jakub | January 5, 2024

AMERICAN THEATRE | Broadway League, SDC Secure Coverage for Associates


NEW YORK CITY: The Broadway League and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) have reached an agreement on a new four-year contract that covers directors and choreographers, including those at the associate level working on Broadway and League productions across North America and the British Isles. The terms for the new contract were ratified by SDC’s executive board on Dec. 26, 2023, and went into effect on Jan. 1. Associates covered by the agreement will receive union protections including health and pension benefit contributions.

“These talks have resulted in an agreement that we believe meets the needs of both parties,” said SDC executive director Laura Penn in a statement. “Associates play an increasingly vital role in the life of a Broadway show, and SDC has worked to make certain that these collaborators receive full recognition for their contributions. That the League was able to find a way to meet our needs is significant.”

The agreement also includes increases in compensation and benefits for covered directors and choreographers, new compensation structures for co-directors and co-choreographers, modified terms for recognized activity in the British Isles, and language codifying the parties’ mutual commitment to non-discrimination and anti-harassment.

“The Broadway League is pleased to have reached an agreement with SDC that achieves meaningful gains for our producing members and acknowledges the evolving needs of our Broadway and touring productions,” said Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “The agreement, which has significant improvements for both producers and creatives, is a reflection of the strong relationship between the parties.”

The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway and touring industry, is dedicated to fostering increased interest in Broadway theatre and supporting the creation of profitable theatrical productions throughout North America.

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society is a theatrical union that seeks to unite, empower, and protect professional stage directors and choreographers throughout the United States. Its mission is to foster a national community of professional stage directors and choreographers by protecting the rights, health, and livelihoods of all members.

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