“We are in a great cultural shift and everyone is desperately trying to catch up. It takes a lot of guts, courage and humility to look at something that has been done a certain way for years and say, “we can do better.”
-Alicia Rodis, Intimacy Directors International, Intimacy Coordinator for HBO
What is an Intimacy Coordinator?
- An Advocate for the actors, ensuring they have agency over their bodies;
- A Movement Coach and Choreographer for scenes of intimacy and simulated sex;
- Liaison between Production and Actors;
- Implements proper protocols for scenes of intimacy, nudity and simulated sex.
Hiring an Intimacy Coordinator (film/tv) or Director (theatre) is an important step in preventing abuse and harassment in the arts. Their contribution in pre-production, and on the day ensures there are no surprises and the actors and director are free and safe to tell the story they want to tell.
As an Actor and a Stunt Performer, Casey respects both the fluid process of emotional access and impulse, as well as the specificity of technical choreography. Casey has experience with scenes of intimacy on both sides of the camera, and can speak to the actor’s experience as well as the aesthetic and story telling structure of the choreography. As a specialist in violence and intimacy, Casey has had a front row seat for over 20 years in telling difficult stories; but she believes there is always a way to tell every story in such a way that everyone is respected, safe, and confidant with their action. Casey is proud to be part of the first wave of Intimacy Coordinators, collaborating with all departments to bring transparency, preparation, communication and standardized protocols to the industry. She is a Certified Intimacy Coordinator with Intimacy Directors International; and partners with Lindsay Somers (HBO’s first Canadian Intimacy Coordinator), as Intimacy Coordinators Canada.
Casey has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with High Distinction from University of Toronto, she is always eager to learn, and keeps current certifications in First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, as well as Firearms, Fall Arrest, and clean Police Checks. She is one of nine Fight Masters in Fight Directors Canada, and the first woman to be credited for Fight Directing at the Stratford Theatre Festival. Casey runs a Stage Combat school for youth, and is a movement instructor at a number of arts colleges.
Recent Intimacy Coordination credits: Spinning Out (Netflix); Condor (MGM); New Eden (Peacock Alley Entertainment); and currently Coordinating for Tiny Pretty Things (Netflix) and Ginny and Georgia (Netflix).