FOR MEMBERS & ASSOCIATES
Q. I’ve forgotten my username and password for my Member login. What do I do?
A. Unless you’ve changed it, your username is your first initial and last name. If you cannot remember your selected password, please click “Forgot My Password” button on the login page of the Online Community, and you will receive it via email.
If you continue to have trouble logging on, call or email Member Services Coordinator, Michelle Sokolowski (ext. 236, MSokolowski@SDCweb.org ).
Q. I have a question about my dues invoice. Who can help me?
A. Contact Senior Business Associate Michele Holmes (ext. 240, MHolmes@SDCweb.org) and she’ll be glad to assist you.
Q. What’s the best way to let you know I’ve moved or changed my contact information?
A.Whenever you edit your online profile, the website sends us an email and we make the change in our main database. Changing your address or contact information in your profile is the most efficient way to ensure that your information is consistently up-to-date.
Q. My membership has been suspended and I need to make an online payment so I can be reinstated, but I can’t log onto the web site.
A.Simply click “Continue without logging in.” Once we’ve registered your payment, your Member login status will be reinstated along with your Membership status.
Q. How do I know if I’m eligible for Health Insurance?
A. You are eligible to participate in the Health plan if you are employed under an SDC contract and sufficient employer contributions are made to the SDC-League Health Fund on your behalf. Check out the Health Plan Eligibility page of the website to learn more about eligibility, and contact Funds Administrator, John Everson (ext. 234, JEverson@SDCweb.org) for further explanation.
Q. I’ve lost my membership card.
A. Call or email Michelle Sokolowski (ext. 236, MSokolowski@SDCweb.org ) and she’ll replace it for you.
Q. Is it true that Full Members may be granted permission to videotape a rehearsal?
A. Yes. According to the SDC agreement with AEA, subject to approval from both unions, a Director or Choreographer may videotape a final run-through in the rehearsal room with no costumes or props. This tape may be used for notation purposes only and may only be viewed by members of the creative team. Please contact Michelle (ext. 236, MSokolowski@SDCweb.org) for the full terms of the agreement and the permission forms. Videotaping requests MUST be made at least TWO WEEKS prior to requested taping date.
FOR NON-MEMBERS DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHERS
Q. I’m interested in joining SDC. What is the difference between being a Member and an Associate?
A. The most fundamental difference is that Associates do not file contracts and Members must file each and every time they work. For more information go to the Membership Benefits section of the web site. And you can always call or email Member Services Coordinator, Michelle Sokolowski (ext. 236, MSokolowski@SDCweb.org) for more information.
Q. If I join SDC, will I have to turn down Assistant and Associate gigs?
A.No. SDC does not have jurisdiction over Assistants and Associates. You can be a member and still take these jobs. There are no SDC contracts involved.
Q. Do I have to be an SDC Member or Associate to participate in the Exchanges, Panel Discussions, One-on-Ones or DCNs?
A.You do not have to be a Member or Associate to attend DCN Panel Discussions or One-on-Ones, however there is a occasionally a nominal attendance fee which is reduced or waived for Members and Associates.
Q. Do I have to be an SDC Member or Associate in order to apply for the Foundation Observerships and Fellowships?
A. With the exception of the Denham Fellowship and the Guest Artist Initiative, all of our fellowships are open to the public. Click on the Career Development page in the Foundation area of the website for more information about applications, requirements and deadlines. If you have questions about Foundation Observerships or Fellowships please send an email to Foundation@SDCweb.org.
Q. Will SDC help me get work?
A.We are not an employment agency. We are a union. However, we do have an electronic community board in our online Member area where Members and Associates can check out job listings. We also encourage everyone to take advantage of our unique networking opportunities. We are continually working to expand Union jurisdiction which will create more job opportunities for Members.
Q. I need an SDC Logo for our program.
A. You can find downloadable logos under the Contracts menu of the website..
Q. I would like to contact a particular Director or Choreographer. Can you give me his/her phone number or email address?
A. SDC staff is only authorized to release agent or manager information. If you are trying to hire a Member who is un-represented, we will do our best to forward your inquiry to that person. Actors are welcome to call the office for agent information, but please do not ask the staff to get in touch with a Director or Choreographer for you.)
Q. I’m hiring a foreign Director and/or Choreographer this season and I need an INS Consult letter for his/her visa application.
A.Please send a cover letter along with your Visa application and a check for $500 (per letter requested) made payable to Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, to the attention of Michelle Sokolowski. Requests MUST be made at least TWO WEEKS in advance in order to give our INS Committee time to evaluate each application.
Please note: There is no charge if the foreign artist is a Member of SDC.