“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.

Give to SDCF

Our flagship Observership program offers paid professional development opportunities for early and mid-career directors and choreographers to get into the room and learn from some of the most skilled directors and choreographers working today on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional stages. Our Awards recognize directors and choreographers all over the country. And our public conversations and symposia, which are live streamed and recorded for the podcast series, Masters of the Stage, offer insights into the visions and working lives of theatre artists and celebrate the crafts of direction and choreography.
These programs are funded, in large part, by individual donors. 
When you donate to SDCF, you are supporting access for promising directors and choreographers from a range of backgrounds; robust dialogue about our ever-changing art form and it’s place in the world; and preservation and recognition of the legacy of stage directors and choreographers. You are ensuring that the future of the American theatre will be in good hands.


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.


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.

Observership Program

Observership Program

SDCF Observership Program The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) Obs ...

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 ...