Performer, Director & Intimacy Coordinator —

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

Burcu’s work has been presented in a variety of settings like theatres, galleries, conference rooms, and parks. Her approach to performance creation is heavily driven by images and blends social commentary, 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), a SAG-AFTRA accredited and leading organization of intimacy coordinators. She trained with professionals who developed the role such as Alicia Rodis (HBO's Lead Intimacy Coordinator; Insecure, High Maintenance, The Deuce) and Claire Warden (Mrs. Fletcher, Three Women, Gossip Girl). Burcu aims as an IC to provide a framework of support in which intimate stories can be told without compromising artistry or safety. Being queer and racialized, she is especially excited to work on stories that centre on these identities. Her approach treats intimate choreography similarly to stunt choreography, and her experience in front of and behind the camera allows her to support directors and actors alike. Burcu’s background as a certified active listener and as an advocate of anti-harassment, both at the grassroots organizing and policy levels, adds depth and nuance to her approach. She also has complimentary training in mental health first aid, anti-oppression, gender diversity, bystander intervention, and conflict resolution.

Photo by Phanie Éthier

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