Rebecca fortuna - Intimacy Coordinator
Accreditation and training:
Intimacy Directors and coordinators(IDC - USA) (Level 2)
Intimacy On set (ITa O'Brien - UK) (Level 1) 
Mental Health FIRST AID (2021) 
What is intimacy coordination? It’s all about making actors feel safe, so they can serve the director’s artistic vision and make intimate scenes passionate, sensual, funny, scary, awkward or uncomfortable, whatever is required. We are advocates, empowering actors to honour their boundaries, facilitating communication and active consent, so they can be open in intimate scenes and feel safe to do their best work. 
We are treating intimacy choreography like fight choreography. You would never give 2 actors a sword each and say ‘there you go, you work it out.’ It should be the same for intimate scenes. An intimacy coordinator choreographs the intimate content to serve the story, working with the Director to fulfil their artistic vision and find new and interesting ways to advance the story through movement, that tells the audience more about the character and their relationships. 
My Journey: I began my training as an Intimacy Coordinator in 2018 when Ita O'Brien came to Australia, thanks to the Equity Foundation. I was part of a small group of professionals selected my Ita to participate in further training  with her to complete our level 1 training. Since then, myself and a team of professional performers, teachers and theatre and film-makers have met regularly to practice and discuss the work, continuing our training. In 2020 I underwent further training with IDC through a series of webinars on varying intimacy topics and areas of study. I have hosted a webinar on Intimacy: A Safe Approach for Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia and teach an in-person workshop for actors and creatives on creating intimacy. 
I am an advocate for best practice of all intimacy work and believe productions will benefit greatly from implementing the guidelines and hiring an intimacy coordinator.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss or learn more about intimacy and hiring an intimacy coordinator or consultant. 
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