Performer, Director & Intimacy Coordinator 

Burcu Emeç is a queer performer, director, and intimacy coordinator based between Montreal and Toronto. Originally trained as an actor, she works in live art, theatre, and film.

Burcu’s directing and performance work has been presented in a variety of settings like theatres, galleries, conference rooms, and parks. Her approach to performance creation is driven by images and social commentary, and explores the space between performativity and non-acting. Her work has been supported by Festival TransAmériques (FTA), La SERRE-arts vivants, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Studio 303, Playwrights' Workshop Montreal, Public Recordings, and the art councils of Montreal, Quebec, and Canada. Recent awards include the Mécènes investis pour les arts, OFFTA Hybridity Award, and five META nominations.

Burcu is a member of Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC), the SAG-AFTRA accredited and premier organization for certifying intimacy coordinators. She trained in New York with Alicia Rodis, Lead Intimacy Coordinator at HBO (Insecure, High Maintenance, The Deuce), and other top industry professionals who develop the role, like Claire Warden (Mrs. Fletcher, Three Women, Gossip Girl). As an IC, Burcu collaborates with the entire team to provide a support framework in which intimate stories can be told with artistry and safety. She uses a trauma-informed approach to intimate choreography, and her experience in front of and behind the camera allows her to support actors and directors alike. Burcu serves as a resource for cast and crew with her complimentary background as a certified active listener and researcher in anti-harassment policy, as well as training in mental health first aid, anti-oppression, gender diversity, bystander intervention, and conflict resolution. As an IDC professional, she upholds the highest standards in the industry and adheres to IDC’s Professional and Ethical Agreements. She believes performing intimacy in a consent-forward approach can make it a joyful part of storytelling, and is humbled to be part of this work.

Photo by Phanie Éthier

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