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‘BEING’ OR ‘BECOMING’

This week’s guest blog is from Opera Director Thaddeus Strassberger on his experience of mentoring at the 3 day groundbreaking SDUK Opera Workshop.  Click HERE to read more about this unique directing course.   “One of the questions I get most often is ‘How did you become an opera director?’  This question…


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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 5 Minute Chat with: Kirstie Davis

Welcome to the first of our 5 Minute Chat sessions! Today it’s with SDUK board member and Director Kirstie Davis on what it’s like running a building and now moving from being an Artistic Director of Company Forest Forge back into Freelance Directing…. SD: How did you feel moving from a permanent…


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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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Announcing our 2017 SDUK Board!

We are thrilled to announce the NEW SDUK BOARD for 2017 as voted for by our members:       WHAT DOES THE BOARD DO? The Board is made up of SDUK members, and is responsible for SDUK’s records, accounts and performance. While SDUK employs staff to manage the organisation,…


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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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Being Mentored

This blog comes courtesy of SDUK Member, Caroline Williams, reflecting on her time being mentored by Board Member Phelim McDermott: As a director you don’t often come across the opportunity to be mentored. You are more than welcome to assist more experienced directors but when it comes to talking about…


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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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David Mercatali: A Sense of Perspective

In time with #RefugeeWeek, our third piece is from Board Member David Mercatali  A Sense of Perspective Working in theatre can often be a very stressful and worrying experience, particularly as a freelancer. Heavy overwhelming workloads followed in quick succession by sustained quiet periods and no work can lead to a…


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Directing Translations

This week’s blog is from  SDUK Member Daniel Goldman, Artistic Director of Tangram Theatre and the CASA Latin America Theatre Festival. His current production is Thebes Land, by Franco-Uruguayan playwright Sergio Blanco, one of Latin America’s most exciting voices.  Here Daniel gives us a rare insight into working with tranaslations… ————————————————————————————————————————————————– Over…


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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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Facing a pay-drop to advance in your career?

This week’s blog is from Theatre Director and non-member, Sophie Ivatts.   Sophie kindly also agreed to let me share with you why she hasn’t joined SDUK yet.  “Tbh I have been meaning to join for a while, but have been putting off because I’m skint! A bit torn between wanting…


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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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Sam Brown – Seizing the Opportunity

Our first Opinion piece is from Sam Brown, SDUK Board member & Chair of the Opera Committee.     Seizing the Opportunity I am a theatre and opera director based in London. I grew up in Leeds and began acting in school plays when I was quite young. I used to…


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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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Sophie Austin: Can Anyone be a Director?

This week’s blog is by Sophie Austin, Artistic Director of Teatro Vivo and Chair of the SDUK Training and Development committee. She has just helped SDUK launch our new mentoring scheme. I directed my first play when I was 10 which says quite a lot about me. Growing up 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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WARMEST WISHES FROM ALL AT SDUK

As you settle down to, hopefully, a relaxing and festive holiday, here is a little Christmas reading for you to round up 2016  for Stage Directors UK from co-chairs Kate Saxon and Jeremy Herrin. 2016, with its various ups and downs around the world, has been great for SDUK and…


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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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