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Creating with Consent: Onstage Intimacies


2: 7/10/2023 - 7/23/2023




This course will introduce consent-based performance practices. Students will learn and apply techniques for consent-based performance in the genres of spoken word, dance, theatre, performance arts, and teaching artistry.

Who Should Take This Class

Students and faculty who hope to work in and improve the fields of acting, directing, dancing, musical theatre, and teaching.

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

Personal Statement; A personal statement of 300-600 words should elaborating on your desires for the future of performing arts, why you are interested in learning consent-based performance practices, and how you hope to apply this knowledge in the future.

Letter of recommendation: From a current or past instructor or artistic collaborator. Letters should comment upon this student's drive, as well as their relationship to or respect for others in the artistic community.

Course Coordinator

Amanda Rose Villarreal is an intimacy choreographer and immersive artist. They founded the Journal of Consent-Based Performance, and serve as associate faculty with Theatrical Intimacy Education. They have recently choreographed intimacy for Pasadena Playhouse and Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, as well as creating consent mechanics for playable performances at Sinking Ship Creations in New York and Moonrise Larp in Chicago.

Guest Artists

Laura Rikard

Laura Rikard is an intimacy coordinator in film and television. Her film credits include Interview with A Vampire, Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches, Appendage, and Harlem. Stage credits include Still… (Ensemble Theatre, NYC), Skeleton Crew (Bristol Riverside Theatre), West Side Story and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Flat Rock Playhouse).

Greg Geffrard

Greg Geffrard is an educator, intimacy professional, culture worker, actor, poet, and facilitator. He cultivates consent-based trauma-informed artistic exploration spaces to inspire self-generators of radical joy. He’s an associate faculty member with Theatrical Intimacy Education, the resident intimacy consultant for Steppenwolf Theatre, and a visiting professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Kim Shively

Kim Shively has worked in theatre, TV, and commercials. She is the co-author of Applied Meisner for the 21st Century Actor (Routledge), and her peer-reviewed articles have been included in journals including The Journal of Consent Based Performance. Shively travels the world working as a theatrical intimacy educator and practitioner with an emphasis on working with minors.