EP247 - The Role of an Intimacy Coordinator with Marci Liroff


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Welcome to episode 247 of the Sexology Podcast! Today I am delighted to welcome Marci Liroff (she/her) to the podcast. In this episode, we discuss how Marci transitioned from casting director and acting coach to intimacy coordinator, why intimacy coordinators are not the “sex police” and the ways she helps the film crew coordinate sex scenes.

A veteran Casting Director, Marci (she/her) has been casting film and television for the last 40 years. Her extensive credits span more than 50 films. While working at the renowned office of Fenton-Feinberg Casting she, along with Mike Fenton, cast such films as Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story and Porky’s; the Academy Award-nominated Poltergeist; Steven Spielberg’s E.T.– The Extra Terrestrial and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

After establishing her own casting company in 1983, MARCI LIROFF CASTING, Marci cast many successful films including Footloose, St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink, The Iron Giant, The Spitfire Grill (which she produced as well), Untamed Heart, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, Insomnia, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and Vampire Academy. For the last 10 years, Marci has been coaching and teaching actors to prepare for upcoming auditions and jobs.

Her years of work in film and television production, along with her communication skills and keen eye, make Marci a perfect fit in the world of intimacy coordination. She recently intimacy coordinated the feature film The Virgin of Highland Park and served as the IC for the second season of the Starz show Hightown.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • How Marci transitioned from casting director and acting coach to intimacy coordinator
  • Why intimacy coordinators are not the “sex police”
  • The ways Marci helps the film crew to coordinate sex scenes
  • Looking at the relationship between intimacy coordinators and directors
  • Issues that can arise on set and how Marci deals with them
  • Analyzing the importance of consent
  • How consent is being incorporated into specifics in contracts around sex scenes
  • The importance of reading your contract as an actor
  • Navigating intimate scenes where minors are involved, E.G Stranger Things
  • The toughest scenes that Marci has coordinated

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