Intimacy Directors in the Theatre World

Posted by Lynne Godfroy on Apr 15, 2020 8:26:13 AM

Intimacy Directors in Theatre

Intimacy Directors in the Theatre World

Hiring an Intimacy Coach, or Intimacy Director (ID), as part of a theatre’s crew is becoming more common in Canadian theatrical circles, sparked by media attention to the vulnerability of women in the arts and entertainment sector.

What is an intimacy coach / intimacy director?

So what is the purpose of an Intimacy Director, and how can one be helpful to all members of a cast and crew, not just the female actors?

An ID’s job is to make the performers and crew feel protected while staging scenes that can create anxieties around the portrayal of acts of sexual violence, nudity, or other forms of intimacy. This is done when the ID establishes clear paths of communication for the rehearsal and show, and demonstrates best practices for creating a healthy performance space, as well as actually choreographing scenes of intimacy.

What does an intimacy coach / intimacy director do?

A first step for the coordinator is to have a conversation with the individuals closely involved in developing the scene, like the director and actor, to gauge feelings of concern. Under the pressure of landing and maintaining a job, it is too easy for artists to feel they have to agree to perform acts they aren’t comfortable with.

It is the ID’s role to establish confidence in the process and then choreograph the scene in a way which conveys the storyline without breaking the bond of trust between the director, actor, producer, and crew. This can be particularly important in the realm of live theatre as the performances must feel authentic each time the play is performed.

If the actor has felt psychologically pressured or even coerced into a place of discomfort, the acting and the entire production can suffer. The buffer that the ID provides is another step toward the smooth performances and safe sets theatrical producers need.

Pillars of Intimacy / Intimacy Coaches in Theatre

Siobhan Richardson, one of the founders of Intimacy Directors International (now closed), and her colleagues, have created a foundational piece called the Pillars of Intimacy. This material provides a step-by step process by which actors become educated to a practice that will guide them throughout rehearsal and performance.

The goal is to choreograph safe, repeatable movements that the actors can rely upon to tell the story. (TheatreArtLife) The Pillars of Intimacy establishes a process based on the best practices of context, communication, consent, choreography, and closure.

The Pillars of Intimacy can be a great guide for stage managers as well, if the budget doesn’t allow for the hiring of an ID for the production. Either way, it’s clear now that there is a new awareness of the risks involved if the behaviours around intimacy aren’t explored.

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...But isn't the circus supposed to be dangerous?

Posted by Steve Beatty on Jan 9, 2019 2:04:02 PM

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Circus acrobat, circus insurance

One of the delights of the circus is seeing the most skilled acrobats dazzle an audience with risky stunts. At Front Row, our experience with production liability insurance and special event liability insurance has shown that there are always unfortunate exceptions where even the most skilled acrobat doesn’t escape danger as planned.

One such incident occurred recently at a Ringling Bros. Circus in Rhode Island where an aerial accident sent eight performers plummeting to the ground. The stunt, known as “the human chandelier” involved performers hanging from their hair on a suspended apparatus. A clip at the top of the apparatus snapped and three performers are at the hospital in serious condition. Thus far there is no conclusive information as to why the clip failed.

When quoting theatrical insurance where aerial stunts are being performed, one of the questions we always ask is how much experience the aerial rigging technician has. We also ask if he/she is licensed. This protects the risk and encourages producers to employ the best people. Furthermore we offer key person insurance. This is reserved for parties whose inability to perform would result in the event being cancelled. In an event like the circus, the specialized skill on display makes purchasing the above coverages a must, and our years of experience will make sure there are no gaps  that might hinder a major performance.

Even with the correct due diligence, accidents can always happen and they illustrate how important it is to carry good production insurance.

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Paddy And Nico And Key Person Insurance

Posted by Steve Beatty on Aug 7, 2015 3:47:56 PM

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Britain’s Got Talent was thrown a curve ball when dance duo “Paddy and Nico” had to withdraw from the competition.

The sudden change occurred due to a rib injury sustained by Paddy during a rehearsal. Part of the novelty of the team was the fact that the female dance partner was so much older than her male counterpart. Let’s chat for a moment about all of the implications this has on event insurance and key person insurance in general.

Firstly when insuring these performers, it would have been cultureONE-image-perform-artssignificantly more expensive to cover Paddy. Aside from any age related pre-existing conditions, the risks involved in an older person dancing on a live show are far greater than those of a younger person in prime health. As we’ve seen, injuries can be serious and underwriters take this into account before ever assuming risk. With proper coverage in place, the key person insurance would have kicked in and taken care of medical expenses incurred due to Paddy’s involvement with the show.

In most cases involving key person insurance, part of the coverage is used to pay for a replacement with similar competence and experience. Since this is a reality TV show, however, replacing talent would undermine the competition element and would therefore not be possible. As a result, the duo simply withdrew from the show altogether.

While having a dance team so different in age added a fun and exciting element to the competition, it would certainly raise some red flags from a key person insurance standpoint.

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Why Even YOUR Band Should Carry Liability Insurance

Posted by Monica Cervantes on Dec 12, 2011 2:38:00 PM

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Tribute band performing

There are a number of reasons why a Cover Band or Tribute Band would benefit from purchasing liability insurance, but perhaps the most compelling reason is because without this cover, the very livelihood of the musician/band is at stake in the event that they are sued.  While no one plans on accidents, the chance of such incidents occurring increases at public places and venues where large numbers of people are gathered. When alcohol is consumed, the risk increases even more.

  • Why risk the loss of your assets, both personal and the band’s?
  • Liability policies are a safeguard against mistakes that your band might make in which they would be held liable.

So, what is liability insurance?

This type of insurance is designed to offer protection against third party (the public) bodily injury or property damage as a result of one’s operations or products.

The relevance to cover/tribute bands is that in the event that bands are held responsible for the injuries and property damage sustained by an audience member or staff member at the venue, the liability insurance would potentially pay for the medical treatment required by the injured party, and can cover settlement claims resulting from lawsuits.

Examples of band liability insurance:

An example of a scenario where a band’s liability policy would be of value include if a member of the audience was invited onto the stage while band members were performing and ended up tripping on loose cords and slamming their face into some audio equipment. The coverage afforded under a liability policy would protect the band (policy holder) in the event that they are then sued by any third parties for unintentional damage. A lawsuit can name a band, its manager, an establishment and its landlord in a lawsuit. Liability insurance protection will not shorten criminal sentences, but it will take care of the resulting injuries and rehabilitation and potentially legal costs as well.

While liability insurance should be in place by the owners of the venue where a band will be performing, more frequently the musicians themselves must have liability insurance in place in order to perform at a venue. A band can be sued for its own direct actions; however, other situations where a band and its members could be held liable include: if a piece of equipment drops from the stage and injures an audience member, or if someone were to trip over a microphone cord. In many cases, the owner of a venue requires that performers show proof of their own liability coverage so that their own liability insurance is covered in the event that the performers are negligent.

Cost of band liability insurance:

Pricing is based on revenue and annual premiums start at US/CDN $500 for $1M in coverage. Compare this to the potential costs arising from a lawsuit and the coverage is priceless.

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