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Intimacy Coordinator

An Intimacy Coordinator As defined by SAG-AFTRA:

An intimacy coordinator is “an advocate, a liaison between actors and production … in regard to nudity and simulated sex.” Most of their work is done during the shoot, choreographing intimate action, monitoring closed sets and working with costume on modesty garments and prosthetics. But coordinators are also involved in preproduction with filmmakers, planning the types of touching and exposure that will be permitted and managing nudity riders and actor concerns.

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We are liaisons between actors and productions.
We are choreographers and movement specialists.
We are consent culture and actor advocates.
We are supporters of the safety and legality of
intimate scenes for productions.
We are the storytellers and builders of writers’ and
directors’ dreams while upholding actor

We are Intimacy Coordinators.

What is the Role of an Intimacy Coordinator?

The professional responsibility can extend to helping guide the actor’s experience in becoming more in tune with the sexual limitations of their reality in comparison to their character’s reality. It is also the responsibility of the coordinator to be a presence and voice to advocate for the wellbeing of the actors to the production. It is vital that scenes of intimacy have constant reinforcement that they are a consensual place of work. We are all there in the moment to tell a fictional story with the highest standards artistry for simulated intimacy, sell the reality and magic that is film, with respect.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement in addition to the tensely evolving sexual climate, having someone in a production who can safely navigate intimate spaces for actors and production puts everyone at ease.

Responsibilities of an Intimacy Coordinator:

No one wants to feel unsafe, threatened, or disempowered at work. Inherent in the actor-director relationship is a power dynamic in which actors often feel like they have to do whatever the director asks of them, even if they aren’t comfortable with it. As an actor, saying no to the director is hard, which is where having an intimacy coordinator comes in.
-Amanda Blumenthal, LA Based Intimacy Coordinator

Where Mental Health Professionals and Intimacy Coordinators Coincide

Empathetically, my biggest concern is the well-being and safety of the actors before, during, and after intense and vulnerable scenes. Scenes involving various types of intimacy can be immensely vulnerable and difficult for actors whether it directly involves their personal trauma, life experiences, or not.

  • I participate in the transition from being in character to resetting to reality.
  • I provide a unique perspective in this space as a trained clinical sex therapist.
  • I have extensive training and experience in sexuality support, trauma, recovery, communication navigation, and general mental health support.
  • I want to take this clinical experience from office individual, couple, family, and group therapy to television and film.

Lastly, scenes involving various types of intimacy can be immensely vulnerable and difficult for actors whether it directly involves their personal trauma, life experiences, or not.

Zuri’s Specialties as an Intimacy Coordinator

Personal Experience: Past and Present Projects

I am Registered and Certified by SAG-AFTRA and IDC Intimacy Coordinators. These are the most recognized and prestigious communities of professionals in this line of work committed to providing the appropriate training and support for this field. Currently, I am training Intimacy Professionals in the Atlanta area and internationally to safely do this work.

Moreover, I am grateful to work with Starz, HBO, FX, AMC, MTV, UrbanFlix, BET, AMC, FubuTV, Lifetime, AppleTV, Netflix, and Independent Projects. I am available for local hire in Atlanta, New York, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, and Los Angeles. I am available to work anywhere else in the world with accommodations.

Download Zuri’s IC CV:

Downloadable Hire Flyer:

Zuri’s Closed Set Protocol Memo for Your Records:

Very Basic Sample Nudity/Sim Sex Rider Template from IDI:

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