FAQ & Resources
What is theatrical intimacy and intimacy direction?
Theatrical intimacy is the presentation of intimate material on stage (or in film, print, and other media) including, but not limited to: sexual actions, nudity, kissing, stripping, and sexual violence. Intimacy direction is the art form of facilitating artists in the thoughtful creation and presentation of intimate material on stage; intimacy coordination is the term used for the same role in tv and film.
Who is PNW TI?
We are a collective of theatrical intimacy professionals working across the Pacific Northwest who advocate for best practices in order to foster a culture of care, consent, and healthy boundaries by educating local theatre artists and organizations and building pathways of connection amongst our community of intimacy professionals.
What does PNW TI value?
Community - the intentional gathering of a group of people.
Intersectionality - the overlapping aspects of identity that make individuals unique and valuable.
Sustainability - the beliefs and practices that promote life-giving action.
Advocacy - the use of power for the benefit of others.
Returning to Theatre with Enthusiastic Consent
Can I hire one of you?
How can I tell if an Intimacy Director is qualified?
Can PNW TI train me to be an Intimacy Director?
PNW TI offers workshops around intimacy best practices for theaters and theater practitioners, but we are not currently a training organization. The intimacy directors affiliated with PNW TI have studied with many different organizations, pursued their own studies pertinent to the field, and worked in theatres around the region.
See below for resources on becoming an intimacy director!
When and how did intimacy direction become a thing?
Intimacy has been present onstage for as long as people have been performing. While many excellent directors, choreographers, movement directors, and other specialists have fostered processes that encourage consent-based creativity, the formalization of intimacy direction as a field is relatively young. Early organizations like Intimacy Directors International evolved from research and practices developed in the early 2000s; since about 2016, strong calls for better abuse prevention systems, increased attention to the mental health and wellness of artists, and a rise in anti-patriarchal forms of theatre making have brought intimacy direction to the fore of a broader shift in equitable theatre practices. While much of the media coverage around theatrical intimacy has focused on strides made in film, theatre companies of all sizes across the country now also regularly bring in intimacy directors for all kinds of productions.
When should I hire an Intimacy Director?
There is no hard and fast rule for when to hire an intimacy director. The answer depends on the complexity of the physical storytelling required, the cultural context of the play, and who you already have on your creative team. We’ve created a resource at the bottom of the page that may help you think further about your show’s intimacy direction needs, or check out the links below for additional context on when and how to hire an intimacy director.
Who else is doing this work?
There are many organizations that do great work around theatrical intimacy. Some provide education, some offer Intimacy Directors for hire, some only work on stage or in film, and some do a combination of things. Here are a few we are connected to:
How can I become an Intimacy Director or build these practices into my work?
If you are interested in becoming an intimacy director we recommend pursuing training with the organizations listed above. If you are currently an intimacy director or in the process of training to become one, and you’re interested in joining PNW TI, click here to contact us.