Design and Technology

Design and Technology Exhibition

Design, Technology, and Management Chair: Kara Thomson, Mesa Community College, karjm14191@mesacc.edu

Design, Technology, and Management Vice Chair: Matt Taylor, Utah Valley University, matthew.taylor@uvu.edu 

The Design, Technology Exhibition gives outstanding student designers regional recognition and the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Regional Festival, as well as the chance to attend the KCACTF National Festival or the USITT conference. Throughout festival the designs will be critiqued by theatre professionals on the basis of quality, effectiveness, originality, and rendering techniques.

National KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence and Allied Design and Technology Award

The purpose of the KCACTF response and presentation of awards is to provide student designers and technicians with feedback from professionals working in the field; to give outstanding student designers and technicians national recognition; and to provide the opportunity for outstanding student designers to exhibit their work at the Kennedy Center and/or USITT.  Designs and other allied crafts will be appraised on the basis of quality, effectiveness, originality, and visual presentation techniques.

Any student may take part in the KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence, KCACTF Allied Design and Technology Award and/or the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship Program, as long as their school has entered at least one associate or participating entry during the festival year.  All entries must have been realized and produced at their home institution.  Participants must attend their regional festival, and display the materials and documentation of their design process and execution.

One regional award recipient – a national finalist – in each area (scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and allied crafts) will be announced at the regional festival. National finalists in scenery, costumes, lighting and sound will be invited to exhibit their design display, and will attend, the national festival in Washington, D.C in April. Each Allied Design and Technology regional award recipient will be invited to exhibit their design display and attend the annual USITT Conference.

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Awards for Excellence in Technology and Design

The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas has partnered with KCACTF to award students from each region a one-week master class in the area of their choice. SILV classes may include Computer Drafting, Computer Modeling, Rigging, Automation, Props & SFX, Sound, Makeup & Masks, Wigs, Lighting Technology, Patterning, Projections & Video, and Moving Lights.

Each award includes a full tuition grant, housing, daily breakfast and lunch. Transportation is not included.

Regional Internships

At each regional festival, a team of theatre design and technology respondents will select a student exhibiting outstanding achievement in their area of allied theatre technology, crafts or design as the award recipient.

KCACTF Allied Design and Technology SILV Award

At each national USITT conference, a team of theatre design and technology respondents will select a student exhibiting outstanding achievement in their area of allied theatre technology, crafts or design as the award recipient of an eight-week scholarship with SILV.

Focal Press Rafael Jean Showcase Award

This recognition is dedicated to students presenting their work for the first time as a
regional entry at the Design, Technology & Managements exhibit in each KCACTF region. The award honors design substance and innovative ideas and is meant to inspire young DTM practitioners encouraging their learning in the Design, Technologies and Management fields.  Award recipients receive a FPRJ certificate, a Focal Press credit to purchase three (Focal Press) books of their choice, and an opportunity to have their work represented in the digital display at the USITT Conference & Stage Expo. The award is for regional entries rather than the national Barbizon and KCACTF entries.

Regional Design Projects

Regional Design Projects are intended to serve Region VIII student designers with the opportunity to showcase their work for non-realized design projects, and to receive response to their work that will help them improve their design skills and grow as designers. There will be two entry divisions: Undergraduate and Graduate. All entrants must be currently enrolled students of colleges and universities in Region VIII at the time of the festival. Categories of entry include Scene Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Makeup Design and Sound Design. (Wig/Hair Designs may be included as a Makeup Design entry, and Projection/Media Designs may be included under either Scenic or Lighting Design)

 

Any student may take part in the KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence, KCACTF Allied Design and Technology Award and/or the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship Program, as long as their school has entered at least one associate or participating entry during the festival year. All entries must have been realized and produced at their home institution. Participants must attend their regional festival, and display their supporting materials and documentation, and attend response sessions. If you believe that you have qualified for the KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence, KCACTF Allied Design and Technology Award and/or the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship Program (or if you are unsure), but have not yet been contacted, please ask:

Kara Thomson
Region VIII,
Chair of Design, Technology & Management
karjm14191@mesacc.edu

Student designers and technicians will present those materials, which most clearly tell the story of the process and evolution of the design. Supporting materials that have proven most useful include combinations of the following: a design statement in outline form, research images, preliminary sketches, white models, color models, color sketches, drafting including sections, recording of sound cues and manipulations that lead to those compositions, design bibles, story boards, costume plates, fabric and trim swatches, costume plot, cue synopsis, production photographs, tracking sheets, and the like. This is in no way meant to be a definitive list. Choose elements that best articulate and document the conceptual approach and process.

The designer is responsible for developing a suitable method of shipping or delivering their design to and from the regional festival, including providing the appropriate mailing and insurance charges. Should they become a national awards finalist, the designer is also responsible for shipping their design to the national festival, including providing the appropriate mailing and insurance charges. The Kennedy Center will cover the costs of shipping the projects home after the national festival.

One regional award recipient – a national finalist – in each area (scenery, costumes,lighting, sound, and allied crafts) will be announced at the regional festival. National finalists in scenery, costumes, lighting and sound will be invited to exhibit their design display, and will attend, the national festival in Washington, D.C in April. Each Allied Design and Technology regional award recipient will be invited to exhibit their design display and attend the annual USITT Conference.

KCACTF will provide national KCACTF awards finalists with up to five days in residence in Washington DC for master classes, professional development opportunities and response to their award-winning design. Round-trip travel, shared hotel accommodations and per diem for the period of national festival is provided.

KCACTF will provide national KCACTF Allied Design and Technology award recipients with travel, conference fees, shared hotel accommodations and per diem for the period of the annual USITT conference.

If you are nominated for more than one design in the same category, you will need to choose which design you want to submit for consideration. If you are nominated for designs in different categories, you can present one design in each category for which you are nominated.

Please see the national KCACTF web site for more information.

The Festival Registration is for the Festival – you have to pay this fee to participate in all the wonderful opportunities at festival, including the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship program. Think of it as your one-price-includes-all fee.

You must be registered for the Design Finals in order to participate in the Design Finals. Register for the Design & Technology Finals by submitting the form, which can be accessed via the tabs at the top of the page.

Festival 50 – February 2018

Regional Design Projects are intended to serve Region VIII student designers with the opportunity to showcase their work for non–realized design projects, and to receive response to their work that will help them improve their design skills and grow as designers.

There will be two entry divisions: Undergraduate and Graduate. All entrants must be currently enrolled students of colleges and universities in Region VIII at the time of the festival. Entry categories include Scene Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Makeup Design and Sound Design. (Wig/Hair Designs may be included as a Makeup Design entry, and Projection/Media Designs may be included under either Scenic or Lighting Design) All entries must be original designs conceived and rendered by the entrant for one of the allowed plays:

Below the Belt by Richard Dresser

The Vist by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by John Glore

Parade by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown

Hir by Taylor Mac

On Display by John Perovich. Please click on the link for access to this play’s script.

The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Awards are for students who display potential for success in their chosen area. There are two kinds of SILV awards; the one-week regional scholarship for excellence in any area of design and technology, and the eight-weeks national scholarship for excellence in the field of allied crafts.

 

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Barbizon Lighting Company is a long-term sponsor of national DTM KCACTF awards and the Allied Design and Technology installation at USITT.

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Focal Press is a proud sponsor of KCACTF, with book awards and other regional and national activities.

 

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USITT is a proud supporter of DTM activities at the national USITT Conference.

 

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URTA is a proud sponsor of DTM activities at the national KCACTF festival.