SAG-AFTRA has accredited seven intimacy coordinator training programs to help expand the pool of qualified intimacy coordinators, who serve as advocates and liaisons between actors and production in scenes involving nudity and simulated sex.
“Having experienced and qualified intimacy coordinators on set,” the union said, “helps ensure that SAG-AFTRA members who film nudity or simulated sex are able to work in a way that preserves their personal and professional dignity while fulfilling the director’s creative vision.
SAG-AFTRA, which established protocols for intimacy coordinators two years ago, says accreditation of training programs “will enable candidates to identify high-quality training programs and ensure a commitment to equity and inclusion for all candidates”.
“Intimacy Coordinators raise the bar even higher when it comes to protection for our members and help raise awareness of what is considered appropriate behavior and to be sensitive to the feelings and comfort zone of performers,” said SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher. “In an industry that for decades has turned a blind eye to ‘the casting couch’, I would say this is definitely a step in the right direction.
“Every day we hear from actors how trained intimacy coordinators make them feel safer on set,” said Alicia Rodis, HBO’s senior intimacy coordinator. “Accrediting these training programs will help members identify high-quality, comprehensive programs that meet inclusion and accessibility requirements. This will help expand the role safely and create a diverse pipeline for highly skilled Intimacy Coordinators. »
The newly accredited training programs – four in North America and two covering the UK, Australia and New Zealand – are:
Intimacy Coordinators Education Collective
Intimacy Directors and Coordinators
Association of Intimacy Professionals
Intimacy Coordinators Canada
UK, Australia and New Zealand
Privacy for stage and screen
Privacy on set
“The accreditation program is not intended to imply endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA,” the union said, “but rather to confirm that the minimum training standards for the program have been and continue to be complied with Once accredited, a biennial review of organizations will be conducted to ensure continued compliance with the accreditation program.