Student Directing Initiative (SDI)

The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Student Directing Initiative is an exciting opportunity for accomplished students of directing to further their skills. Participants will interact with professional directors and educators from within and without Region 6, as well as their peers from other institutions within our Region. One student director (either graduate or undergraduate) from each region will be selected to participate in the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington DC in April. This award includes travel, lodging and per diem expenses, as well as attendance at KCACTF National Festival workshops and performances. Unique resume buildings and educational opportunities will be planned for the award recipients.

2018 SDC SDI Scenes

All student directors must present one scene from a prepared list. Copies of the specific scenes can be reviewed and downloaded from the KCACTF National Website at this link:


SDC List of Scenes for 2018 / Festival 50

1.     Milk Like Sugar by Kristen Greenidge, published by Samuel French, Inc., 2012.
Begin on   p. 26 (A bank of lockers) To on p. 33 “Keera:  I have a more excellent way.” 3  women.

2.     Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner published by Dramatists Play Service.
Sc. 25-26 “Feelings” & “Not, Not”  p. 65-70 2 Women 4 Men.

3.     Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Young Jean Lee, in Three Plays: A One Act Collection, published by Samuel French, Inc. 2006.
P. 24-29.  2 men, 2 women.

4.     140 (In Love’s Fire: Seven New Plays Inspired by Seven Shakespearean Sonnets published by William Morrow & Co., 1998) by Marsha Norman
p. 33-43 (entire play) 5men 4 women.

5.     Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar.  Back Bay Books.
P.45 – Begin with “Emily:  I did a portrait of Amir a few months ago…” to p. 55 “Isaac – Bon appetite.”

6.     Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel Dramatist Play Service
Scene 21: starting with “Doesn’t—doesn’t it hurt?” TO End of scene 23:  “he…he said…he said he was on guard duty.”   3 women

7.     A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Project Gutenberg free e-book:
Begin: “Nora [hanging back in the doorway, and struggling with him]. No, no, no!–don’t take me in. I want to go upstairs again; I don’t want to leave so early.”
End: “Helmer. What’s that? You’re joking, my little Nora! You won’t–you won’t? Am I not your husband–?”    1 man. 2 women.

8.     Angels in America:  The Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner. TCG New York, 1992
Sc. 9, p. 82-87; 3 men, 1 woman.

9.     Ruined by Lynn Notttage, Dramatists Play Service
p. 5-13 “Ah, cold.” to “I won’t uncle.” 1 man 3 women.

10.     A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesee Williams; Signet printing, October 1951
sc. 5, p. 76-81; Begins “Blanche: I must jot that down in my notebook…”; ends “Blanche: …I can leave here and not be anyone’s problem.” 2 women, 1 man.