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SDCF  Launches Professional Development Program 

The program will allow for 15 applicants to shadow, observe, or support experienced choreographers and directors during a production process.

NEW YORK CITY: The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) is accepting applications for its 2022-23 Professional Development Program Season Cycle 1. The program provides opportunities for early career directors and choreographers to observe and/or support experienced directors and choreographers during the production process.

This year’s program will focus on early-career artists but will also accept entries from mid-career artists. Three types of opportunities will be offered: shadows, observers, and fellows. Shadows are short-term opportunities to watch one specific aspect of a production process, while observerships are production-long opportunities to watch the production process from first rehearsal to opening night, and fellowships will allow individuals to support a director and/or choreographer during a production process as part of the artistic team.

The goal is to provide mentorship and access to newer choreographers and directors who have not yet seen, shadowed, or worked on more advanced productions.  

This year’s first cycle is offering applicants opportunities to shadow choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter during tech of Bad Cinderella on Broadway, and resident director Hannah Ryan on Hamilton on Broadway. Observership opportunities include observing director Anne Kauffman on The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Lorraine Hansberry at Brooklyn Academy of Music; director and choreographer Susan Stroman on New York, New York on Broadway; and director Thomas Kail on Sweeney Todd on Broadway. Fellowship opportunities include supporting director Desdemona Chiang on a co-production of Young Americans by Lauren Yee, taking place at both Portland Center Stage and Pittsburgh Public Theater, and director KJ Sanchez on a production of Private Lives by Noël Coward at Arizona Theatre Company.  

Applications are due Dec. 5. More information on the program can be found at

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation celebrates, develops, and supports professional stage directors and choreographers throughout every phase of their careers.

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