Intimacy Coordinators of Color will support and promote decolonized intimacy education and inclusive hiring practices in the entertainment industry.
Intimacy Choreographers are responsible for the consensual crafting and staging of stories of sex, race, disability, religion, or age with appropriate cultural context and competency. They consult on scenes with loaded, heightened, or charged content that draws on the actor’s identity.
We understand that the field of intimacy work in theatre, film and television is not as diverse as it can be. Intimacy Coordinators of Color plans to change that by offering quality consultancy, advocacy and equality for the Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.
We meet with Artistic Boards, Producers, Directors and other leadership groups in theatre, film and television to help you incorporate intimacy work into your workplace ethos.
We gather stories and lend our expertise in group dynamics and conflict resolution to promote healing on set and in the rehearsal room
We offer classes that lead to understanding about the field of intimacy and the importance of racial and cultural balance in the profession.
We are moving intimacy into a new era! Based on the guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), our curriculum is focused on preparing our coordinators for every staged intimate encounter between people: no matter age, race, ability, culture or identity.
ICOC founder, Ann James will lead an engaging and informative 90-minute class on how actors and stage managers can work together to establish boundaries and create respectful rehearsal environments.
Ann James has an extensive career in theatre education, stage direction and conflict resolution in corporate and artistic environments. Ann has had the opportunity to direct on several regional stages including, The Alley, Steppenwolf, Dallas Theatre Center and Hartford Stage and Cherry Lane. She is also a proud member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab class of 2005. As an internationally certified educator she has had the opportunity to teach theatre on 4 continents. Ann has been featured as moderator in "Intimacy and Covid-19" with Theatre Communications Group and HowlRound, "Intimacy and Theatre Practice" with The Los Angeles Theatre Alliance, "How Intimacy Impacts the work of Artistic Directors" with The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and "Intimacy and the Pandemic" with Lincoln Center Director's Lab West. She is a published author on HowlRound, and has been a featured Intimacy Specialist on many other theatre affiliated panels during Covid-19. Ann is devoted to making both stage and screen safer places for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to practice their craft. Her company, Intimacy Coordinators of Color has solid partnerships with Actor's Equity, ArtsEquity, Theatre Communications Group, TimesUp and A.R.T./New York. To that end, Ms. James is pursuing America's first MFA in Performance Pedagogy with emphasis in Intimacy Direction for People of Color at Loyola Marymount University.
Delvena Thomas is a mother, an American soldier, a scientist, and a physician who advocates tirelessly for healthy living to strengthen individuals, families, communities, and workplaces around the world. Trained in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical Systems in Baltimore (MD), she is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and alternative health. Dr. Thomas is a consulting psychiatrist for the National Football League.
Dr. Thomas is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and a veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom who has completed three tours of duty — to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait — to provide mental health care for soldiers needing stress reduction and therapy, family connectedness, and spiritual well-being. In her private practice, Dr. Thomas provides individual, couple, and group therapy to address several issues, including performance problems experienced by serious amateur and professional athletes, addiction, sexual dysfunction, mood, and anxiety disorders.
Cheryl L. Bedford, a NAACP Image Award Nominee for “Dark Girls” and Baltimore native, holds a BFA from NYU’s TSOA and MFA in Producing from AFI. She is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. As a Production Manager, Line Producer, and Producer, Cheryl has worked on countless film/tv/digital projects, including 16 Independent Features. She has also taught The Art of Line Producing at UCLA Extension in Westwood, CA. Ms. Bedford formed her own company, Cheryl L. Bedford Productions, in January of 2001. Ms. Bedford founded Women of Color Unite, her 501(c)(3), in order to help Women of Color get hired, their projects funded and their content distributed. From the members of WOC Unite, Cheryl created The JTC List. The JTC List is a database of 1500+ Women of Color in Entertainment, which is being shared throughout the Industry. Never again will someone be able to say, they can’t find any WOC for any job above or below the line. The JTC List is named in honor of her mother, Joan Theresa Curtis, an activist, warrior and Ms. Bedford’s biggest fan, who passed away in 2016. TheJTCList@gmail.com
Rachel Finley is compassionate, patient and deeply dedicated to her students success. Rachel uses her deep study of the Stanislavski based acting systems, including Meisner Technique, Uta Hagen's Steps, Strasberg's Method and Michael Chekov Technique to offer highly personalized actor training. A certified Fitzmaurice Voicework ™ teacher with extensive training in Knight Thompson Speechwork, Ms. Finley also teaches voice and dialect work both privately and at the collegiate level to actors, public speakers and anyone interested in developing healthy and skillful speech and vocal use. Incorporating her work with Alexander Technique, Laban and Viewpoints, Rachel pushes her acting students to connect physically, vocally, psychologically and intellectually with their scripts to create unique and compelling characters.
Amara (She/Her/Hers) is a generative artist & cultural dramaturg from Chicago. At the crux of her artistry is uplifting Black women and connecting underserved communities to theatrical experiences. As an actor she’s been on stage at The Lark, Joe’s Pub, NYU Skirball, The Duplex, Barrington Stage Co., NYTW, 54 Below, & others. She is a member of Joe Iconis’ wonderful family As a writer she has been been a semi-finalist for Space on Ryder Farm, an inaugural member of the Showdogs playwriting collective, The Parsnip Ship’s Radio Roots Writers Group, and a member of SHECreates NYC’s Myths and Legends program. Her work has been staged at The Drama League, The Dramatists Guild, Joe’s Pub, and The Wow Cafe Theatre. As a producer she’s helped put on Theatre Communications Groups National Conference (2019) and was the Associate Producer of the NYT’s Critic Pick, SKiNFoLK by Jillian Walker. Check out her YouTube Series, ‘Skinny & White’ Aren’t Character Traits. In This Paper I’ll Explain. She wants to remind you to resist, check your privilege, & then give some space to Women of Color & Trans Folx. Ashé to the ancestors. All Power to all people.
Peter J. Kuo (he/him/his) is bi-coastal LA native, and the Associate Conservatory Director at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), where he serves as the Chair of the Staff EDI Committee. He is a theatre director, producer, writer, and educator focusing on raising the visibility of marginalized communities. Achievements include being part of TCG's Rising Leaders of Color cohort, a directing residency at The Drama League, directing assistantships at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Repertory, and Geffen Playhouse. He has directed for A.C.T., Weston Playhouse, East West Players, and Playground. He is a co-founder of Artists at Play, an Asian American theatre collective that produces Los Angeles premieres of works for Asian Americans. Following the success of his Live Video Theatre production of Madhuri Shekar's In Love and Warcraft for A.C.T.'s MFA program, he is now teaching several workshops over the summer on Live Video Theatre Techniques at Perseverance Theatre Company.
Social Media: @peterjkuo
Valerie is currently the Head of Directing at the University of Washington’s School of Drama. Valerie also serves as the Artistic Director for The Hansberry Project, an African American theatre lab. She has worked with theatres across the country including: The Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, among others. She has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Grant for Directors, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Theatre Puget Sound’s Gregory Fall Award for Sustained Achievement, Seattle Times’ 13 Most Influential Citizens of the last decade, the Seattle Stranger Genius Award in Performance and the Crosscut Courage Award for Culture.
A short and "tongue in cheek" promotional video on the process of bringing Venus in Fur to the stage.
A promotional video of our production?
As You Wish...
Provocative retelling of Hamlet in an historical architectural structure that was once one of Shanghai's only slaughterhouses..
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Spring 2021 class schedule!
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