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 20 participants
Prerequisites: Open to all
Location: Midtown Manhattan

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

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Read Carly’s blog post, The Top 5 Biggest Mistakes Actors Make when Auditioning for Grad School »

“When I was getting my MFA at Yale, I watched A LOT of auditions for the program. Our acting teachers would invite us to watch and learn as they searched tirelessly for the next class of incoming actors. What struck me was this: many actors made mistakes that had NOTHING to do with their acting. And…these mistakes were so easy to fix with just a little know-how…” Keep reading »




What was a difficult challenge for you as an actor? 

Deciding between my passion for acting and my need for stability and security.

What was a crazy or silly moment on set? 

I’ve found that the best way to learn something is to teach it yourself. When I pass on my knowledge, it helps my students and me to stay in shape!

What is the main thing you wish you knew then but that you only understand now?

Salaries. We are at the top of our field and are being paid less than fifty dollars an hour for shows. I believe we should only be performing in six shows per week, and that we should demand higher wages.

What moment or experience as an artist do you feel most proud of?

Playing Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Who do you really look up to in your field and why?

All of the women working towards 50/50 by 20/20. I’m excited to have more female directors, cinematographers, editors, screenwriters, art directors, etc etc etc.

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). She lives and works in LA.



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.



I feel more empowered and knowledgeable. I wish all people in the entertainment industry took classes like these.


Wonderful. I felt delightfully uncomfortable yet respected the whole way through which made for wonderful growth and learning.

Caitlin Diekhoff


It was very insightful. I was glad to see so many directors there!

Wes Mason


Excellent class. Thank you so much for this.

Christina Schaudel

Thank you for having this workshop with Carly! She was AMAZING!!!!


This type of training allows me to clearly see what had been missing on sets for so long. I can learn how to advocate for myself and others more effectively. I recognize that many people hide or don’t acknowledge biases and traumas and on set they can feel vulnerable and unsafe. Delivering a great performance while every party is protected is a great thing.

Kelly Drake

I learned a lot about how to properly inform and prepare actors for intimate scenes as early as when casting begins, how to direct actors in intimate scenes, and how to effectively create a safe and nonjudgemental environment on set.

Talley Gale



Emma Wisniewski


I feel more able to advocate for myself and my scene partners in situations that could otherwise become uncomfortable/unsafe. This was a really accessible introduction to intimacy choreo and inspired me to learn more.

Welinton Vallejo

I really appreciate this class. I believe it’s helping everyone feel safer. And that will lead to better work and happier people. I’m glad to be a part of the solution. Thank you!

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.