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Where Can I Learn More About Intimacy Coordination?

Updated: Feb 5

Updated: Feb, 22


I’m of the belief that a good intimacy coordinator’s education should be expansive and well-rounded to best care for the diverse array of actors and crews they may work with. That’s why this list includes not only resources specifically about intimacy choreography, but information relating to trauma, gender/sexuality studies, anti-racism, disability advocacy, and more. I will never consider my studying “done” in that regard.

Please reach out if you have any additions to this page, or if you’d like to discuss something you’ve learned!


Protocols and Policies

Not In Our House: Chicago Theater Standards

SAG-AFTRA: Standards and Policies for Intimacy Coordinators

SAG-AFTRA Safe Place, Reporting Options

ACTRA Toronto: Best Practices for Scenes involving Nudity, Intimacy, Simulated Sex, and Sexual Violence


Times Up Guide to Working in Entertainment

Your Rights in Nude and Intimate Scenes

Your Rights in Auditions

Your Right to Report

Nudity Rider Basics

Incident Report Template


Intimacy for Stage and Screen (UK)

Guidelines for Live Performance

Guidelines for Film and TV

Advice for Performers


Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity: Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: State by State




Classes/Workshops

Intimacy Coordination

Theatrical Intimacy Education

IDC Professionals

Heartland Intimacy

Intimacy Professionals Association

National Society of Intimacy Professionals

Intimacy Coordinators of Color

Share The Load (Also includes great workshops on interpersonal consent/boundary practice)


Stage Combat

SAFD: Private Training Centers

SAFD: Regional Stage Combat Workshops


Movement/Dance

S Factor

NYC Dance Classes

Clown Gym


Trauma Advocacy

Trauma-Informed Organization Certificate Program

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation


Anti-Racism

Anti-Racist Theatre

Center for Story-Based Strategy

Race Forward


On Gender

The Transgender Training Institute

Safe Zone Self-Guided Foundational Training


Mental Health

Mental Health First Aid Training

https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/

TIE has also started offering MHFA Training.


Mental Health Resources

MHFA Resource List (Includes hotlines)

General Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources in NYC

Mindful Urgent Care Psychiatry (NYC)

Black Trans Advocacy Coalition- Support/Community Resources




Modesty Garments/Barriers

- What brands you choose to buy and where you choose to buy them from are totally up to you! These are just examples/items I've worked with.


Garments made specifically for intimacy coordination (Including garments with barriers)

Intimask

TheModestyShop


Undergarments

Dance Belts

Adhesive Thongs (1) (2)

Adhesive bras

Silicone Nipple Covers

Pasties


Barriers

Yoga mats

Exercise mats Small pillows (wrap pillows in an impermeable bag!) Neck pillows or cervical spine pillows

Kikkerland pillow

Bone shaped neck pillow

Textured ball


Tape

KT Tape

Tape design options for the chest

Using tape for binding

Tegaderm


Articles/Sites

IDC Resource Guide

IDC's Pillars of Intimacy in Production

Planned Parenthood's resources on sexual consent and FRIES model

Creative Interventions Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence

The Trevor Project Resource Guide

Center for Positive Sexuality Resources

Safe Zone LGBTQ+ Resources

Gender Explosion Resources

Trans Lifeline Resources

We See You White American Theatre

Racial Equity Institute

Art Equity Resources

Center for Story-Based Strategy Resources

Amplify Restorative Justice


Books

Direction/Choreography:

  • Staging Sex: Best Practices, Tools, and Techniques by Chelsea Pace

  • The Viewpoints Books by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau

  • A Director Prepares by Anne Bogart

  • An Acrobat of the Heart: A Physical Approach to Acting Inspired by the Work of Jerzy Grotowsky by Stephen Wangh

  • The Body Speaks by Lorna Marshall

  • The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theater by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett


Gender, Sexuality and Consent:

  • Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman

  • Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay

  • Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne maree brown

  • Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski

  • The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy

  • The New Bottoming Book by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy

  • The New Topping Book by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy

  • The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide For All of Us by Felice Newman

  • Trans Bodies, Trans Selves by Laura Erickson-Schroth

  • Yes, You Are Trans Enough! by Mia Violet

  • Ask: Building Consent Culture by Kitty Stryker

  • Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture-- and What We Can Do about It by Kate Harding

  • Can I Kiss You: A Thought-Provoking Look at Relationships, Intimacy, & Sexual Assault by Michael J. Domitrz

  • Screw Consent: A Better Politics of Sexual Justice by Joseph Fischel

  • The Ethics of Touch by Ben E. Benjamin and Cherie Sohnen-Moe

  • Ace by Angela Chen

  • Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness by Miriam Kaufman

  • Sex and Disability by Robert McRuer

  • The Science of Kissing by Sheril Kirshenbaum


Anti-Racism:

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

  • Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies by Renee Linklater

  • Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive by Julia Serano

  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Ain’t I a Woman by bell hooks

  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

  • My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem

  • Diverse Bodies, Diverse Practices Toward an Inclusive Somatics edited by Don Hanlon Johnson

  • Black Acting Methods by Sharrell D. Luckett, Tia M. Shaffer

Building a Trauma-Informed Practice:

  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

  • Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

  • Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker

  • Carefrontation: Breaking Free from Childhood Trauma by Arlene Drake

  • Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry by Catherine M. Pittman, Elizabeth M Karle


Leadership/Conflict Resolution:

  • Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

  • Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman

  • Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown

  • Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg

  • Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication by Oren J. Sofer

  • Subtle Acts of Exclusion by Dr. Tiffany Jana

  • Overcoming Bias by Dr. Tiffany Jana

  • Erasing Institutional Bias by Dr. Tiffany Jana

  • Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World by Justin Lee




Social Media Accounts I Love to Learn From

Instagram

@abolitiongradients

@aclu_nationwide

@activismandstuff

@alokvmenon

@antiracismctr

@antiracisttheatre

@ardtakeaction

@attnwhitepeople

@awakeandsexy

@blklivesmatter

@campaignzero

@civilrightsorg

@comprehensiveconsent

@consentinpractice

@consentwizard

@courtneyahndesign

@curious.parenting

@disabilityreframed

@disabilitytogether

@drkirren

@eji_org

@greatergoodmag

@heartlandintimacydesign

@idcprofessionals

@ihollagram

@intimacycoordination

@intimacycoordinatorsofcolor

@intimacyforstageandscreen

@keyintimatescenes

@mr.jackcat1

@naacp

@nationalqueertheater

@neurodivergent

@principal.intimacy

@reform

@showingupforracialjustice

@so.informed

@surjnyc

@talkdisability

@theatricalintimacyed

@theintimacycollective.in

@theintimacylab

@theslacktivists

@trans_training_institute

@weseeyouwat




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