We’re so excited to announce our amazing panelists for our upcoming Intimacy Direction panel!
We invite you to join us on Saturday, September 21st from 11 am – 1 pm at the Los Angeles Theatre Center to learn more about the importance of intimacy direction. This event is free, but space is limited. Be sure to register today through the following link:
Allison has 120 hours of Intimacy Direction training from three different companies in three countries. She is Mental Health First Aid Certified, and is currently the Intimacy Director for the play Stupid Fucking Bird, at Occidental College. She is also an experienced Director and Choreographer. Favorite credits include Assistant Choreographing Xanadu on Broadway and directing Around the World in 80 Days at ICT (LA Times Critics Choice). Allison loves new work, and was proud to direct two of the three new musicals chosen for the 2015 ASCAP/Dreamworks Musical Theatre Workshop, moderated by Stephen Schwartz. She is a Garland Award winner and a two time LA Weekly Award nominee. She was nominated for an LADCC Award for Best Choreography – and was honored to lose to Andy Blankenbuehler! Favorite performing credits include the national tour of Swing! and dancing with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at The Hollywood Bowl. She executive produced two Christmas movies for Hallmark. IntimacyDirector@
Rachel is an Intimacy Director, Intimacy Coordinator, Violence Director, Movement Specialist, blood and gore designer, SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, a teaching artist, an actor, writer, and director. Her acting, fight choreography, and movement training guided her to try to find a better way to choreograph and help facilitate scenes with sexual, intimate, and highly suggestive content. Through studying mental health first aid, trauma, and abuse, and collaborating with other directors, psychologists, and mental health experts, she is developing techniques to help actors safely portray trauma and abuse (Traumaturgy) on stage and screen.
Ann James has an extensive career in theatre education. As an internationally certified educator she has had the opportunity to teach on 4 continents. Her stage directing career has allowed her to work on premier stages of the American Theatre such as Steppenwolf, Hartford Stage, The Alley and The Goodman. With over 100 directing credits and in addition to owning China’s only registered Expat theatre, DreamWeaver Productions, she is now devoted to making both stage and screen safe places for People of Color to practice their craft. To that end, Ms. James looks forward to pursuing America’s first doctoral degree in Intimacy Direction for People of Color.
[Editor’s note: This event took place September 21, 2019. You can read more about what was discussed by our panelists through the following link: ICYMI: Intimacy Direction in LA Theatre.]