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Directing and Acting for Intimate Scenes

Tutors: Ita O’Brien Shimmy Marcus, Creative Director, Bow Street

Date: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Duration: 2 Days

Venue: Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting

Cost: €0

Course Profile:

Screen Training Ireland in association with Bow Street Screen Acting Academy is seeking participants for “Directing and Acting for Intimate Scenes”.

Participants will form six groups of three with one director and two actors per group, these groups will be formed on the morning of day two.   Participants will be asked to bring a potential scene for workshopping during the course.



Introduction to workshop, best practice and concepts of Filming Intimacy


Physically exploration covering:

  • warm ups
  • animal mating rhythms
  • role play actor and director discussions regarding scripted intimacy
  • sculpting moments of intimacy from scenes brought in by participants, putting into practice the Intimacy On Set Guidelines.



Recap of Scenes. The 6 groups will break off into different studios to put into practice what they have learned over the previous sessions.

All 6 groups reconvene and the 2 most useful scenes will be selected to be filmed.


Scenes will be reviewed and critiqued by Ita in the main cinema.

Non participating actors and directors selected to observe can attend the morning session on day 1 and the afternoon session on day 2.

Participant Profile:

Actors and directors who wish to enhance their skills in the area of best practice for directing and acting in intimate scenes. There will be a number of observer places for both directors and actors.  If you wish to be considered for an observer place only please email


Application Procedure:

Please apply online at with a current CV by 12:00 pm on Monday the 6th of August. For further information please email

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