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Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
5:30 pm
Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout! More details coming soon!
Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
10:00 am
Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout! More details coming soon!
Artscape Wychwood Barns
12:00 pm
INTRO TO INTIMACY FOR STAGE AND SCREEN Contact Us to Register In this workshop, actors learn specific techniques for accessing their vulnerability in a dramatic context, resulting in powerful chemistry between characters without compromising personal boundaries.[...]
Wychwood Theatre, Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
10:00 am
Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout! More details coming soon!
Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
10:00 am
Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout! More details coming soon!
Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
10:00 am
Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout! More details coming soon!
Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
10:00 am
Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout! More details coming soon!
Artscape Wychwood Barns
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
10:00 am
In this workshop, you’ll learn specific techniques for accessing your vulnerability in a dramatic context, resulting in powerful chemistry between characters without compromising personal boundaries. It’s an exploration of intimacy within a dramatic context for the[...]
Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall
10:00 am
Learn the techniques and the language to stage human sexuality in a way that is professional, dynamic and focused on storytelling. A practical approach to staging Scenes Of Intimacy in performance. In this workshop, you’ll[...]
Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall

Oct
20
Fri
Drop in Workouts @ Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Drop in Workouts @ Artscape Wychwood Barns | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout!

More details coming soon!

Oct
23
Mon
Drop In Workout @ Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Drop In Workout @ Artscape Wychwood Barns | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout!

More details coming soon!

Introduction to Intimacy for Stage and Screen @ Wychwood Theatre, Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Introduction to Intimacy for Stage and Screen @ Wychwood Theatre, Artscape Wychwood Barns | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

INTRO TO INTIMACY FOR STAGE AND SCREEN

Contact Us to Register

In this workshop, actors learn specific techniques for accessing their vulnerability in a dramatic context, resulting in powerful chemistry between characters without compromising personal boundaries.  Focus is on subtle and specific details in choreography, and on acting exercises to keep partners connected physically and emotionally.  It’s an exploration of intimacy within a dramatic context for the purpose of telling the story of the scene. We’ll also touch on how to approach preparing for scenes of intimacy in rehearsal, consent, boundaries, your rights (including union rules), and psychological safety.

This is not just kissing or sex scenes. The principles can include the intimacy between parents and children, between dear friends, and can also apply to scenes of sexual violence.

Topics include:

  • Instant Chemistry: simple acting exercises to facilitate mutual trust and to create chemistry with any scene partner
  • The Pillars: guidelines for approaching scenes of Intimacy, including script work, communication of personal boundaries, consent, and other professional etiquette practices
  • Your Instrument: psychological safety, physical work and emotional preparation for more effective scenes of intimacy
  • The Workplace: Best practices and recommended working conditions
  • Your Unions: CTA (stage) and IPA (film) rules regarding intimacy and nudity.

Touching (handshakes, handholding, hugging) through guided contact improv is part of the course. Kissing is not required. While the goal is to explore emotional and physical intimacy, the core concept of this work is Safety, for the facilitation of safe exploration. All touching is consensual, and participants are always invited to sit out and watch, should they feel uncomfortable or triggered.

Oftentimes actors are told to “just figure it out” without an outside eye, which can lead to dangerous situations where an actor may unwittingly cross their own physical or psychological boundaries, and then the work may affect their personal lives. Intimacy For Stage and Screen has been enthusiastically received as a practice which empowers actors to respect their own boundaries, while improving the quality and clarity of scenes of intimacy. Intimacy For The Stage workshops and the assistance of an Intimacy Director/Choreographer creates better storytelling, and is an important step forwards in supporting actors’ safety and rights.

Cost: $150.00

Equity Discount: $120.00

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Instructors: Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliott, the only Intimacy Directors in Canada recognized by Tonia Sina, creator of the Intimacy for the Stage method.

Siobhan Richardson is an Intimacy Director, and co-founder of Intimacy Directors International. Siobhan is quickly building an impressive resume in this field, including several directing and teaching credits across Canada, the USA with inquiries from across Europe. Siobhan is also an actor and fight director.

