INTIMACY DIRECTOR 

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"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

 

"Laying down the groundwork for intimacy was super helpful. To give us almost a rough sketch of “here’s what will work, and also if you get ideas that everyone is on board with we can add” really made it feel like a collaborative process as well as helped continue to make the intimacy feel natural and not forced." -Henri Sudy, actor

"Leading actors Paige Fleger and Christian Achkar showcased raw on-stage chemistry throughout the play." -Jordan Coleman, KentWired

"Julia facilitated a very productive discussion when she and one of our performers had questions about a song with sensitive subject matter. Not only was their feedback helpful and insightful, they way she orchestrated the conversation allowed everyone to feel safe and heard." -Benjamin Halstead, playwright

Intimacy Director

 

*Resident Intimacy Director at Rubber City Theatre*

Bedroom Culture

Cleveland Public Theatre, Test Flight (upcoming)

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

Rubber City Theatre

With the cast of Heartbreakers in Hell

Boundaries and Self-Care

University of Akron

With the cast of Concord Floral

Intimacy for the Actor (Youth)

Rubber City Theatre

With the cast of Into the Woods

Intimacy for the Actor (Youth)

Twinsburg Public Library

With the cast of Fib & Fable's Book of Stories

Covid & Intimacy for the Actor

Ohio Shakespeare Festival

With the cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Covid & Intimacy for the Actor

Ohio Shakespeare Festival

With the cast of the Summer 2021 Greenshow

Boundaries and Self-Care

Rubber City Theatre

With the cast of On the Line

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