What is an intimacy coordinator?

An Intimacy Coordinator is a choreographer, a movement coach, an advocate for actors, and a liaison between actors and production for scenes that involve nudity/hyper exposed work, simulated sex acts, and intimate physical contact in T.V. or film.

*description from IDC

April as an intimacy coordinator

April Sigman-Marx (she/her) strives to empower artists through inclusive and embodied practices that support a culture of consent and collaboration.

 

Upon learning about intimacy work in 2016, April began a journey training in intimacy coordination and direction, mental health first aid, trauma-informed practices, DEI, anti-racism work, gender and sexuality, anti-harassment work, bystander intervention, nonviolent communication, mediation and conflict resolution, navigating power structures, and consent and boundaries practices, with particular attention on navigating beyond physical boundaries into mental, emotional, artistic, and academic consent.  

 

Additionally, she applies her 30+ years of dance, movement, choreography and acting experience as well as her body language expertise to intimate movement choreography and storytelling.  Drawing on her 20+ years as a pedagogue, April teaches consent and boundary practice workshops for educators and artists who wish to build a culture of consent in the classroom, rehearsal room, on-set and within the industry as a whole.  

Working with an intimacy coordinator

As Intimacy Coordinator, April will facilitate safe practices and a culture of consent while sustaining professional and artistic excellence on set.  This can include: advocating for actors and crew, liaison with multiple departments, assisting with rider language, consultation and/or providing intimacy garments and barriers, conducting consent and boundary training, chemistry exercises, choreography, and movement coaching.  Overall provide support on set during vulnerable moments of nudity/hyper exposure, intimacy, kissing, sexual violence/assault, or any physical touch as needed, while bringing the directors vision to life.

Work with April

Want to work with April as an Intimacy Coordinator on your upcoming project?  Click on the button to fill out an inquiry form

Trainning

IDC Level 1  (12 hrs)

Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, Maya Herbsman & Sarah Lozoff 

January 2021

“Foundations of Intimacy", This workshop is an introduction to the foundational ideas and concepts that shape IDC’s approach to building consent based workspaces and choreographing intimacy. This workshop is open to the general public: actors, directors, producers, educators, stage managers etcetera.

IDC Level 2  (12 hrs)

Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, Sasha Smith & Alicia Rodis

April/ May 2021

“Foundations of Intimacy II” covers the philosophy and theories that underpin all of IDC’s recommended best practices. Students will take a deep dive into the complexities of consent and power dynamics, advocacy, and communication. This course marries theory with deep self-reflection and critical thinking. An Intimacy Professional carries enormous responsibility within a creative process, and this course aims to prepare the student to fulfill those responsibilities while minimizing harm.

IDC Level 3  (97 hrs)

Intimacy Coordinator Certification

Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, Alicia Rodis & Claire Warden

January-April 2022

Candidates transition from learning foundational ideas to the specific hands-on details of what exactly it takes to be an excellent Intimacy Coordinator. This level is by application only.

IDC Intimacy Direction & COVID-19  (1.5 hrs)

Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, Claire Warden

July 2020

COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on the theatre world, and many are wondering what it could look like to be back in live rehearsals again. Join broadway intimacy director, Claire Warden, for a discussion on how COVID-19 will likely affect scenes of intimacy. We will be discussing the use of virtual tools for prep work, costuming practices for intimacy, and how tools for consent during scenes of intimacy can and should be applied on a broader scale.

IDC Intimacy Direction & Academia  (1.5 hrs)

Teachers who take this course will gain the skills to create a culture of consent in their classrooms and rehearsal halls, learn how to communicate fairly and clearly with their students about power dynamics, plan for and handle situations of physical and emotional intimacy that arise in their work, and become better advocates for student safety and consent within their departmental culture.  Participants will explore how the pillars of intimacy direction are not just tools for scenes of intimacy, but also tools for educators to create a highly collaborative environment that will drive student success.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Intimacy Professionals  (3 hrs)

Intimacy Coordinators of Color,

Mx. Chelsey Morgan 

February 2022

This workshop explores the frameworks of Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as they relate to the field of intimacy choreography, direction, and coordination. Throughout the workshop, participants will discuss: The core attributes of racial justice, intersectionality, disability justice, transformative justice; how to integrate these frameworks into their work as intimacy professionals, and how to integrate an accountability practice into their work.

