Director’s Toolkit

DirectorsLabChicago has compiled a list of resources and organizations who have offered information and services to directors living and working in Chicago and beyond. Visit the websites of our partners and colleagues below, and check out our recommended reading list!

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Organizations supporting directors and other artists

  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) is the theatrical union that unites, empowers, and protects professional Stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States. Their mission is to foster a national community of professional stage Directors and Choreographers by protecting the rights, health and livelihoods of all our Members; to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities, while educating the current and future generations about the role of Directors and Choreographers; and to provide effective administrative, negotiating and contractual support.

  • Not in Our House (NIOH) works to protect and develop our artists, our theatres, and our Chicago Theatre Community. NIOH recommends and supports policy changes that recognize and address the needs of the victims of abuse. The full Chicago Theatre Standards can be downloaded from their site.

  • Victory Gardens Theater is dedicated to artistic excellence while creating a vital, contemporary American Theater that is accessible and relevant to all people. Victory Gardens Theater is a leader in developing and producing new theatre work and cultivating an inclusive theater community. Victory Gardens’ core strengths are nurturing and producing dynamic and inspiring new plays, reflecting the diversity of our city’s and nation’s culture through engaging diverse communities, and in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, bringing art and culture to our city’s active student population. Since 2017, Victory Gardens has been a host of DirectorsLabChicago’s summer Lab and other annual events.

  • Haven Theatre champions the next generation of playwrights, directors and actors by producing and promoting plays and performances that are staking their claim as the immediate future of this art form, and by investing in those at the very beginning of their professional journeys. The annual Director’s Haven program provides in depth training and production opportunities to early career directors in Chicago. Applications for the 2019 Director’s Haven are open now.


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