy Director and Sensitivity Specialist for the provocative Off-Broadway productions of Moises Kaufman’s Seven Deadly Sins by Tectonic Theatre Project and Seize the King produced by Classical Theatre of Harlem.

On the West Coast, James provides consultation and intimacy coordination for the television and film industry most recently working with Rashida Jones, Mark Wahlberg, Issa Rae, Will Ferrell and Cynthia Enrivo. Her intimacy work has featured James as an expert voice for Theatre Communications Group, HowlRound, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab West.

Her company, Intimacy Coordinators of Color, has partnerships with ArtsEquity, TimesUp, and A.R.T./New York. James is in the second year of her studies as America’s first MFA in Performance Pedagogy with an emphasis in Afrocentric Intimacy Pedagogy at Loyola Marymount University.



All A.R.T./New York workshops, roundtables, and trainings feature automated captioning provided by Zoom. ASL interpretation and CART captioning services are available by request; requests must be made at least 5 business days before the event. For requests, accessibility information, or other accommodations please contact Ashley Hicks at [email protected]

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