1st Edition

Supporting Staged Intimacy A Practical Guide for Theatre Creatives, Managers, and Crew

By Alexis Black, Tina M. Newhauser Copyright 2023
    278 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    278 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    Supporting Staged Intimacy: A Practical Guide for Theatre Creatives, Managers, and Crew examines the relationship between staged intimacy, intimacy direction, and those supporting the process during pre-production, rehearsal, and performance.

    First, this book addresses challenges and trends in staging intimacy, helping backstage and offstage theatre artists recognize the problematic approaches and culture that led to the emerging field of intimacy direction. This text will then provide tools and recommended practices for supporting the creation and maintaining of staged intimacy, enabling team members to enact contemporary protocols concerning advocacy and agency. Finally, this book will educate and empower readers with the necessary skills to prompt change; by providing modern techniques, essential workplace protocols, and achievable action items, this book will transform the way theatre designers, managers, crew, and other creative team members engage with theatrical consent.

    Supporting Staged Intimacy is written for every pre-professional and professional artist working behind the scenes who wish to better support consensual workplaces, physically intimate stories, and the individuals telling those stories.

    Introduction: Intentional beginnings 1. Fundamentals of staged intimacy  2. Creating a culture of consent  3. The pre-production process: Laying the groundwork  4. In rehearsal: Consensual crafting  5. Technical and dress rehearsals: Collaborating with care  6. Running the show: Continuity and closure


    Alexis Black is an Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement at Michigan State University, an AEA actor, a fight director and movement specialist for regional, international and Broadway productions, and a certified intimacy director and guest lecturer with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators.

    Tina M. Newhauser is a theatre professional with over 30 years’ experience in theatre management, production, and design. She is Head of the BFA Stage Management program at Michigan State University and guest lecturer for Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, co-teaching workshops on notices and casting, and stage managing intimacy.