I have been working in this field in both theatre and film for the last four years, and have attended multiple workshops and classes. My resume is on the bottom of this page.
When actors are comfortable and taken care of, you get the best results. I also get results that are repeatable and not dependent on “chemistry” or a “feeling in the moment.” In fact, this is dangerous because you’re asking actors to minimize the distance between themselves and the character. Working out and communicating choreography to actors in plain non-sexual language ensures that there’s never an uncomfortable moment where an actor is having to expose their own views or level of experience. They always feel protected and respected. I also create a culture of professionalism on set that seeps out in positive ways to all members of the crew.
I work with directors to understand the beats of a scene and what needs to occur for the story to make sense. I then work with the actors to achieve this in the safest and most effective way possible. The work is rooted in boundaries, consent, making deliberate choices, and de-rolling.
Intimacy Coordinators/Choreographers consult on scenes with loaded, heightened or charged content that might draw directly on an actor's identity.
"Kelly is an incredibly thoughtful, patient, and intentional artist to work with. Not only does she have one of the sharpest brains and most inventive eyes in the biz, she is a deeply intuitive collaborator and listener. She took the parts of the work that are tentative, anxiety-inducing, and a little scary and guided us through them with deep attention to detail and care for her actors. There is no better feeling in a vulnerable situation in a rehearsal room than the feeling that if you take a leap or a risk, you will be caught - Kelly gives you that feeling. I trust her far before I trust myself. Kelly made me feel safe, heard, and playful; with her, I could take risks and know that she would always be one step ahead, ensuring my comfort and safety. I loved working with Kelly!"
- Hannah Viederman, The Sinless
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