I worked with Tonia Sina Ellis last year on a production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Her work was crucial to our production. We all know that a good combat choreographer creates safe, repeatable moments. Tonia’s intimacy choreography, safe and repeatable, also conveyed moments of supreme truth on stage. In her unique work with me and my actors, she achieved wonders by making everyone comfortable, everyone feel safe, and she achieved our primary objective, which was honesty. She took all of our instincts as artists and interrupted them into moments of authentic, daring intimacy. Tonia possesses a vigor for life and art. She is collaborative and respectful and through that, she creates a rare glimpse into the human condition that not everyone has the privilege to witness in a live setting.