The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, announced that David Roberts has been selected as the new director.
Roberts is currently managing director of The Classical Theatre of Harlem. Under Roberts’ administrative leadership since 2013, CTH has increased income, reduced deficits, increased audiences, and expanded programming. Previously, he served as board vice chair of Palissimo Dance Company, managing director of The Pearl Theatre Company, associate producer for SITI Company, and associate managing director and company manager at Yale Repertory Theatre.
Sheldon Epps, SDC Foundation chair, said in a statement, “We are all delighted that David has agreed to lead SDC Foundation into its next chapter of exciting growth. We will benefit from his strong management skills. In addition, his deep understanding of and relationships with artists give him the breadth of perspectives that will allow the Foundation to flourish. I have no doubt that this will be a mutually beneficial relationship.”
Roberts added, “I am elated and honored to lead this important organization and be a steward of its critical mission. I look forward to working in concert with Laura, Sheldon, and the Board to enhance the SDC Foundation brand and continue its legacy of being of service to our entire artistic community—and especially our next generation of great directors and choreographers—by providing world-class programming and professional development opportunities.”
Executive director Laura Penn said, “It’s a remarkable moment for the Foundation. In recent years, we have expanded national programming and increased access for underrepresented artists in all areas, while bringing attention to the unique and critical contributions directors and choreographers make to the field and the art form. I am inspired as I think of the future under David Roberts’ leadership.”
Roberts will assume his post November 7.
For 50 years, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation has developed and promoted the creativity and craft of directors and choreographers. SDC Foundation’s mission is to “create access to the field, to connect artists, and to honor the theatrical legacy of these artists. The centrality of the director's role in theatre and the impact that they have on other artists' careers—from playwrights to designers to actors—makes SDC Foundation’s services essential to the theatre industry's health and continued vitality.”