Intimacy Direction is a field created by Tonia Sina and refined through her work with Alicia Rodis, Claire Warden, and Siobhan Richardson with Intimacy Directors International.
Intimacy Direction is the codified practice of choreographing moments of stage intimacy in order to create safe, repeatable, and effective storytelling.
The Intimacy Director is a movement professional and an actor advocate.
December, 2019: Co-teaching with Alicia Rodis (HBO’s The Deuce, Watchman, and Westworld as well as Deadwood: The Movie) and Teniece Johnson (HBO’s Succession, FX’s Pose, and Spielberg and Kushner’s upcoming West Side Story) at a weekend-long IDI workshop in Philly
October, 2019: Co-teaching with Claire Warden (Broadway’s Slave Play and Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune) at a 3-day IDI workshop in Boston with StageSouce
October, 2019: Co-hosting an information session with Eli Lynn to answer questions about ID work at Theatre Philadelphia
October, 2019: Teaching an intimacy workshop at Montgomery County Community College
September, 2019: Hotter Than Thoreau with Juniper Productions opens in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with Lexa Grace directing
August, 2019: Certified as an Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International
August, 2019: Geneviève Perrier (Betrayal), Ruby Wolf (Box Clever), and Rachel Brodeur (Box Clever) are all nominated for Barrymore Awards
June, 2019: Heading up to NY for a weekend workshop with Theatrical Intimacy Education
May, 2019: Lots of updates to the new facebook page. Follow Colleen Hughes - Intimacy Director here
April, 2019: The Winter’s Tale begins rehearsals at Curio Theatre Company
February, 2019: She Kills Monsters opens at Drexel University with Kathryn MacMillan directing
February, 2019: Box Clever opens at Inis Nua Theatre Company
January, 2019: Betrayal at Lantern Theatre Company is officially Barrymore Recommended!
December, 2018: Spring Awakening opens at Columbia University
October, 2018: All My Sons is officially Barrymore Recommended!
October, 2018: All My Sons opens at Curio Theatre Company
“You cannot have an excellent production of this play without actors that have strong chemistry, and Perrier, McLenigan, and Isaac have more chemistry onstage than Marie Curie’s lab.”
— Amber Kusching, "Pinter's BETRAYAL at Lantern Theater Company is Poignant & Profound" Broadway World
“[Tonia] Sina and [Alicia] Rodis, along with co-founder Siobhan Richardson, created the Pillars, the core protocol of IDI’s work and teaching. A codified process, the Pillars consist of Context, Communication, Consent, and Choreography. (They recently established a fifth pillar, Closure, to assist actors in walking away from a character after a performance.) Not having this process, Sina said, can be damaging and dangerous... IDI currently recommends six certified Intimacy Directors, with 16 candidates in training to become certified. Currently only established movement teachers, choreographers, and directors who have worked directly with a founder are able to apply for training. ”
— Carey Purcell, "Intimate Exchanges" American Theatre
“with subtle movement choreographed by Colleen Hughes”
— Mark Cofta, "Rabbits Run! 'Watership Down’ by Simpatico and Drexel" Broad Street Review
“Choreography is a standout”
— The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 9, 2015
“wonderfully inventive movement and dance coaching”
— Ellen Wilson Dilks, "Curio Theatre’s crazed take on the Greek myth of Oedipus" Delaware County New Network