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#HealMeToo Festival Workshop: Intro to Intimacy Direction with Claire Warden

Participatory workshop held on Sunday April 14, 2019

An introduction to the discipline of Intimacy Direction with Claire Warden, an international leader of the movement and part of the teaching team of Intimacy Directors International (IDI). This workshop will teach you about the discipline of Intimacy Direction and the considerations required when creating and performing scenes of intimacy. You will learn consensual based working practices and open and empowering communication. You will learn to understand, communicate and advocate for your and fellow actors respect and safety, and how to facilitate an equitable, safe and creative environment for intimacy work.


Claire Warden is an intimacy director and coordinator, fight director, teacher and actress with over twenty years experience in theatre, TV and film across America and the UK. She is the Director of Engagement with Intimacy Directors International and a founding member of IDI - UK, and is co-leading the intimacy direction movement across America and the world. Claire consults for and intimacy coordinates on television networks, including HBO, as well as independent films. She will shortly be making history as the first intimacy director in a Broadway production for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, with Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon. Off-Broadway, she was the intimacy and fight director of Slave Play (NYTW), Daddy (Vineyard/New Group) and the upcoming BLKS (MCC Theatre) as well as others both in New York and regionally.

Claire trains faculty & students in acting training institutions across the country, including Yale, NYU, Stella Adler, Cambridge University (UK), the O’Neill Theatre Center, Muhlenberg College, Sarah Lawrence, HB Studios, UConn, Northeastern University, Sonoma State and is the Intimacy Consultant and Director at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has presented and given workshops for conferences and  theatre communities on both sides of the Atlantic. She is also part of the teaching team of Intimacy Directors International, training the next generation of Intimacy Directors, Choreographers and Coordinators.

She is a faculty member of Shakespeare and Company, MA as fight and text teacher as well as a freelance choreographer and acting coach. Her movement training and extensive background in acting is coupled with her broad experience in working with directors and actors of all levels and backgrounds across the UK and America. Her focus, joy and purpose is empowering those she works with to achieve their full creative potential. She is deeply committed to serving the ensemble, advocacy for actors and supporting artists in their creative process. www.teamidi.org. www.clairewarden.com