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GUEST TEACHER | Learn the basics of intimacy coordination and how to create a safe and consensual working environment on any set.

Break down the basics of intimacy coordination: consent, communication, context, choreography, and closure. Practice exercises in class to learn concrete tools and procedures for any rehearsal or performance setting.

Class size: Limited to 40-50 participants
Prerequisites: Open to all
Location: Midtown Manhattan
$35

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December 2
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[PRIORITY LIST] Creating Safe Intimacy On Set with Carly Zien

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Conversations with Carly

WHAT WAS A DIFFICULT CHALLENGE FOR YOU AS AN ACTOR?

Being flexible. In the past I’ve prepared to play roles in a very rigid way: learning lines before starting rehearsal, creating a picture in my head of what the character is supposed to be. Sometimes that prevents me from listening to my scene partner and allowing spontaneity to arise.

WHAT WAS A CRAZY OR SILLY MOMENT ON SET?

One time I had a scene where I had to canoodle with my onstage boyfriend. I would whisper the most ridiculous things in his ear to see if I could get him to break.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY OR SKILL FOR AN ACTOR IN THE AUDITION ROOM?

Confident detachment: the space between being aloof and being desperate. You’re an artist, and this opportunity is one of many. If you get cast and get to collaborate, great! If not, you have many other interesting things going on and can move on without too much disappointment or heartbreak.

WHAT IS THE MAIN THING YOU WISH YOU KNEW THEN BUT THAT YOU ONLY UNDERSTAND NOW?

A good actor isn’t created by a formula. There’s no code to crack, there are many shades of grey within a technique, and what works for others may not work for you.

WHAT FRUSTRATES YOU AS AN ACTOR IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE OF FILMMAKING OR OF THE BUSINESS AT LARGE? 

I get frustrated that my extremely talented friends don’t get the work I think they deserve. I also get jealous of the ones who do! I of course have the same frustrations about my own career, but that motivates me to create my own content and to find new ways to break into the industry (like by becoming an Intimacy Coordinator).

WHAT MOMENT OR EXPERIENCE AS AN ARTIST DO YOU FEEL MOST PROUD OF?

Playing Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, creating my coaching company, and writing protocols for intimacy on stage before #metoo even happened.

WHO DO YOU REALLY LOOK UP TO IN YOUR FIELD AND WHY?

Phoebe Waller Bridge, Donald Glover, Olivia Wilde, Jordan Peele, Dan Levy. These actors have all created their own content, and I think they have an extra degree of empowerment because of it.  

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS CLASS TO TEACH? 

I teach this workshop to educate artists. I’ve of course had negative experiences where boundaries were unclear and I ended up in situations I didn’t want to be in. My hope is that by teaching about consent, these unfortunate situations will happen less often, and that the stories we tell become clearer, more potent, and more beautiful.

About Carly

Carly Zien

Carly is a working actress, business owner, intimacy coordinator, and audition coach for actors in all mediums.

Carly attended Yale School of Drama for both her undergrad and her MFA, and she was always involved in the audition process for their MFA program. From watching thousands of MFA hopefuls, she learned what makes a strong, well-crafted, and inspired audition. Carly is passionate about empowering artists and helping actors discover and rediscover their passion for what they do.

Carly served as Intimacy Coordinator on the following sets: Almost Family (FOX), #LoveMyRoomie (web series), White Flags (independent film).

www.CarlyZien.com

HEIDI’S ENDORSEMENT

Carly is also an alumna of my Studio and shares a philosophy of empowering actors with inspiration and tools. At the Studio, she also teaches a one-night workshop called HOLDING COURT: Film & Theater Monologues, and a leveling-up class called TAKING THE LEAD. 

When I first met Carly years ago, she had recently graduated from Yale School of Drama and was fully committed to breaking into film and TV. I loved her focus and her approach as a highly trained actor, and I noticed that it made a real difference in her on-camera work. She had such solid foundations. She is the perfect teacher for this class!

Who is this class good for?

  • Seasoned actors
  • Beginning students
  • Improvisors
  • Directors
  • Screenwriters
  • Stage Managers

What you get

  • Knowledge of personal boundaries
  • How to communicate those boundaries with a partner
  • How to choreograph simple intimate moments (hugs, handshakes)
  • How to create closure with fellow actors and with intense or challenging characters
  • How to create instant chemistry with a scene partner
  • How the industry is changing and incorporating intimacy coordination
  • Plan of action: concrete tools and procedures to implement in any rehearsal or performance setting

Class content

This class will begin with an introduction to Carly and to Intimacy Coordination. Then, we will explore Intimacy Directors International’s Five Pillars (or Five C’s) of Intimacy Coordination: Consent, Context, Communication, Choreography, Closure

  • Consent: Discussion of what is consent, group exercises to practice verbal and non-verbal consent
  • Context: Using context to develop instant chemistry between partners
  • Communication: Discovering and expressing our physical and emotional boundaries
  • Choreography: Creating a story by working with a partner to choreograph a hug
  • Closure: Creating a container for intimate work with partners and characters

We’ll end with a discussion and questions.

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Studio guarantee

Full disclosure—please note that we do not guarantee that actors in these workshops will be hired for any project that we might direct or cast. We do guarantee my supportive honesty and my open sharing of knowledge. We teach and coach because we enjoy supporting actors as they develop their process of working within the audition room. We seek to build their knowledge about the business of auditioning.