The Core Curriculum

10 Modules. 10 Hours. 100% Peace of Mind.

    1. Changing the Culture

    2. Module 1 Assignment

    3. Reference List

    1. Setting, Maintaining, and Negotiating Boundaries

    2. Video Demonstration: Boundary Establishment

    3. Module 2 Assignment

    4. Reference List

    1. Components of Intimacy Staging

    2. Video Demonstration: Levels of Touch

    3. Module 3 Assignment

    1. De-roling and Debriefing

    2. Video Demonstration: De-roling with Costume

    3. Video Demonstration: De-roling by "Showering" the character off

    4. Video Demonstration: Partner De-Roling

    5. Module 4 Assignment

    6. Reference List

    1. Staging Heightened Intimacy--Kissing Nudity, and Sexual Violence

    2. Module 5 Assignment

    3. Reference List

About this course

  • $250.00
  • 38 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content

Meet Your Instructor

Founder, Head Faculty Kate Busselle

Dr. Kate Busselle (she/her/hers) is the founder of Heartland Intimacy Design & Training. She is also the Assistant Professor of Movement and Stage Combat at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Missouri in 2019. Kate is an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) with certifications in unarmed combat, rapier & dagger, quarterstaff, single sword, broadsword, broadsword and shield, knife, and theatrical firearms safety. She is also a member of the Association of Movement Theatre Educators (ATME), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). She is an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) with the Actors Equity Association (AEA).

And Then 5 More Equity in Intimacy Training Initiative

We see the severe lack of representation of identities in intimacy work, and, most visibly, the extremely small numbers of BIPOC intimacy artists. In an effort to counteract this, Heartland will be giving away 5 Core Curriculum subscriptions to minority artists via lottery system. Once the first 5 trainees complete the training, we will draw another 5 names. And then 5 more. And then 5 more. And then 5 more. 


There is currently no end date for this program. The reason we cap the number at 5 is to ensure that those who are receiving training get dedicated, focused time and feedback. As the curriculum is self-paced, some participants may work through the curriculum faster than others. In the event that we are able to offer more spots sooner, we will draw more names from the lottery.

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