SDUK wholeheartedly welcomes the formation of the Jewish Artists' Collective and the vital discussions their recent statements have provoked (see HERE for coverage in The Stage). We acknowledge the statistics quoted in the original open letter stating that Jews form a minority in the UK. We...

We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Ivor Benjamin. Ivor was not only a well-respected director of theatre, but a tireless campaigner for directors’ rights, supporter and member of SDUK, and was heavily involved in the work of both the Directors Guild of Great...

We are delighted to announce that the training and career study, commissioned by the National Theatre, RADA, The Old Vic and SDUK has now been published. You can find the full report here. Thomas Hescott - the author of the report and the exec director of...

  We're really happy to announce something that we know a lot of you have been waiting for: SDUK'S 2019 MENTORING SCHEME!! The scheme has been generously supported by the Directors Charitable Foundation, the Noel Coward Foundation and the Garrick Charitable Trust. Who is it for? The SDUK mentoring scheme is open...

This blog is reposted with permission from The Equity Magazine.  Check out the original post here  I am in awe of the skill of actors, but being a director is what I have always wanted to do. From a young age, I found the whole world...

Stage Directors UK recognises that the recent open letter by forty playwrights to the Chair of National Theatre Wales has opened up an important point of discussion. We welcome the offer NTW has made to engage with the signatories of the letter and at a later stage,...

Equity, working alongside SDUK, has succeeded in bringing a series of negotiations to a successful conclusion with UK Theatre and West End Managers achieving brand new robust Agreements for Directors commencing from 1st of August 2018. Over a period of three years and 8 months minimum...

This week's blog is from SDUK Member Robert Awosusi on the challenges of working as both writer and director.   Think about the amount of work you do as a director: formulating the vision, casting, planning rehearsals, liaisons with the creative team, the dramaturgy, those endless, endless strings of emails...

Following the twitter response to our Welsh Director's Survey, here is the full report written by Board Member and Director Simon Harris  REPORT FROM THE SDUK WELSH DIRECTORS’ SURVEY – SUMMER 2017 Introduction SDUK thought it would be useful to share with you some of the results taken...

This week's 5 Minute Chat is with Stage Director's New Executive Director Thomas Hescott  And on Tuesday May 2nd Thomas will be in conversation with his Agent Dan Uztan from UNited Agents at Century Club.  Want to know more about the Director/ Agent Relationship? Want to...

We have reworked the Assistants Agreement into a new Assistant Directors' Guide to Contracts. This new document is available to SDUK members only. It will be an indispensible aid for anyone being offered a contract as an Assistant, Associate or Resident. It is in three parts. Part One lists some...

This week it is our formidable administrator Liz Holmes, who keeps us all organised, engaged and simply makes the stuff we need happen, happen. From your Administrator: There’s the parapet. There’s my big old ginger head peeping out above it. Saying “Hiiiiii, I know I’m part of the problem!” For you...

Piers Haggard, Chief Executive of Stage Directors UK and Directors UK board member, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List for services to Film, Television and Theatre. Piers is an accomplished, award winning (Pennies From Heaven BAFTA 1978) director of television,...

Production company Bill Kenwright Ltd has apologised to SDUK member Matthew Dunster after using press quotations of Dunster’s production of After the Party at the Almeida Theatre to publicise a new production of Rodney Ackland's play. Read the full article from The Stage here....

SDUK officially launched 25th October 2014.  It was covered in The Stage.  Read the article below or on the stage website here. First industry body representing UK stage directors launched
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  Leading theatre figures including Marianne Elliott, Matthew Warchus, Vicky Featherstone and Jeremy Herrin have launched the industry’s first body aimed at representing stage directors. Increasing fees in the sector is one of Stage Directors UK’s first priorities. It will also represent directors on issues such as royalties, contracts, digital rights and copyright, as well as leading on training initiatives. Directors can become members of Equity, but SDUK says the lack of an organisation dedicated to the needs of opera and theatre directors has “led to an increasing sense of anger and frustration” in the sector. “There has never been an organisation that fully represented UK stage directors, to their considerable cost,” the body claims, adding that agents have “found it hard to stand up for a new or unknown client, or argue for change in contractual practices, or for a rise in rates that have not increased for years”.