Theaters across the country look at OSF's Resident Intimacy Director

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has a different kind of intimacy director compared to others around the country.

Posted: Feb 5, 2020 6:18 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2020 6:24 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- You might not have heard of the position before, Intimacy Director. You've probably heard of choreographing. It's the same idea, but for intimacy.

Intimacy in a play could be romantic, sexual or platonic.

"Often times artists feel a little bit unsure about what they are doing, which does not allow them to do their art very well," said Sarah Lozoff, Resident Intimacy Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. "So the same way we want fights or dances to advance a plot-line of a play; we can do that in these intimate moments as well." 

Lozoff's position is different compared to others around the country. She is a resident director, which means she isn't hired for one show or a couple days. She helps all 11 shows at OSF, from the start of rehearsals until the final bow.

"We are talking about making things more effective, but also making things more sustainable for our artists including our run crew and our stage managers," said Lozoff. 

This position has been around for more than a decade. It grew in popularity during the 'Me Too' movement and now other organizations are looking at OSF about this position.

"I think other theaters really do look to us again for examples, for modeling in that way," said Lozoff. 

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