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Heartland Intimacy Design & Training's mission is to provide intensive theatrical intimacy training that is academic, accessible, and affordable. 

  • Academic: Heartland provides participants with evidence-based research from the social sciences, psychology, and dramatic theory. This interdisciplinary approach provides context and data-driven solutions to staging intimacy, nudity, and sexual violence.  

  • Accessible: Through its innovative online module training, Heartland offers in-depth intimacy training in the classroom, rehearsal hall, or in the comfort of your own home. 

  • Affordable: Heartland is committed to offering training without additional costs of travel, lodging, and time away from work in order to get the training you need. 

A masked woman holds up a purple dildo as other masked women look on in "What Happened While Hero was Dead" by Meghan Brown


The name Heartland Intimacy Design & Training came after several months of careful rumination over what theatrical intimacy should do, can do, and where it moves forward. 

Many associate the word "Heartland" with the American Midwest. It is known as a location, but also an ideology. According to  the Humanities Institute at The Ohio State University, the Heartland is"a collection of disparate communities held together more or less by a civic culture that transcends...differences, fashioned and buoyed by social engagement, and characterized by sustained public participation and philanthropic giving....It is a general focus on hard work, respect, and politeness." These core values--social engagement transcending differences, public participation, hard work, and respect--are central to the ideology of Heartland. 

In addition, theatrical intimacy is often associated with matters of the heart. This work has the capacity to pull at the audience's heartstrings while protecting the hearts and minds of the artists in the process. 

Picture of a man passionately kissing a woman in "Scab" by Sheila Callaghan
Meet the Team

Our highly qualified instructors are here to help you on your trauma-informed intimacy journey. 

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