Social arts organization Sheatre is presenting an Intimacy for Stage Workshop in Charlottetown, led by Siobhan Richardson, May 27–28. The workshop is the second part of a two-part spring Theatre Workshop Series, with the previous workshop, on Forum Theatre, having taken place in April.
In the Intimacy for Stage workshop, actors learn specific techniques for accessing their vulnerability in a dramatic context, resulting in powerful chemistry between characters without compromising personal boundaries. Focus is on subtle and specific details in choreography, and on acting exercises to keep partners connected physically and emotionally. It’s an exploration of intimacy within a dramatic context for the purpose of telling the story of the scene.
Oftentimes actors are told to “just figure it out” without an outside eye, which can lead to dangerous situations where an actor may unwittingly cross their own physical or psychological boundaries. “Many storytellers today are no longer willing to be put into these uncomfortable, unsupported situations,” says Sheatre’s PEI Producer Rebecca Parent. “This workshop is an incredible opportunity for training that is not readily available in PEI, and an important step forwards in creating safer spaces for artists.”
Siobhan Richardson is a pioneer voice in Intimacy for Stage and Screen across Canada and around the world. As a part of the negotiating team, Richardson was an instrumental element for bringing terms regarding Intimacy and Intimacy Directors into the Canadian Theatre Agreement. Her Intimacy Direction has been seen on some of Canada’s premiere stages, at numerous universities, and around the world through online performance and education.
A select number of spots will also be available to those who are interested in a more in-depth exploration of Intimacy Coordination and Direction to be mentored by Richardson leading up to the workshop.
Bursaries and artist rates are available by contacting Parent at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration information at linktr.ee/loinducoeur.