Apply by May 30, 2014 to be eligible for all 25 PAID opportunities
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) Observership Program grants emerging Directors and Choreographers 25 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 have access to the entire rehearsal process, from first rehearsal through previews to opening night. Observers are guaranteed the invaluable opportunity to observe, first-hand, the techniques, disciplines, approaches and insights of master artists as they create new productions and revive classics.
Observerships are selected by committee; master artists in 2013-2014 included Walter Bobbie, Joe Calarco, Martha Clarke, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Matthew Gardiner, Peter Flynn, Michael Kahn, Kathleen Marshall, Davis McCallum, Ethan McSweeny, Lonny Price, Erica Schmidt, Scott Schwartz, Dominique Serrand, Max Stafford-Clark, Susan Stroman, Liesl Tommy, Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Stephen Wadsworth, Patricia Wilcox, Michael Wilson, and Chay Yew.
While we do not yet know our opportunities for 2014 – 2015, to give context of the opportunities offered through this program, recent Observerships include:
Commercial Broadway productions of Bullets Over Broadway and Big Fish directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman
Atlantic Theater Company’s Off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke.
MCC’s Off-Broadway production of Hand to God directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel.
Signature Theatre’s Off-Broadway production of Appropriate directed by Liesl Tommy.
South Coast Repertory’s production of Tartuffe directed by Dominique Serrand.
Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Henry IV parts 1 and 2 directed by Artistic Director Michael Kahn.
Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production of The King and I directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.
Victory Gardens Theater’s production of The Gospel of Lovingkindness directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew.
Each Observer receives a grant of at least $225 per week plus 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.
Application to this year's program is free to SDC Members and Associates. A $25 application fee is required to apply for those unaffiliated with SDC, which is waived for those in financial hardship (no proof required).
To apply, visit http://www.sdcfoundation.org for program information, application, and guidelines. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by May 30 as opportunities are expected to be available prior to that date, though applications will be accepted through July 31. Those who apply by May 30 if accepted will be eligible for summer Observerships, while those who apply from June 1 – July 31 will be eligible, if accepted, for the remaining Observerships after September.
All applicants will be invited to SDCF Programs and special SDC events throughout the year, all of which are free of charge or very low cost.
After reviewing guidelines and FAQ’s online, please email Opportunities@SDCweb.org or call 646.524.2226 with any questions.
SDCF Programming in 2013-2014 is made possible in part by
the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with
the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds
from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
and many generous corporations and individuals.
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