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Intimacy For The Stage: Deepening Our Connection To Movement, Chemistry, And Closure
The Silver Spring Black Box Theatre
Silver Spring, MD
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Nov 11, 2019 10:30 AM

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Intimacy For The Stage: Deepening Our Connection To Movement, Chemistry, And Closure
SILVER SPRING, Md.  Flying V is proud to present:  Intimacy Directors International's Intimacy Directors Jenny Male & Alexis Black as guest instructors to teach a 7-Hour Workshop (incl: lunch break), Intimacy for the Stage: Deepening our connection to movement, Chemistry, and Closure, from 10:30am-5:30pm on November 11th at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, sponsored by TheatreWashington.

JENNY MALE: Jenny Male is an Intimacy Director, Movement & Fight Choreographer, Vocal Coach, and Director in the DC/Baltimore area. She is also Resident Intimacy and Fight Director for the Equity theatre Rep Stage in Columbia, Maryland. Jenny came to Intimacy Direction by way of fight and dance choreography. Her focus is on creating standards for Intimacy work in educational and professional theatre in the DC/Baltimore area. Her passion is advocating for actors and bringing the joy and specificity of Intimacy work to the creative process. Her Intimacy and Fight Direction work has appeared at Rep Stage, Everyman Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Single Carrot Theatre, Maryland Opera Studio, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Ozark Actors Theatre, Tecumseh!, Maryland Lyric Opera, Arts Collective, and Red Branch Theatre Company. Jenny is Associate Professor of Theatre at Howard Community College. She is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and is also a member of VASTA, ATME, and SDC. Jenny earned her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002.

ALEXIS BLACK: Alexis Black is certified Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International, and an enthusiastic advocate for consent work, equity and safety in the rehearsal hall, classroom and performance. She is a certified teacher in the Michael Chekhov Physical Acting technique, an AEA actor and an Assistant Professor of acting and movement at Michigan State University.  A fight, movement and intimacy director, she travels nationwide and abroad, and has choreographed regionally, in New York City, Europe and Asia. Her work with intimacy and consent has most recently been featured at Birmingham Childrens Theatre, Redtwist Theatre in Chicago, and Hope Repertory Theatre, and in teaching IDI workshops across the United States. Her fight direction and movement consultation has been featured at such venues as Shakespeare Theatre Company, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Manhattan Theatre Club.  Find more at, and

LOCATION: Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

WHEN: 10:30am-5:30pm, November 11, 2019

CLASS DESCRIPTION - This workshop is intended for theatre artists seeking an introduction to intimacy as well as those seeking further study. Participants will briefly review the Five Pillars of best practices created by Intimacy Directors International and learn about the organization's history and goals.  Deeper, practical applications of the work will then be explored through the melding of movement methodologies into intimacy work, and mapping the multiple pathways to enliven chemistry for the stage.  Additional topics will include notation practices for actors and stage management, and exercises in closure for the performer. The final part of the day will be a question and answer session. Participants are encouraged to wear clothes that allow for movement and bring a bottle of water and a notebook. Some basic physical contact may be included but is not required.

Intimacy Directors International (IDI) is a not for profit organization comprised of artists from around the world who are trained to choreograph and direct scenes of an intimate nature for the stage and screen. Founded by Tonia Sina, Siobhan Richardson, and Alicia Rodis, IDI's mandate is to provide compelling physical and emotional storytelling within intimate scenes - including hand-holding, nudity, kissing, and/or simulated sexual activities - while also maintaining the physical and psychological safety of all involved. As active advocates for performer safety, IDI sets and maintains a high standard for proper consent, sexual harassment awareness, overall safety, and dramaturgical expertise. IDI shares this knowledge through intimacy direction for productions and intimacy workshops for a broad range of participants and subject matter.

ABOUT FLYING V: Founded in 2011, Flying V is a non-profit, ensemble-based company dedicated to creating theatre that invigorates and inspires people to live life with a greater sense of appreciation and adventure. A gateway drug that bridges the gap between pop culture and high culture, we are dedicated to the creation, development, and production of vibrant original work, offbeat contemporary plays, and performance art inspired by genre fiction and other modern mythologies. By creating work that reflects the intimate struggles of the human condition through vivid, high concept metaphors and artistic vigor, we hope to shine a light on the loneliness and isolation that so many feel and create a sense of connection and wonder. We are your Friendly Neighborhood Indie Theatre. Expect Awesome. Be Awesome.
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Flying V is also proud to be hosting this workshop as an extension of its Education programming, including the Flying V Fights: Combat Gym, a bi-weekly drop-in stage combat class offered at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center on every other Sunday evening from 7-9pm. For more information, visit or

ABOUT THEATREWASHINGTON: Building on 30 years of credibility and service as The Helen Hayes Awards, theatreWashington is the only organization dedicated to supporting and representing all sectors of the Washington theatre communitytheatres, professionals, and diverse audiences of all agesto build a strong, vibrant, connected community. Together, with the regions dynamic professional theatre community, theatreWashington creates and invigorates audiences, strengthens the regions theatrical workforce, and celebrates excellence on Washington stages to build and an even more vibrant community for all.


The Silver Spring Black Box Theatre (View)
8641 Colesville
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States


Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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