Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

How Intimacy Directing Is Changing the Theater and Film World

Publication Date

Fall 11-8-2022


Music and Performing Arts, College of


Theatre and Dance, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. James Al-Shamma

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


On stage and screen, actors frequently find it difficult to navigate intimacy; in fact, the lack of guidance in this area has opened the door to abuse and mistreatment for conceivably as long as acting has been practiced. Intimacy directing is a tool that has been developed recently to help actors feel comfortable and be safe while negotiating intimate scenes. Since the arrival of the #MeToo movement, the establishment of clear and firm boundaries has become imperative; the normalization of intimacy direction will provide an avenue to comfortable, professional, and, most importantly, safe intimacy scenes on stage and screen.

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