Based in Toronto and Montreal, Burcu Emeç is a queer Kurdish-Turkish theatre artist and intimacy coordinator. Originally trained as an actor, she works across live art, theatre, and film/TV.

Burcu’s interdisciplinary directing and performance work has been presented in a variety of settings like theatres, galleries, and parks. In her work, she focuses on social commentary and images, often exploring the tensions between performativity and non-acting. Her work has been supported by festivals, theatre companies, and municipal, provincial, and federal art councils across Canada, including the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), La SERRE-arts vivants, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), SummerWorks, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, and Public Recordings. Recent awards include the Mécènes investis pour les arts, OFFTA Hybridity Award, and five META nominations.

Throughout her practice, Burcu questions how the way artists collaborate impacts their work. This effort led her to work for several years at Articule, Canada’s oldest and most socially engaged artist-run centre, where she focussed on anti-oppression advocacy, policy, and organizational development.

This thread continues in her work today as an intimacy coordinator (IC). As an IC, Burcu provides support to tell stories that involve nudity, intimacy, and/or sensitive subject matter with both artistry and safety. She is a certified member of Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC), the SAG-AFTRA accredited and premier organization of intimacy professionals. She completed extensive training with HBO’s Lead Intimacy Coordinator Alicia Rodis (Insecure, High Maintenance, The Deuce), the first IC to be hired by a major network, as well as training with other top industry professionals like Claire Warden (Mrs. Fletcher, Three Women, Gossip Girl). Burcu’s experience in front of and behind the camera allows her to support actors and directors alike, bringing a robust background in movement and years of collaborating with a variety of artists in theatre, film, and TV. She also serves as a resource to productions with her complimentary certification as an active listener. 

See this article for more on the role of an intimacy coordinator.


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