Columbia College Chicago is introducing a new Intimacy for Stage and Screen Certificate program – the first college-level program of its kind in the U.S. Applications are now being accepted for the program, which will launch in Fall 2023. For more information, click here.
“The field of intimacy choreography and coordination has been growing rapidly in the last few years as both the cinema and theatre communities have worked to establish higher intimacy standards for safer productions,” says Susan Padveen, Interim Allen and Lynn Turner Chair of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department. “This 16-credit, year-long certificate program provides a hands-on education and empowers our students with industry best practices for safer staging of intimacy, nudity, and sexual content.”
This graduate certificate program will empower artists with industry best practices for the safe, ethical, inclusive, and effective staging of intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence for both stage and screen. This program is a rigorous examination of tested methodologies for Intimacy Coordination for TV and Cinema and Intimacy Choreography for Theatre.With this training, students working in a cohort of like-minded students will exhibit an understanding of methods for creating excellent, high-quality choreography and tools and techniques. Additionally, students will demonstrate knowledge and leadership so that a culture of consent becomes the norm in every production process while coordinating the logistical and administrative needs of a wide range of processes.
The Intimacy for Stage and Screen Certificate program is recommended for those who have experience in stage and screen performance, educational or professional. Actors, directors, dancers, choreographers, and mental health professionals are encouraged to apply. Because classes are offered in the evenings or with online components, you’ll have the flexibility to continue your day job and other passions.
The Intimacy for Stage and Screen Certificate program is part of Columbia College’s Graduate Studies program, which also offers an MA/MFA program in Acting and Contemporary Performance Making in conjunction with the Columbia College Theatre Department.