Introductory Weekend Workshop on the Intimacy on Set Guidelines with Ita O’Brien

11 Mar 2023 to 12 Mar 2023
10am- 4pm
The Morgan Hotel

This is a two-day workshop for trained & working professional actors, directors, and movement directors, producers/self-producing and casting directors/agents interested in exploring clear guidelines when working with intimacy and scenes with sexual content for live performance.

The weekend will provide a solid introduction to working with moments of intimacy, giving participants practical experience of how to implement the “Intimacy On Set Guidelines” and how to integrate their learning into their own practice.

  • Implementation of the “Intimacy on Set Guidelines”, exploring the ethics of working with intimacy, from the auditioning process, rehearsals, through to live performance  
  • Creating a safe environment through the use of a ‘closed rehearsal room/set’.
  • The importance of table work, exploring the text to enable the actor to serve character within the intimate content.
  • Sculpting moments of intimacy from a preallocated play, putting into practice the Intimacy on Set Guidelines.
  • Participants will gain key insights into how to approach intimacy, simulated sex scenes and nudity for theatre.
  • There will be no nakedness or nudity in this workshop.
  • Participants will be asked to conduct some research in preparation for the workshop.

Safe to Create will cover access costs.  Please request and complete our access rider by contacting and returning the form to and we will make sure to accommodate you fully. 

Safe to Create is offering travel and accommodation bursaries of up to 350 euros for participants based outside of Dublin.  Participation bursaries are also available for those cannot afford to pay for the workshop. 

PROVIDER: Ita O’Brien, Intimacy Coordinator, INTIMACY ON SET (Hosted by Safe to Create, Irish Theatre Institute and Theatre and Dance Northern Ireland)

DATES: 11th and 12th of March 2023 (10am to 5pm each day)

COST: €30

FORMAT: In-person, tutor led




There are 24 places on the workshop.  To secure a place please email with:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • If you wish to avail of a bursary
  • A paragraph stating:
  • Your experience of intimate scenes to date and in what capacity.
  • What you are hoping to achieve by attending this workshop.

Places will be offered based on eligibility ​and on a first-come first-served basis.

Once accepted into the workshop, you will be sent some details with what to prepare ahead of time.

NB. This is not an intimacy practitioner training and should not be used or claimed as such. Before attending the weekend, you will be asked to sign a participant agreement which stipulates the level and kind of workshop attended.

About Ita O’Brien

Ita O’Brien is the UK’s leading Intimacy Coordinator and founder of Intimacy on Set, her company set up in 2018, which provides services to TV, film, & theatre when dealing with intimacy, sexual content, and nudity. Most recently Ita has worked on Normal People (BBC3/Hulu), Sex Education 1&2 (Netflix) and I May Destroy You (BBC/HBO). Ita featured as a key speaker at ITI’s Speak Up & Call It Out event(March 2018) and facilitated an Intimacy On Stage workshop in Dublin, hosted by ITI (January 2019).

About Intimacy on Set

Intimacy on Set was established in 2018 by Ita O’Brien in response to the growing demand for Intimacy Directors/Coordinators for Theatre, Film and Television and teaching in Drama Schools. At the heart of the organisation are the Intimacy on Set Guidelines which have been adopted widely in the industry. Intimacy on Set provides experienced Intimacy Directors/Coordinators to international productions, are training the next generation of Intimacy Directors (theatre) and Coordinators (film & TV) for the global Industry, as well as working with the leading Drama Schools, and sharing the Guidelines with staff and students alike to embed best practice into each organisations’ ethos.