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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Hires Intimacy Director

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Romeo and Juliet, from OSF's 2018 season, featuring William Thomas Hodgson and Emily Ota.

Actors have to make what they do on stage look realistic to an audience.  But they don't stop being their real selves when they're acting. 

So situations like acting as if they are making love can be fraught with complications.  The Oregon Shakespeare Festival just hired its first resident intimacy director, to guide actors through scenes that involve nudity and simulated lovemaking.  Sarah Lozoff holds the job; she tells us about the specifics of keeping the action realistic while keeping the actors safe.
 

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