Ita O’Brien is an intimacy coordinator and movement director for film, television, and theatre. She teaches in some of Britain’s premier acting schools, devises her own work, and publishes research. She is currently working to establish best practice for producers, directors, and actors working with scenes with sexual content.
For the last four years Ita O’Brien has been developing best practice when working with intimacy, scenes with sexual content, and nudity in film, TV, and theatre. The industry currently has no established guidelines or accepted process. Under-rehearsed or unsafe intimate scenes do not serve the production or keep the participants safe. There are countless examples of poor practice leaving actors with lasting damage and often compromising the production. Ita is currently working to obtain industry adoption of the ‘Intimacy on Set’ guidelines.
Many production companies are starting to adopt intimacy coordination as standard, including HBO, Sky TV, Amazon and Netflix. Ita has intimacy coordinated on several TV productions, helping to create and shape this role in the industry, including on the Netflix Original Series SEX EDUCATION – – which launched globally on Netflix on January 11th. Please click here for the trailer and reviews in Mashable here and the Huffington Post here.
Ita has also developed workshops and training for:
Actors and Directors
Producers, Directors and Stage Managers
Movement Directors and Intimacy Coordinators
These guidelines are not a constraint, but an improvement on current practice. They free the actor to embody the character whilst delivering repeatable and safe scenes that facilitate the Director’s vision. You can see a short film on the Guidelines here.
For further information about the workshops of Ita O’Brien in Berlin please click here