Image taken at Ita O'Brien's 'An Introduction to Intimacy for Directors'

Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) invites applications to an Intimacy on Stage workshop with Ita O’Brien, Intimacy Coordinator. This four-hour workshop will take place on Zoom, Monday 7th December11am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm.

ITI is delighted that as part of our Phase II of Speak Up & Call it Out: ACTiON we are offering a limited number of in kind places to professional Theatre Actors, Directors, Producers/Self-Producing and Casting Directors/Agents.

Join leading international Intimacy Coordinator and Founder of Intimacy on Set, Ita O’Brien (Normal People, I May Destroy You, The Great, Sex Education 1&2, Watchman – TV Series) for a workshop exploring the ground-breaking new role of Intimacy Coordinator.

Intimacy On Set Guidelines for Theatre Practitioners

This workshop builds on the Introduction to Intimacy workshops that Ita delivered with ITI in August 2020.

The sessions will also include:

• The implementation of the Intimacy on Set Guidelines, exploring the ethics of working with intimacy, from the auditioning process, rehearsals, and performance.

• Key insights into how to approach intimacy, simulated sex scenes and nudity for Theatre.

• Covid Guidelines and how these will affect processes and protocols when working with intimacy on stage.

This course will take place over 1 day (Monday 7th December), delivered over 2 x 2hr sessions on Zoom (11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm). In addition to presentation of the Intimacy Guidelines there will be an opportunity for discussion, with questions and a focus on consolidation and implementation into practitioner’s professional practice.

To apply please email registering your interest, confirming your availability and include a copy of your CV.  Places will be offered based on eligibility ​and on a first come first served basis.

Deadline for applications: Monday 30th November, 12pm (noon)

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.

About Speak Up & Call It Out: ACTiON

Speak Up & Call It Out is a theatre sector initiative led by ITI and supported by the Department of Tourism, Arts Culture, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media (TACGSM). In 2020/21 as part of Speak Up & Call It Out: ACTiON ITI will continue Phase II of this initiative and work with the sector to roll out information, training and resources to address abuse of power issues and wellbeing. Check for details as they are announced.