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SDC is an opportunity for students who have demonstrated success in directing to gain professional experience, and explore the craft of directing with professional directors, educators, and peers.

Candidate Eligibility

To be eligible for the SDC Directing Fellowship Program, a student must:

  • Attend a school which has entered at least one production in the regional festival at either the associate or participating level;
  • Be a bona fide student at the time of the regional festival;
  • Be nominated by a faculty member at their school;
  • Submit a completed registration packet by the deadline.

Registration Process

Submit the following materials via email to Heidi Winters Vogel ( by the deadline, December 1, 2017.

  1. A Statement of Intent (1 page max.) addressing the reasons for your interest in the SDC Fellowship Program. Please speak to what you hope to achieve through your involvement in the process and how you believe it may contribute to your growth as a director. Please include a statement confirming your selected scene from the list of nationally selected scenes and why you chose this scene. Please affirm your ability to attend the entire festival (Festival 49: Tuesday, January 16 through Saturday, January 20, 2018 Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA ) and include if you or any member of your company will take part in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Program as either a nominee or partner.
  2. Faculty/Nominator-of-Record Letter of Recommendation which speaks to the student’s directing accomplishments and potential. The letter should provide information about the student’s record as a student of directing, including coursework and practical directing experience, imagination and artistic vision, communication skills, and ability to collaborate with others. In addition, the letter should provide the faculty member’s assessment of how participation in this program may benefit the student. Please affirm the student director’s ability to attend the entire festival.
  3. Complete The Festival 50: 2018 KCACTF/SDC Online Registration Form

KCACTF/SDC Nationally Selected Scenes – Festival 50 (2018)

1.     Milk Like Sugar by Kristen Greenidge, published by Samuel French, Inc., 2012.

2.     Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner published by Dramatists Play Service.

3.     Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Young Jean Lee, in Three Plays: A One Act Collection, published by Samuel French, Inc. 2006.

4.     140 (In Love’s Fire: Seven New Plays Inspired by Seven Shakespearean Sonnets published by William Morrow & Co., 1998)by Marsha  Norman 

5.     Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar.  Back Bay Books.

6.     Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel Dramatist Play Service

7.     A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Project Gutenberg free e-book:

8.     Angels in America:  The Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner. TCG New York, 1992

9.     Ruined by Lynn Notttage, Dramatists Play Service

10.     A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesee Williams; Signet printing, October 1951

For Breakdown/Copies of Scenes & National Rules

Click Here

For more information about the SDC Directing Fellowship Program, contact:

Heidi Winters Vogel
Heidi Winters VogelStage Directors and Choreographers (SDC)
Eastern Mennonite University

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