An Intimacy Coordinator works with scenes of sexual content, nudity and familial intimacy. Services may include consulting, risk assessment, negotiation, scene sculpting, scene choreography, rehearsal, on-set supervision and emotional safety, reports, post-production debrief and referrals, advocacy and education. ICs are highly skilled collaborators trained in movement pedagogy, acting theory, directing, body language, consent, sexual harassment, discrimination, mental health first aid, and, of course, best practices for Intimacy Direction.
Michela Carattini is currently training to become an on-set Intimacy Coordinator based in Sydney, Australia.
In November 2018, Michela completed the Intimacy for Screen & Pedagogy Workshop, the first of its kind in Australia, taught by UK Intimacy Coordinator Ita O’Brien. Michela is continuing her training under Ita's mentorship, and is also a current member of Intimacy Directors International.
Michela has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology from Columbia University in New York (2005), and a Masters of Criminology, specializing in “Violence Against Women” from Sydney University in Australia (2008). She has worked professionally as a caseworker and counsellor in the area of “Violence Against Women” for over six years, in the US, the Czech Republic & Australia. As such, Michela has comprehensive knowledge and experience of the psychological, legal, and linguistic aspects of consent, duty of care and referrals in the gendered, intimate and professional spaces.
Michela trained professionally as a dancer, first with Royal Academy of Dancing teacher Carolyn Carattini, and then graduating from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York. Michela has worked professionally as a stage & screen actor, singer, dancer and choreographer for over fifteen years. She has lead or supported in eight feature films, numerous shorts, stage plays and musicals (see actor page), winning several awards, including ‘Most Outstanding Body of Work’ at Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema in Los Angeles. In 2018, she was an official candidate for Best Supporting Actress at the AACTAs. She has also taught dance, drama and musical theatre to students at performing arts schools, and is the mother of two young boys.
Michela is a multi-local, and fluent or conversational in 6 languages.