INTIMACY DIRECTOR 

Two young women kiss tenderly onstage in front of a bed cluttered with moving boxes and pillows.

"Julia's compassion, relatability, and kindness make her so well suited for intimacy direction. For actors who aren't well versed in intimacy, it can be an intimidating or frightening process. She approached it with humor and tenderness and made it very comfortable." -Sam Cocco, actor

"This was my first time working with an ID on a project, and I firmly believe her work made a huge difference in the final product and how it was received by the audience." -Eric Mansfield, playwright

"Felger and Achkar have a strong chemistry in this intimate play." -Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

"Starting the rehearsal process with group exercises aimed specifically at giving us a common language and ownership of our own comfort level was extremely useful. Every exercise felt like it had a purpose, and allowed me to have agency in the rehearsal space." -Matt Gittins, actor

  • Certification Pending, Intimacy Directors and Coordinators

  • Teaching Artist with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators

  • Resident Intimacy Director at Rubber City Theatre

Intimacy Director

Sweeney Todd

Rubber City Theatre

Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People

Rubber City Theatre

Bedroom Culture

Cleveland Public Theatre, Test Flight

Athena

University of Akron

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Ohio Shakespeare Festival

Love in Reserve

Rubber City Theatre

Concord Floral

University of Akron

Heartbreakers in Hell

Rubber City Theatre

Into the Woods

Rubber City Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ohio Shakespeare Festival

On the Line

Rubber City Theatre

 

Intimacy Assistant

 

She Kills Monsters

Ohio Shakespeare Festival

Intimacy Direction by Samantha Kaufman, IDC

 

Workshops: Facilitator

 

Intimacy for the Actor

➤ Heidelberg University, with the cast of Chicago

➤ University of Akron, with the cast of Macbeth

➤ Rubber City Theatre, with the cast of Heartbreakers in Hell

Intimacy for the Actor (Youth)

➤ Rubber City Theatre, with the cast of Lightning Thief

➤ Rubber City Theatre, with the cast of Willy Wonka

➤ Rubber City Theatre, with the cast of Into the Woods

➤ Twinsburg Public Library, with the cast of Fib & Fable's Book of Stories

Boundaries and Self-Care

University of Akron, with the cast of Concord Floral

➤ Rubber City Theatre, with the cast of On the Line

Covid & Intimacy for the Actor

Ohio Shakespeare Festival, with the cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ohio Shakespeare Festival, with the cast of the Summer 2021 Greenshow

Workshops: Assistant

 

Intimacy: Informed Advocacy for Performers

Cleveland Play House

Alexis Black and Samantha Kaufman

Intimacy Directors and Coordinators / Intimacy Directors International

Introduction to Intimacy

Ohio Shakespeare Festival

Samantha Kaufman

Intimacy Directors and Coordinators / Intimacy Directors International

TRAINING

 

Extensive Training through Intimacy Directors and Coordinators and Theatrical Intimacy Education. See CV for details.

Mental Health First Aid Certified

Extensive Training in the following areas:

  • Active Bystander

  • Advocacy/Diversity/Implicit Bias

  • Meditation/Conflict Resolution

  • Teaching Pedagogy/Group Facilitation

  • Mental Health/Resiliency

See CV for details