"I’ve particularly enjoyed working with a movement director, Yarit Dor: a new experience for me. In our first weeks we did a lot of script and table work, uncovering the characters and the themes and all the little echoes in the play and then did movement in the afternoons. The physical games played with between Yarit and our three actors, Tom, Abbie and Richard, showed me the impulses that lie beneath text in a new and profound way."
Playwright Cordelia Lynn, 'Love & Other Acts of Violence' at The Donmar Warehouse, 2021
Yarit is an established Fight Director, Movement Director and IDC Certified Intimacy Director & Coordinator based in London, UK. She is also an Ensemble Associate of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and a BASSC Certified Stage Combat Teacher.
West End shows include: Death of A Salesman, The Shark Is Broken, The Glass Menagerie, Hamilton (UK company) and the sell-out show The Band's Visit at the Donmar Warehouse.
Additional credits include shows at the: National Theatre, The Shakespeare's Globe, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Court, Young Vic, Bush Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Kiln Theatre and more. For her stage portfolio.
Yarit is an IDC certified Intimacy Coordinator and a SAG-AFTRA Registered Intimacy Coordinator. She is one of the first Intimacy Coordinators in the UK and EU working from early 2019. Her first TV show was Channel 4's Drama Adult Material (BAFTA Nominee for Best Mini-Series with Emmy Award Winner Hayley Squires).
Intimacy Coordination Credits include: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix), The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power (S2) and The Wheel Of Time (Amazon/Sony), Shadow & Bone Season 2 (Netflix), Adult Material (Channel 4), Cheaters (BBC), The Sandman (Warner Bros), Mood (HBO Max/BBC), Starstruck (HBO Max/BBC 1), SAS Rogue Heroes (BBC), Atlanta (FX), Becoming Elizabeth (Starz), Spanish Princess 2 (Starz), and more.
For more information on her intimacy coordination credits: TV/Film portfolio
Yarit has been working in live performance since 2006 first as a dancer and dance dramaturge for Hagit Yakira Dance Company before training & exploring other physical performance styles.
Her higher education journey includes: dance theatre in Israel and later at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Jacques Lecoq Physical Theatre & Devising at LISPA (now called ArtHaus Berlin), MA in Theatre Directing (Rose Bruford College), BASSC Stage Combat Teacher Training, IDC Certification in Intimacy Direction and Coordination.
Yarit is also a certified Classical Pilates Teacher since 2010 (mat & full studio equipment) as well as a Garuda Teacher (mat & Garuda equipment). For her wellness & bodywork info click here.
Direction in UK Theatre & Dance
Yarit started working professionally as an intimacy director in 2017 on Little Voice at Park Theatre followed by Three Sisters (Arrows & Traps Theatre, 2018). In 2019 she was the first Intimacy Director in London's West End credited for Death of A Salesman starring Sharon D. Clarke and Wendell Pierce.
Another pivotal production was her work as Intimacy & Fight Director on Jeremy O.Harris' premiere of Daddy - A Melodrama (Almeida Theatre), as written in The Stage:
“Yarit Dor's intimacy direction in these scenes elevates the performances from Claes Bang and Terique Jarrett into something quite potent.”
In January 2021 Yarit returned to the dance sector and worked as an Intimacy Director/Coordinator for Rambert Dance Company's production of Rooms and Peaky Blinders and in 2022 became an Intimacy Consultant for Punchdrunk's London production of The Burnt City. In 2023 she returned to Rambert to work on the re-staging of Goat.
Advocating For Safer Intimacy Practice in the UK Industry
Yarit contributed writing and advised on many UK intimacy guidelines available online for employers as well as performers:
- Directors UK's 'Directing Nudity & Simulated Sex'
- Bectu's Guidance for Shooting Intimacy
- Intimacy chapter in the Creative Industries Safety Passport Course (Bectu & ScreenSkills safety training)
- Stage Directors UK's Intimacy Direction Guidelines
- Equity Intimacy Working Group's guidance for performers and engagers.
- ScreenSkills' upcoming Safeguarding Online Module.
To support the development of Intimacy Coordination (for screen) in the UK's entertainment industry, Yarit opened the first fully funded mentoring scheme for intimacy coordinators from under-represented groups funded by the Film & TV Charity Fund and supported by ScreenSkills & Moving Body Arts.
In August 2020 she helped to establish Bectu Union's Intimacy Coordinators Branch and was elected to chair its first committee.
In 2020 Yarit Dor co-founded INTIMASK, the first worldwide modesty garment online shop selling garments in 6 different skin tones and various sizes primarily aimed for Intimacy Coordinators/Directors and Costume Departments. Read Yarit's article on modesty garments in the Journal of Consent-Based Performance.
Supporting Intimacy Practice in Higher Education
From 2018 Yarit started teaching short workshops on intimacy for actors and directors in drama schools BA Acting, BA Musical Theatre and MA courses as well as supporting BA Y3 shows. Drama Schools included Arts Ed, East 15, Italia Conti, Rose Bruford College and Guildhall School for Music and Drama amongst others. Universities included: St John York University, Cambridge University, University of Arts London, Staffordshire University.
During Covid-19 Lockdown 2020-2021 Yarit taught week-long online courses in Intimacy For Actors for The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In 2021 Arts Ed was the first drama school to create a weekly taught intimacy module. They approached Yarit to write an intimacy & stage combat module outline and together they created a 2 year module for the BA Acting Course and a term based module for the MA Acting course. See article in The Stage.
Yarit left Arts Ed in 2023, she is now a visiting tutor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Yarit is a visiting Intimacy Coordination tutor at the National Film & Television School, London Film School and UAL's Film BA.
Training new intimacy professionals
Between 2017-2020 Yarit was the education manager and original co-founder of Theatrical Intimacy (rebranded later to Intimacy Directors International UK and currently called Intimacy For Stage & Screen). During her work for the company, she co-created and co-taught their accreditation programme for intimacy directors working in live performance.
In 2020-2021 Yarit opened the first fully funded mentoring scheme for intimacy coordinators from under-represented groups funded by the Film & TV Charity Fund and supported by ScreenSkills & Moving Body Arts.
In 2023 Yarit's company Moving Body Arts was awarded the ScreenSkills High-endTV Fund and funding from Prime Video Italy to run a new programme for intimacy coordinators.
Outside of the entertainment industry
Yarit immerses herself in Fantasy Literature, Shakespeare, Medieval and Tudor History, Historical Fiction and most recently Norse Mythology. She identifies herself as a proud J.R.R Tolkien nerd and often attends Moots, travels to book signings and conferences exploring his work across the UK.
A lover of podcasts, books, hiking, swimming, kayaking, medieval swordplay, all things castles, art exhibitions, cinema and sketching.
Awards, Associations & Memberships
Fellow Award from Rose Bruford College, 2023
Nominated for SHAKER OF THE YEAR Award at the Makers & Shakers 2021, BAFTA
Associate Movement, Intimacy & Stage Combat Tutor of The Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts (RADA)
Ensemble Associate Artist of Shakespeare's Globe
Steering Group member of the Movement Directors Association
Associate Artist of the Director's Cut Theatre Company
Associate Artist of Hera Opera Company
Member of One Dance UK