Dates and times

Saturday 11 February 2023
9:30am - 4:30pm


The PumpHouse Theatre


Workshop $30.00

How to get tickets

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This workshop has now been rescheduled for Saturday 11th February.

There are still places available.

Working in the Intimate Zone

How can we create a safe, ethical and creative work environment when directing and performing on-stage intimacy?

The PumpHouse invites community theatre directors, producers, drama teachers, and performers to this workshop to learn best practices for approaching scenes of an intimate nature – and how to ensure that the work is consensual, robust, engaging and best serves the story.

For those with an awareness of intimacy in theatre, this is a great next step if you wish to upskill and lead your theatre group or production in implementing better intimacy and safety practices.

Jennifer Ward-Lealand

A founding member of Intimacy Coordinators Aotearoa, Jennifer is one of the first fully accredited intimacy coordinators in NZ beginning her training with Ita O’Brien (Intimacy on Set, UK) in 2018 and now has over 60 production credits. As Equity NZ President, she co-authored the Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen in NZ.

Jennifer has taught intimacy workshops for Toi Whakaari, Te Pou theatre, The Actors’ Program, Pan-Asian Screen Collective, Proudly Asian Theatre, Covert Theatre, South Seas Film and TV School, Howick Little Theatre, DEGANZ, and The Equity Foundation. She regularly gives seminars at the SWAG/Screensafe Professional Respect Training workshops and other events.

Her intimacy coordinator screen credits include The Wilds (Disney); CreamerieHeaven and Hell – the Centrepoint Story (Warners); Ahikāroa series 3, 4 & 5; One of Us is Lying (NBC/Universal), Choose Love (Netflix and numerous short films and web series. On stage, she has intimacy directed: The Writer (Silo), Grand Horizons (ATC), Semele and Macbeth (NZ Opera)

Jennifer is also an experienced actor of 40 years and a director and teacher of 20 years.

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