Tonia Sina, who founded Intimacy Directors International, comes to Sacred Fools to teach two special seminars on intimacy work - one for performers and one for directors and choreographers (details below).
Intimacy for the Stage is the choreographing of Moments of Intimacy in performance. The focus is on subtle and specific details in movement and intention, for the purpose of telling the story of the scene. This is not just "making out" or sex scenes, but can also encompass moments of intimacy found among dear friends, between parents and children, and can also cover scenes of sexual violence. Intimacy for the Stage has been enthusiastically received as a practice which empowers actors to respect their own boundaries while improving the quality and clarity of scenes of intimacy.
Now more than ever this work is important and in demand, and Sacred Fools is pleased to bring you this very exciting workshop from the founder of the movement.
On the Broadwater Mainstage (Entrance at 1076 Lillian Way)
Enrollment: $150/day, $250/both days
Refund policy: cancellations will only be refunded if we are able to fill your spot before the start of the workshop.
An application of Intimacy for the Stage for performers. This class will give performers the basic tools to handle intimacy work including building instant chemistry, consent practices, and communication in professional settings. Performers will learn how to work with an intimacy director and practice self-care.
An introduction to facilitating a safe and effective environment for basic intimacy work in the classroom and production situations, with a special interest in combining each participant's directing method with the pillars of context, communication, consent, and choreography.
Tonia Sina is the founder and Executive Director of Intimacy Directors International (along with co-founders, Alicia Rodis and Siobhan Richardson). She was the Intimacy Choreographer for the production of The Bakkhai at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, as well as being an international sexual harassment prevention advisor for theatre and film. Recently featured in the NY Times, American Theatre Magazine, CBC Radio and several other publications and radio shows, she is the former Artistic Director of Reduxion Theatre Company in Oklahoma City, and an international Intimacy for the Stage workshop teacher and choreographer. Tonia has been researching Intimacy for the Stage and Sexual Harassment in the industry since she began research for her thesis in 2004.
Originally an actress, fight director, and movement teacher, Tonia translated exercises for duels and mass battles into her method for choreographing safe intimacy between couples and groups. After eight years in academia as a movement Professor, Tonia wrote the article Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer for the Fight Master periodical, and is continuing to publish her work in the form of a book currently in the works. She has taught Intimacy at several SAFD regional workshops including MACE's Winter Wonderland, The Tourist Trap, The Lonestar Smash, and the Louisiana Tech Stage Combat Workshop, where she first began teaching Intimacy for the Society of American Fight Directors. Tonia also advises Universities on their curricula to help avoid harassment and abuse in academia.
Tonia invented her own method, Intimacy for the Stage, and teaches it internationally, but is also very interested in teaching and providing other methods of safe practice as well for stage and film. You can hear her interview on CBC radio here.
Also a director, playwright, model, and performer, Tonia is a soon to be triple kidney transplant recipient and rare and chronic disease patient advocate and national motivational speaker. She attended Niagara University for her BFA in theatre performance, and Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied movement under Fight Master David Leong and Certified Teacher and Fight Director, Aaron Anderson, and earned her MFA in Movement Pedagogy with a specialty in Intimacy for the Stage.