Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) Directing Initiative

SDC is the theatrical union that unites, empowers and protects
professional stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States. Founded in 1959, has spent the last six decades fighting for the rights and livelihoods of these seminal artists. 

The SDC Directing Initiative provides recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student directors who have demonstrated success in direction. Candidates are nominated by their individual institutions, and the institution must have entered either an associate or participating production during the calendar year prior to the regional festival. 

One student director from each region will be selected as a Regional Finalist and invited to participate at the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC each April. This finalist will be awarded travel, lodging and per diem expenses, as well as attendance at KCACTF National Festival workshops and performances. In addition, finalists receive a one year Associate Membership in SDC. 

SDC underwrites the National Award(s), which is the result of a unique collaboration between SDC and KCACTF. Associate Membership in SDC introduces each regional finalist to the national community of professional stage directors and choreographers. Additionally, they receive the monthly E-Newsletter, a subscription to SDC Journal (the Union’s quarterly magazine), free or discounted admission to SDC Foundation’s events, and specially negotiated discounts. For more information about SDC, please visit the website at 

Region IV Procedures

At the regional festival you will present a scene you have rehearsed prior to Festival and get feedback from two Directing Respondents. You will also do a one on one interview with the respondents. Those directors who are selected to go on to the final round will have their scenes performed and one will be selected to go to the KCACTF National Festival as an SDC Fellow.


To be eligible, students must:

  • Attend a school which has entered at least one production in the regional festival at either the associate or participating level;
  • Be a bona fide student at the time of the regional festival;
  • Be a registered festival participant;
  • Be nominated by a faculty member at their school;
  • Submit a completed application packet by the deadline of December 1st.

Application Packet

Materials must be received no later than December 1st.

Please submit the following to:

  • A directing resume
  • A letter of support from a faculty member that also confirms your current enrollment in a participating college or university
  • A statement of intent (1 page) Address the reasions you are interested in the SDC Fellowship Program, what you hope to achieve through your involvement and how it will contribute to your growth as a director. Include a statement confirming your selected scene from the list of nationally selected scenes and why you chose this scene.

Directing Scene Selections