SDC is the Union that negotiates strategically and effectively to protect  and guarantee the professional status of stage Directors and Choreographers while promoting the understanding of and respect for these complex professions.


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ecoming an SDC Member welcomes you into a national community of professional Directors and Choreographers.  Led by an Executive Board comprised of Members representing all regions of the country, SDC unites, empowers and protects our Members throughout the United States. We recognize that our Members are artists and we do our best to communicate the uniqueness and importance of your work.  The Union has seasoned and strategic committees negotiating agreements that cover you wherever you work.  We negotiate not only for proper compensation but for safe and adequate work rules as well. We continue to find ways in which to expand our jurisdiction and better protect the rights of our Members.  We offer programming that fosters community and dialogue. SDC continues to forge partnerships with industry associates and organizations and work to promote positive interaction with multi-employer bargaining units such as LORT.

2012 Annual Membership Meeting in New York City
2012 Annual Membership Meeting in New York City

There are two levels of Membership in SDC–Full Membership and Associate Membership.  Full Members enjoy all the protections of contract filing wherever they are directing or choreographing; may participate in the negotiation of collectively bargained agreements; can qualify for health and pension coverage; engage in the National conversation about the craft of directing and choreography through the SDC Journal;  stay up-to-the-minute on Union business through the SDC monthly E-News and receive the benefit of national discounts and offers on goods and services.  Associate Members benefit from their association with SDC as a declaration of their professional standing within the theatrical community.  While Associate Members may not file SDC contracts when working as directors or choreographers, Associates may contact the SDC Contract Affairs staff with questions about employment they may have.  Associate Members also receive most of the non-contract related benefits that Full Members enjoy.

Benefits of Membership

-Benefits of Full Membership
  • Contract protection wherever you work, including: minimum levels of compensation; how you are billed; media use; ensuring your right of first refusal to direct/choreograph future productions; protecting your right to copyright the work you create, and more.
  • Eligible to participate in the Negotiation of Collectively Bargained Agreements.
  • Eligible to participate on Committees that shape the face of the Union, today and for the future and attend Membership meetings across the country.
  • Eligible to run for a position on the SDC Executive Board-the governing body of the Union (subject to requirements as set forth in the SDC By-laws.).
  • Ability to qualify for a pension.
  • Ability to qualify for coverage under a health plan.
  • Subscription to SDC Journal; our quarterly magazine discussing all aspects of directing and choreography.
  • Subscription to the SDC E-News , our monthly newsletter with up-to-the-minute information on all aspects of Union business including negotiation updates, pension and health issues and Member services and events.
  • Access to the SDC Founders Lounge-a space in Midtown Manhattan, NYC for production meetings or a quiet space in which to rest between meetings.
  • Free or discounted admission to SDC Foundation events, workshops or opportunities.
  • Access to the Actors Federal Credit Union.
  • Specially negotiated national discounts and offers for health club memberships, car rentals, hotels and much more as well as access to industry workshops and events.
-Benefits of Associate Membership
  • Identifying yourself as a professional in the national community of Directors and Choreographers
  • Access to the SDC Contract Affairs department for questions regarding employment agreements.
  • Subscription to SDC Journal; our quarterly magazine discussing all aspects of directing and choreography
  • Subscription to the SDC E-News , our monthly newsletter with up-to-the-minute information on all aspects of Union business including negotiation updates, pension and health issues and Member services and events.
  • Access to the SDC Founders Lounge-a space in Midtown Manhattan, NYC for production meetings or a quiet space in which to rest between meetings
  • Free or discounted admission to SDC Foundation events, workshops or opportunities.
  • Access to the Actors Federal Credit Union.
  • Specially negotiated national discounts and offers for health club memberships, car rentals, hotels and much more as well as access to industry workshops and events.

What does it cost to become a Member?

  • Initiation Fee: $1,600 (current as of 1/1/11)

    Annual Dues: $200 (will increase to $220 as of 1/1/14)

    Working Dues Assessment: 2.5% on all fees and royalties earned under SDC contracts

  • Initiation Fee: $325 (current as of 1/1/13)

    Annual Dues: $75 (current as of 1/1/13)

APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP

Fall 2013: I joined SDC a couple of months ago and was really grateful for the warm welcome I received.  Everyone I've spoken to at the office has been helpful, supportive, and patient.  I've also enjoyed using the conference room/library to do work.  I look forward to getting to know SDC better over the coming years.

Ethan Heard

Thank you so much for always protecting us and being so supportive. I am very thankful for all that you do!

Kelly Devine

Seen on SDC's Facebook, Sept. 5, 2013: Just need to take a moment to express my love for SDC. Best union ever! It’s great to be part of a strong, active union.

Douglas ClaytonMember

@jonnysilver tweeted on Dec. 10, 2012: Just stopped by @SDCweb @SDCFoundation for the 1st time in years and I have never felt more welcome. Thank you!!!

Jonathon SilversteinMember

@astagej tweeted on March 4, 2013: A big thanks to @SDCweb for arranging an awesome happy hour tonight for us LA members. Y’all are the best. #LAThtr

Alexis JacknowMember

@ChristopherGurr tweeted on Sept. 2, 2013: Happy Labor Day, all! From a proud union worker in @ActorsEquity @SDCweb and @SAGAFTRA.

Christopher GurrMember

@christashima tweeted: Voted - @SDCweb Executive Board. Glad to see some #diversity among candidates.

Chris TashimaMember