Perth. November 11-13
Sydney. November 16-18
Brisbane. November 22-24
Melbourne. November 27-29
Adelaide. December 4-6
Auckland. December 10-12
This November and December the Equity Foundation will present a series of workshops and seminars with the world’s leading “Intimacy Coordinator” Ita O’Brien.
Under-rehearsed or unsafe intimate scenes do not serve the production or keep the participants safe. There are countless examples of poor practice leaving actors with lasting damage and often compromising the production.
The events across Australia and New Zealand will give actors, directors, producers, writers and crew from the stage and screen industries a unique opportunity to learn Ita’s best practice approaches to intimacy, simulated sex scenes, and nudity, implementing the Intimacy On Set Guidelines.
Ita O'Brien works internationally as an intimacy coordinator and movement director in film, television, and theatre. She also teaches in some of Britain's premier acting schools, hosts Intimacy on Set Workshops around the world, devises her own work, and publishes research.
Please read the event details carefully before applying.
-There are three events per state specially created by Ita for members of the Australian and NZ stage and screen industries.
-You may apply to attend multiple events in your state.
-You will be required to submit a ONE page PDF that includes a brief CV and headshot ( if available).
-The applicants will be selected by Ita and a state-based industry judging panel.
EVENT 1. INTIMACY ON SET/STAGE SEMINAR: FOR WHOLE INDUSTRY (SCREEN & STAGE)
During this seminar Ita will introduce all industry professionals (ie producers, directors, actors, stage managers, assistant directors, company manager, designers, creatives and crew) to best practice approaches to intimacy, simulated sex scenes, and nudity. It will also be an opportunity to discuss how intimacy affects each role on a production and how to work together to create a safe space. This is three-hour seminar for approximately 75 participants. DETAILS AND APPLICATION FORM.
EVENT 2. INTIMACY ON SET/STAGE WORKSHOP: FOR ACTORS AND DIRECTORS (SCREEN & STAGE)
With theatre, TV, and film demanding ever more nudity and sexual content, how do actors and directors work to serve the production, and support the actor? This is a workshop for actors and directors interested in exploring clear guidelines when working with intimacy, and scenes with sexual content. This is a six-hour workshop for 10 experienced actors and 5 experienced directors/movement directors. DETAILS AND APPLICATION FORM.
EVENT 3. AN INTRODUCTION TO INTIMACY DIRECTION: FOR POTENTIAL INTIMACY COORDINATORS (STAGE & SCREEN)
This is a workshop for those looking to work as an intimacy director/coordinator in the future. It will be an initial introduction to the role and what it requires. This is a six hour workshop for a maximum of 10 participants. It is advisable for applicants to have attended Event #1 or #2 prior to coming on this workshop. DETAILS AND APPLICATION FORM.
This Equity Foundation event series is made possible with the generous support of the following partners: Create NSW, Creative Victoria, Film Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts Wellbeing Collective, South Australia Film Corporation, Arts South Australia, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Screen West, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (WA), Australia Council for the Arts and the NZ Film Commission.
The Equity Foundation recognises the diversity of the Australian and New Zealand arts community and seeks to encourage a more realistic representation of society on our stages and screens. We strongly encourage applications from applicants of varied experiences, perspectives, and circumstances including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Māori practioners, people with disabilities, culturally and linguistically diverse and LGBTQI practioners. Venues will be accessible to those with visible and non-visible disabilities. The presentations will be suitable for sight impaired as the slides will be discussed.