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  • 1.  Kissing Contract

    Posted 9 days ago
    I am staging Sleeping Beauty and want to cover myself (legally) on all sides. I'm having the student's parents sign general waivers and am adding an extra one for the kiss at end, just to be safe. 

    I'm having trouble with professional terminology for this...any thoughts? It can be short and to the point!

    Melanie Duke

  • 2.  RE: Kissing Contract

    Posted 8 days ago
    Can you clarify what you're looking to cover with the waiver?

    Patrick McGuire
    Drama Director
    Round Lake High School
    Round Lake

  • 3.  RE: Kissing Contract

    Posted 8 days ago

    On their audition form I ask if they are willing to kiss on stage. If they say no I don't consider them for roles that require a kiss. I've never experienced a problem after that but if someone refused or changed their mind after indicating on the form they were good with it I'd probably  find a way to stage it in the least silly alternative way or recast. 

    Students and parents sign the audition form. 

    Brian Marshall
    Henry M. Jackson High School

  • 4.  RE: Kissing Contract

    Posted 8 days ago


    Our theater company refers to this as intimacy staging. In fact, we employ an intimacy coordinator to stage kissing and other intimate scenes the same way we use a fight choreographer for stage combat. You could call it an intimacy contract. 

    Hope this helps. 


    Erik Stein
    Casting Director/Recruitment Coordinator
    PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre

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  • 5.  RE: Kissing Contract

    Posted 8 days ago
    For some PD that my district allowed us to customize, I just viewed the webinar in the EDTA learning center  about Intimacy Training (what a great resource - thank you, Cory et al for them!)...but there are suggestions on how to handle staging a kiss, working with student actors, using placeholder actions early in the process, etc.   The person who was in the recording referenced her website - which may have some additional materials for you to use.

    Melissa Mintzer
    Penn Manor High School
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  • 6.  RE: Kissing Contract

    Posted 8 days ago

    This is the verbiage I use when working on a production. Hope it helps! 

    Theatrical Intimacy​ is the simulation of intimate physical acts for theatrical purposes. Examples of Theatrical Intimacy include:
    ● Kissing
    ● Embraces
    ● Sexual innuendo
    ● Revealing Clothing
    ● Nudity or partial nudity (including on-stage costume changes)
    ● Simulated intercourse
    Theatrical Intimacy may also include heightened imaginative sexual or intimate circumstances for a character.

    Cheryl J. Williams
    Professor of Theatre

  • 7.  RE: Kissing Contract

    Posted 8 days ago
    Hi Melanie: I did a whole survey on stage intimacy for young performers, in which I included a few sample permission slips. You can access the final report on my website: The KISS Project | lojosimon
    I hope you find this useful.

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    The KISS Project | lojosimon
    Lojo is the recipient of the 2020 Innovation Grant from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas for The KISS Project: Keeping Intimacy Safe on Stage for Young Performers, a guide for theatre educators working with actors ages 10-18.
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    Lojo Simon