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Emmett VanVactor-Lee

He/him or They/them

Intimacy Director: THE LIAR (Fall 2022)

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INTIMACY Designer, The LIAR (Fall 2022)

Emmett VanVactor-Lee (they/he) is a storyteller of many mediums. With a background in acting and teaching, their most recent avenue of storytelling has been through intimacy direction. Struck by the deep need for this work, Emmett started studying intimacy choreography in 2019 with Intimacy Directors International, and has since traveled the country both taking and teaching workshops in this new and important field.

Before moving to the Pacific Northwest Emmett’s work was showcased at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Guthrie Theater, as well as various high school theater classrooms. Since moving to Portland Emmett, has done intimacy work with Queer Opera.

Emmett brings a trauma informed approach to this work, and is especially interested in uplifting the stories of the LGBTQ and disability communities of which he is a member.


  • BA in Theatre Studies, Winona State University
  • BA in Child Advocacy, Winona State University
Willamette University


M. Lee Pelton Theatre
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.