• An on going partnership with Equity to renegotiate the SOLT and UK Theatre agreements
  • A national fee campaign and continuing efforts to improve pay and rights.
  • A guide to contracts for Assistant Directors.
  • Personal practical advice on contracts.
  • Close collaboration with agents on fees, contracts and conditions.
  • A campaign on fees and royalties in the commercial sector
  • Pursuit of royalties in the subsidised sector, particularly in touring theatre.
  • An on going discussion over royalties for opera directors.
  • On going discussions with the Writers Guild over writer / director collaborations and co-authored work.
  • Mediation and intervention in challenging work circumstances


  • Discussion of the art of direction and the practicalities of a career in directing for the stage.
  • Free Master Classes and workshops with a range of directors, designers, and other creative across all genres
  • Access to reduced price ticket schemes in many parts of the country.
  • A Mentorship programme.
  • Guidance in moving into film and television direction.



  • Defence of the status and role of the stage director.
  • The camaraderie of those that do what you do, and think like you. Brokering communications between members with similar interests and experience
  • Advocacy for a diverse open and transparent industry
  • A nationwide regional membership network, physical and online (with a new regional Dep initiative being launched in 2018)
  • An annual AGM with debates on the direction that SDUK should take.
  • An on-going dialogue with the Board, the staff 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 (small extra charge).


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.