Whakaruruku Taupiringa Intimacy Coordination with Jennifer Ward-Lealand

About Intimacy Coordination

Intimacy Coordination is about cultivating a safe and professional environment for the crafting of intimate content on screen and stage. This workshop will provide participants with valuable tools and language that will add to your kete & professional practice. You will come away with the tools to provide clear and robust processes with safety and wellbeing at the centre. Topics covered include: 

  • Some context around intimacy coordination 
  • Consent
  • Choreography
  • and particularly closure – he momo whakanoa after the scenes

Whether you’ve done this workshop before or are new to these principles, this workshop suited to Māori creatives at all stages of the creative theatrical – either as an actor, writer, director or producer. 

Nau mai, haere mai and come out of this workshop with some useful and practical skills towards your creative practice. 

Join Jennifer Te Atamira, founding member of Intimacy Coordinators Aotearoa, for this practical half day workshop around the principles of Intimacy Coordination within a kaupapa Māori theatre context. 

Workshop Details

Āhea | When: Saturday 20 July, 2024

Kei hea | Where: Te Pou Theatre

Mō wai | For who: Māori Performing Arts Industry – all levels

Utu | Cost: Free, limited places, first in first served
Roanga | Duration: 10am – 2pm

About Jennifer

Jennifer (Te Atamira) is a founding member of Intimacy Coordinators Aotearoa. She is one of the first fully accredited intimacy coordinators in Aotearoa having trained with Ita O’Brien (Intimacy on Set, UK). As President of Equity New Zealand, she co-authored the Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen in NZ and has taught workshops on intimacy for drama schools, theatre companies, universities and many more all across Aotearoa.

Jennifer is also an experienced actor of 40 years, and a director and teacher of 20 years. In 2018 she was named SPADA Industry Champion and in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List, she was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to theatre, film and television and presented with a Woman of Influence Award (for arts and culture). Jennifer was named as the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2020. Most recently Jennifer appeared in King Lear (ATC) and is currently working as an intimacy coordinator on the TV series, Spartacus and Ahikāroa.

About the Whakapuāwai Programme

The Whakapuāwai Programme at Te Pou Theatre is an annual programme offering opportunities for development and connection for the Māori performing arts community. Check out the other opportunities below!

Kawhe Kōrero Māori with Maioha Allen
Koi Sharpen Up Wānanga with Miriama and Equity NZ
Whakawhanaunga Waiata Sessions with Tyler
Te Pou Awe Acting Classes with Tainui Tukiwaho

Kawhe Kōrero Māori


Waiata Workshops

Te Pou Awe Workshops

Kua roa koe e ako ana i te reo Māori? Kua oti katoa rānei i a koe ngā akoranga reo Māori i Te Wānanga o Aotearoa? Tēnā haramai ki te Whare Whakaari o Te Pou ki te wānanga, ki te kata, ki te inu kawhe, tī rānei. Haramai kia tangatanga anō tō arero māori. 

Join Katherine McAlpine and Miriama McDowell for a one day workshop for Māori and Moana Nui performers. This session is for Equity members and other performers. Focus on sharpening your skills and connecting with other performers.

Nau mai ki Āperira Waiata Sessions! This an opportunity to come together, whakawhanuanga and just sing. Each session, the group learn a new waiata and hokimahara to previous ones. These are relaxed, drop-in style sessions so nau mai, haere mai!

Bringing back our popular Te Pou Awe acting workshops for 2024, we are inviting whānau Māori of the industry to come along and have a play with some acting. Facilitated by Tainui Tukiwaho, covering the many facets of acting and what makes Māori Theatre.

Kaitautoko | Funders

We are grateful to have various organizations, businesses and people supporting many different aspects of Te Pou. We couldn’t achieve what we have without their support. Our Whakapuāwai Programme is sponsored by the following: