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Zuri Atlanta Intimacy Coordinator
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Zuri Pryor-Graves MSW, MEd (she/her) is an Atlanta Based SAG-AFTRA Certified Intimacy Coordinator, Sexuality Clinician/Sex Therapist, an On-Set Therapist, Sexual Educator and a Sexual Cultural Competency Consultant. As an Intimacy Coordinator, she has the opportunity to bring her mastery of sexuality therapy/education, mental health and TV/film production to life. Her work is on HBO, BET, Starz, Netflix, Lifetime, MTV, UrbanFlix, FX, Disney, AMC/AMC+, ALLBLK, AppleTV, FubuTV and more.

She is actively involved in sexuality advocacy, authenticity, and consent work in TV & Film. Markedly, she is well versed in on-screen movement & choreography, anti-harassment, proper use of modesty garments, design of genital prosthetics. In addition, she is educated in mediation & conflict resolution, bystander intervention, trauma work, LGBTQ support, kink/BDSM, alternative relationship structures. Lastly, she holds certifications in competency around gender, sexuality, race, as well as disability, and is certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Additionally, to Intimacy Coordinating, as a therapist she specializes individual, couple, and family therapy. Zuri leads groups and workshops pertaining to LGBTQ topics, consent culture, kink, sexuality education and sex positivity. From being a therapist, she can bring any of these skills to television and film sets as a consultant or cast & crew support.

Before she was an IC, Zuri:

Prior to her venture into the mental health profession, she worked in television and film production with BET, Discovery Networks, and CBS. With over 300 on-set days in addition to corporate television experience, she is well-versed on the needs of production.

Concurrently, she is an experienced SAG-AFTRA stunt performer and actor. Before then, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc, a Howard University graduate and a two-time master’s graduate of Widener University. Outside of her professional and educational background, she is a world traveled roller derby athlete and coach, a weekend disc jockey, and a dog obsessed self-proclaimed foodie.

A Few of Zuri’s Recent Atlanta Appearances

Women in Production Summit Panelist 2022

It’s Our Time Couple’s Brunch and Fashion Experience Speaker – 2023

Bronze Lens Festival Speaker – 2022

Intimacy Coordinator Zuri In the Press

A Letter from Intimacy Coordinator Zuri:

Love Making Scenarios. Sex Scenes. Make Out Shots: These are consistent elements in the television and film industry standard.

Enthusiastic Consent. Negotiated Nudity. Prioritized Safety. General Mental Health: Thanks to Intimacy Coordination, a cultural shift in the industry has introduced these terms as the new standard and foundation of negotiation in television and film.

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Zuri Atlanta Intimacy Coordinator

My unique professionally rounded background and my general passions for mental health, sex positivity, clear communication/direction shape me. All of that and my education makes me believe I am ideal for the field of Intimacy Coordination.

My work with BET, CBS, and Discovery Networks, provided me with a vast skill base of set language, etiquette, and general production knowledge. Afterwards, I returned to school to pursue a MEd and MSW in Sexuality. These professional degrees allowed me to become a certified sexuality therapist as well as a master level sexuality educator.

Since, I have been seeking an opportunity to combine my television and film, education/teaching, and sexuality clinical training into the career path of my dreams.

I searched until I found Intimacy Coordination, the perfect fit.

My recent move to the Atlanta area, has provided me with a new angle into the production world. This time around, in front of the camera. Empathetically, in that position, I felt the nuances and intricacies of onscreen vulnerabilities. Directors illuminate reality and actors are charged with the responsibility to lend their talents to create/take part in that reality.

There is not always a liaison to communicate and advocate on the behalf of the actor’s needs and limitations. Consequently, I recently discovered the alarming statistic that the average lifespan of a First AD is 56 years of age. Whether it be intimacy coordination or therapy in the demanding life of production, there is need for this work. I am grateful that one of those people is me.

Altogether, I believe mental health, sex positivity, & enthusiastic consent culture should be the foundation of all safe spaces in and out of the industry. The creation of Intimacy Coordination and Direction is such a powerful necessity. I am grateful to be a part of a production community who sees the value in this field.