The SDC Directing Initiative consists of a series of directing workshops taught by professional directors, as well as independent assessment of student directed scenes. Throughout the festival, the SDC Directing Initiative also introduces students to the work that SDC does as a labor union and advocacy organization. By bringing together students interested in directing with career directors, the SDC Directing Initiative both furthers the craft of directing, and highlights avenues into directing careers.
- Attend (virtually or in-person, as needed) planning meetings and regional board meetings
- Assist the SDC Chair in sourcing respondents for the SDC Directing Initiative.
- Attend Production Respondent training and respond to at least one student production per semester
- Assist in the review of applications and select students for the SDC Directing Initiative.
- Guide accepted students though SDC next steps of preparation of scene and director’s book.
- Collaborate with the Regional Board to ensure just and equitable practices in programming, recruiting of guest artists and response to and celebration of student work
- Attend the annual Regional Festival typically held in the last week of January
- Help run the SDC rounds and attend the SDC workshops. (Within each round, ensure equitable time for each scene to set up, run, and strike, and during the responses, make sure respondents have time to respond to each student’s work.)
- Communicate with students, faculty and guest artists prior to and during the Festival
- Candidates should have demonstrated experience as a director either with an academic institution or professionally
- Candidates should have at least a part-time affiliation with an academic institution.
- Candidates should have the ability to handle many tasks concurrently and to problem-solve in real-time.
- We are seeking applicants that represent a diverse array of lived experiences, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender identity, educational background and more.
Term of Service: Typically, board members serve a term of 3 years as Vice-Chair of SDC and 3 years as Chair of SDC.
The goals of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival are:
- To encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs
- To provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight; and achieve professionalism
- To improve the quality of college and university theater in America
- To encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students; the classics, revitalized or newly conceived; and experimental works.
Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another’s work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design. KCACTF is a year-round program in eight geographic regions in the United States.
We are seeking candidates from diverse backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation as well as areas of creative specialty/interest. Please include a brief personal statement that addresses the ways in which your lived experiences might enhance or support diversity within Region 1.