2019 Intimacy for the Stage Workshop

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Intimacy for the Stage 101

Saturday, March 23, 2019

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

At Ankeny Community Theatre

*Ages 21 and up. Participants will sign a waiver before the workshop.

Cost: $20 for ACT members, $25 for non-members. (Click here to learn about becoming a member!)

Intimacy direction is the practice of choreographing moments of staged intimacy in order to create safe, repeatable, and effective storytelling. "Intimacy" on stage means any kind of physicality between actors as they tell the story with their bodies - whether it’s romance or aggression. Choreographing these scenes carefully and ensuring they’re done the agreed-upon way every time can prevent non-consensual encounters and abuses of power.

Audra Yokley, an Intimacy Choreographer and professional actor, will provide a basic introduction for actors, directors, stage managers, and choreographers to the concept of safely and effectively preparing for staging theatrical intimacy. Topics covered will include consent in the theater work space, communicating personal boundaries, minimizing vulnerability of scene partners, industry best practices, when and how to hire an Intimacy Choreographer or Director, as well as why this work is important.

Please wear movement-ready clothing, and note that some activities will involve minor physical contact (touching, holding hands, etc.). We will work within everyone’s personal boundaries to provide a safe space for exploration of this work.

About the instructor:

Audra Yokley is an actor, teaching artist, intimacy choreographer, and fundraiser based in Austin, TX. A proud member of Actors Equity Association, she has performed for over 15 years on stages across the country. She earned her MFA in Theatre Performance at Florida Atlantic University, has extensively studied the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, and is currently training with Intimacy Directors International, the preeminent advocacy and training organization for the emerging field of intimacy direction. You can learn more about Audra at www.audrayokley.com.