Safe to Create are delighted to host an INTIMACY ON SET workshop with Ita O’Brien, Intimacy Practitioner.

This is a two-day workshop for professional theatre and opera makers including writers, producers, directors, casting directors, agents, movement directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers interested in exploring clear guidelines when working with intimacy, nudity and scenes with simulated sexual content.

Participants will gain practical experience of how to implement the Intimacy on Set Guidelines and how to integrate the process into their own practice.

  • Implementation of the Intimacy on Set Guidelines, exploring the ethics of working with intimacy, from the auditioning process, rehearsals, through to live performance
  • The importance of table work, exploring the text to enable the actor to serve character within the intimate content.
  • Creating a safe environment through the use of a ‘closed rehearsal room/set’.
  • Sculpting moments of intimacy from a variety of materials, putting into practice the Intimacy on Set Guidelines.
  • Participants will gain key insights into how to approach intimacy, simulated sex scenes and nudity for theatre.
  • There will be no nakedness or nudity in this workshop.
  • Participants will not be required to act out any intimate content. Scenes will be demonstrated by actors.
  • Participants will be asked to conduct some research in preparation for the workshop.



10am – 1pm: Sharing of the Intimacy on Set Guidelines

1pm – 2pm: LUNCH

2pm – 5pm: Text work on play, getting into character and character intention


10am – 1pm: Interrogation of intimate scenes & role play

1pm – 2pm: LUNCH

2pm: Interrogation to continue

4pm – 5pm: Reflections on Learning

Running over Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January 2024, the workshop costs €30.

PROVIDER:                 Ita O’Brien (Hosted by Safe to Create)

DATES:                        20th and 21st January 2024

TIME:                          10.00AM TO 5.00PM

COST:                          €30 (Access costs will be covered, and travel/accommodation bursaries will be offered to participants based outside Dublin – applicants must be resident on the island of Ireland)

FORMAT:                    In-person, tutor led

LOCATION:                 Bow Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7


FURTHER INFO:         There are 24 places on the workshop.

To secure a place please email with:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • If you wish to avail of a bursary
  • A paragraph stating:
  • Your experience of intimate scenes to date and in what capacity.
  • What you are hoping to achieve by attending this workshop.

Places will be offered based on eligibility ​and on a first come first served basis.

Once accepted into the workshop, you will be sent some details with what to prepare ahead of time.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 12 January.

NB. This is not an intimacy practitioner training and should not be used or claimed as such. Before attending the weekend, you will be asked to sign a participant agreement which stipulates the level and kind of workshop attended.

About Ita O’Brien

Ita O’Brien is the UK’s leading Intimacy Coordinator and founder of Intimacy on Set, her company set up in 2018, which provides services to TV, film, & theatre when dealing with intimacy, sexual content, and nudity. Notably, Ita has worked on Normal People (BBC3/Hulu), Sex Education 1&2 (Netflix) and I May Destroy You (BBC/HBO). Ita featured as a key speaker at ITI’s Speak Up & Call It Out event (March 2018), facilitated an Intimacy On Stage workshop in Dublin, hosted by ITI (January 2019), and was part of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre panel discussion on Sexual Violence and Consent, along with Roddy Doyle, Lenny Abrhamson and Sarah Gilmartin (September 2023).

About Intimacy on Set

Intimacy on Set was established in 2018 by Ita O’Brien in response to the growing demand for Intimacy Directors/Coordinators for Theatre, Film and Television and teaching in Drama Schools. At the heart of the organisation are the Intimacy on Set Guidelines which have been adopted widely in the industry. Intimacy on Set provides experienced Intimacy Directors/Coordinators to international productions, are training the next generation of Intimacy Directors (theatre) and Coordinators (film & TV) for the global Industry, as well as working with the leading Drama Schools, and sharing the Guidelines with staff and students alike to embed best practice into each organisations’ ethos.

About Safe to Create

SAFE TO CREATE is a Dignity at Work programme looking to impact change on the culture and practices of the Arts and Creative sectors. It is managed by Irish Theatre Institute, in partnership with the Arts Council, Screen Ireland and Minding Creative Minds, on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.