Joy DeMichelle (she, her) is an intimacy director, choreographer, coordinator and consultant with a process that produces consensual, culturally competent, creative containers for dynamic storytelling.
As founder of Acting With Joy and Acting With Intimacy, Joy has developed an approach that enhances character embodiment and increases the probability of an actors creative freedom and wellbeing.
When working on scenes that involve touch, nudity, partial nudity, simulated sex, familial intimacy, medical intimacy, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC point of views, artists and production companies working with Joy, are empowered to do their best work while respecting the boundaries of cast & crew.
Why did you choose this work?
JOY: I have faced my fair share of abusive, threatening and racist power dynamics in personal, professional and creative spaces. On the journey to healing myself from my own traumatic experiences, I started to study various modalities of healing and became a healing arts practitioner. I quickly realized that suffering for my art was not necessary to be creatively free. With boundaries and consent in place actors can maintain dignity and self respect in all spaces. I merged my healing arts practice with my acting process to create Acting With Joy, a system that allows the actor to access, embody, then release the characters energy, characteristics and imagined circumstances to come back to ones own body. When intimacy directing was brought to my attention, I quickly realized that this training was the perfect addition to the acting, coaching and healing arts experience I provide.
How would you describe your process?
JOY: My process is collaborative. After doing a script breakdown, I sit with the director to capture their vision, share what I see and map out a plan. I also, work closely with other departments to ensure believability and emotional safety. As a team, we support each other in bringing the story to life in the most nuanced way.
My intention is to create consensual, compelling physical storytelling - while keeping our hearts + souls intact.
And how do you do that?
JOY: I create a container that secures the likelihood that everyone’s physical, emotional and cultural boundaries are respected within the guidelines of a consent forward creative experience.
Bring Joy to your team and experience how an intimacy professional can enhance your show from pre to post production.
TRAINING: Mental Health First Aid, Embodied Social Justice, Bystander Methods, Intimacy and Minors, Intimacy in the Classroom, Intimacy and Childbirth, UZIT: Holistic Healing Practitioner.
Theatrical Intimacy Education (TIE), Intimacy Stage and Screen (ISS), and Intimacy Coordinators of Color (ICOC) Intimacy Director Professionals (IDC)
Memberships: SAG/AFTRA, AEA, Intimacy Coordinators of Color (ICOC)