IDI 3-Day Workshops: Texas

3-Day Intensives on Intimacy Performance and Direction in Dallas & Houston

DALLAS, TX

Led by IDI Lead Instructor Adam Noble (The Noble Method) and Intimacy Directors Ashley H. White (IMPRINT Theatreworks; SCDallas) and Samantha Kaufman, This intensive brings a unique perspective and valuable training to theatre professionals. Join us as we explore performer training and dynamics, protocols for safe execution and spaces, consent, and best practices for dynamic storytelling. This workshop is open to 18+. Participants should be prepared to participate in exercises from the perspective of actors.

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HOUSTON, TX

Led by IDI Lead Instructors Adam Noble (The Noble Method), Dan Granke , and Intimacy Director Ashley H. White (IMPRINT Theatreworks; SCDallas), This intensive brings valuable training and tools to theatre & academic professionals. Join us as we explore techniques, training, and execution for Intimate Work, exploring dynamics & protocols for safe execution and spaces, consent, and best practices. This workshop is open to 18+. Participants should be prepared to participate in exercises from the perspective of actors.

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The Instructors

Adam Noble
(Dallas & Houston Workshops)

Adam has worked as a professional actor and a movement specialist for over 20 years, performing in New York City, as well as regionally across the United States, and abroad. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at
Berkeley, and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Adam is the co-founder and artistic director of the Dynamic Presence Project, a company focused on the revitalization and proliferation of movement theatre and
physical storytelling.

As a freelance movement specialist, Adam has helped to shape, build ensemble, and construct movement vocabularies for operatic, cinematic and theatrical
projects. For over a decade, his work on “Extreme Stage Physicality: Approaching Intimacy and Aggression” has influenced many theatre artists, and is taught at universities, high schools and beyond. The E.S.P. methodology has also nurtured safe working environments in professional and community productions around the country.

Adam has taught movement at the University of Houston, Indiana University, California State University of Fresno, and the University of Washington. He has taught master classes at Rice University, Houston Grand Opera, the Jacobs School of Music, Illinois State University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Earlham College, The SOMA Theatre Collective, and Central Washington
University.

Adam is a member of the Actors Equity Association, Stage Directors and Choreographers, the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and a Certified Teacher and Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors, where he serves as
Southwest Regional Representative and Treasurer. He is a trained stuntman who has taught movement and stage combat both nationally and internationally, and he has choreographed the violence for well over 200 stage and film productions.

Ashley H. White
(Dallas & Houston Workshops)

Ashley H. White is an award-winning director, fight & intimacy director, and teaching artist, with fifteen years of professional theatre experience. She brings a unique eye to her work, striving to promote honesty, safety, and excitement in a visually striking, memorable, and powerful way.

With seventeen years of stage combat and movement training, Ashley’s physical performance background plays a major factor in all her work. She has trained extensively in all areas of staged combat, in intimacy for performance, and in dance.

As a director, she has helmed dozens of full-scale productions, in both North Texas and New York City, where she began her career. Ashley’s Fight and Intimacy Direction experience spans more than forty productions across North Texas, receiving recognition and awards for her work.

Ashley is one of only 18 Intimacy Directors certified by Intimacy Directors International. Ashley is the only certified Intimacy Director in North Texas and was the first Intimacy Director to ever be hired by the Tony Award-winning Dallas Theater Center. She is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, with recommended certifications in every weapon discipline.  

She is the founder of SCDallas (est. 2012), North Texas’ only open resource for Stage Combat & Movement Instruction, and acts as the group’s President. SCDallas has over 700 members, is host to an annual Regional Workshop (The Lonestar Smash), and mounts regularly scheduled “Fight Nights” and workshops.

Ashley is the Artistic Director of the award-winning IMPRINT Theatreworks, coined “Dallas’ Hottest New Theatre Company” by Broadway World. IMPRINT garnered major praise for its 2018 Season, including 12 DFW Theater Critics Forum Awards and a staggering 40 column award nominations.

She has been recognized for her work, most recently winning an outstanding direction award from the 2019 DFW Theatre Critics Forum. In 2018, she won three outstanding direction awards as well as a design contribution award for outstanding fight & intimacy direction from the DFW Theater Critics Forum. She also won the 2018 Column Award for Best Director of a Musical – Equity, and was featured on 2018 year-end best lists for TheaterJones, Culture Map, and the Dallas Voice.

Ashley has been a featured artist on KERA’s Art + Seek and in Arts and Culture Texas. Her monthly column on leading a theatre company, Square One runs on theaterjones.com

http://www.ashleyhwhite.com

Samantha Kaufman
(Dallas Workshop)

Samantha Kaufman is an actor and movement director; specializing in fight direction, intimacy direction, and circus theatre. After being transplanted to Chicago to study circus arts with Actors Gymnasium; she is now based in the Midwest region and travels to perform in and fight/intimacy/movement direct productions across the nation. She has her BFA from the University of Wyoming and her MFA from Florida Atlantic University. A Jeff Nominated Fight Choreographer. She is also an advanced actor/combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and an intermediate actor/combatant with Fight Directors Canada. In all her work, Samantha is dedicated to the growth and development of the art form and the artists, in order to support a vibrant and healthy artistic community.

Samantha is a certified Intimacy Director with IDI. She has been staging intimacy for years but since completing the Intimacy Directors International’s O’Neill Pedagogy Intensive her hunger to spread this work has grown daily. She is fiercely passionate about advocacy for artists and spreading consent practices through theatre and circus communities. She couldn’t be prouder of the opportunities to empower artists with this work.

samanthajkaufman.com/intimacy-direction

Dan Granke
(Houston Workshop)

Dan is a Director, Fight Director, Intimacy Director, and Movement Specialist based in Tampa, Fl.

Their Intimacy Direction has appeared at Urbanite Theatre, Tampa Repertory Theatre, and St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival. Their Fight Direction has appeared at Joe’s Pub, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, American Stage, Jobsite Theatre, St Petersburg Opera, Studio 620, Three Bone Theatre, and Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama.

They have directed for Stageworks, Tampa Shakespeare Festival, TRT2, Theatre USF, and they are the current director of Unto These Hills.  

They hold a BFA from the University of Michigan, and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and currently teach movement and acting at the University of South Florida. They are a Certified Intimacy Director and Lead Instructor with Intimacy Directors International, and a Certified Teacher and Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors.  



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