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Directing In the Intimate Zone - Rotorua Workshop

Directing In the Intimate Zone
16 Oct 2022
9:30am to 5pm, Sunday 16 October
Remove the fear and create a safe, creative work environment with this practical introduction to directing on-screen intimacy.
Event type: 
$35 to $95
Tāheke Opatia Marae
119 Okere Road, Okere Falls 3074
Bay of Plenty


A one-day workshop where directors, producers, casting directors and 1ADs can receive training on considerations and respectful processes when working on a range of ‘intimate scenes’.  These processes help ensure that the work is consensual, engaging and best serves the story, and what information producers and casting should provide early on.

The workshop is run in partnership with Film Bay of Plenty and will be led by intimacy coordinator Jennifer Ward-Lealand on October 16.  We will start the day with discussion, real world examples and demonstrations. Afterwards, we will practise working with actors on developing intimate scenes in a safe, supportive and creative space.

Please note: this workshop is R18 and there will be no nudity in the workshop.

Who’s it for?

All drama directors, producers, 1ADs and casting directors. We welcome professionals and film school graduates.

About Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand

A founding member of Intimacy Coordinators Aotearoa, Jennifer is one of the first fully accredited intimacy coordinators in NZ beginning her training with Ita O’Brien (Intimacy on Set, UK) in 2018. As Equity NZ President, she co-authored the Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen in NZ.

Jennifer has taught intimacy workshops for Toi Whakaari, Te Pou theatre, The Actors’ Program, Pan-Asian Screen Collective, Proudly Asian Theatre, Covert Theatre, South Seas Film and TV School, Howick Little Theatre, Catch Casting and The Equity Foundation. She regularly gives seminars at the SWAG/Screensafe Professional Respect Training workshops and other events.


Full-day workshop with tea/coffee and lunch.

DEGANZ member – Free
Member of other screen guild/association – $75 (Early Bird $35)
Non-member – $95 (Early Bird $45)

Early Bird Offer available until 1 October, 11:59pm

Apply on our website by Monday 10 October, 3pm.


"I thoroughly enjoyed it and really felt that I left with some new practical skills. My next directing project does involve awkward and ridiculous intimacy. I think what I learned on the weekend will help me craft that with confidence and ensure it is a fun and positive experience for the actors."

– Mark, Auckland

"The workshop was incredibly valuable not just in the context of intimacy, but also in generally working with actors in a way that is both considerate and productive. I am in awe of what intimacy coordinators do, and being able to glean the broad strokes of their process through this workshop has given me confidence in directing my upcoming projects."

– Pulkit, Auckland

"Directing In the Intimate Zone was interesting, inspiring, enjoyable and moving. This work is so important for these times. It was great to learn new skills as a director, and to understand the role of an Intimacy [Coordinator] and when you might need one. We learnt how to form consent between actors, making everyone feel more comfortable and prepared for the scene. The wonderful result being that the actors can focus more on their acting, without any awkward, mental or bodily reaction to touch or intimacy in the scene."

– Morag, Auckland

Presented by Directors and Editors Guilds of Aotearoa New Zealand (DEGANZ) with event partner Film Bay of Plenty and the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission. 

Written by

Directors and Editors Guild of NZ

21 Sep 2022