Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) is seeking participants for


For actors, directors & movement directors/teachers

Hosted by Ita O’Brien Intimacy Coordinator

Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th January 2019, Dublin

This opportunity is available to professional stage actors/performers, directors and movement directors/teachers interested in exploring best practice and clear guidelines when working with intimacy from the auditioning process, throughout rehearsals, and into performance.

Participants will be introduced to methods and concepts through implementing the Intimacy On Set Guidelines, gaining key insights, and build confidence when approaching this work, putting their learning into practice in this two-day workshop.

DAY 1: Introduction to workshop, best practice and concepts of Intimacy and sharing of the Intimacy On Set Guidelines for theatre. Physical explorations covering: warm ups; exploration of animal mating rhythms; sculpting moments of intimacy from scenes brought in by participants and putting into practice the Intimacy On Set Guidelines.

DAY 2: Recap of scenes and group break-outs to put into practice what they have learned over the previous sessions. A selection of scenes will be performed for review and critique by Ita and participants.

•This is a workshop for up to 5 directors, 5 movement directors/teachers and 10 experienced actors. Participants will be asked to bring a potential scene for workshopping during the course.

•Working in groups of 3’s or 4’s with a director/movement director working with two actors. In each group, we will consider all the scenes brought and choose one per group to work on.

•Participants will be asked to conduct some research in preparation for the workshop, to bring notebooks and pens, and movement clothes.

•The workshop will be based on Chapter 9 from Actor Movement, Expression of the Physical Being, A Movement Handbook for Actors, by Vanessa Ewan and Debbie Green, p 245-259.

•You can watch a 5 min video on the work here

•And see the Intimacy On Set Guidelines here.


To apply please email info@irishtheatreinstitute.ie with a current CV highlighting professional work for theatre and a 50 word statement on why this training will be of benefit to you. 

There will be a number of observer places available for both directors and actors. Non-participating actors and directors selected to observe can attend the morning session on day 1 and the afternoon session on day 2. If you wish to be considered for an observer place only please email info@irishtheatreinstitute.ie 

Deadline for application is 5pm Wednesday 9th January 2019. **DEADLINE EXTENSION: WEDNESDAY 16th January at 5PM**

Cost: Waged: €40 / Unwaged: €25 (towards refreshments and light lunches). This workshop is supported by Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and is in partnership with Science Gallery, Dublin.


Ita O’Brien is intimacy coordinator and movement director for film, television, and theatre. She teaches in some of Britain’s premier acting schools, devises her own work, and publishes research. She is currently working to establish best practice in the industry, for producers, directors, and actors working with scenes with sexual content, holding workshops internationally, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand. Please see this link for further information and press.

Through a cutting-edge programme that ignites creativity and discovery where science and art collide, Science Gallery Dublin encourages young people to learn through their interests. Science Gallery Dublin’s current exhibition INTIMACY (until 03.02.2019) examines the science and art of connection between humans, bringing together neuroscience, behaviour, belief and trust. ITI and Science Gallery Dublin are partnering to deliver a series of workshops around this topic.  Science Gallery Dublin is part of the Global Science Gallery Network pioneered by Trinity College Dublin.

Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) is a resource organisation that nurtures, promotes and drives the ambition of Irish theatre makers and Irish theatre, from its grassroots beginnings to its presentation on the world stage. ITI’s mission is to create opportunities abroad and strengthen resources at home for theatre artists, companies, venues and festivals. These objectives are delivered through the organisations artist support and artform development initiatives and the provision of a suite of searchable databases and websites for the theatre industry.  Irish Theatre Institute is proudly supported by The Arts Council.

On 21st March 2018 Irish theatre came together to discuss and identify initiatives to begin a much needed cultural change in behaviour, to eliminate the abuse of power and build a safe and dignified environment for all. Speak Up & Call It Out called for collective responsibility and action and introduced a draft Code of Behaviour to protect Irish theatre practitioners, makers and presenters. At a follow up event on 31st October, the Code of Behaviour was unanimously accepted by those present and a summary Code of Behaviour was made available to the sector. For more information on Speak Up & Call It Out please click here.

ITI presents Intimacy On Stage workshop in partnership with Science Gallery Dublin, supported by Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht through the initiative Speak Up & Call It Out.