WFTV Event: Intimacy workshop delivered by Kate Lush

24th September 2019 18:30

Tuesday 24 September 2019 | 18:30 – 20:30

St Anne’s Church | 55 Dean Street | W1D 6AF London | United Kingdom


Kate Lush will be delivering the intimacy workshop on behalf of Ita O’Brien. It is aimed specifically for actors and directors.

Since 2014, Ita has developed and established best practice when working with intimacy, sexual content, and nudity for theatre and film, culminating in the Intimacy on Set Guidelines. These guidelines are now being adopted within the industry by leading studios and productions, including HBO, Netflix, BBC, ITV4, Amazon, Sky and many others. Ita’s recent work includes Gentleman Jack, Sex Education, amongst others.

With theatre, TV, and film demanding ever more nudity and sexual content, how do work to serve the production, and yet support the actor? Using film clips, Ita will elaborate on guidelines when working with intimacy and scenes with sexual content for actors, directors, and movement directors and also include some tips to be aware of from the auditioning process, rehearsals, through to performance or filming, The goal is to create a safe environment through the use of a ‘closed rehearsal room/set’.

Ita O’Brien, founder of Intimacy On Set, is an Intimacy Coordinator and Movement Director with an extensive career spanning over 36 years in theatre, TV and film. Ita has pioneered the role of the Intimacy Coordinator which is gaining greater prominence and shaping the future of the creative industry, and she’s also developing the next generation of Intimacy Coordinators. Ita’s work has been featured widely in the media, including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Irish Times, Cosmopolitan, The Evening Standard, The Stage, The Sunday Times, BBC, NBC, Radio New Zealand, ABC, and RTE.

She was also a WFTV mentee in 2018. More details about Intimacy On Set can be found here.


Kate Lush is an actor in theatre and film, movement director, movement teacher and Intimacy Coordinator.  She trained in Poland on an MA in Acting underwritten by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2004 and has been teaching movement and physical theatre in drama schools across London since.

Kate started working with Ita O’Brien as an intimacy coordinator for her company, Intimacy on Set in early 2019, and is currently her number 2, on Brave New World, for Amblin/NBC, J22 for HBO/BBC and The Great for MRC/Hulu.  She also presented Intimacy on Set work, and ran a workshop for execs and industry professionals at the Durban International Film Festival, having been invited by SWIFT, (Sisters Working in Film and Television) and funded by GIZ.

Kate is relocating to South Africa at the end of the year, and will be running Intimacy on Set’s South African branch, providing training and intimacy coordination for the International and local Film, Television and Theatrical industries

This event is for WFTV members only. If you are not a member and would like to join, membership costs just £100 + VAT/year, please click here or email