Susan H. Schulman has been elected to replace Karen Azenberg as president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), the national labor union representing some 2,600 professional stage directors and choreographers.
"It is my privilege to serve as president in this tradition of community while continuing to empower and protect professional stage directors and choreographers." said Schulman, who was first elected to the SDC board in 1990 and previously co-chaired its Broadway negotiations.
“Following Karen Azenberg’s tenure, today SDC is strong and our membership is united in its commitment to our national community. I look forward to advancing the cause for Directors and Choreographers while working in partnership with fellow unions and employers to strengthen the industry at large."
Meanwhile, Azenberg said she was "excited to pass the torch."
"I look forward to the energy and intellect that Susan will bring to SDC and all that the Union will accomplish under her wise and judicious leadership," Azenberg stated.
The results of SDC’s recent executive board elections were announced Nov. 18 at its annual membership meeting. Tony-nominated director John Rando was elected executive board president and executive vice president under Schulman. "I am thrilled to serve as the executive vice president for the extraordinary directors and choreographers that comprise SDC’s membership and to support Susan H. Schulman as she assumes her new position," he stated.
Other union officers continuing to serve include Vice President Leigh Silverman, Secretary Oz Scott, and Treasurer Ethan McSweeny.
Also announced were the results of the union’s executive board elections. Re-elected incumbents include: Julie Arenal, Larry Carpenter, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and Paul Lazarus; newly elected to the Board are Anne Bogart, Mark Brokaw, Pam MacKinnon, Michael Wilson, and Evan Yionoulis.
Incumbent Sharon Ott was also re-elected and will continue to serve as the Southeast Regional Representative. The newly elected Central Regional Representative is Meredith McDonough.