Whitman College’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to welcome Alexis Black of Intimacy Directors International (IDI) for a master class in intimacy direction.

informed consent = safe spaces

There is a growing—and urgent—need in the theatre industry to create safer, more respectful working environments. The role of an Intimacy Director or Intimacy Choreographer is increasingly valued in the rehearsal and production process. This master class will demonstrate an intensive introduction to best practices and recommended working conditions for safe on-stage intimacy through discussion and practical exercises with students of varied interests within theatrical practice.

What does this master class offer?

This master class will involve bothparticipants and observers. Participants in this master class will gain a greater understanding of the role of an Intimacy Director through immersion in the work, learning how to begin to incorporate best practices in rehearsal and giving them a solid foundation should they pursue further training in this area.

Topics will include communication of personal boundaries; how to physically and emotionally prepare actors for scenes of intimacy; choreographing simple scenes of intimacy (i.e. “they kiss”); violent intimacy; consent in the theatre workplace; and psychological safety.

Observers will not only see process, but participate in an open conversation at the end of the master class detailing what designers, stage managers, staff and crew can do to be allies for their colleagues on stage as well discussing their own consent and psychological safety in the performance workspace. 

For more information on the role of intimacy directionin the performing arts, please click here:



Saturday, September 27, 2019 from 1-4 pm; HJT room 106 (Acting Studio). Click here to sign up to participate(20 maximum; students only) and click here to sign up to observe(20 maximum, open to students, staff or faculty). **Please try the other option if one is filled.**

Intimacy Directors Internationalis a not-for-profit organization that represents like-minded artists who adhere to the highest standards of artistry and safety. Alexis Black is among IDI’s exclusive roster of certified Intimacy Directors. She holds a holds a BFA in performance from Ohio University, and an MFA in Movement Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a Educator, Fight, Intimacy and Movement Director, Performer and an Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement in Michigan State University’s BA/MFA program.

For more information, please contact Annaliese Baker at bakeram@whitman.edu

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