American Theater Company is proud to announce a table discussion on Intimacy for the Stage with Tonia Sina. This discussion will take a look back on the history and formulation of Intimacy Directors International, it's current state, and what steps are being made to change the industry for both Equity and non-Equity contracts. Tonia will discuss the events and the foundations that created her method of staging and teaching Intimacy, and how it compliments and applies the «Not in our House» movement to standard practices of choreography. At the end of the discussion, attendees will have an opportunity for questions and answers.
This event is being sponsored by American Theater Company as a Pay-What-You-Can event. Proceeds from this event will go towards ATC's Youth Ensemble summer project. Cash will be accepted at the door, or reserve a spot via credit card online. Reservations strongly recommended. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Moderated by Jaq Seifert, Certified Teacher, Society of American Fight Directors
About Tonia Sina: Tonia is currently the Intimacy Choreographer for the production of The Bakkhai at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, as well as an international sexual harassment prevention advisor for theatre companies. She is the Artistic Director of Reduxion Theatre Company in Oklahoma City, and an international Intimacy for the Stage workshop teacher and choreographer. Tonia has been researching Intimacy for the Stage and Sexual Harassment in the industry since she began research for her master's thesis in 2004. Tonia is the original founder of Intimacy Directors International, whose goal is to make the theatre industry safer and more professional when handling scenes containing sexual content. Other Intimacy Direction includes: Les Liaison Dangereuses, Ausust: Osage County, The Odessey, Metamorphoses, Angelina Project, Anna in the Tropics, Lion in the Streets, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). Also an actress, playwright, model, and former movement professor, Tonia is a double kidney transplant recipient and rare and chronic disease patient advocate and national motivational speaker. Training: Niagara University- BFA in theatre performance, Virginia Commonwealth University- MFA in Movement Pedagogy with a specialty in Intimacy for the Stage.
About Jaq Seifert: Jaq Seifert is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and a Chicago-area fight director. They are an actor, director, stage manager, and producer, and has worked on over 100 Equity and non-Equity productions in Chicago and New York. Jaq adjuncts at Roosevelt University, has taught in the conservatory program at Chicago High School for the Arts, is an active member and supporter of Not In Our House, and runs the stage combat program at Vagabond School of the Arts.