Performing in the Intimate Zone with Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira in Auckland


  • 1 December 2019
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm
TAPAC - The Auckland Performing Arts Centre
100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland, Auckland, 1022, New Zealand

Applications Open 24 October 2019 5:10 pm
Applications Close 18 November 2019 6:00 pm
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In this workshop, we will work on the process of developing an intimate scene for the theatre or screen using the best practice guidelines instigated by Equity New Zealand in 2015 and further developed by UK intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien. Scenes that involve intimacy, nudity and simulated sex can be challenging for both directors and actors. Given that this is a sensitive area of performance, the vulnerability of the actor must be acknowledged and addressed using best practice i.e correct preparation and due care. Please note: Upon selection, participating  directors and actors will each be given a short, intimate scene 2 weeks  ahead of the workshop. Please note that for this workshop there will be no simulated sex or nudity. During the class, participant directors will take turns to direct and co-direct pairs of actors in intimate scenes under Jennifer’s guidance.


  • Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira

    Since training at Auckland’s influential Theatre Corporate, Jennifer has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical and radio for over 37 years – and as a director and teacher for over 17 years. Jennifer was a founding board member of the Watershed Theatre and a co-founder of the drama school,  The Actors' Program. She is currently President of Equity New Zealand, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of the  Actors Benevolent Fund. In the 2007 New Year’s Honours List, she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit  (ONZM) for services to theatre and the community. In 2018 she was named SPADA Industry Champion and in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List she was invested as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to theatre, film and television. In 2018, Jennifer began her training as an intimacy coordinator under the mentorship of Ita O’Brien (Intimacy on Set) and is now accredited as a level three coordinator. She is a founding member of Intimacy Tāmaki, established to continue professional development in stage and screen intimacy work. Jennifer has also taught  the workshops “Directing in the Intimate Zone” for The Directors and Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) and “Performing in the Intimate Zone” for Howick Little Theatre and Te Pou theatre. She recently coordinated the intimate scenes for the Auckland Theatre Company production of “Six Degrees of Separation” and the web-series, “Sui Generis”. She is currently Intimacy Coordinator on the Amazon Studios series, The Wilds. Jennifer holds a certificate in Screensafe/SWAG Professional Respect training for the Screen Industry.


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