The Columbia College Chicago Office of Development and Alumni Relations has posted the video of a panel of Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni and former faculty discussing “Intimacy for Stage and Screen.” The panel, which took place via Zoom on June 21, 2023, featured Tony Award-winning Broadway director David Cromer HDR ’17, a former student and teacher at the Columbia College Theatre Department and recipient of a 2017 Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Columbia College. Joining Cromer were Columbia College alums Sheryl Williams ’20, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Stage Combat; Bessie Zolno ‘20, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Stage Combat; and Orion Barnes ‘97, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting with a focus in stage combat. The panel was moderated by Columbia College alum Khanisha Foster ’02, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting. Also participating were Theatre Department faculty member Susan Padveen, Interim Allen and Lynn Turner Chair of Theatre, and Columbia College alum Sarah Schroeder ’00, the college’s Director of Alumni Engagement.
The conversation focused on the work of staging and performing intimate scenes in theatre and film, a field that is rapidly growing as more focus is given to safe and consent-based production. Here is the video:
As previously reported in this blog, the panel offered the opportunity to hear from theatre practitioners, intimacy coordinators, and intimacy choreographers who are pushing boundaries of this fast-growing field in film, TV, and live performance. Those interested in the field are also invited to explore Columbia College’s new Intimacy for Stage and Screen Certificate program, which offers an in-depth, year-long education in coordination, choreography, and advocacy for theatrical intimacy and performance. This one-year, 16-credit graduate certificate program is currently accepting students for fall and is designed to 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. Columbia is currently admitting the first group to the Intimacy for Stage and Screen Certificate program. Interested students can apply HERE.
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About the panelists:
The panel’s moderator was Columbia College alum Khanisha Foster ’02, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting. Foster is an actor, director, writer, and solo performer based in Los Angeles.