Intimacy Best Practices (7 hrs)

Theatrical Intimacy Education,

Andrew Barratt Lewis & Kailey Azure Green 

September 2021

This workshop covers TIE’s Best Practices, including tools for developing a consent-based process, setting boundaries, desexualizing the process, choreographing intimacy, and documentation. 

Intimacy Choreography (7 hrs)

Theatrical Intimacy Education,

Chelsea Pace & Amanda Washington

September 2021

This workshop will cover the role of the intimacy choreographer for theatre, dance, opera, and other modes of live performance. We will cover the pre-production and production process, an introduction to physical storytelling techniques, choreography drills, common recipes, working with the team, transcribing and documenting intimacy, and troubleshooting.

Intimacy Coordination (7 hrs)

Theatrical Intimacy Education,

Chelsea Pace & Almanya Narula

October 2021

An introductory workshop will cover navigating the collaborative process from pre to post-production, on-set practices, building your kit, collaboration, modesty garments, and troubleshooting.

Trauma Informed Practice

 (3 hrs)

Theatrical Intimacy Education,

Chelsea Pace & Andrew Barratt Lewis

October 2021  

What does it mean to have trauma-informed practices as an educator and as an artist? In this workshop, you will learn about trauma-informed principles and what it means to be trauma-informed without being trauma-based. Gain a deeper understanding of boundaries and learn strategies for incorporating trauma-informed approaches into your personal practice.

Consent in the Acting Classroom (3.5 hrs)

Theatrical Intimacy Education,

Laura Rikard & Jordan Montemayor

October 2021  

This workshop is for educators interested in bringing consent-based practices into their acting classes by learning strategies to help students poetize the uncomfortable while honoring their boundaries. We will talk about tools for instilling self-care in actor training, power dynamics, and qualities of a consent based training.

Supporting Trans Actors & Creatives (10 hrs)

Transgender Training Institute,

Maybe Burke 

October 2021  

this 10-hour course is designed for cisgender producers, directors, and other artistic leaders that want to create more affirming and supportive work environments for your trans and non-binary colleagues. If you want to make sure you’re doing the best that you can for the trans/non-binary creatives you work with, on stage/screen and beyond, this course is here to help you. We will spend two days clarifying terminology, discussing representation and casting, and learning common challenges that trans and non-binary people face in the industry.

Anti-Racist Theatre: A Foundational Course (6 hrs)

Nicole Brewer

March/ April 2021

In this two-part, six hour course Nicole offers participants tools to craft their own unique anti-racist theatre ethos and delve into the three core principles of anti-racist theatre: harm reduction, harm prevention and relationship repair. Participants will be guided through self reflection exercises designed to strengthen their analysis of their position, power, privilege and begin to uproot their racist practices, policies, and protocols. All who believe the way forward for theatre is anti-racist and anti-oppressive are welcome. We all have a role to play. The future of art will be nourished by you. Join us in doing the work to make sure theatre is a liberated place for all.

Anti-Racist Theatre with Nicole Brewer: A Level Up Course  (3 hrs)

Nicole Brewer

April 2022

This course about leveraging your anti-racist theatre ethos in shaping and sustaining an equitable container. We'll look at how the three degrees of racism: interpersonal/individual, institutional, cultural and how the practice of “static equity” combine to hinder our ability to impactfully disrupt racist and oppressive conditions in our collaborations. Level Up also explores how your anti-racist theatre ethos helps you better discern the anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices to support the container that’s right for your goal.

Stand Up Against Street Harassment Training  (1 hr)

Leveraging our 5D’s methodology to help people safely intervene when they experience or witness harassment in public spaces. Through this 1 hour training we use a clear, adaptable, and expert-approved set of tools that have been proven to reduce the prevalence of street harassment. The goal of the Stand Up program is to ultimately build a culture where street harassment is seen as unacceptable behavior.

