The SDCF 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 have access to the entire rehearsal process from first rehearsal through opening night, offering an 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, members of the Observership class are also eligible to apply for The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music Fellowship and The Shepard and Mildred Traube Fellowship.
Current Observerships include:
- Rachel Chavkin at the Walter Kerr for Hadestown
- Ethan McSweeny at American Shakespeare Center for Julius Caesar
- Pam MacKinnon at the Laura Pels for Toni Stone
- Raja Feather Kelly at Playwright's Horizons for A Strange Loop
- Dominique Serrand at the Wilma for Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man
- Sarna Lapine at Primary Stages for Little Women
- Patti Wilcox at Goodspeed for Music Man
- Erica Schmidt at Red Bull for Mac Beth
- Emily Mann at the McCarter for Skylight
- Daniel Sullivan at MTC for Long Lost
- Chay Yew at the Public for Mojada
Applicants are evaluated by seasoned theatre professionals to ensure that SDCF is able to put forward a class of Observers who will receive the most from the program. Once accepted into the program, members of the Observership class may apply to any of the 25-30 Observership opportunities that take place over the course of the season. Each Observer will receive a weekly stipend 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 upon completion of their Observership. 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.
A $25 application fee is required of non-SDC members. Current SDC Members and Associate Members may apply for free. A fee waiver may be requested due to financial need by contacting the Foundation. To apply, visit https://sdcfoundation.slideroom.com/#/login/program/47978. Application must be received by April 22, 2019.
SDC Foundation is committed to fostering an environment that is inclusive and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression in its programs or activities.
For additional information, please visit http://sdcfoundation.org/opportunities/observerships/. If you have any questions, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
Observership Application Deadline – April 22, 2019