APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR SDCF’S GUEST ARTIST INITIATIVE PROGRAM

From: Henry, Gregg [mailto:GHenry@Kennedy-Center.org]
Subject: SDC Foundation Guest Artist Initiative

APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR SDCF’S GUEST ARTIST INITIATIVE PROGRAM
ALL AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES INVITED TO APPLY

Matching Funds of up to $5,000 for Guest Artist Fee and Free Hiring Facilitation Services will be awarded.

Morehead University and University of Nevada Las Vegas among past recipients
Applications available at SDCweb.org beginning March 15, 2011
Application deadline is May 16, 2011

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the not-for-profit foundation affiliated with the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), is now accepting grant proposals for SDCF’s Guest Artist Initiative Program.

Through this program, SDCF facilitates and funds the hiring of professional SDC Directors and Choreographers to helm theatre productions at universities and colleges across the country. To date, funding and facilitation services have been granted to Arizona State University, Fordham University, Marymount Manhattan College, Michigan State University, Morehead University, and University Nevada Las Vegas.

Application will be available online at http://www.SDCweb.org beginning March 15, 2011.

American colleges and universities may apply for matching funds of up to $5,000 for a Guest Artist Fee for a director or choreographer for a specific project. An SDCF panel comprised of professional directors and choreographers, arts administrators, and college educators will select productions for the award. Two proposals will receive funding and facilitation services, and several more will be offered free facilitation services. The schools will be solely responsible for selecting the Guest Artist among SDC Members applicants.

The first two projects funded through this program have now been completed. Kim Weild directed BIG LOVE by Charles Mee for Arizona State University in fall 2010. The production was selected as “the top show of 2010” by the Phoenix New Times. In January 2011, Jen Bender directed a multi-media production of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Michigan State University.

“What a great success it was having Jen Bender here,” says Rob Roznowski, Head of Acting and Directing at Michigan State. “We were expecting her professionalism and high standards — what we did not expect was her kindness, compassion and sincere interest in our students’ education. It was a resounding success.” BIG LOVE and THE WIZARD OF OZ have been featured on the SDCF website.

Applications for college and university productions and full grant guidelines will be available online at www.sdcweb.org. Application deadline is May 16, 2011. The selected school will be announced by June 1, 2011, at which point information will be made available to interested directors and choreographers. The selected production must be mounted by December 31, 2012. Please note that the production can be mounted as part of the academic curriculum or as an extra-curricular student activity; it is not limited to theatre departments.

For more information on the SDCF Guest Artist Initiative Program, please visit http://www.sdcweb.org. Email questions to ERusconi@SDCweb.org.