SDCF Observership Program
Applications for 2016-2017 are now closed.
The Observership Program provides early to mid-career directors and choreographers paid opportunities to observe the work of master directors and choreographers as they create productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at leading regional theatres across the country. SDCF Observers may have access to the entire rehearsal process from first rehearsal through opening night. Observers will have the invaluable opportunity to observe first-hand the techniques, disciplines, approaches and insights of master artists as they create new productions and revive classics. In addition to Observership opportunities provided through SDCF, members of the Observership class are also eligible to apply for the Kurt Weill Fellowship and the Shepard and Mildred Traube Fellowship.
Master artists in 2015-2016 included Lear deBessonet, Lorin Latarro, Emily Mann, Staffford Arima, Andy Blankenbuehler, Eric Schaeffer, Sheldon Epps, Laurence Connor, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Anne Kauffman, Matt August, Matt Gardiner, Karen Azenberg, Davis McCallum, Susan Stroman, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Tracy Brigden, Neel Keller, Timothy Douglas, Michael Grandage, Thomas Kail, Leah Gardiner, and Chay Yew.
Each Annual Observership Class is vetted through evaluation by seasoned theatre professionals. While members of the Observership class are not guaranteed placement on a production, they will be invited to participate in other SDCF programs and special events throughout the year, including special Observership Class networking events, all of which are free of charge.
APPLY: Applications to the 2017-2018 Observership program will be available in Spring 2017. There is a $25 application fee. Current SDC Members and Associates may apply for free — fee waiver information will be supplied upon submission of your application.
STIPEND: Each Observership opportunity offers Observers a weekly stipend of $250 and a project travel stipend. In addition, any Observer who is not already a Member of SDC will be awarded a free one-year SDC Associate Membership.
I only wish every director could be presented with the experience I had. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the huge leap I have taken in my personal artistic development because of this experience.– Observer Javier Molina
SDCF’s Observership Program is made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and many generous individuals and corporations.