intimacy choreography 

I believe that if audiences are interested in the stories Global Majority, LGBTQIA+, and other marginalized identities there should be people with those identities shaping how those stories are told in every way possible. My work as an intimacy professional focuses on harm reduction and creating a culture of consent in every aspect of theatre-making. My practice centers around the joy and liberation of youth and marginalized people. 

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Live performance 

Sugar in Our Wounds  

Directed by Lucretia Anderson

 Richmond Triangle Players -Richmond, VA

  • Choreographed intimate scenes in collaboration with the writer/director of the project while maintaining the boundaries and ensuring the continued informed consent of the actors.

  • Consulted with the directors and with actors regarding their options for modesty garments.

  • Handled complex power dynamics and mental health considerations for a scene involving sexual violence and racially-based violence.

  • Collaborated with the fight choreographer for a fight sequence during an intimate violent scene.

  • Consulted on accurate depictions of queer intimacy.

Stonewallin’

Directed by Raja Benz 

Richmond Triangle Players -Richmond, VA

  • Developed and maintained up-to-date script breakdowns and analyses of intimate moments for the cast and creative team

  • Collaborated with dance choreographer to create stylized intimate scenes 

  • Consulted on racial power dynamics within the LGBT community. 

Airline Highway 

Directed by Dr. Michelle Gibbs 

Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington IL

  • Facilitated theatrical boundaries in academic theatre  workshop for twenty-eight cast and crew members 

  • Developed and maintained up-to-date script breakdowns and analyses of intimate moments for the cast and creative team

  • Created a pre-show checklist and appointed an intimacy captain to facilitate intimacy calls during rehearsals and performances. 

LACED

(Intimacy consultant)

Directed by  Lexi Saunders 

About Face Theatre - Chicago,  IL

  • Facilitated an emotional safety workshop with the actor 

  • Consulted with the stage management  team on creating a deroleing protocols to use during the run of the play

Film

The Wolf Among Us (in production) Narrative film

Directed by Brandon Allen

3 AM Thoughts Productions - Chicago, IL

  • Choreographed intimate scenes in collaboration with the director of the project while maintaining the boundaries and ensuring the continued informed consent of the actors.

  • Worked on set with the director and DP to curate intimate scenes that supported and uplifted the unique experiences of trans and gender non-conforming actors on set and that de-centered the cis-hetero gaze.

  • Facilitated a gender workshop for the cast and crew in order to create an empowering space.


 

The Last Drop (in production) Narrative Film

Directed by Adam Joel 

Aggressively Compassionate Films  - Chicago, IL

  • Choreographed intimate scenes in collaboration with the writer/director of the project while maintaining the boundaries and ensuring the continued informed consent of the actors.

  • Handled complex power dynamics and mental health considerations for scenes involving sexual violence and intimate partner abuse.

  • Created protocols for cast and crew to derole after emotionally intense scenes. 


 

The Killer Next Door  - Season 1 Episode 3

Directed by Maya Washington

Committee  Films - Minneapolis, MN

  • Developed and maintained up-to-date script breakdowns and analyses of intimate moments for the cast and creative team

  • Created effective and powerful choreography within the boundaries of the actors that maintained the story while limiting graphic depictions of violence. 

  • Collaborated with a stunt coordinator for a fight sequence during an intimate violent scene. 

Training 

Intimacy Coordinators of Color

  • Brave Space: Inclusive Intimacy Practice for the Stage

  • Unpacking Cultural Bias in Theatre Practice

  • Recognizing racial trauma in Rehearsal

  • Modesty Garments and More

  •  Voicing  Sex: Building Intimacy in the Voice

  • Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion for Intimacy Coordinators 


 

Youth Empowerment and Performance Project 

  • Harm Reduction &Trauma informed Arts Practices

  • Transformative Justice in Art

Theatrical Intimacy Education 

  • Best Practices

  • Intimacy Choreography

  • Intimacy Coordination 

 

Certifications

  • Sexual harassment training (2020)

  • Mental Health first aid (2020)

  • Hollaback Bystander Training (2020)

  • ICOC Intimacy Captain certificate (2021)

  • Arts & Science Theatre Production CCO Certificate & COVID Safety Training (upcoming October 2021)