Join us for our free 2023-2024 Speaker Series on select Sunday afternoons during our Season. With each session led by one of ICTC’s distinguished speakers, the afternoon will begin at 1:30 pm with a dramaturgical presentation and moderated discussion to introduce the world of the play, followed by the matinee performance. After the show, join the speaker and select members of the cast for an enlightening Talk Back.


Sunday, March 3, 2024 starting at 1:30pm

Betrayal’s Speaker: Jessica Hillman-McCord, Intimacy Director

 Our next Speaker Series explores the intricate role of an Intimacy Director for Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. Join us as we delve into the significance of intimacy in this compelling story, and gain insights into the artistry behind intimacy choreography. Learn how this work enhances the narrative with authenticity and emotional depth, emphasizing its importance in fostering a safe and collaborative environment in theatrical productions.

  • 1:30pm – Jessica Hillman-McCord will give a 15-minute Dramaturgy presentation prior to the show.
  • 2:00pm – Betrayal matinee performance (approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission).
  • Post-show – There will be a 15-minute Talk Back session between the Intimacy Director and select cast members.

    WHO’S WHO:

    Jessica Hillman-McCord (Intimacy Director)
    Jessica [she/her] is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia, Jessica teaches musical theatre and acting courses. She is also an Intimacy Director, trained with Theatrical Intimacy Education (TIE), and Intimacy Directors and Choreographers (IDC) with current and upcoming credits including Jewish Repertory Theatre, SUNY Fredonia, and here at Irish Classical Theatre Company. An Actors’ Equity Association member, she has performed professionally on tour, in regional theatres across the country, and in new musicals in NYC. She has directed and/or choreographed musicals and plays at the University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Denver, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Light Opera, and the Fort Salem Theatre. At Fredonia she has directed/choreographed Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, The Wild Party, Hair, Urinetown, The Wolves, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Spring Awakening, among many others. She has published two books and in journals including Studies in Musical Theatre, TDR: The Drama Review, and Theatre Survey.


    Stay tuned for our upcoming 2023-2024 Speaker Series announcements!