About intimacy on stage & film

As a stunt coordinator coordinates violent scenes, an intimacy coordinator coordinates intimate scenes on stage & film. An intimacy coordinator is a liason between the director’s vision and the actors’ consent, built on transparency.

Following the #metoo movement in 2017, more and more production companies have engaged professional intimacy coordinators to ensure that best practices are used for stage, movie and television intimacy scenes. In October 2018, HBO adopted the policy of using intimacy coordinators for all of its series and films with intimate scenes. The first production was Sex Education (Netflix January 2019), which hired intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien. O’Brien, who has developed the Intimacy on Set guidelines, is also the BBC’s first hired Intimacy Coordinator.

An intimate scene can be a kiss, simulated sex, nudity or, for example, childbirth. In Sweden, intimate scenes are coordinated by Malin B. Erikson under mentorship of Ita O’Brien.

About Malin B. Erikson

Malin B. Erikson is a stage director, actor trainer and Intimacy Coordinator mentored by the pioneering intimacy coordinator, Ita O’Brien. She holds a MA in Actor Training and Coaching from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she also studied stage direction. 

“I want to take Intimacy on Set to Sweden and Scandinavia because I want to be part of the movement that redefines the culture surrounding intimacy on stage and film. My hope is that my work will invite producers and directors to use best practice when working with intimate scenes. The method aids actors and directors by providing a clear structure while saving time (and money), keeping the actors safe, and ultimately creating beautiful scenes.”