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AGM Report

SDUK’s second Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday July 10th 2016 in the Court Room at Artsadmin. After the CEO’s Report and agreement of our first year’s Annual Accounts we proceeded to a series of lively debates and discussions on a number of topics. Members will receive full Minutes in the next…


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Directors’ pay is at rock bottom – time for action

Written By Thomas Hescott   Originally published in The Stage, October 2014  & then on Thomas Hescott’s Blog  There’s something we need to talk about, and we’ve been putting it off for some time, but we’re going to have to have the conversation, so here goes; my name is Tom, I direct theatre, and…


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Fee Meeting featured in The Stage

On 24th March, Matthew Hemley of The Stage covered our recently published research on unpaid preparation time, and shared our call to the SDUK Fee Meeting on 7 April. Read his feature HERE The Fee Meeting was covered in more detail by Georgia Snow HERE


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Front Page News – The Stage 24 Sept

We have been working especially hard on pay and contract issues, witness today’s front page of The Stage (HERE) . You can read the document  ‘Fees & Contracts in the Subsidised Theatre’ (HERE) but the Standard Contract Terms that are mentioned in The Stage will be available to members only.


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HOWARD DAVIES R.I.P. Founding member of SDUK

Piers Haggard remembers the supremely gifted director who gave up his evenings in 2014-15 to help establish SDUK. I had met Howard a couple of times over the decades, a shy, courteous man whose rich and delicate work I admired inordinately. His capacity to combine sensuously beautiful stage pictures with…


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June Opera Meeting

SDUK OPERA MEETING, June 14th 2016 This was a very fruitful and stimulating evening, with approximately thirty opera directors meeting over a glass of wine to discuss what SDUK could be doing for them. Chairs: Sam Brown (SDUK Opera Committee), Piers Haggard (CEO) Notes:  Liz Holmes (SDUK Administrator) FEES, DATES,…


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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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NEW CHARITABLE FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED FOR DIRECTORS IN ALL MEDIA

The three UK organisations which support directors in theatre, film and television have joined forces to set up a new charity, the Directors Charitable Foundation.  The Foundation will draw on the experience and resources of the Directors Guild Trust, Directors UK and Stage Directors UK.  The Directors Charitable Foundation will…


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Open Letter to Equity

From Piers Haggard, CEO We note with interest recent comments about Stage Directors UK, made by Equity President Malcolm Sinclair and Assistant GS Stephen Spence, in particular their remarks on Equity’s failure and SDUK’s achievements in the representation of directors. It is true that in eighteen short months  – and without any…


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Promo Shoot

SDUK took over most of the Old Vic on Friday 29th April for the shooting of a promotional video. 17 members were filmed in various  parts of the theatre, saying what they think is special and important about SDUK. The ‘cast’ includes Nick Hytner, Elijah Moshinsky, Tamara Harvey, Dominic Cooke, Justin…


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SDUK announces new Exec Director

Last year Piers Haggard decided to step down as CEO of SDUK. Having set up the organisation Piers had always intended to hand over once SDUK was in a strong and stable position. The board have chosen a model that adheres to our tag line ‘By Directors, for Directors’ in order…


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SDUK Director Training Research Project

SDUK Board Member, Thomas Hescott, is spearheading a research study to identify gaps in Directors’ development within the industry. The study is being undertaken jointly by SDUK, RADA, the National Theatre and the Old Vic. Read more in The Stage HERE


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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 in Edinburgh

SDUK at the Fringe 2016 Directors and students of all ages and ranges of experience came together in beautiful old Edinburgh High School, on August 13th for the 2016 SDUK Fringe Meeting. Including SDUK members, they came from Malta, Turkey, the US and England, with a substantial (and vocal) local…


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SDUK Mentoring Scheme Launched

In August 2016 we launched our pilot mentoring scheme offering support and guidance for Mid-Career directors. It is now up and running. We were overwhelmed with the response and the clear need for mentoring expressed by directors. The applications revealed that Directors at this level are obviously feeling deeply isolated…


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SDUK OPERA WORKSHOP A Brilliant Success!

WARM PRAISE FOR SDUK OPERA WORKSHOP  The SDUK’s groundbreaking 3 day opera workshop has been pronounced a massive success. 16 participants and 13 observers from theatre, opera, film and TV backgrounds, attended a fascinating series of seminars and talks at National Opera Studio between October 31st and November 2nd. Most were…


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SDUK PRAISED AT EQUITY CONFERENCE

At the Equity Conference on May 24th President Malcolm Sinclair publicly admitted that Equity had ‘failed directors’, and commended SDUK’s achievements. But he urged SDUK to work with Equity on negotiations (url only available to subscribers of The Stage). Assistant General Secretary Stephen Spence was somewhat less cordial (HERE)  There then followed…


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SDUK’s Launch in The Stage

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 by Matthew Hemley   Leading theatre figures including Marianne Elliott, Matthew Warchus, Vicky Featherstone and Jeremy Herrin have launched the industry’s…


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Stage Reports SDUK Development Clauses

The Stage has picked up our new Contract Advice on Development issues (HERE). These are an important step forward in the protection of members’ interests at this important phase. The full document is available to SDUK members only in the Members’ Section of the website (HERE).


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Wales/Cymru Meeting Notes – 13 June

We had a very well attended meeting of SDUK members and supporters at Chapter in Cardiff on June 13th, called by Simon Harris, SDUK Wales representative, with CEO Piers Haggard in attendance. There was much collaborative sharing of experiences and a strong sense of the supportive togetherness that SDUK usually…


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