"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 (from the Arts Desk Article)
Yarit is an established fight director, movement director and certified intimacy director based in London, UK.
She has been working in live performance since 2006 first as a dancer and dance dramaturge for Hagit Yakira Dance Company. Yarit is an Ensemble Associate of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, a BASSC Certified Stage Combat Teacher and an IDC Certified Intimacy Director & Intimacy Coordinator. Professional education includes Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Jacques Lecoq Physical Theatre at LISPA (ArtHaus Berlin) and an MA in Theatre Directing (Rose Bruford College).
With the development of intimacy direction, she fully trained with IDI (now IDC) and started working professionally as an intimacy director already 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 transfer starring Sharon D. Clarke and Wendell Pierce). In 2022 she worked as Intimacy & Fight Director on Jeremy O.Harris' premiere of "Daddy - A Melodrama" in London at the Almeida Theatre.
In January 2021 she returned to the dance sector and worked as an Intimacy Director/Coordinator for Rambert Dance Company's production of Rooms and in 2022 became an Intimacy Consultant for Punchdrunk's London production of The Burnt City. Upcoming work with the company: Peaky Blinders, Rambert Dance summer 2022.
Stage credits include West End, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Shakespeare's Globe, Almeida Theatre, Young Vic, Royal Court, Royal Exchange Manchester, Bush Theatre, Storyhouse, Gate Theatre. See 'Stage' page for her portfolio.
FILM / TV
Yarit is an IDC certified Intimacy Coordinator and one of the first Intimacy Coordinators in the UK working from early 2019. She transferred her intimacy direction stage practice to the screen when working on Channel 4's Drama Adult Material (BAFTA Nominee for Best Mini-Series with Emmy Award Winner Hayley Squires). For more information on her intimacy coordination & services see Moving Body Arts.
Credits include: The Wheel Of Time (Amazon/Sony), Shadow & Bone Season 2 (Netflix), Adult Material (Channel 4), The Nevers (HBO), Spanish Princess 2 (Starz), Domina Season 1 and 2 (Sky TV), , White Lines (Netflix), The Girlfriend Experience 3 (Starz), Starstruck (HBO Max/BBC 1), Cheaters (BBC), Carnival Row 2 (Amazon/Legendary), Close To Me (Channel 4), Bridgerton (cover IC, Netflix), Code 404 (Sky), Becoming Elizabeth (Starz), Pistol (FX), Atlanta (FX), Life After Life (BBC), Superhoe (BBC) and more. Follow TV/Film/Media page for her portfolio
To support the development of Intimacy Coordination 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 addition, in August 2020 she helped to establish Bectu's Intimacy Coordinators Branch which she currently chairs.
Yarit is an ongoing contributor to many UK intimacy guidelines available online for employers as well as performers:
- Directors UK's 'Directing Nudity & Simulated Sex'
- Stage Directors UK's Intimacy Direction Guidelines
- Equity Intimacy Working Group's guidance for performers and engagers.
Between 2017-2020 Yarit was the education manager and one of the original co-founders of Theatrical Intimacy which later merged as a branch of IDI in the UK "Intimacy Directors International UK" (IDI-UK) and currently known as Intimacy For Stage & Screen. As part of her work in 2019-2020 she co-created the first accreditation programme for intimacy directors working in live performance in the UK.
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.
Her company MOVING BODY ARTS offers choreography & training services to the entertainment industry in UK & EU.
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
TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Currently tutor at: RADA short courses, Rose Bruford College, Arts Ed Acting BA, Guildhall School Of Music & Drama and at the HE department of the Shakespeare's Globe.
MAIN PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Master of Arts: Theatre Practices (Directing discipline), Rose Bruford College & Manchester University.
Postgraduate Professional Diploma In Dance Studies, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.
Jacques Lecoq Physical Theatre & Devising - full two-year programme, LISPA (now called Arthaus Berlin).
BASSC Certified Stage Combat Teacher
IDC Certified Intimacy Director & Intimacy Coordinator
Clown & Le Jeu Training with Philippe Gaulier
Commedia Del'Arte Training with Fabio Mangolini
Eccentric Clown Training with Avner The Eccentric
Additional Physical Theatre Training with Complicite, Told By An Idiot and Gecko Company
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Foundation Course
Trauma First Aid taught by Dr Peter Levin
Somatic Experiencing Foundation
Laban Guild Foundation Course
Classical Pilates Certified Teacher (mat & full studio equipment)
Garuda Certified Teacher (mat & Garuda equipment with James D'Silva)
Dance Theatre 3 year programme, Jezreel Valley Center for the Arts, Israel