Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
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|Full name||Stage Directors and Choreographers Society|
|Members||1,978 (full members)
665 ("associate members") (2013)
|Head union||Karen Azenberg, Executive Board President
Laura Penn, Executive Director
|Office location||1501 Broadway, Suite 1701
New York, New York 10036
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), formerly known as Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC), is an independent national labor union established in 1959, representing theatrical directors and choreographers, working on Broadway and on National tours, Off-Broadway, and in various resident, regional, stock and dinner theatres throughout the United States.
Member representatives collectively bargain contracts with producers creating the national standards for stage direction and choreography. An executive board elected from membership oversees negotiations.
SDC serves its membership of stage directors and choreographers, and their profession, through various functions:
- Elevating standards.
- Developing communication.
- Dissemination and exchange of ideas.
- Aiding development and training.
- Increasing the esteem and developing all conditions of the profession.
According to SDC's reports to the Department of Labor, the union is composed of "members" and "associate members," with the latter ineligible to vote in the union. Since 2005, when membership classifications were first reported, the percent of total membership considered "associate members" has grown from 18% to 33%, one third of the union.
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) is an educational non-profit affiliate of the SDC founded in 1965, dedicated to supporting the craft and artistry of stage directors and choreographers. SDCF goals are to provide opportunities for exchange of knowledge, to provide opportunities to practice the craft, to promote the profession to emerging talent, to distribute craft and career information and to increase the awareness of the value of members' work. SDCF programs include the Observership Program, Artistic Fellowships, Director/Choreographer Network Meetings, Director/Dramatist Exchanges, the One-on-One Conversation Series and the Joe A. Callaway and "Mr. Abbott" Awards. In 2009, as part of the SDC 50th Anniversary, SDCF established the Zelda Fichandler Award to recognize contributions to regional theatre. SDCF also publishes "The Journal for Stage Directors and Choreographers" and "The Stage Directors Handbook."
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