Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) Directing Initiative Award Photo: Revolt by Katie Ciszek, 2018 SDC Region 2 Winner

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) Directing Initiative Award

SDC is the theatrical union that unites, empowers and protects professional stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States. Founded in 1959, has spent the last six decades fighting for the rights and livelihoods of these seminal artists.

The SDC Directing Initiative Award provides recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student directors who have demonstrated success in direction. Candidates are nominated by their individual institutions, and the institution must have entered either an associate or participating production prior to the regional festival.

One student director from each region will be selected as a Regional Finalist and invited to participate at the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC each April. This finalist will be awarded travel, lodging and per diem expenses, as well as attendance at KCACTF National Festival workshops and performances. In addition, finalists receive a one year Associate Membership in SDC.

SDC underwrites the National Award(s), which is the result of a unique collaboration between SDC and KCACTF. Associate Membership in SDC introduces each regional finalist to the national community of professional stage directors and choreographers. Additionally, they receive the monthly E-Newsletter, a subscription to SDC Journal (the Union’s quarterly magazine), free or discounted admission to SDC Foundation’s events, and specially negotiated discounts. For more information about SDC, please visit the website at

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 December 15, 2019.

Submit the following materials via email to the Region 2 SDC Coordinator at by the deadline, December 15, 2019.

  1. A Statement of Intent (1-page max.) addressing the reasons for your interest in the SDC Directing Initiative Program.  Have you directed in the past? What successes and challenges have you faced in the rehearsal room? How will participating in this program contribute to your growth as a director? If you haven’t directed in the past, why are you interested in directing and what do you hope to learn in the program? 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 this year’s festival 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 KCACTF/SDC Online Registration Form

Download the Following PDF:


Nationally Selected Scenes & Rules for Upcoming Festival



Suzanne Delle

Suzanne Delle

Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC)

York College of Pennsylvania

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