Ann C. James made her debut as the first Black Intimacy Coordinator of Broadway in 2021 for Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over. James serves as an intimacy and sensitivity consultant for Hamilton (USA) and Hamilton (UK), and is currently serving as an Intimacy/Cultural consultant in New York City for PARADE, SWEENEY TODD, WHITE GIRL IN DANGER, HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF, AMANI, and at LaJolla Playhouse for THE OUTSIDERS. Ann has served as Intimacy Director and Sensitivity Specialist® for the provocative Off-Broadway productions of Moises Kaufman’s Seven Deadly Sins and Here There are Blueberries by Tectonic Theatre Project​, ​Seize the King produced by Classical Theatre of Harlem​, Twilight: Los Angeles,1992 and Dominique Morisseau’s compelling play, Confederates at Signature Theater. Her company, Intimacy Coordinators of Color, has partnerships with Adelphi University, New York University, Columbia University, American Conservatory Theater, Brown University, Trinity Repertory Theater, A.R.T./New York, and The American Repertory Theater at Harvard.  


“The works and vision of Ann James invites us to assess ourselves, our surroundings, and our role in building the future with honesty.”

The Joy-Jackson Initiative

“The production is also working with Ann James, founder of Intimacy Directors of Color, whose work goes beyond choreography of intimate scenes to encompass the actor’s consent and boundaries around all aspects of their identity throughout the rehearsal process. In an interview with JACK co-artistic director Jordana De La Cruz earlier this year, Ann spoke about the importance of, and differences among, intimacy directors, sensitivity specialists, and therapeutic practitioners. She also consults with producers regarding which specialists can best serve each season or process. As De La Cruz put it in their conversation, “Ann is a pioneer.”

American Theater Magazine

August 18, 2021

Touch the Wound, But Don’t Live There

by Sarah Mantell