Malin B. Erikson Intimacy Coordinator

Malin B. Erikson is a pioneer intimacy coordinator and intimacy director in her home country Sweden, working in the fields of TV, film and live performance (theatre, opera, dance). She’s a specialist in choreographing authentic scenes of intimacy while implementing best practices, safety and well-being of actors, creatives and crew.  As a pioneer in Sweden, a big part of Malin’s work is about spreading knowledge which she often does by guiding production companies and organizations, giving lectures, and workshops and participating in various types of public contexts.

Her approach to the work is trauma informed practice which means that she takes into consideration the ‘how and why’ behind the delivery of a creative process in addition to the artistic content. Besides holding conversations, coordinating and choreographing intimate scenes, Malin carry out risk assessment according to European standards, writes nudity riders and provides the production with relevant documents such as. closed set protocols.

Her repertoire includes Snabba Cash (Netflix), Vinterviken (Netflix) Knutby (TV4 / C More) and LUST (HBO Max), the music video Moth To A Flame with The Weeknd & Swedish House Mafia (Pine) and productions at Riksteatern, Kulturhuset/Stadsteater, Göteborgs Stadsteater and Uppsala Stadsteater. 

Malin introduced intimacy coordination to Sweden in August 2019 as Sweden’s first intimacy coordinator after training in London and where she then continued to train for a year. She is a qualified intimacy coordinator according to international standards and Sag-Aftra’s requirements in accordance with  Intimacy Coordinator Standards and Protocols.
 is the co-founder of the  Nordic Intimacy Coordinators (NIC)  and  The Intimacy Practitioners’ Guild (IPG) and is part of a larger network of intimacy practitioners from different parts of the world. 

Before Malin trained as an intimacy coordinator, she worked as a performing arts director, actor trainer and acting coach. For over 20 years she has lived and worked in Asia, North Africa and Europe. Movement, embodiment and emotions have always been central parts of her work. She has studied Actor Training and Coaching (master) and directing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSS), Dramaturgy at RADA and Pedagogy (BA) at Umeå University.

Intimacy Coordination and its way to Sweden

Intimacy coordination is becoming more common and today many production companies in Sweden and around the world choose to collaborate with intimacy coordinators on their productions. The process of developing a structure to work with intimate scenes has been ongoing in both the US and England for several years, but it was only with #metoo, in the autumn of 2017, that the film- and theater industry began to demand a common framework for intimate scenes.

In Sweden, the method and profession was introduced in August 2019 when Malin B. Erikson began working as Sweden’s first intimacy coordinator.

Intimacy coordination - training and qualifications

An intimacy coordinator works with sensitive scenes and it is therefore of the utmost importance that they are qualified and has the required skills. In addition to previous training and professional experience in directing, acting, choreography or similar artistic discipline, the following is included in the training for a qualified intimacy coordinator:

  • consent, boundaries and power dynamics
  • choreography and movement
  • masking, techniques, camera angles and composition
  • proper use of modesty garments and barriers
  • risk assessment and protocol for intimacy coordination
  • gender identity & sexual orientation training
  • communication and conflict resolution
  • sexual harassment and discrimination awareness
  • certified Mental Health First Aider and completed training in CPR
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