Founded in 1965, Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation exists to develop and promote the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers. Our goals are Access, Connectivity, and Legacy for these artists. SDCF creates paths for early career directors and choreographers from all backgrounds to interact with established artists all over the country; we put mid-career artists in the room together to solve issues they face in the business; and we reach beyond the theatre industry to tell the story of what directors and choreographers contribute to the American theatre, and, by extension, to the conversation about the importance of art in daily life.


SDCF is the nation’s only organization dedicated to supporting theatre directors and choreographers by providing opportunities to practice the crafts of directing and choreography; to promote the profession to emerging talent; for exchange of knowledge among directors and choreographers; to increase the awareness of the value of directors’ and choreographers’ work, and to convene around issues affecting theatre artists. It serves the needs of artists at all stages, building a cross-generational, national theatre community.



Program Eligibility

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Foundation News & Events

2013-14 Callaway Award Winners Announced

2013-2014 JOE A. CALLAWAY AWARD WINNERS: JOHN RANDO AND MARTHA CLARKE FINALISTS: Jo Bonney, Chase Brock, Gordon Edelstein, Doug Hughes, Denis Jones, Des McAnuff, Bob Richard, Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Shea ...

2014 Fichandler Recipient Announced


Guthrie Theatre to Host One-on-One

The Guthrie Theater & Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation present a One-On-One Conversation with Directors Leigh Silverman and Joel Sass | Moderated by The Playwrights’ Center Producing Artistic Director Jeremy ...

SDCF Observership Video

SDCF is excited to share a video directed by Jonathon Musser featuring twelve Observers from the past three seasons.  Watch to get a fuller sense of the SDCF Observership Program ...

2014 NEA Grant Awarded

SDCF is thrilled to announce that we are 1 of 886 organizations to receive a 2014 NEA grant. Ours is for our year-round programs benefiting emerging stage directors and choreographers ...

Opportunities Bulletin

October Opportunities Bulletin

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more updates!   SDCF ANNOUNCEMENTS Congratulations to the following recipient: Joseph Haj on his Zelda Fichandler Award Tlaloc Rivas, our 2013-2014 Gielgud Fellow Bridget ...

Past Participants

I only wish every director could be presented with the experience I had.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the huge leap I have taken in my personal artistic development because of this experience.

Javier Molina, Observer

There is no criticism I could possibly make of the SDCF Observership Program.  It provided me with an unmatchable set of circumstances where I could not only witness a master (Susan Stroman) in the field I’m embarking upon, but also learn from a bevy of other aspects of the craft I did not foresee. My experience was, in short, life-changing.

Courtney Self, Observer

Structured mentorship of this kind – working independently and with direct feedback – is the strongest way for me to hone my skills and continue to grow as an artist, and I couldn’t have designed or asked for a better opportunity than the one I had.  Working with Sharon (Ott) taught me several thousand more of the hundred thousand things you can only learn by doing.

Andy Ottoson, Observer

This gave me the necessary reminder to keep pursuing the kind of work I value.  I was reminded that a passion for the impossible onstage and a love for virtuosic play can come together fruitfully to tell an engaging story in the form of a singular live event inclusive of its audience.

Mia Rovegno, Observer

Watching Leigh (Silverman) work did many things for me:  it inspired me to be a better director, it validated certain aspects of my directing style that I might have questioned before, it taught me restraint, it taught me to be an amazing listener.  It gave me the encouragement I needed to forge ahead.

Kenny Howard, Observer

I learned from Sam Gold that what you don't say as a director can often be just as important as what you do say. I learned the value of not just identifying truth in an older text as it relates to us now, but the way in which we manifest that truth through the actor's understanding of their craft—simple but vital things like pace and hitting rhythms. All of this knowledge has enhanced my artistic growth, and improved my directing craft.

Jenna Worsham, Observer

Megan E. Carter to Lead SDC Foundation

Laura Penn, Executive Director of Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation (SDCF), announced today that Megan E. Carter will be its new Director as of June 30.  Founded in 1965, SDCF is the nation’s only organization dedicated to training, nurturing, and supporting theatre directors and choreographers and advancing the crafts of stage direction and choreography. Based in New York City, SDCF provides national programs offering opportunities, conversations and community, and recognition and advocacy to directors and choreographers at all levels of career, as well as programs to benefit a broader range of theatre artists and the general public. Ms. Carter will oversee Foundation programming and management while partnering with individual artists and organizations throughout the field. “Megan brings a deep understanding of artists and their process as well as extensive experience in supporting the development of directors, choreographers, and their collaborators.  As the Foundation prepares for its 50th year we look forward to furthering the Foundation’s mission under Megan’s dynamic leadership,” said Ms. Penn.

Read More: Outgoing Producing Director Ellen Rusconi's Leadership & Ms. Carter's Bio