Acacia is an intimacy coordinator, choreographer, writer, filmmaker, teacher, inventor, and all around artist. They have explored intersectional topics including gender, sexuality, disability, mental health, and identity through the arts for the past 12 years. They have directed films such as My Queer Questions and My Problem with Trichotillomania. Performed and taught neo-burlesque as a tool for self-exploration. Intimacy coordinated several films including Perfectly Good Moment, The Robosexual, As The Winter Turns To Fall (winner Best Acting Duo and Best LGBTQ Film at the 2021 Independent Short Awards), and Apophenia. They have lectured on intimacy for both the stage and screen at multiple colleges and universities including at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Marymount Manhattan College, and Vassar College. They have also made various guest appearances including The Sex Scene and The Kink Therapist.
Acacia believes in creating an inclusive environment through example; leading conversations about intersectionality, accessibility, and accountability at every level of the arts and entertainment world from the classroom, to the conference room, to the set, to the editors room, and beyond. One of the ways they are doing this is through their free educational content on their Instagram @intimacycoordinating which aims to help people at all stages of their career in all positions from cast and crew to understand how to safely create scenes of intimacy.
Acacia received their BA in International Studies from Vassar College in 2019 with an emphasis in Women and Queer studies and anti-colonial History and a minor in Film. They also completed the SIT International Honors Program, Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy which studied issues including human trafficking, women’s rights, refugee rights, indigenous rights, & LGBTQIA+ rights in a multicultural context through visits with NGOs, indigenous groups, and local advocacy groups in Nepal, Jordan, and Chile. Since graduating, they have studies with intimacy organizations from around the world including Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, Intimacy for Stage and Screen, Theatrical Intimacy Education, and Moving Body Arts. They currently reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they are studying yoga and designing a line of anti-pull intimacy barriers to protect actors during scenes of intimacy. They frequently fly to New York City where they works as an intimacy coordinator for film and television.