In each issue of SDC Journal, SDC’s Executive Director Laura Penn speaks to the publication’s themes and messages, musing on the intersection between the industry, the work of our Members, and the crafts of stage direction and choreography.

Fall 2017

Please save me from googling. I begin this letter for each issue by reviewing the magazine and c ...

Summer2016

Summer 2017

Everything goes in cycles, right? There was a time, in the early years of my career, when a “com ...

Winter/Spring 2017

Winter/Spring 2017

April 2017 will mark 58 years since the founding of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. ...

Fall2016

Fall 2016

With the energy and input of the SDC Journal Editorial Advisory Committee, we plan our issues of ...

Summer2016

Summer 2016

We are activists here at SDC. Our day-to-day work includes advocating for of directors and chore ...

Spring2016

Spring 2016

Nearly 20 years ago in Seattle, Tony Kushner gave a speech at Meany Hall on campus at the Univer ...

Fall2015

Fall 2015

As we prepare to send this issue of SDC Journal to the printer, I am headed to Ohio for parents’ ...

Summer2015

Summer 2015

When I began at SDC in 2007, I asked the staff and Executive Board leadership for a list of thos ...

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Spring 2015

SDC has been at 1501 Broadway for 40+ years. Can you imagine what’s in the back room filing cabi ...

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Winter 2015

“Have the courage to follow your most idiosyncratic instinct. Find that most radical, insurmount ...

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Fall 2014

In August of 1986, I said goodbye to my friends and colleagues at Arena Stage and set course for ...

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Summer 2014

‘Tis the season. Let the summer rituals begin. For many theatres and theatre artists the season ...

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Spring 2014

Moss Hart was one of the founders of SDC. As someone who overcame a childhood of abject poverty ...

Winter2014

Winter 2014

As we enter a new year it feels cliché to talk about how fast time is moving, but there is somet ...

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Fall 2013

On April 17, 1959, Hanya Holm sat with Shepard Traube and Agnes de Mille to witness the signing ...

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Summer 2013

Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” It seems impossible to i ...

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Spring 2013

Most of us want the work we do to make a difference, to contribute somehow to those we connect w ...

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Winter 2013

When I was in junior high school, my mom put me on a one-hour Greyhound bus ride to San Francisc ...

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Fall 2012

For this second edition of the SDC Journal we feature a moment with Agnes de Mille on our final ...

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Summer 2012

When I first arrived at SDC in the spring of 2008, it was on the eve of the Union’s historic 50t ...