Abbott Application Deadline
Feb 3 all-day
Feb 3 all-day

with guests Lear deBessonet and Eric Tucker

Lear deBessonet (Good Person of Szechwan) and Eric Tucker (Bedlam Theatre’s Hamlet and Saint Joan) discuss their recent Off-Broadway productions that allow audiences to experience classic plays in new and exciting ways. This conversation is presented in partnership with Culture Project.

WHEN: Monday, February 3, 6:00 – 7:15pm
WHERE: Lynn Redgrave Theatre at Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street
RSVP: Conversations@SDCweb.org

These discussions are free and open to all.

DCN: Branding, Personal Style, and The Pitch @ SDC Office
Feb 24 @ 11:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 12:15 am

with guest Kevin Urban (of The Savvy Actor)

Understanding and implementing branding strategies can help build artistic careers or organizations. Through this disucssion, we’ll look at the basics of creating a personal brand by looking at worldwide examples and illustrating why they work and how using branding helps find your audience. Among topics discussed, Kevin will address setting goals,
authenticity, finding natural strengths, and the power of perception.

When: Monday, February 24, 6:00 – 7:15pm
Where: SDC/SDCF 1501 Broadway Suite 1701
RSVP: Conversations @SDCweb.org

GAI Application Available Online
Mar 10 all-day
One-on-One with Sean Mathias and Derek McLane @ Opera America/The National Opera Center
Mar 24 @ 10:30 pm – Mar 25 @ 12:00 am

Monday, March 24, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Opera America/The National Opera Center
330 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
RSVP to Conversations@SDCweb.org

SDCF presents a free conversation with acclaimed Director Sean Mathias (No Man’s Land, Waiting for Godot, Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and Scenic Designer Derek McLane (Ragtime, 33 Variations, 2014 Academy Awards) in conversation aboutcraft and career. Listen firsthand as they explore the relationship between director and designer and discuss their approaches to projects, their creative processes, and the turning points of their careers.

Tickets for this event are free. Please RSVP to Conversations@SDCweb.org to reserve tickets. Seating is limited.

Symposia: Emerging Artists
Apr 7 all-day
Observership Application Available Online
Apr 14 all-day
Symposia: Musicals
Apr 28 all-day
One-on-One Conversation
Jun 29 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join SDC Foundation Director David Roberts as he sits down with director Rachel Chavkin and artistic producer Jacob Padrón to discuss the the current climate of theatre organizations, funders, and freedom of expression.

Rachel Chavkin is a Tony nominated and three-time Obie Award and Drama Desk winning director, writer, dramaturg, and the Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based experimental ensemble, the TEAM (www.theteamplays.org). See more below…

Jacob G. Padrón is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project, a NYC-based theater initiative dedicated to producing works by Latinx playwrights with leading Off-Broadway theaters and bringing the stories from this community to the fore of the American theater. In addition to his work on The Sol Project, Padrón is currently on staff with Time Warner Inc. in Cultural Investments where he supports the theatre portfolio and identifies diverse storytellers for future media projects. See more below…

SDC Foundation’s One-on-One Conversations illuminate the creative processes, secret mottos, and personal and professional experiences that guide today’s luminary directors and choreographers as they forge artistic careers in a profession that has no handbook. These intimate and dynamic conversations between today’s most successful artists offer audiences rare insights into the challenging and ever-changing world of theatre making.


Rachel Chavkin bio (continued)… Selected projects: Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (World Premiere – Ars Nova; A.R.T.; Broadway transfer, 12 Tony nominations including Best Musical); Anais Mitchell’s folkopera Hadestown (World Premiere – NYTW); Anne Washburn’s transadaptation of Euripedes’ Iphigenia in Aulis (World Premiere – CSC), Dave Malloy’s Preludes (World Premiere – LCT3), The TEAM’s RoosevElvis (PS122’s COIL festival, tours to the Royal Court, Walker Art Center, A.R.T.), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (World Premiere – Ars Nova), British artist Chris Thorpe’s Confirmation (World Premiere – Warwick Arts Centre and Battersea Arts Centre, 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Top 10 Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe – American Theater); Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 (Northern Stage, UK national tour); Meg Miroshnik’s The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep); Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (The Old Globe; Lincoln Center, Spring 2016); and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac, including judy’s extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge (World Premiere (Act II) – HERE). NYTW Usual Suspect, Artistic Associate at London’s Gate Theatre, alum of Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, Drama League Directors Project, Women’s Project Director’s Lab, and New Georges Affiliate Artist. Nominee, Doris Duke Impact Award, 2013 & 2014. She has also taught extensively at NYU, Pace, and other colleges. B.F.A. NYU, M.F.A. Columbia. Proud member of SDC.

Jacob G. Padrón bio (continued)… He was most recently on the artistic staff of The Public Theater as the Senior Producer where he worked on new plays, new musicals, Shakespeare in the Park, and Public Works. He shepherded the work of Tarell Alvin McCraney (Head of Passes), Universes (Party People), Stew & Heidi Rodewald (The Total Bent), Tracey Scott Wilson (Buzzer), Lemon Andersen (Toast), Richard Nelson (The Gabriels), Suzan-Lori Parks (Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2, and 3), and Shaina Taub & Kwame Kwei-Armah (Twelfth Night), among many others. Prior to his post at The Public, Padrón was the Producer at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago where he oversaw the artistic programming in the Garage, Steppenwolf’s second stage dedicated to new work, new artists, and new audiences. From 2008 to 2011, he was an Associate Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Appointed by Bill Rauch to his senior staff, Padrón was instrumental in producing all shows in the 11-play repertory. Padrón has worked with many leading companies around the country including Yale Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Teatro Vista, About Face, and El Teatro Campesino. He was named “one to watch” by American Theatre magazine and was an inaugural recipient of the SPARK Leadership Fellowship administered by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). He has been a lecturer at Northwestern University and has adjudicated on grant panels for TCG, Network of Ensemble Theaters, The Drama League, SDC Foundation, and American Theatre Wing. He has been appointed to the faculty of Yale School of Drama beginning in the fall 2017.