This program is a continuation of StageSource’s Line Drawn Initiative—developing programming and resources to create safe work spaces, and prevent harassment in the New England Theatre Community—as well as our partnership with Intimacy Directors International (IDI).
Learn from Claire Warden, an international leader of the Intimacy Direction movement and part of IDI’s teaching team & Colleen Hughes, an IDI certified Intimacy Director based in Philadelphia. This is a three-day application of intimacy for the stage. This intensive goes in depth into intimacy work and offers tools and experience in consent-based work and using IDI’s Five Pillars as theatre-artists. Each day builds deeper layers of technique in learning, exploring, and repeating choreography, as well as broader self-care options. The last day culminates in using all the skills learnt in practical choreography experience.
This is the beginning step for those interested in training as Intimacy Directors, or theatre-artists who wish to gain more hands-on experience in using intimacy work in the rehearsal room. This workshop counts toward the hours required for the IDI Apprentice Program & Certification.
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This fee covers all three days of the Intimacy Intensive.
StageSource Members: $300*
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Friday, October 18th 10AM - 6PM | New Repertory Theatre — 400 Talcott Ave, Building 131, Watertown, MA 02472
Saturday, October 19th 10AM - 6PM | Boston Conservatory Studios — 31 Hemenway Street, Boston, MA 02115
Sunday, October 20th 10AM - 6PM | Boston Conservatory Studios — 31 Hemenway Street, Boston, MA 02115
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CLAIRE WARDEN (she/her/hers) is an intimacy director and coordinator, fight director, teacher and actress with over twenty years experience in theatre, TV and film across America and the UK. She is the Director of Engagement with Intimacy Directors International and a founding member of IDI - UK, and is co-leading the intimacy direction movement across America and the world. Claire consults for and intimacy coordinates on television networks, including HBO, as well as independent films. She will shortly be making history as the first intimacy director in a Broadway production for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, with Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon. Off-Broadway, she was the intimacy and fight director of Slave Play (NYTW), Daddy (Vineyard/New Group) and the upcoming BLKS (MCC Theatre) as well as others both in New York and regionally.
Claire trains faculty & students in acting training institutions across the country, including Yale, NYU, Stella Adler, Cambridge University (UK), the O’Neill Theatre Center, Muhlenberg College, Sarah Lawrence, HB Studios, UConn, Northeastern University, Sonoma State and is the Intimacy Consultant and Director at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has presented and given workshops for conferences and theatre communities on both sides of the Atlantic. She is also part of the teaching team of Intimacy Directors International, training the next generation of Intimacy Directors, Choreographers and Coordinators.
She is a faculty member of Shakespeare and Company, MA as fight and text teacher as well as a freelance choreographer and acting coach. Her movement training and extensive background in acting is coupled with her broad experience in working with directors and actors of all levels and backgrounds across the UK and America. Her focus, joy and purpose is empowering those she works with to achieve their full creative potential. She is deeply committed to serving the ensemble, advocacy for actors and supporting artists in their creative process.
COLLEEN HUGHES (she/her/hers) is an intimacy director, choreographer, movement director, and teaching artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is trained in trauma-informed practices and holds this focus at the center of her work. She also specializes in devised and ensemble-based physical theatre, mask work, and social dance.
She values the unique strengths that each artist brings to the rehearsal room and knows that that the stories that we bring to our audiences are the most compelling when actors feel ownership over their work and confidence in the process. She builds her work on a foundation of trust in the rich humanity of artists and importance of theatre in as a means of connection, communication, and compassion.
Her intimacy and movement work has been seen at Lantern Theatre Company, Curio Theatre Company, Inis Nua Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Simpatico Theatre Company, Drexel University, and Commonwealth Classic Theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and trained at the Stella Adler Studio.