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Dr. Wendy-Marie Martin


This thesis is an exploration of staging intimacy for transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming actors. I start with my artist statement, which emphasizes the importance of embracing a love ethic within theatrical spaces. Then, in my research chapter, I present the history of intimacy choreography and queer theory, and I argue that transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming actors require different forms of care and consideration in order to feel truly safe and confident during intimacy rehearsals. Chapter Two provides the playbill and some production photos of my creative component, The Picture of Dorian Gray. My reflection chapter is split into two sections: the first is a discussion of recommended intimacy practices for transgender actors that are consent-based, community-centered, and gender-affirming. The second section is a reflection on my time at Hollins University.