Industry Chat: Alicia Rodis!
Alicia Rodis pioneered the role of intimacy coordinator in the United States. She serves as the intimacy coordinator for HBO studios, consulting on their policies and protocols as well as training and vetting the IC’s working on HBO sets. She is a co-founder of Intimacy Directors International (IDI) and is a part of the executive team behind the new company Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC) which specializes in training performers and industry professionals to better approach intimate scenes, as well as trains and certifies intimacy coordinators for film and intimacy directors and choreographers for theatre.
An actor and dancer from a young age, Alicia attended Wright State University for Acting, and in the NY industry, she began specializing in movement, choreography, and staged violence. She is a certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and has fight directed the past 15 years in New York City. She is also a member of Vixens En Grade, an all-female fight troupe, touring with the company for eight years.
Her professional experience as an actor, fight choreographer, and stunt performer, eventually led her towards the choreography and coordination of romantic, sexual, and highly suggestive scenes.Seeing an unfilled need, in 2015 Alicia co-founded the not-for-profit Intimacy Directors International with the progenitor of the phrase ‘intimacy choreographer,’ Tonia Sina. Together, they created an organization to research and promote the role of intimacy professionals in tv, film, and theater. She and her colleagues worked with directors, choreographers, psychologists, social workers, trauma experts, and other professionals to research and codify a system of addressing the performance of nudity, simulated sex, and intimacy.
After being hired by The Deuce on HBO, Alicia worked with long-time producer Nina Noble to craft a better system for intimacy on a major television series. A system that is now becoming the industry standard. Since then, Alicia has been advising best practices regarding the prevention of sexual harassment for theatre and film internationally and training new coordinators to fill the huge demand for safer and more authentic scenes of intimacy in film and TV. Alicia also choreographs at, helps develops intimacy protocols with, and has educated faculty and students for such places as The Juilliard School, New York University, Columbia University, and the Yale School of Drama where she intimacy choreographed the first production of Jeremy O’Harris’s “Slave Play”.
Alicia is an LGBTQIA+ and diversity advocate, a Mental Health First Aid and consent educator, and is trained in bystander intervention. This underpins her ethical and holistic approach to intimate scenes. She serves as a member of the Times Up Safety Committee and was extensively consulted on their newly released Safety Guidelines entitled Your Rights: Nude and Intimate Scenes. Alicia has also consulted with The Hollywood Commission, ACTRA, The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and, of course, is thrilled to be working with SAG-AFTRA on standardized intimacy protocols.
Alicia has intimacy coordinated on The Deuce (S2, S3), Watchmen, Plot Against America, Crashing (S3), High Maintenance (S4), I Know This Much Is True, The Undoing, and Lovecraft Country as well as trained the coordinators on Euphoria, Succession, Mrs. Fletcher, The Outsider, The Righteous Gemstones, Westworld and many others.