Staging Sex lays out a comprehensive, practical solution for staging intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence.

This book takes theatre practitioners step-by-step through the best practices, tools, and techniques for crafting effective theatrical intimacy. After an overview of the challenges directors face when staging theatrical intimacy, Staging Sex offers practical solutions and exercises, provides a system for establishing and discussing boundaries, and suggests efficient and effective language for staging intimacy and sexual violence. It also addresses production and classroom specific concerns and provides guidance for creating a culture of consent in any company or department.

Written for directors, choreographers, movement coaches, stage managers, production managers, professional actors, and students of acting courses, Staging Sex is an essential tool for theatre practitioners who encounter theatrical intimacy or instructional touch, whether in rehearsal or in the classroom.

chapter |14 pages


chapter Chapter 1|24 pages

Tools and Techniques

chapter Chapter 2|34 pages

The Ingredients

chapter Chapter 3|12 pages

Staging Intimacy

chapter Chapter 4|16 pages


chapter Chapter 5|10 pages

Production Logistics

chapter Chapter 6|8 pages

Staging Sex: A–Z