Dates and Deadlines
8/11 New York: Applications are now being accepted for a Publications Intern with SDC
8/25 Minneapolis: 7:30pm One-on-One Conversation with Leigh Silverman and Joel Sass, moderated by Jeremy Cohen
9/15 National: 12pm Deadline for Guest Artist Initiative at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
10/01 National: 12pm Deadline for Guest Artist Initative at Ithaca College
***Please note that we will be announcing the Gielgud Fellow, the Denham Fellow and the second round of accepted applicants to the Observership Pool between August 25th and September 19th, 2014***
7/25 Pennsylvania: The Penn State School of Theatre will be accepting applications for candidacy in the MFA Directing for the Musical Theatre Stage program.
SDC, the national labor union representing directors and choreographers across the country, is seeking a Publications Intern to assist with the administration and content management of SDC’s quarterly magazine, SDC Journal. Working alongside the Art Director, the Publications Intern will support all aspects of the magazine’s production including but not limited to: copy writing, editing and proofreading; transcribing interviews; contacting photographers and collecting artwork; data entry and upkeep of subscriber and mailing lists; assistance with advertising initiative; assistance with general organization for Publications Office. The opportunity to interview SDC Members and write columns for SDC Journal will also be available for more experienced interns. This is an excellent opportunity to build a portfolio. For more information, visit SDC online. This opportunity is with SDC, the union. Please direct all questions to SDCJournal@SDCweb.org
GUEST ARTIST INITIATIVE
The Department of Dance at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Choreographer through SDCF’s Guest Artist Initiative Program to create a dance piece (a 12-15 minute new work or recreation of a finished work by a notable contemporary choreographer) on their students. The work will be performed in the November Dance 2015—an annual concert featuring works by faculty and guest artists in the 700-seat Cowell Playhouse Theater in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College is seeking a Director or Director/ Choreographer through SDCF’s Guest Artist Initiative Program to direct and/or choreograph a Fall Play or Musical to be chosen by the faculty in consultation with the Guest Artist for their Fall 2015 season.
***Only Full SDC Members in good standing are eligible to be hired for positions through the Guest Artist Initiative. Please note that although the school will make all hiring decisions, SDCF will collect all application materials for the school. Do not contact the school directly; this program is designed to make it easier for schools to hire professionals and, thus, we will be acting as administrator (though SDCF plays no role in selection).
Please visit our website for more about the Guest Artist Initiative and for application information at http://sdcfoundation.org/opportunities/guest-artist-initiative/ ***
Open to the public, this series of conversations with theatre’s prominent artists offers rare insights into the creative process and personal experience of forging an artistic career.
On Monday, August 25, Director Leigh Silverman (The Heidi Chronicles, Broadway’s Violet) and Director Joel Sass (Vania and Sonia and Masha and Spike) join us for our next conversation in the series, moderated by Jeremy Cohen, Producing Artistic Director of The Playwrights Center. Look for more information about this event in an upcoming email.
For information on this program, visit SDCF Conversations and Events.
For free downloads of these conversations through our Masters of the Stage series, please visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sdcf-masters-of-the-stage/id855786884?mt=2
MFA DIRECTING FOR THE MUSICAL THEATRE STAGE, PENN STATE
The Pennsylvania State University MFA Directing for the Musical Theatre Stage program, headed by Susan H. Schulman, is a unique three‐year and fully financially supported course of study. Penn State provides complete financial support for each graduate student. Assistantships include full tuition waiver and a yearly cash stipend (approximately $13,650, including summer; years 2‐3 approximately 13, 050). Graduate students will assist in Theatre 100 and various other studios. During the summer following the first year in residence, all graduate students in theatre spend a five‐week session studying in London. Additional international travel opportunities are available. Please continue to check the School of Theatre’s MFA Directing website for updates and news at https://theatre.psu.edu/programs/theatre‐mfa‐directing.
A Note from Megan E. Carter, New Director of the SDC Foundation
What an exciting time to join the SDC Foundation! My first month has flown by. I’ve spent this first month meeting so many new directors and choreographers and immersing myself in the many programs we offer. I could not be more thrilled about what’s in store for this next year.
Ellen Rusconi left the Foundation better than she found it – these programs, which provide unparalleled access and opportunity, are magnificent and robust. It is my honor to continue her exceptional work of elevating the visibility of the craft and advocating for directors and choreographers. I can’t wait to connect more emerging and established directors and choreographers to each other across the country, to support the work of the union, and to further raise awareness about the Foundation’s efforts and impact on larger theatre community.
And I look forward to meeting you.