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True North Theatre to present workshops

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ORONO - True North Theatre, in conjunction with the University of Maine, is proud to present a series of workshops with Intimacy Directors International, focusing on creating a safe work environment when creating moments of intimacy on stage and in film.

One workshop will offer training specifically for actors and performers, and the other for directors, choreographers, and stage managers. Workshops will be held Saturday, March 30, at the University of Maine in Orono. Cost per workshop is $50, with discounts for University of Maine students as well and companies bringing in four people or more.

The workshops will be led by Certified Intimacy Director Dan Granke. Dan is a Director, Fight Director, Intimacy Director, and Movement Specialist based in Tampa, Fl. His Intimacy work has appeared at Urbanite Theatre and Tampa Repertory Theatre. His Fight work has appeared at Joe’s Pub, The Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, American Stage, Urbanite, Tampa Shakes, Stageworks, Jobsite, St Petersburg Opera, Studio 620, Tampa Rep, Three Bone Theatre, and Unto these Hills Outdoor Drama where he has been the fight director for three seasons.

 Directing credits include: “Ready Steady Yeti Go” (Stageworks), “Macbeth” and “Richard III” (Tampa Shakes) “Beruit” and “Blue Surge” (Cena/Cenari), “Bethany” and “Tender Napalm” (TRT2) and “US Drag,” “They Don’t Pay We Won’t Pay” and “She Kills Monsters” (Theatre USF). He holds a BFA from the University of Michigan, and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches physical comedy, mask, and acting at the University of South Florida, and served as the Producing Artistic Director of Tampa Shakespeare Festival. He is an associate member of SDC and a Fight Director and Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Intimacy Direction is a comprehensive approach to the creation of moments of intimacy on stage or screen. The consent-based work method protects and respects actors. The context focused approach allows directors to communicate their vision and actors to realize it in a confident, creative and safe way. The unique method of choreography allows specific and repeatable visual storytelling as well as holding the integrity of the intimacy throughout the rehearsal and performance process. With the introduction of specific protocols and methods it supports and protects the whole creative team - directors, actors and stage management - as well as teachers, producers and company management. From easing discomfort to preventing sexual harassment, Intimacy Direction allows the whole team to create authentic and powerful stories of intimacy in a safe, respectful and consensual way. For more information about Intimacy Directors International, please visit

Pre-registration and payment are required. Workshops are limited to 20 participants, with additional workshops being added as the need arises. To register, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (207) 619-4833.  


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