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“Thank you for your email but we don’t have any plans to work with young directors at the moment.’

This week’s blog is from Greg Eldridge, an Australian director, now based in London, who works primarily in opera and is a member of the SDUK Opera Committee. Greg’s experience below is one of the many reasons why Stage Directors UK has taken up the mantle to provide director training in…


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“Unavoidable systemic Issues that demand to be addressed”

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 from its…


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"Thank you for your email but we don’t have any plans to work with young directors at the moment.’

This week’s blog is from Greg Eldridge, an Australian director, now based in London, who works primarily in opera and is a member of the SDUK Opera Committee. Greg’s experience below is one of the many reasons why Stage Directors UK has taken up the mantle to provide director training in…


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"Unavoidable systemic Issues that demand to be addressed"

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 from its…


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21 Improbable Years

This week its HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO IMPROBABLE and so here’s a little something from their artistic directors about what they have been up to for the last 21 years. —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Hello. Lee and Phelim here – Artistic Directors of Improbable. Improbable is celebrating its 21st year of existence this year so…


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A Fine Career

This week SDUK’s founder and former CEO, Piers Haggard pays tribute to Director Christopher Morahan, sharing his thoughts on this multi-award winning colleague and friend. Christopher Morahan, who died last Friday aged 87, was a multi award winning director of TV and theatre, who also managed to fit five movies into…


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Being A Writer and Director  

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 you send back…


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Boobin While You Work

This weeks blog is from SDUK Board Member and New Mum Jemma Gross on trying to keep working with a little one in tow.. Trying to financially survive as well as artistically as a theatre director is near enough impossible. Whether your starting out, or somewhere further down the line,…


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Can you Schedule Creativity?

This week’s blog is by director and SDUK Board Member Jonny Humphreys on trying out the PIPA suggestion of planning and honouring a rehearsal schedule sent to the actors prior to rehearsal….. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————– As a director with a young child I had been following the thought and insight emerging from…


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Do You See Me?

This week’s blog is from Mars Lord, Doula Extraordinaire, Theatre Enthusiast and Trustee for Park Theatre and Bilimankhwe Arts on the need for our stages to reflect the whole of society…. —————————————————————————————————————————————————- I’m not your typical theatre audience member.  Well, maybe I am.  It really depends where you are putting…


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Johnny Humphreys: Changing Direction

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 of theatre alluring. It…


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Juggling…

Following on from our last blog Boobin while you work this week  SDUK member Poppy Burton-Morgan, shares her career-child-juggling journey from four years down the road…. Nobody said it was easy. Still, 4 years in to juggling my directing career with caring commitments (two boys aged 4 and 2) and it…


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Kate Saxon: Directors Together

This week’s blog is from Kate Saxon, Co-Chair of the SDUK Board, who on top of all her directing work and work for SDUK has been working tirelessly on creating a couple of promotional videos about what we do at SDUK.  The films have now been launched!  Here’s how she did it……


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Liz Holmes: 'Keep Calm and Leave it to your Administrator'

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…


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Opera in Three Days: A Curious Theatre Director’s Guide

This week’s blog is from SDUK member Jessica Beck on her three day discovery of opera directing…. Opera. It’s epic. It’s glamourous. It’s unapologetic. And until this month, it also seemed to me to be inaccessible. Elite. Closed. My experience as a participant on the opera directing workshop, run in conjunction…


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Peter Hall (1930-2017)

The following is a piece has been reposted with kind permission from SDUK Member Stephen Unwin’s website.  ————————————————————————————————————————————– Peter Hall (1930-2017) Written by Stephen Unwin The scale of Peter Hall’s achievements is almost impossible to quantify.  This was the man who at the age of 25 directed the English language…


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SDUK and ALT

Stage Directors UK are proud to be official partners with ALT. Training, helping to support and mentor an emerging director.  


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Simon Harris: “while the present is challenging, the future will probably be even more so.”

This week’s blog is from our Wales representative board member, Simon Harris.   There was a moment in the SDUK meeting in Cardiff a fortnight ago when a young director spoke about his frustration at feeling like he was “forever emerging.” What was interesting was that four other voices in…


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Simon Harris: "while the present is challenging, the future will probably be even more so."

This week’s blog is from our Wales representative board member, Simon Harris.   There was a moment in the SDUK meeting in Cardiff a fortnight ago when a young director spoke about his frustration at feeling like he was “forever emerging.” What was interesting was that four other voices in…


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The 5 Minute Chat with SDUK's New Executive Director Thomas Hescott

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 know how to get…


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The 5 Minute Chat with: Sarah Punshon.

This week’s 5 Minute Chat is with the new Artistic Director of Dukes in Lancaster, Sarah Punshon. SD: How are you feeling moving from freelancing role to permanent home running a building? SP: Excited. Scared. SD: What are you most excited by? SP: Being able to think longer term. Developing relationships with local artists…


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THE SHOW MUST GO ON

This week’s blog, from SDUK member Ross Mackay, is a brave and honest look at Theatre and Mental Health.  The original piece can be found here ‘The show must go on’ that’s the old stalwart phrase. It’s like a theatrical version of the old stiff upper lip or ‘Keep calm…


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Time To Take Stock

The end of the year often seems to be time to take stock, to take an inventory. At SDUK that’s no different, and one of the things we have been taking stock of in the latter part of 2017, has been the gender split of directors employed in National Portfolio…


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WHAT SHE LOOKS LIKE:INTERVIEW WITH LYDIA MILMAN SCHMIDT

Ahead of Stage Directors UK ‘Making it Happen‘ event with Parents in Performing Arts here is an inspiring interview with Chicago based Director Lydia Milman Schmidt about parenting in the performing arts.  This blog post was originally posted on auditioningmom.com, a great blog by Rachel Spencer Hewitt  an actress who collects stories of motherhood…


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What’s in it for me?

For some would-be members, the benefits of joining SDUK are tangible – insurance, discounts, offers, workshops and events, a shiny membership card and open forums for discussion about the industry. For others, SDUK is about the more abstract (but no less compelling) concept of collegiate mentality, and forming a community…


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