Hello supporters of IDI!
Thank you. Thank you for your years of passionate dedication to this movement and to this organization. Together we have already accomplished something truly significant, and it is only the beginning of this movement.
The artists and professionals who have been the heart of IDI are still working independently, and with emerging companies, to continue to support the growing needs of the industry and this movement to bring consensual and sustainable working practices to theatre, tv, & film making worldwide.
As supporters of IDI, this affects you all. Please see below for some answers to your concerns.
Some background on why IDI is dissolving:
When IDI formed in 2016 it was launched with the mission to foster, advocate for, and help build the industry of Intimacy Direction. Looking back we can now confidently say that IDI has succeeded in that mission. In fact, it also played a large part in creating the industry of Intimacy Coordination for TV and Film as well!
The word is out, the interest is high, and there are more players in the field than ever. All of this is exactly what IDI set out to do.
Over the three and a half years of its operation, IDI has worked to adapt to the needs of a developing industry. Most notably, IDI began with the intention of serving as an advocacy and networking organization to the industry, and quickly discovered the enormous need for training and certifications, so IDI shifted to take on the activities of an educational institution. When intimacy work entered the world of TV and Film, Intimacy Coordination was born, and IDI adapted to fulfill those needs as well.
As IDI worked to serve these growing and changing arenas, the organization tried to adapt its structures to accommodate the logistical and organizational needs that these activities require. The driving goal of IDI has been to support this industry growth and to strengthen the systems that are allowing these professionals to prove the value of Intimacy Direction and Intimacy Coordination. Additionally, IDI has focused on amplifying methods and protocols that support freely given and informed consent in the entertainment making process.
Three and a half years later, we can proudly say that the work has paid off. Intimacy Direction and Intimacy Coordination are being talked about both nationally and internationally in the media and in training institutions. The momentum is there and the movement is durable.
That is thanks to all of you; your dedication, energy, and work. THANK YOU.
This brings us back to IDI and its structure. IDI was formed to launch the industry of Intimacy Direction (and subsequently Intimacy Coordination). The industry is launched; IDI’s mission is fulfilled. The Board of Directors has grappled with the next steps and how to build upon the success we’ve already achieved. We’ve struggled with questions of the ethical distribution of opportunities, how to best support activities that were not in the original charter of the organization (or are not in harmony with the legal designation of IDI), and what we think is best for the industry at large. IDI helped to grow this industry, and it has grown to fill many niches that none of us predicted at our outset. IDI cannot serve all of these needs well, but there is a growing number of professionals that can each serve these niches better than we could. It is a beautiful problem to face.
The industry is successfully launched, IDI’s original mission is fulfilled, and IDI wants to step back to allow all of the new professionals and organizations to fill in the niches that have emerged with greater efficacy than we would be able to provide. The board and leadership of IDI have taken a very long time to reach this decision, but we are confident in it.
You can continue to find working intimacy professionals and training programs from the following established companies (listed alphabetically):
Intimacy Coordinators Canada: Regional training for intimacy coordinators and directors. Spearheaded by Casey Hudecki and Linday Sommers. Intimacy Coordinators Canada recently worked with ACTRA to produce guidelines for scenes with nudity and simulated sex in Canada.
Intimacy Directors and Coordinators: IDC is certifying and training intimacy coordinators for TV and Film and Intimacy Directors for theatre. Their creative team has helped SAG-AFTRA to create guidelines for intimacy coordinators as well as worked with Times Up on resources for actors. Mission Statment: Raise the bar. Eliminate Harm. Key creative team members include Alicia Rodis, Tonia Sina, Claire Warden, Marie Percy, and Jessica Steinrock.
Intimacy Directors International UK (IDI-UK): The UK branch will be retaining the IDI name for a while longer, and continue to offer training for intimacy coordinators and directors in the UK. They are led by Lizzy Talbot and Yarit Dor and have recently worked to create guidelines for producing scenes of nudity and simulated sex in the UK.
Intimacy Professionals Association: IPA works with intimacy coordinators, sexuality consultants, and choreographers specifically for the TV and Film Industries. Founded by Amanda Blumenthal, IPA was a part of the creative team working with SAG-AFTRA to develop guidelines for Intimacy Coordinators. IPA certifies Intimacy Coordinators.
Intimacy on Set: Led by Ita O'Brien, Intimacy on Set is based in the UK and works both on stage and on screen. They offer intimacy training internationally and work with professional unions to develop safe practices for simulated sex in performance.
Theatrical Intimacy Education: Ethical, Efficient, Effective. Specializing in academic applications of this work, TIE trains in theatrical consent, staging intimacy, and best practices for directors. They are led by Chelsea Pace and Laura Rickard and offer workshops across the country. Chelsea Pace recently published Staging Sex a resource for ethically and effectively staging simulated sex and nudity.
Thank you, truly, for supporting IDI over the years, and for continuing to be a part of this movement.
Here’s to the future!