Jade Elliott has been a performer all his life, and a teacher almost as long. After many years of performance, his specialties expanded to include choreography. When physical art forms are taught with grace, kindness and safety — especially when it comes to Intimacy on stage — every performer can feel like they can accomplish anything.

Oct
24
Tue
Drop In Workout @ Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Drop In Workout @ Artscape Wychwood Barns | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout!

More details coming soon!

Oct
25
Wed
Drop In Workout @ Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Drop In Workout @ Artscape Wychwood Barns | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout!

More details coming soon!

Oct
26
Thu
Drop In Workout @ Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Drop In Workout @ Artscape Wychwood Barns | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout!

More details coming soon!

Oct
27
Fri
Drop In Workout @ Artscape Wychwood Barns
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Drop In Workout @ Artscape Wychwood Barns | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Join Siobhan Richardson and Jade Elliot for a fighty workout!

More details coming soon!

Nov
27
Mon
Intimacy for the Stage for Performers @ Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Intimacy for the Stage for Performers @ Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall | Calgary | Alberta | Canada

In this workshop, you’ll learn specific techniques for accessing your vulnerability in a dramatic context, resulting in powerful chemistry between characters without compromising personal boundaries. It’s an exploration of intimacy within a dramatic context for the purpose of telling the story of the scene. This is not just kissing or sex scenes. The principles can include the intimacy between parents and children, between dear friends, and can also apply to scenes of sexual violence.

You’ll explore specific acting techniques, and practice how subtle and specific details in choreography keep you connected to your scene partners, both emotionally and physically. We’ll also touch on suggestions for Best Practices, addressing permission vs. consent, psychological safety, and minimum working conditions. Exercises include “instant chemistry and comfort” and “asking for consent”. You’ll also be introduced in detail to The Pillars, Intimacy Director’s International’s approach to choreographing these moments and scene. We’ll close the day with some basic scenework, exploring emotional intimacy within a simple piece of text.

Touching (handshakes, handholding, hugging) through guided contact improv is part of the course. Kissing is not required. While the goal is to explore emotional and physical intimacy, the core concept of this work is Safety, for the facilitation of safe exploration. All touching is consensual, and participants are always invited to sit out and watch, should they feel uncomfortable or triggered.

This workshop is sponsored by Theatre Alberta with funding from The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Christie Lites Sales. Thank you as well to to Theatre Calgary and to the Theatre Arts Collective for Consent & Respect (TAC) for their support of this exciting training opportunity! There are only twenty spots for each day and we expect them to fill very quickly.

Nov
28
Tue
Intimacy for the Stage for Directors and Coaches @ Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Intimacy for the Stage for Directors and Coaches @ Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall | Calgary | Alberta | Canada

Learn the techniques and the language to stage human sexuality in a way that is professional, dynamic and focused on storytelling.

A practical approach to staging Scenes Of Intimacy in performance.

In this workshop, you’ll learn specific techniques for helping actors to access their vulnerability in a dramatic context, resulting in powerful chemistry between characters without compromising personal boundaries. Focus is on subtle and specific details in choreography, and on acting exercises to keep partners connected physically and emotionally.  It’s an exploration of vulnerability within a dramatic context for the purpose of telling the story of the scene. You’ll also be introduced in detail to The Pillars, Intimacy Director’s International’s approach to choreographing these moments and scene. Discussion topics include suggestions for Best Practices, addressing permission vs. consent, psychological safety, and minimum working conditions. Instructor Siobhan Richardson will demonstrate a few exercises with actors, and you are also invited to participate. Exercises include “instant chemistry and comfort” and “asking for consent”.

This is not just kissing or sex scenes. The principles can include the intimacy between parents and children, between dear friends, and can also apply to scenes of sexual violence.

Touching (handshakes, handholding, hugging) through guided contact improv is part of the course. Kissing is not required. While the goal is to explore emotional and physical intimacy, the core concept of this work is Safety, for the facilitation of safe exploration. All touching is consensual, and participants are always invited to sit out and watch, should they feel uncomfortable or triggered.