Staging Sex: Best Practices, Tools, and Techniques for Theatrical Intimacy, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Staging Sex

Best Practices, Tools, and Techniques for Theatrical Intimacy, 1st Edition

By Chelsea Pace


152 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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Staging Sex lays out a comprehensive, practical solution for staging intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence.

This book takes theatre practitioners step-by-step through the best practices, tools, and techniques for crafting effective theatrical intimacy. After an overview of the challenges directors face when staging theatrical intimacy, Staging Sex offers practical solutions and exercises, provides a system for establishing and discussing boundaries, and suggests efficient and effective language for staging intimacy and sexual violence. It also addresses production and classroom specific concerns and provides guidance for creating a culture of consent in any company or department.

Written for directors, choreographers, movement coaches, stage managers, production managers, professional actors, and students of acting courses, Staging Sex is an essential tool for theatre practitioners who encounter theatrical intimacy or instructional touch, whether in rehearsal or in the classroom.

Table of Contents

1. Tools and Techniques 2. The Ingredients 3. Staging Intimacy 4. Recipes 5. Production Logistics 6. Staging Sex: A-Z Appendix: Theatrical Intimacy Education

About the Author

Chelsea Pace (MFA Arizona State University) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She choreographs and consults on best practices for staging intimacy for professional and educational theatre across the United States. Chelsea is a co-founder of Theatrical Intimacy Education and she is President of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. For more information about Chelsea and her work please visit and

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Acting & Auditioning
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production
PERFORMING ARTS / Television / Direction & Production
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production