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Intimacy Direction, with Katherine M. Carter (Intimacy Director)

NOA is pleased to offer a Pre-Conference Workshop on Wednesday, January 3, from 10am-5pm, as a conference add-on for any full conference attendee at a special rate of $150.  Space is limited to 30 participants, so make sure to register early to secure a place.  

Exploring a Consent-Based Approach to Creating Safety & Community in Rehearsal

Participants will be asked to fully participate in staging demonstrations and work collaboratively to practice and build a safe and consent-based space. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from NOA at the conclusion of the two-session period.

Schedule: Wednesday, January 3, 2024

10:00am-12:30pm: Session I

Lecture & Participation: The role of the Intimacy Director; foundational pillars; power dynamics, and the process.

12:30pm-2pm Lunch break

2:00-5:00pm: Session 2

Process & Practice: Using language for boundaries, tools for staging intimate scenes and creating a consent-forward room. Participation in staging the following scenes: “Batti, batti o bel Masetto” from Don Giovanni and “O soave fanciulla” from La bohème. The workshop will culminate with a review of techniques and shared resources for continued learning.

Katherine Carter
Katherine M. Carter, Intimacy Director
Photo Michael Kushner

Katherine Carter (she/her), Intimacy Director (ID)

Katherine’s work as an Intimacy Director is built on over a decade of stage directing experience, deep understanding of the power of touch, and a passion to create danger onstage through safety and communication. Based in the NYC area, she brings a consent-and community-based approach to her work. Katherine’s visual storytelling expertise and strong collaboration skills provide a unique lens through which she builds the intimacy language for each production. In addition to Intimacy Direction, Katherine offers customized workshops for graduate and undergraduate programs to create consent forward spaces in academia. For the past four years Katherine has pursued focused learning to become an ID. She is a part of the first-ever cohort of the IDC Professionals-ID Certification Program. As an ID Katherine specializes in intimacy direction for opera, utilizing her range of directing and assistant directing experiences in large AGMA houses and boutique New York Companies to bring intimacy direction into this beautiful art form. Her strong communication on vision, time management skills, and layered understanding of what we ask of singers is the strong foundation on which she builds. In addition to her work as an active stage director, some of her most recent work as Intimacy Director include Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk, Champion and Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera.

Additional Information

  • Registration by December 1, or until workshop capacity is reached. Cancellation after December 10 will not be refunded.
  • Registrants are encouraged to arrive Tuesday, January 2 in order to fully participate.
  • Suggested readings and materials will be distributed to registrants by December 10.
  • Participants will be asked to fully participate in staging demonstrations and work collaboratively to practice and build a safe and consent-based space.
  • Participants should dress in comfortable clothing appropriate for movement, staging, and floor work.
  • Registration full? Contact Kirk Severtson at to request a place on the wait list. Note: the workshop is not open to conference registrants at the discounted student rate.


Questions regarding the conference may be addressed to:
Christopher Pfund, VP for Conferences, at , or to
Kirk Severtson, Executive Director, at .