• A national fee campaign and continuing efforts to improve pay and rights at all levels.
  • A new Model Agreement for Assistant Directors.
  • Personal practical advice on contracts at all levels.
  • Close collaboration with agents on fees, contracts and conditions.
  • A campaign on fees and royalties in the commercial sector, where dubious theatre practices reduce the royalties payable to directors and designers.
  • Pursuit of royalties in the subsidised sector, particularly in touring theatre.
  • A campaign for royalties for opera directors.
  • Steps to improve protection for an opera director’s work.
  • A long term campaign to establish and defend the copyright of UK stage directors.
  • Discussions with the Writers Guild on copyright and rights in co-authored work.


  • Discussion of the art of direction and the practicalities of a career in directing for the stage.
  • Free Master Classes with top directors.
  • Free Workshops with senior professionals.
  • Classes in the practicalities of a directing career.
  • Access to reduced price ticket schemes in many parts of the country.
  • Mentorship opportunities.
  • Guidance in moving into film direction.


  • Defence of the status and role of the stage director.
  • The camaraderie of those that do what you do, and think like you.
  • Support for social, gender and ethnic diversity, open access and transparency in the profession.
  • A nationwide regional membership network, physical and online.
  • An annual AGM with debates on the direction that SDUK should take.
  • An ongoing dialogue with the Board, the Office and other members on issues of joint concern.
  • A Facebook Page with news of SDUK and industry-wide activities, events and employment opportunities.
  • Discounts and services at reduced cost, upon presentation of your SDUK membership card.
  • Public Liability Insurance for teaching situations (small extra charge).
  • In due course, access to a group pension and financial advice at favourable rates.

SDUK Is an organisation entirely dedicated to the interests of UK stage directors and to their art and craft in all forms of theatre and opera.