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Chelsea Pace: Lessons from a Decade of Staging Sex

Wednesday, February 24, noon – 1:30pm, Register

Chelsea Pace, Assistant Professor of Movement in the UMBC Department of Theatre, will give an overview of her research on staging sex, the complicated nature of consent, interpersonal and institutional power dynamics, and boundaries. She will share the implications of that work in the realm of theatre and film, but also the potential applications of that work more broadly in academia and beyond.
Chelsea Pace is the current President of The Association for Theatre Movement Educators. She is also Co-Founder and Head Faculty of Theatrical Intimacy Education and works professionally as an intimacy choreographer for live performance and intimacy coordinator for film and television. Chelsea has been developing ethical, efficient, and effective systems for staging intimacy for over 10 years and she has shared her work with thousands of theatre and film artists around the world. Her book, Staging Sex: Best Practices, Tools, and Techniques for Theatrical Intimacy was published in March 2020 (Routledge). She was awarded a 2021 CIRCA Faculty Research Fellowship to work on her next book about building ethical arts departments.