Bystander Intervention 2.0: Conflict De-escalation Training (1 hr)

Conflict de-escalation requires patience, a willingness to listen, and an ability to see the humanity in everyone, even those we don’t agree with or who seek to hurt us. Using our Observe-Breathe-Connect methodology, we’ll learn how to identify potential conflict before it escalates using our “pyramid of escalation” and how to assess whether intervening is the right action for you. We’ll talk about specific biases that are increasing conflict, harassment, and violence during COVID-19 -- and the role of implicit and explicit bias in conflict. We’ll also learn how to connect with others by validating and de-escalating their feelings -- even if we don’t understand them or agree with them. We’ll have time at the end to practice using real-life scenarios.

Building Racial Equity: Foundations Training

(6.5 hrs)

Race Forward

May 2020

Building Racial Equity: Foundations is the first and “foundational” training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will introduce participants to concepts, frames, and tools that are essential to a productive racial equity practice. Attending this training is required to participate in subsequent series trainings.

Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power

(6.5 hrs)

Race Forward

August 2020

Organizing Racial Equity: Shifting Power is the second training of the series. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. This training will strengthen participants' collective analysis of power while providing useful tools and framework to shift power within groups, institutions and other formations seeking to advance racial justice in this time.

LGBTQ+ Ally Training

(2 hrs)

Safe Zone Project, CSULB

2017 & 2019

Safe Zone trainings are opportunities to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege. 

Mental Health First Aid Certification (9 hrs)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based training program administered by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges.  The training gives you the skills to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use challenge or experiencing a crisis. More than 2.6 million people across the United States have been trained in MHFA by a dedicated base of more than 15,000 Instructors. 

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Self-Care: Preserving and Nurturing Yourself (4.5 hrs)

The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed CareCertificate Program 

November 2021

Individuals who work with trauma survivors can experience burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue. Work-related stressors can take a toll not only on the individuals doing the work, but also on the overall work environment. There is evidence that cultivating a culture that meaningfully supports staff self-care can help to mitigate the negative impact of these stressors while positively enhancing personal and professional growth. This presentation will increase awareness about possible impacts of the work, examine the importance of self-care when interfacing with trauma in one’s work, and offer strategies to support individual and organizational wellbeing.

Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care: "Trauma 101" (6.5 hrs)

The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed CareCertificate Program 

May 2022

This course offers foundational information regarding the nature and impact of trauma as well as key concepts and the core values/principles of trauma-informed care. Frequently clients, students, patients, community members, co-workers, and other individuals that we encounter on a daily basis have experienced trauma. This course is intended to facilitate developing a level of competency and awareness of trauma among those who work in clinical as well as non-clinical settings.

Trauma-Informed Systems and Organizations: What Do They Look like? (7.25 hrs)

The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed CareCertificate Program 

June 2022

This course provides foundational information regarding implementation of a trauma-informed approach in organizations and systems. Organizations and systems become "trauma-informed" by incorporating in all aspects of service delivery an understanding of and responsiveness to the prevalence, nature, and impact of trauma, as well as by implementing intentional policies, protocols, and procedures that actively and deliberately resist re-traumatization. Adopting a trauma-informed approach in organizations and service systems creates a supportive, affirming, and therapeutic environment for individuals who have experienced trauma as well as for staff. 

Trauma-Informed Care: Working with Children, Youth and Service Providers in the Education System (.5 hrs)

The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed CareCertificate Program 

June 2022

The course offers a foundation of information regarding implementation of Trauma-Informed Care in the educational system. Staff and volunteers within a school system including: teachers, nurses, bus drivers, administration, social workers and other school staff can benefit from this presentation. Students who experience chronic violence and other forms of trauma are likely to have increased absences, oppositional behavior in school and failing grades. Benefits of implementing a Trauma-Informed approach in the educational system are unlimited and could potentially empower and support student to improve attendance and test scores.