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MEET THE TEAM, Alicia Rodis, Intimacy/Fight Director

Q: Position/Role with the show? 
A: Intimacy/Fight Director

Q: Brief background about yourself?
A: I am an intimacy and fight director, stunt woman, teacher and actor. Grew up in the exotic city of Cleveland, OH and been in NYC for almost 10 years working in entertainment. Before that I was predominantly an actor in regional and classical theatre.

Q: Any previous experience with NYSX?
A: I've had the pleasure of being the fight director for Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, Island, Othello, The Life & Death of King John, as well as been a director for one of the Shakespeare pub crawls. I absolutely adore this company, and working with the truly fine artists in it.

Q: Favorite thing to do outside of theatre?
A: Anything physical

Q: Favorite Shakespeare play and why?
A: King John - I love the Bastard's railing against commodity, Constance's stunning descent into madness, and Hubert's wrestle with duty and conscience --- if the sheer number of good female roles and opportunities for theatrical violence wasn't enough.

Q: Three words to describe the play?
A: Funny. Surprising. Devastating.

Q: Why is Shakespeare (and adaptations of Shakespeare) still relevant and important?
A: Because of the relatability of these characters, story, and language we have incredible opportunity to connect and empathize with hundreds of years of humanity.

Q: How did you get into your area of design?
A: It began with stage combat classes in conservatory, then working for a number of classical theaters after, and pursuing the direction of theatrical violence and then training accordingly. As for intimacy design, it was a natural progression as most shows I worked on needed help with kisses, cuddles, and even sexual scenes. Just like violence coordination, we needed to keep the actors, audience, and theater itself safe. At best, we can tell an authentic physical story that moves the audience and, at worst, we have an unclear, uncomfortable improved piece that could potentially (and legally) be an assualt. I am so pleased to be able to create a safe and exciting direction for our actors.

Q: What kind of research did you do for Lucrece?
A: Researching the history of the epic poem, the Greek mythology involved, as well as rape survivor stories, the psychology of the victim and perpetrator in such instances. It was not as brief as it may sound.

Q: How did you decide on your actual design?
A: The script, the director, the actors, the story. Boundaries, what drives, and what inhibits to the process.

Q: What are your favorite and most challenging parts of your job?