Directing In the Intimate Zone – Wellington


Remove the fear and create a safe, creative work environment with this practical introduction to directing on-screen intimacy.

DEGANZ invites directors, producers, casting directors and 1ADs to receive training on considerations and respectful processes when working on a range of ‘intimate scenes’.

You will learn how these processes ensure that the work is consensual, engaging and best serves the story, and what information producers and casting should provide early on.

This one-day workshop on October 2 will be led by intimacy coordinator Carrie Thiel. We will start the day with discussion, real world examples and demonstrations. Afterwards, we will practise working with actors on developing intimate scenes in a safe, supportive and creative space.

Please note: this workshop is R18 and there will be no nudity in the workshop.

Who’s it for?

All drama directors, producers, 1ADs and casting directors. We welcome professionals and film school graduates.


Breakout Directors

DEGANZ invites directors to apply to direct a scene as a breakout director. We have four places. Other attendees will get to observe the breakouts.

Breakout directors will take turns directing pairs of actors on an intimate scene under the tutors’ guidance. If selected, you may submit a short, intimate scene for two characters – either with or without dialogue – for consideration ahead of the workshop. We can also provide you with a scene if preferred.

Breakout directors must have experience directing actors for screen, but don’t need experience with directing intimacy.

About Carrie Thiel

Carrie is a Wellington based intimacy coordinator, performance director and actor whose career has spanned film, theatre, ballet, opera, television, and video games.  They hold a BFA in Acting (UofA, Canada) and an MFA in Directing & Creative Practice (VUW, New Zealand).  She is also a trained and accomplished stunt performer and a certified fight director and instructor.

Carrie began training as an intimacy coordinator in 2018 under Rachel Flesher (Intimacy Directors International, USA) and later with Ita O’Brien (Intimacy on Set, UK).  She has further attended courses with Intimacy Directors & Coordinators (USA), Theatrical Intimacy Educators (USA) and Intimacy Professionals Association (USA).  Carrie has worked as an IC for Netflix, feature films and numerous short films, web series and professional theatre productions.

Alongside their work as an intimacy coordinator, Carrie is currently the Creative Producer at BATS Theatre in Wellington, and previously worked as a motion capture director.  Carrie has developed education programs for the Vancouver Film School and The Bosa Centre for Film and Animation (Canada), and has worked as an educator and consultant across the United States and Canada, England, Norway, Finland, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

Workshop Details

When: Sunday 2 October 2022, 9:30am – 5pm

Where: two/fifty-seven, Level 2 / 57 Willis Street, Wellington 6011

DEGANZ member – Free
Member of other screen guild/association – $75 $37.50
Non-member – $95 $47.50

Includes tea/coffee and lunch.

Our Payment and Cancellation Policy

COVID-19: While the Traffic Light System has ended, we will require everyone to take a RAT to attend. You are welcome to wear a mask.

To Apply

Applications Close: Monday 26 September, 3PM

Please complete the application form below and email your CV to Your CV should clearly list your filmography and include details such as festival selection and year, commissioners and/or platforms where your work has publicly screened.

DEGANZ will email you to confirm if your application has been accepted.

Application Form


Made possible with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission.