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Chelsea Pace

Assistant Professor

B.A. Music, Binghamton University

M.F.A Theatre Performance, Arizona State University

Chelsea is Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, President of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, and a founder of Theatrical Intimacy Education ( She has developed a comprehensive approach for actors, directors, and choreographers to efficiently, effectively, and ethically stage theatrical intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence. In addition to theatrical intimacy, she specializes in devised work, physical theatre, clown, stage combat, mask, and traditional theatre movement methods. Her book, Staging Sex: A handbook for rehearsing and directing intimacy on stage and screen, is expected in December 2019 from Routledge Publishing.

Staging Sex lays out a comprehensive, practical solution for staging intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence. This book takes theatre practitioners step-by-step through the best practices, tools, and techniques for effective theatrical intimacy. After an overview of the challenges directors staging theatrical intimacy, Staging Sex offers practical solutions and exercises to practice putting the solutions into practice. The book offers a system for establishing and discussing boundaries and efficient and effective language for staging intimacy and sexual violence.