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Introduction to Intimacy Co-ordination (18+)

Short Study – Weekend Short Course – Online


This class will be taught online and you can take part from the comfort of your own home. 

This exciting new online course is for directors, producers, actors and movement practitioners who wish to learn more about how intimacy coordination works and how best practice in this area can be incorporated in all aspects of stage/screen production.

Following the #MeToo movement the performing arts industry has seen a rise of this role on sets and in theatres, with directors and producers being keen to ensure a safe, respectful and appropriate environment for actors to work within.

Led by Vanessa Coffey, Scotland’s first and leading intimacy co-ordinator, this introductory course will explore the importance of this role and the positive impact it can have in creative contexts.

During the course you will look at the Directors UK’s guidance on directing nudity and simulated sex, as well as talking through approaches to scripted material. You will also explore why it’s a ‘coordination’ role, focussing on the collaborative nature of the work.

You will have the opportunity to discuss issues associated with ‘intimate’ work from different perspectives: What is it like for an actor to rehearse and perform intimate scenes? How can a director or producer get the content they need while being as supportive as possible with the actors?

Throughout this course you will:

  • Explore what is meant by ‘intimacy’.
  • Learn what being an intimacy coordinator involves, and why the role was introduced.
  • Look at how an intimacy coordinator works with actors, directors and production teams.
  • Discuss key issues related to this type of work and how they can be approached.

Please note that this course will not qualify you to work as an Intimacy Coordinator and is intended as an introduction to that work. When possible we will be running future follow on courses with face to face teaching which will allow students to explore these practices in depth. Please join our mailing list to be kept up to date about future courses.


Please see How Does an Online Course Work? section for information about how the course will run and Course Preparation for what you will need to take part. 

Please note that when booking you will be asked to agree that you have read and understood our Pre-HE Online Teaching Policy 

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The important details



23 June 2024

Sunday, 10am - 1pm


Course Information

This course is suitable for directors, producers, actors and movement practitioners who wish to learn more about how intimacy coordination works. Previous experience working within a rehearsal or production context is required.

Students will be expected to contribute to discussions, share their thoughts/ideas, and approach the work from an open-minded and respectful position.

This is no specific course preparation required for this online course. We ask that students are eager to learn, and keen to foster a respectful learning environment.

Please ensure you have also read the How Does an Online Course Work section to ensure you know how our online courses are run and what you need to take part.

Vanessa Coffey

Vanessa is one of the UK’s leading Intimacy Coordinators. She has worked as the Intimacy Coordinator on series such as Outlander, Vikings: Valhalla, Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon and Wednesday as well as feature films, theatre and opera productions. She was one of three Intimacy Coordinators to consult on Directors’ UK’s Directing Nudity and Simulated Sex: A guide for Directors in 2019. 

Our online courses have been designed to allow students to continue being creative at home, and to gain confidence in their abilities to learn and create.

The course will run through Microsoft Teams and the ‘live’ online sessions via Zoom. In advance of the course you will be added to a class group within MS Teams. The links/password for each Zoom session will be posted with the chat function of this group. This will also be used as a place for discussion, sharing of materials and of course work.

You will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions.

You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in video sessions on MS Teams/Zoom and to watch sections of film.

You may also want to consider whether you have a space you can use where you can work without interruption. Please keep in mind that the other students taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.

If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at

Further Information

We want to ensure as many children, young people and adult learners as possible can access the performing and production arts education that is offered through Short Courses at RCS. Financial support options available for Short Courses include:

Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Short Courses.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

You can find more information about these funds on our Financial Support page.

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Please note, only one promotional offer can be applied per course and should be used at the time of booking as we are unable to apply a discounts retrospectively.

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