- Allison has studied in three countries with the top 3 (well, the only 3) companies that provide this type of training.
- She studied in Baltimore, MD, with Theatrical Intimacy Educators (TIE)
- She studied in Toronto, Canada and Raleigh, NC, with Intimacy Directors International (IDI)
- She studied in London, England with Ita O'Brien - participating in Ita's first ever advanced level, 8 day workshop
- Allison is certified in Mental Health First Aid.
...for Theatre, Film and Television.
Allison as Intimacy Director for The Breast Western, by Jaime Becker
from Ita O'Brien
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTIMACY DIRECTOR AND AN INTIMACY COORDINATOR?
The job is basically the same. The term Intimacy Director generally is used in live theatre, and Intimacy Coordinator is used in film and television. As long as your ID or IC knows the protocol for how your rehearsals/shoots are run, the actual work done is the same - regardless of the medium.
Allison's experiences as an actress, dancer, director, and choreographer in theatre, film in television augment her training to make her exceptionally qualified to ID or IC your production. As an actor, she has performed intimate scenes and scenes that involved nudity, so she has first-hand knowledge of a performer's concerns. She also keenly understands the demands of tight time restraints.
ARTICLES ON INTIMACY DIRECTION/COORDINATION:
- Click here to read AN ARTICLE ALLISON WROTE ABOUT INTIMACY DIRECTION:
" IDs are not the sex police... Establishing boundaries frees up space in the actor’s head to focus on the scene. If they’re not spending energy thinking about what their partner might accidentally do, they can use that energy to focus on the acting...This is not about restricting people, but rather about freeing them."
- Click here for SAG/AFTRA's STANCE ON INTIMACY COORDINATION:
“Our goal is to normalize and promote the use of intimacy coordinators within our industry,” said SAG-AFTRA’s president, Gabrielle Carteris, in a statement. “Intimacy coordinators provide an important safety net for our members doing hyper-exposed work.”
- Click here for more about HBO'S STANCE ON INTIMACY COORDINATION:
"HBO has announced that it will hire “intimacy coordinators” for all of its shows that feature intimate scenes."
- Click here for ACTOR NOAH WYLE'S THOUGHTS ABOUT INTIMACY COORDINATION:
"...consider Wyle a convert. Now he believes hiring intimacy coordinators should be an industry standard to avoid any miscommunication between actors. "After 30 years of love scenes with women," he says, "this was the first time I found myself fully comfortable doing a love scene. It was a big education for me."
- Click here to read more about INTIMACY DIRECTION ON BROADWAY:
"It made me think how actors ever got by without the help of a intimacy director and how
the work suffered because of it."
- Click here to read SDC's STATEMENT ABOUT INTIMACY DIRECTION:
"Intimacy choreographers are experts in conversations of power and consent in any
space where sexual content is being rehearsed. They aim to create cultures where
artists are empowered to tell the clearest story possible without violating their own
- Click here to read about ROBERT O'HARA - A SKEPTIC IS CONVERTED:
"...I was strongly encouraged to hire an intimacy director because of the explicit nature
of the play...I was at first rather skeptical. ..[but] Claire ended up pushing our intimacy
into extremely exciting places..."
"one director she knows initially wanted to play the role of intimacy coordinator herself. After bringing in an outside coordinator, though, the director was sold: “It was so freeing for her because she saw the actors being taken care of.”
Allison takes notes in Ita O'Brien's workshop in London
What Can An ID/IC Do For You?
If your scenes involve nudity, sexual situations or any other types of intimacy, an ID or IC will facilitate the whole process:
- making sure that requirements are clearly communicated at the auditions, including nudity riders
- reading the script, asking the director for his/her vision of the scene, and discussing options for staging
- working with the actor(s) to discuss their boundaries, and to clearly and safely choreograph the scenes for the director's approval
- making sure that rehearsals and sets are closed and union rules are followed
- caring for actors' well-being before, during and after "cut"