Intimacy in Film & TV

Workshop with Pia Rickman

Postponed - T.B.A.

Helsinki, Finland

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Acting coach and intimacy coordinator Pia Rickman will guide us through an introduction and exploration of the very current and needed skills and awareness of how to prepare and choreograph intimate content for stage and screen. In this workshop Pia will cover everything from discussing agreements to how to make the work itself safe for everyone. This will happen through both conversations as well as practical exercises.

About The Event

On the first workshop day, you will practically explore the ethics of working with intimacy from the rehearsals through to performance on stage or filming on set. You will role-play how and when to speak about the intimacy in a play or script with the director and other actors as well as you will discuss agreements regarding nudity and the support from costume/wardrobe/ AD departments.
ou will be given a scene to prepare for the second day. This scene might be from a play or a screenplay and involves a moment of intimacy between two characters; you will be given the necessary information about the backstory to create the given circumstances for this scene. 
Intimacy for the purposes of this workshop means that scenes have characters in a sexually charged moment that potentially leads to a theatrical kiss/ touch/ simulated sexual activity. 

The intimacy guidelines invite open communication and transparency, putting in place a structure that allows agreement and consent of touch; a process through which intimate content can be choreographed safely. In this workshop as an actor you will become aware of:


  • non-verbal communication

  • your personal boundaries and those of others

  • agreement and consent of physical touch

  • all aspects you need to consider when working with intimate content

You will be asked to either work as an actor or as a director in the rehearsed scenes.

You will work within your own boundaries and comfort zone.

There will be no nakedness or nudity in this workshop.

Please wear clothes in which you can move easily in

Bring a toothbrush, toothpaste and/or chewing gum


For actors (both professional and beginners), directors, writers and producers and others working in productions/film sets. This workshop is relevant to anyone working in the field. 


Through this workshop you will:

  • learn when and how to speak about intimacy in a play or script with the director and fellow actors

  • learn how to communicate the need for support when working with intimacy 

  • learn how to discuss agreements regarding nudity (nudity clauses)

  • learn how to ask for support from costume/wardrobe/ AD departments

  • release the fear of working in intimate scenes or scenes containing nudity

  • gain clarity and confidence on how to listen to your personal boundaries and ask what you need 

  • as a director, producer or person in the film crew, you will learn all the right guidelines in creating scenes containing intimacy safe for actors


• Price: 260€
• Location: Actors Academy Finland, Pursimiehenkatu 26H, Helsinki

• Place is limited and will be filled on a 'first-come-first-serve' basis.

• The booking for all events and workshops is binding. You can cancel 30 days prior to the event and receive a 50% return of your payment or you can pass on your spot to another person without an extra fee.

• Teaching language is English (Please keep in mind that you do not need to have perfect English skills, and you do not need to worry about accent and pronunciation).

• All rights to changes reserved.

• You can find the event on Facebook here.


Pia Rickman trained as a director at Drama Centre CSM in London and complimented her writing and directing experience with an actor training and coaching degree from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she focused on the contemporary screen actor training. Rickman, originally from Finland, worked as an assistant director and production manager in film & TV in the years 2002-2014. Rickman coaches actors for their auditions and on set and has taught at various HE performing arts institutions e.g. Arts Ed, Rose Bruford, London Film Academy, Screen School/ UAL, St Mary’s University as well as ELO, TeaK and NäTy in Finland. Rickman is currently working towards accreditation as an Intimacy Coordinator at IOS. She is a full-time Lecturer in BA (Hons) Acting & Performance at University for the Creative Arts in Surrey.



"Pia was always going up to them (actors) and working with them to find the essence of the scene and ultimately deliver the best performance. She creates a safe environment for the actor to work and try new things. I can truly say it was very inspiring and her passion was truly contagious for everyone in the room."

- Alessandro Montalbano, Director


"Pia was encouraging, positive and nurturing while giving notes that helped me grow as an actor. She opened my mind to thoughts and ideas about the character and context that I would not otherwise have considered."

- Vanessa Owen, Actor 


"I have gained a lot more confidence when asked to do a self-tape for an audition and have recently filmed and sent a self-tape in for a part in a play and have been successful."

- Joseph Parrish, Actor




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