Nominate a Director or Director/Choreographer
for SDCF’s Gielgud Fellowship in Classical Theatre 


Richard II directed by Davis McCallum

in rep with

The Heart Of Robin Hood directed by Tyne Rafaeli

           Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival – Garrison, NY 10524

           April 9, 2018 – June 24, 2018



The Fellow will join directors Davis McCallum and Tyne Rafaeli at the first rehearsal on April 9 and conclude when Richard II opens on June 24, 2018. SDCF will provide the Fellow with a stipend of $2500.

This opportunity is by nomination only. Nominators must be Full SDC Members. Self-nomination is not accepted. Nominees do not need to be SDC Members or Associates – all Directors and Director/Choreographers will be considered for this Fellowship. 

Following nomination, SDCF staff will contact nominees to obtain personal statements and resumes.  A selection committee of SDC Members will use these materials to evaluate nominees and select finalists.  The Gielgud Fellow will be selected around mid-March.

To nominate someone for this Fellowship, please email a short recommendation to by Friday, January 26, 10:00 PM EST.


Please include:

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Contact or 646.524.2227 with questions. Guidelines and application requirements will be provided following the nomination process.
This fellowship originated in 1996 from a generous contribution from Sir John Gielgud to provide opportunities for early career directors to study the artistic processes of master directors of classical plays. SDC Foundation selects the show, the mentor, and an Evaluation Committee who selects finalists for the mentor to interview. The Gielgud Fellow receives a monetary award as well as a free one-year Associate Membership on completion of the Fellowship the selected candidate is not already an SDC Associate Member.
Davis McCallum is in his second season as Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and directed The Winter’s Tale for the company in 2015. Recent productions in New York include Fashions for Men (Mint Theater; Drama Desk, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Nominations for Best Revival); Pocatello (Playwrights Horizons), The Whale (Playwrights Horizons; Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play; Calloway Nomination for Best Director), Water by the Spoonful (Second Stage; Pulitzer Prize for Drama); February House (Public Theater; Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Best Musical); and London Wall (Mint Theater; Drama Desk and Lortel Nominations for Best Revival). Other credits include productions at the Signature Theater Company, 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Play Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Partial Comfort Productions, Page 73, and the New Victory Theater. His extensive background with Shakespeare and the classics includes productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, the Old Globe, The Pearl Theater Company, and the American Shakespeare Center, as well as four productions for The Acting Company, the country’s preeminent classical touring theater. A graduate of Princeton, he studied Shakespeare at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and trained as a director at LAMDA. He has taught Acting and Directing at Princeton and The New School for Drama. He is the father of two young sons, Thomas and Angus. 
Tyne Rafaeli is a New York-based director of new plays, classics, and musicals. Recent productions include the world premiere of Michael Yates Crowley’s The Rape of the Sabine Women by Grace B. Matthias with Playwrights Realm, the New York premiere of In A Word by Lauren Yee with Lesser America and the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s Actually at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Her work has also been seen at: Classic Stage Company, The Atlantic Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Two River Theatre, New York Stage & Film, PlayMaker’s Rep, Goodspeed, Julliard, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Great Lakes Theatre, American Players Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill Playwright’s Conference and PlayPenn, amongst others. Tyne is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theatre and was awarded the 2013-14 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction. She previously served as Bartlett Sher’s Associate Director on multiple Broadway and West End productions. Tyne trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Columbia University. Upcoming projects include Ironbound by Martyna Majok at the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles. 
Celebrating its 32nd summer season in 2018, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) is a critically acclaimed (The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal), professional, non-profit theater company based in Garrison, NY, one-hour north of Manhattan. The Festival has established a reputation for lucid, engaging, and highly inventive productions staged under an iconic, open-air Theater Tent overlooking the Hudson River at historic Boscobel House and Gardens. In recent years, the Festival has also ventured beyond the Tent, touring its work to other venues throughout the Hudson Valley as part of its HVSF On the Road series, transferring productions to other theaters, engaging its community through radically participatory art-making, and reaching over 60,000 students and educators annually through its year-round Education programs.
Such is the breath of Kings… King Richard believes himself to be God’s chosen on earth. His word is infallible and absolute. But he is also a flawed human being, ill-suited to the demands of kingship. When Richard banishes his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, he sets off a dramatic sequence of events that seals his fate, splits his kingdom in two, and changes the course of history forever. Shakespeare’s poetic masterpiece is a story of power and privilege, of family and loyalty, of poetry and politics. But beneath all the pageantry is an aching examination of what it means to be fully human. Artistic Director Davis McCallum and a huge cast of fan favorites will come together for HVSF’s first-ever production of this sweeping historical drama.
A forest is owned by no man. To escape her impending marriage to the villainous Prince John, Marion flees to the forest seeking a new life with the rogue hero Robin Hood and his merry band of do-gooding men. Instead, Marion finds a group of common crooks, stealing from the rich and giving to… their own pockets. As the Prince schemes to betray the King and endanger all of England, Marion must find the cunning and courage to take him down, save her people, and inspire the aloof Robin to find his own heart. Commissioned in 2011 by the Royal Shakespeare Company, an iconic folktale over 700 years in the making is completely reimagined in David Farr’s adaptation for audiences of all ages.