Theatre Creator &
Intimacy Coordinator

Burcu Emeç is a queer Kurdish-Canadian theatre creator and intimacy coordinator. She began her career as an actor and has since worked across various mediums, including live art, theatre, film, and TV.

Burcu’s directing and performance work has found its place in diverse venues like theatres, galleries, and parks. Her practice focuses on social commentary and images, often delving into the tensions between performativity and non-acting. She has received support for her work from festivals, theatre companies, and art councils across Canada, including the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), La SERRE-arts vivants, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), SummerWorks, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, and Public Recordings. Burcu has been the recipient of several awards including the Mécènes investis pour les arts, OFFTA Hybridity Award, and five META nominations.

Throughout her journey, Burcu has been interested in how the way artists collaborate impacts their work. This interest led her to work for several years at Articule, one of Canada’s oldest artist-run centres, where she played a pivotal role in spearheading anti-harassment and anti-racist advocacy initiatives.

This advocacy thread continues in Burcu's current work as an intimacy coordinator. As an intimacy coordinator, she provides an artistic and safe framework to tell stories that involve nudity and/or intimacy. Certified by SAG-AFTRA accredited
Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (U.S.) and Intimacy Coordinators CanadaBurcu has collaborated with major studios and networks such as CBS, Lionsgate (Starz), and Paramount+. Burcu received training from HBO’s Lead Intimacy Coordinator Alicia Rodis (The Deuce, Insecure, High Maintenance), the first to be hired by a major network, as well as with other top intimacy professionals like Claire Warden (Three Women, Gossip Girl) and Casey Hudecki (Infinity Pool, Sex/Life). Drawing from her rich experiences both on- and off-camera, she brings over 15 years of diverse storytelling and a robust background in movement to support actors and directors alike. She also has a complimentary certification as an active listener that serves as a valuable resource to productions.

Photo by Phanie Éthier

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