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A Statement from Stage Directors UK about the current reports of harassment and abuse within our industry

Stage Directors UK fully support news that the Royal Court are currently drawing up an industry code of conduct, in order to tackle the widespread abuse and harassment which is currently being reported.  We have reached out to Vicky Featherstone to offer any practical support we can as an organisation….


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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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Directors to receive more than 20% pay rises in new Equity SDUK deal

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 fees paid by the…


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EQUITY AND STAGE DIRECTORS UK JOIN FORCES TO IMPROVE DIRECTORS’ CONTRACTS

Directing professionals invited to open meeting to discuss latest developments Open Meeting details: Tuesday 27 June, 7pm, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB TICKETS HERE Equity and Stage Directors UK (SDUK) have formed a partnership to prepare a compelling, evidence-based claim for revision to Equity’s Directors’ collective agreements…


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Gender Split of directors in NPOS

In autumn 2017 SDUK commissioned researcher Corinne Furness to investigate the gender split of directors being employed to direct productions in arts council funded venues. In the proceeding months there had been a great deal of talk in the media, and on social media about the gender imbalance in theatre….


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JMK Stage Directors UK Workshop

  In a workshop open to members of a JMK Regional Directors Group, our Executive Director Tom Hescott will discuss the work of Stage Directors UK which aims to support directors and lobby for their rights at all stages of their careers. He’s keen to hear the group’s questions about what…


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New ASSISTANT'S CONTRACT GUIDE released.

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 standard contractual terms…


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SDUK Founder Piers Haggard Awarded OBE in New Year's Honours

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, film and theatre with…


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SDUK response to Creative Scotland funding decisions

SDUK joins with Scottish organisations and individuals in expressing our disbelief and anger at the recent Creative Scotland funding decisions. Scotland has traditionally led the way in funding artist led touring companies as well as more expensive building based companies. The majority of cuts have hit the touring sector (not…


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SDUK Statement re. National Theatre Wales

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, others in the artistic community….


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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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