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2019 Making A Scene Conference
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Standalone workshops & activities Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30

GVPTA invites you to save the date for the 20th annual Making A Scene conference, a critical forum for all members of the theatre community to assess the state of affairs in our sector, share knowledge, and envision the future.

Co-hosted by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, the 2019 conference will be held at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3) on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, with standalone workshops and activities as an extension of the conference taking place on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30, including a 6-hour Intimacy Direction workshop with Siobhan Richardson (see below for application). 

Making A Scene conference registration and further details will be announced soon! Watch our bi-weekly newsletter for the latest updates or follow us on social media.

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Intimacy Direction Workshop
with Siobhan Richardson

On May 29, we're pleased to host a 6-hour Intimacy Direction workshop with Siobhan Richardson. This is offered as a standalone full day workshop aimed at directors and choreographers with some experience staging intimate scenes, as well as instructors who work with actors in a theatre training program. If there is adequate demand, a second workshop may be added on May 30.

Participants in this workshop will gain a greater understanding of the role of an Intimacy Director and learn how to begin to incorporate best practices in rehearsal.

Workshop topics include:

  • an introduction to The Pillars (Best Practices)
  • an introduction to the applications of consent and how it applies within the rehearsal process (without slowing it down)
  • communication and acting exercises such as Instant Chemistry, Connecting Over a Distance, Intensity Scale, and an introduction to the physical vocabulary of touch (demonstrated with hands on arms)
  • an overview of specific scene work techniques that are particular to scenes of Intimacy
  • and an overview of CAEA and ACTRA rules regarding sex and nudity, including contracting and options that can be used in both union and non-union situations.

Workshop applications will be accepted until April 22, 2019 at 5:00pm.

Click the button below for further details and the application form.



About Siobhan Richardson

Siobhan is co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, and the only person in Canada recognized as an Intimacy Director by Tonia Sina, founder of the Intimacy For The Stage method.

Siobhan is thrilled to be offering education that is contributing to more joyful, more respectful, and safer workspaces, bringing Intimacy Directors into the rehearsal hall to support actors and directors in these sensitive moments which are so vital to plot and character development.

Conference co-hosted by
SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3




The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) strives to strengthen the local theatre industry. We do this through providing services, promotion of member news and community events, opportunities to connect and network, and our annual theatre conference. Together with our members we are raising the profile of local theatre and building community.

At GVPTA, we acknowledge that our organization is located on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.