Intimacy for the Stage for Performers
Thursday, October 18th, 1-6 PM*
This technique, pioneered and invented by Tonia Sina over fifteen years of academic and practical research and used as the foundation of Intimacy for the Stage and Intimacy Directors International’s foundational practice, celebrates human vulnerability and presence in scenes of heightened intimacy. Emotions often come up during Intimacy scenes and exercises in rehearsals and performances, but we don’t have to be embarrassed or ashamed when we feel them. This class will give actors tools to access vulnerability for the sake of finding genuine connections between characters on stage and screen by providing a safe space to explore the art of intimacy on stage. No kissing required. Some basic physical contact included.
Intimacy for Choreographers and Directors
Friday, October 19th, 1-6 PM*
In the past, coercion and fear of authority were formerly methods of choreographing scenes of intimacy and sexual choreography in the performing arts. Using Intimacy Directors International’s five pillars of safe intimacy direction as a foundation, we will explore a safer process for enthusiastically consensual intimacy choreography that keeps the entire company in constant collaborative communication, helping to prevent harassment and abuse in rehearsals, backstage, and during performances.
*There will be a 30 minute lunch break on both days.
Cost is $125 for the Performers Workshop and $150 for Directors/Choreographers. Space is limited. $25 nonrefundable deposit must be paid to Neutral Chaos to reserve space in class. Deposit payable via PayPal (email@example.com) or Venmo (@neutralchaos). Cash, Check or Venmo accepted for balance on the day of the workshop.
Tonia Sina is the founder and Executive Director of Intimacy Directors International (along with co founders, Alicia Rodis and Siobhan Richardson). Most recently, she presented at the Society of American Fight Directors National Stage Combat Workshop , at Sacred Fools Theatre Company in Hollywood and Great River Shakespeare Festival’s Front Porch Series in Winona, Minnesota. She was the Intimacy Choreographer for the production of The Bakkhai at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, as well as being an international sexual harassment prevention advisor for theatre and film. Recently featured in The NY Times, Washington Post, American Theatre Magazine, CBC Radio, Huffington Post, BBC Radio, and many other publications and radio interviews, she is the former Artistic Director of Reduxion Theatre Company in Oklahoma City, and an international Intimacy for the Stage workshop teacher and choreographer. Tonia has been studying Intimacy for the Stage and Sexual Harassment in the industry since she began research for her Master’s thesis in 2004 when she created the term, Intimacy Choreography. IDI’s Pillars for Safe Intimacy Direction are the culmination of her professional work.
Originally an actress and stunt woman, after eight years in academia as a movement professor, Tonia wrote the article: Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer for the Fight Master periodical, and is continuing to publish her work in the form of a book. She has taught Intimacy at several SAFD regional workshops including MACE's Winter Wonderland, The Tourist Trap, The Lonestar Smash, and the Louisiana Tech Stage Combat Workshop. Tonia also advises Universities on their curricula to help avoid harassment and abuse in academia.
Also a director, playwright, model, and performer, Tonia is a soon to be triple kidney transplant recipient and rare and chronic disease patient advocate and national motivational speaker. An alumnus of Niagara University’s BFA in theatre performance program and Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied movement under Fight Master David Leong and Certified Teacher and Fight Director, Aaron Anderson, and earned her MFA in Movement Pedagogy with a specialty in Intimacy for the Stage, when she invented the term.