Our Mission
Founded in 1965 by Members of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) is the nation’s premier organization that exists to foster, train, support and promote the craft of theatre Directors and Choreographers.

Our Goals
SDC Foundation aims to provide opportunities to practice the crafts of direction and choreography; promote emerging talent; grant access to career paths for emerging artists and young professionals; gather and disseminate craft and career information; provide forums for exchange of knowledge; increase the awareness of the value of Directors’ and Choreographers’ work.


Support SDC Foundation

Giving to us ensures the access necessary for directors and choreographers to make the professional connections they need to find success in this competitive industry. Your dollars directly support the many exciting artists in our programs who cannot work for free, leveling the playing field. Give today to support the foundation of an American theatre shaped by a multitude of voices for generations to come.

“The SDCF Observership program always struck me as a wonderful idea. Cultivating the next generation of directors, choreographers and director-choreographers by attaching a select few with master artists in high-profile theatres—brilliant. SDC Foundation’s execution of this idea is even more wonderful and brilliant. I am truly honored and grateful I was awarded such an opportunity.” 

Justin Lucero, 2015 Observer on Peter and the Starcatcher directed by Art Manke at South Coast Rep.

Observership Program

Observership Program

Applications for the 2018/2019 season are closed. The Observership Program provides ea ...

SDCF Fellowships


SDCF awards a number of Fellowships for early-career, mid-career and established artis ...

Masters of the Stage Podcast

Masters of the Stage

Masters of the Stage Free downloadable Podcast In collaboration with Theatre Developme ...