Published quarterly by SDC, the SDC Journal Peer-Reviewed Section serves directors and choreographers working in the profession and in institutions of higher learning. SDC’s mission is to give voice to an empowered collective of directors and choreographers working in all jurisdictions and venues across the country, encourage advocacy and highlight artistic achievement.

To that end, SDC Journal seeks essays with accessible language that focus on practice and practical application and that exemplify the sorts of fruitful intersections that can occur between the academic/scholarly and the profession/craft. Examples of these types of articles include:

> Writing as a scholar about directorial or choreographic practice (by oneself or another); practice-based research.

> Traditional scholarship that inspires creative work (original practices, historical context, theory).

> Dramaturgical material from a production or piece that might be of interest to other directors or choreographers, such as topic-specific research or elements of process related to script formulation, adaptation or devising.

> Approaches to training, teaching and/or mentoring the transitions between undergraduate, M.F.A. or Ph.D. training and the profession.

> Continuing education/training for directors and choreographers.

> Scholarship about sociological dynamics of the profession—such as diversity and equity in hiring, rates of compensation and benefits, representation and unions, intellectual property rights, etc.

> Professional-academic partnerships (eg. academic institutions with professional theatre partnerships, residencies, or guest artists programs): What are best practices? How might we further build connections?

> Scholarship on innovations in the field, such as new approaches to collaboration, casting, staging, ensemble-building and use of technology—as these impact professional work and/or teaching in higher education.

Submission Requirements

> Essays: approx. 4,500 words (inclusive). Shorter essays will also be considered.

> Double-spaced document in MS Word with no identifying author information.

> Separate cover sheet with author name, affiliation, and full contact information.

> Style: MLA parenthetical citations; endnotes should be kept to a minimum

> Separate files for illustrations with placement of illustration and caption indicated in document. Photos are encouraged but not required.

> No simultaneous submissions will be accepted

Submissions will be acknowledged within one week and distributed to two readers to be blind-refereed. Response time is approximately three months. Criteria for evaluation includes: the strength of argument, clarity of methodology, use of evidence, quality of writing, originality of thought, contribution to the field, and timeliness of subject matter.

Please send submissions or queries electronically to both co-editors:

Anne M. Shanahan
MFA, Associate Professor of Theatre
Loyola University Chicago

David Callaghan
MFA, PhD, Professor and Chair of Theatre
University of Montevallo


The SDC Journal Peer-Reviewed Section seeks artists and practitioners to review books and publications that focus upon the field of directing or choreography. The book review section is an edited section that seeks to provide SDC Members with in-depth analysis of scholarly and popular material that is inspired by or has a direct impact on the work of directors or choreographers.

For those seeking their first foray into publishing, the book review is an excellent way for artists to learn the publishing process and explore the development of their ideas in-print. In addition to reviewers, the editors also seek book titles and publications for review that would be of interest to SDC Members.

Inquiries, for both reviews and titles for review, should be directed to:

Kathleen M. McGeever
MFA, Professor of Performance and Chair
Northern Arizona University

Emily A. Rollie
PhD, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Central Washington University