(for workshops, consultations or CURRICULUM VITAE)
Alexis (She/Her) has taught undergraduates, high school students, and professional workshops, and has over a decade of professional work in the acting and movement world, including assisting on Broadway. She is certified in several movement and acting techniques, and is an enthusiastic advocate for consent and inclusion practices in the performance classroom.
Alexis is on Michigan State University theatre faculty as Assistant Professor of Acting-Movement, teaching Acting, Movement, Stage Combat, and more, working with undergrads and graduate students. She is absolutely thrilled to work with the team at MSU!
See an example of her recent innovative MSU movement work and teaching
during COVID in this article and video.
Certified in Intimacy Direction with
Intimacy Directors and Coordinators
Alexis is certified to teach workshops for actors in Intimacy and consent work, as well as a trained movement specialist for the safe and dynamic choreography of physical storytelling that includes intimacy.
"A Certified Intimacy Director (ID) with IDC has trained in our methodology specifically for theatre and live performance. These distinguished professionals represent the highest standard in intimacy artistry for the stage."
SUPPORTING STAGED INTIMACY:
A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR THEATRE CREATIVES,
MANAGERS and CREW
By Alexis Black and Tina M. Newhauser
(Routledge, November 2022)
Supporting Staged Intimacy: A Practical Guide for Theatre Creatives, Managers, and Crew examines the relationship between staged intimacy, intimacy direction, and those supporting the process during pre-production, rehearsal, and performance.
This book will help backstage and offstage theatre artists recognize the problematic approaches and culture that led to the emerging field of intimacy direction, provide tools and recommended practices for supporting the creation and maintaining of staged intimacy, and empower readers with the necessary skills to prompt change. By providing modern techniques, essential workplace protocols, and achievable action items, this book will transform the way theatre designers, managers, crew, and other creative team members engage with theatrical consent.
Supporting Staged Intimacy is written for every pre-professional and professional artist working behind the scenes who wishes to better support consensual workplaces, physically intimate stories, and the individuals telling those stories.
Recently served as Lead Movement Teacher for the theatre workshops at the Tennessee Arts Academy, a week-long teacher training conference.