Jessica Renae | Plenary Session
Session: Intimacy Directors - Creativity and Consent
About this session: Intimacy Direction is both a movement to create safer spaces in the theatre and a movement practice that allows actors to create beautiful stories of intimacy that are both visually effective, emotionally and physically safe, and repeatable night after night. In conjunction with Intimacy Directors International, a leading organization in this field, this workshop will look at how actors can take an active role in creating a culture of consent in the field. Please be prepared to be on your feet for portions of this workshop. Nothing more intimate than a hug will be asked of participants, and no physical contact will ever be mandatory. Kymberly Mellen and Shelby Allison Hibbs will join Jessica for a post session discussion.
Jessica is a Certified Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International and also serves as the company's Managing Director. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Illinois studying Intimacy and Consent on Stage. Her research began with a focus on issues of consent in improv comedy with specific attention paid to improv training centers in Chicago, and has grown to include staged theatre, dance, and film.