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© 2016 by IDI

Intimacy Directors International (IDI) is a not for profit 501c6 organization pioneering the best practices for theatrical intimacy, simulated sex and performance nudity for theatre, tv and film.

 

Our members originated the fields of Intimacy Direction for the Theatre and Intimacy Coordination for TV and Film, creating what are now the accepted standards across the industry. IDI is the premier organization for training and certifying new Intimacy Directors and Coordinators.  

We believe that scenes of intimacy must be handled in a professional manner that adheres to the highest standards of artistry and safety, whether that be on stage or on set. Our company utilizes The Pillars as a standard for simulated intimacy. Click to download your copy. 

 

The choreography of these scenes must accurately tell the characters' stories, as intended by the writer through the interpretation of the director and the actors involved while respecting the physical and psychological safety of all.

 

Professionals certified through IDI operate in a specific code of ethics, with a high artistic standard, while operating their rehearsals in a professional, respectful, appropriate and amiable atmosphere.

 

OUR CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified Intimacy Director (Theatre) - professional theatre choreographers with IDI who have trained in the 5-Pillar methodology. These distinguished professionals represent the highest standard in intimacy artistry for the theatre. These individuals have extensive movement, sensitivity, and theatrical storytelling training and represent IDI with their professional artistry and integrity.

 

  • Certified Intimacy Coordinator (TV + Film) - professional coordinators who have trained in IDI's 5-Pillar methodology specifically for television and film. These distinguished professionals represent the highest standard in intimacy artistry for the screen. These individuals have extensive movement, sensitivity, and industry training and represent IDI with their professional artistry and integrity.

  • Lead Instructorthe highest educational certification within IDI. These distinguished artists host our choreography and pedagogy workshops and intensives, leading the field in innovative methods for safe intimacy on the stage and screen. These individuals have extensive movement, sensitivity, and theatrical storytelling training and represent IDI with their professional artistry and integrity.

 

Interested in becoming certified through IDI? Read about our apprentice program HERE

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL

Safety for your Actors

  • Consent Training

  • Anti-Harassment Protocols

  • Pre and Post-show practices and fight/intimacy call options

  • Emotional Fitness Techniques for the Actor

 

Safety for your Business

  • Union Standards on kissing, nudity, simulated sex

  • State, Federal, and Local laws

  • Sexual Harassment Education at a Corporate Level

  • Protocols for your stage manager, crew, and producers

  • Easily to follow conflict-resolution plans


Storytelling​​​

  • Instant Chemistry and Vulnerability Techniques

  • Actor Connection Techniques Cultivation and Choreography for sexual tension

  • Choreography for any intimate kissing or touching

  • Choreography for Simulated Sex, Sexual Violence or Assault

  • A path for handling Nudity in rehearsal and production

How do I become IDI Certified?

Due to the sensitive nature of this work, IDI works closely with those professionals who are seeking certification. 

 

All Certified Professionals (Intimacy Directors, Coordinators, and Lead Instructors) must participate in the IDI Apprentice Program. Members of IDI's Apprentice Program learn directly from Lead Instructors whose methods have been endorsed by IDI and who have received extensive training in pedagogy.