Intimacy For The Stage For Performers With Tonia Sina
BETHESDA & SILVER SPRING, Md. Flying V, in association with theatreWashington, are proud to present:
Intimacy Directors International Founder and Executive Director, Tonia Sina, as a guest instructor from Oklahoma City, OK to teach two 4-Hour Workshops, Intimacy For The Stage For Performers from 6:30-10:30pm on October 15th at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, & Intimacy For The Stage For Choreographers & Directors from 6:30-10:30pm on October 16th at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center.
FEATURING: Tonia Sina is the Founder and Executive Director of Intimacy Directors International (along with co founders, Alicia Rodis and Siobhan Richardson). Most recently, she presented at the Society of American Fight Directors National Stage Combat Workshop, at Sacred Fools Theatre Company in Hollywood and Great River Shakespeare Festivals Front Porch Series in Winona, Minnesota. She was the Intimacy Choreographer for the production of The Bakkhai at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, as well as being an international sexual harassment prevention advisor for theatre and film. Recently featured in The NY Times, Washington Post, American Theatre Magazine, CBC Radio, Huffington Post, BBC Radio, and many other publications and radio interviews, she is the former Artistic Director of Reduxion Theatre Company in Oklahoma City, and an international Intimacy for the Stage workshop teacher and choreographer. Tonia has been studying Intimacy for the Stage and Sexual Harassment in the industry since she began research for her Masters thesis in 2004 when she created the term, Intimacy Choreography. IDIs Pillars for Safe Intimacy Direction are the culmination of her professional work.
Originally an actress and stunt woman, after eight years in academia as a movement professor, Tonia wrote the article: Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer for the Fight Master periodical, and is continuing to publish her work in the form of a book. She has taught Intimacy at several SAFD regional workshops including MACE's Winter Wonderland, The Tourist Trap, The Lonestar Smash, and the Louisiana Tech Stage Combat Workshop. Tonia also advises Universities on their curricula to help avoid harassment and abuse in academia.
Also a director, playwright, model, and performer, Tonia is a soon to be triple kidney transplant recipient and rare and chronic disease patient advocate and national motivational speaker. An alumnus of Niagara Universitys BFA in theatre performance program and Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied movement under Fight Master David Leong and Certified Teacher and Fight Director, Aaron Anderson, and earned her MFA in Movement Pedagogy with a specialty in Intimacy for the Stage, when she invented the term.
LOCATION on 10/15 for Performers Workshop: Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
COST: $50 - LIMITED TO 16 PARTICIPANTS
WHEN: 6:30-10:30pm, October 15th, 2018
CLASS DESCRIPTION - Intimacy for the Stage for Performers: This technique, pioneered and invented by Tonia Sina over fifteen years of academic and practical research and used as the foundation of Intimacy for the Stage and Intimacy Directors Internationals foundational practice, celebrates human vulnerability and presence in scenes of heightened intimacy. Emotions often come up during Intimacy scenes and exercises in rehearsals and performances, but we dont have to be embarrassed or ashamed when we feel them. This class will give actors tools to access vulnerability for the sake of finding genuine connections between characters on stage and screen by providing a safe space to explore the art of intimacy on stage. No kissing required. Some basic physical contact included.
Intimacy Directors International (IDI) is a not for profit organization comprised of artists from around the world who are trained to choreograph and direct scenes of an intimate nature for the stage and screen. Founded by Tonia Sina, Siobhan Richardson, and Alicia Rodis, IDI's mandate is to provide compelling physical and emotional storytelling within intimate scenes - including hand-holding, nudity, kissing, and/or simulated sexual activities - while also maintaining the physical and psychological safety of all involved. As active advocates for performer safety, IDI sets and maintains a high standard for proper consent, sexual harassment awareness, overall safety, and dramaturgical expertise. IDI shares this knowledge through intimacy direction for productions and intimacy workshops for a broad range of participants and subject matter.
ABOUT FLYING V: Founded in 2011, Flying V is a non-profit, ensemble-based company dedicated to creating theatre that invigorates and inspires people to live life with a greater sense of appreciation and adventure. A gateway drug that bridges the gap between pop culture and high culture, we are dedicated to the creation, development, and production of vibrant original work, offbeat contemporary plays, and performance art inspired by genre fiction and other modern mythologies. By creating work that reflects the intimate struggles of the human condition through vivid, high concept metaphors and artistic vigor, we hope to shine a light on the loneliness and isolation that so many feel and create a sense of connection and wonder. We are your Friendly Neighborhood Indie Theatre. Expect Awesome. Be Awesome.
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Flying V is also proud to be hosting this workshop as an extension of the Flying V Fights: Combat Gym, a bi-weekly drop-in stage combat class offered at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center on every other Sunday evening from 7-9pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/241083599771648/ or http://www.flyingvtheatre.com/flying-v-combat-gym/
ABOUT THEATREWASHINGTON: Building on 30 years of credibility and service as The Helen Hayes Awards, theatreWashington is the only organization dedicated to supporting and representing all sectors of the Washington theatre communitytheatres, professionals, and diverse audiences of all agesto build a strong, vibrant, connected community. Together, with the regions dynamic professional theatre community, theatreWashington creates and invigorates audiences, strengthens the regions theatrical workforce, and celebrates excellence on Washington stages to build and an even more vibrant community for all. http://theatrewashington.org/
The Silver Spring Black Box Theatre (View)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|