Design, Technology & Managment Program

Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound, and Allied Design & Technology Categories

Design, Technology, and Management Chair:

Maile Speetjens
University of Hawaii, Manoa
maile.speetjens@hawaii.edu

KCACTF Region 8 DTM Welcome

KCACTF Region 8 DTM Gallery Submission Guidelines

Eligibility 

We CELEBRATE all the diverse and innovative work being done in the nation in the areas  of Design, Technology, and Management 

This festival season has again proven to be a very unique year in academic theatre. We want to celebrate all your efforts in creating theatre at this time in our world today. Whether your 2021 design and technology work was fully “realized and produced” or “non- realized and non produced”, we want you to submit your work to be showcased. We encourage students to also submit their work on 2021 academic productions that might have been cancelled due to COVID 19. 

All work created in 2021 either in class or for a campus stage is eligible this year to participate in the National DTM Program and will be considered for national honors and awards. 

To be eligible, students must: 

  • Have designed or created a technology project at their home institution in 2021. • Be a bona fide student in 2021; 
  • Be registered for and attend the virtual Regional Festival to showcase their project and  participate in response sessions.

Event 

Students will present a design or technology project comprised of materials which clearly tell the  story of the process, evolution, and art of the design or technology component. A team of theatre  design and technology respondents will serve as selection panelists and respond to the projects. 

Supporting materials that have proven most useful include combinations of the following:  production photographs, a design statement, 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, 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, process, and the production. 

How to Participate 

Check your Region’s website for application details and submission of materials as well as for  specifics on logistics, technical provisions, and organization. 

o All submissions should include: Student’s name, student’s discipline title, event/play/piece  title with playwright’s name, and other designers/collaborators clearly labeled with an easy to-read font; A design statement somewhere in your materials; Do not include the name of  your school on any of your materials. 

Design Categories 

o Costume Designers may include examples of some process work such as preliminary  sketches, or paperwork along with sketches (swatches) and realized work should include  production photo(s).

o Scene Designers may include examples of some process work such as preliminary  sketches, ground plans, or final renderings and/or models. Realized work should include  production photo(s). 

o Lighting Designers may include a plot, associated paperwork and the process you used to  arrive at your design choices. Realized work should include production photo(s). 

o Sound Designers may include clearly identifiable links or digital files with selected cues plus  organizational/paper work such as sound plot and sound system design. Please include your  process for arriving at your design choices. Realized work should include production photo(s). 

Allied Design & Technology Category 

o Production & Shop Managers may include work that gives a thorough presentation of the  scope and complexity of the project. 

o Technical Directors, Master Electricians, and Sound Engineers may include examples of  drafting and associated paperwork. 

o Costume Technologists, Craft Artisans, and Hair and Makeup Artisans may include photos of  the project worn by a model, or on a dress form, or wig stand and detailed process photos of  the interior and exterior of each project. 

o Prop Artisans and Scenic Artists may include detailed process photos of each project. 

o The project samples should reflect the range of technical challenges that you can solve and  provide details on the process and the finished quality of the project. Realized work should  include production photo(s). 

Students are responsible for their own festival registrations, DTM registration, and other forms. Additional questions should be directed to Maile Speetjens, Region 8 DTM Chair at maile.speetjens@hawaii.edu

Note: Each region has it’s own regional awards and honors in DTM as well. 

Intent to Participate Registration Deadline: January 15th, 2022

Virtual Presentation Upload Deadline: February 1st, 2022

National KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence

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

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

to provide the opportunity for outstanding student designers to exhibit their work at the Kennedy Center.

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, so long as their school has entered at least one associate or participating entry during the festival year. 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 at the National level.  

 

Randy Lutz Allied Design and Technology Award

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

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.

The Focal Press/Rafael Jaen Showcase Award

The Focal Press/Rafael Jaen Showcase Award celebrates the contributions of the theatre practitioners making magic behind the scenes by honing their crafts. It is meant to inspire DTM practitioners and encourage their studies in the Allied Design & Technology fields. The award recipients are chosen from the eight KCACTF Regional Allied Design & Technology finalists presenting at the USITT Conference. They will receive a gift voucher to pick a selection of books at the Focal Press booth while at the USITT Conference.

Design Finals

ny 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. Participants must attend their regional festival, and display their supporting materials and documentation, and attend response sessions. If 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:

Maile Speetjens, Region 8 DTM Chair

Maile.Speetjens@hawaii.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.

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 will be invited to exhibit their design display at the national festival.

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.

Regional Design Projects: Realized and Theoretical Projects

Festival 54– February 2022

Eligibility

We CELEBRATE all the diverse and innovative work being done in the nation in the areas of Design, Technology, and Management. This festival season has again proven to be a very unique year in academic theatre. We want to celebrate all your efforts in creating theatre at this time in our world today. Whether your 2021 design and technology work was fully “realized and produced” or “non- realized and non-produced”, we want you to submit your work to be showcased. We encourage students to also submit their work on 2021 academic productions that might have been cancelled due to COVID- 19.

 All work created in 2021 either in class or for a campus stage is eligible this year to participate in the National DTM Program and will be considered for national honors and awards.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have designed or created a technology project at their home institution in 2021.
  • Be a bona fide student in 2021;
  • Be registered for and attend the virtual Regional Festival to showcase their project and participate in response sessions.

Regional Design Projects are intended to serve Region 8 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 8 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:

 

Design Projects KCACTF 54 February 2022

Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti

Mojada by Luis Alfaro

Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

Caught by Christopher Chen

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph

Moscow Moscow Moscow by Halley Feiffer

Mirrors by Azure D. Osborne-Lee

Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau

Urban Rez by Larissa FastHorse

Rolling the R’s by R. Zimora Linmark

Light Switch by Dave Osmundsen’s on NPX

Rock Egg Spoon by Noah Diaz

A Lion in Winter by James Goldman

Italian American Reconciliation by John Patrick Shanley

The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson

The Golden Dragon by Roland Schimmelpfenning

Emma and the Winter Prince by Christopher Neumeyer PDF attached

Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans – Book and Lyrics by Karen Zacarias and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma

Hedwig and the Angry Inch -Lyrics and Music by Stephen Trask and book by John Cameron Mitchell

Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, Lyrics By Joe Darion, and Music by Mitch Leigh

Management

KCACTF Design, Technology & Management Program

Stage Management Eligibility

We CELEBRATE all the diverse and innovative work being done in the nation in the areas of Design, Technology and Management. We want to showcase all your efforts in creating theatre in this unique time in our world today. Whether your 2021 stage management work was fully “realized and produced” or “non- realized and non- produced”, we want you to submit your work to be showcased. We encourage students to submit their class projects or work on productions that might have been cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, digital productions/readings, face to face productions, etc.

All work created in 2021 (either in class or for a campus stage) is eligible this year to participate in the National Stage Management Fellowship Program and will be considered for national honors and awards.

A team of theatre stage management respondents will serve as selection panelists and respond to the projects.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have stage managed or created a stage management project at their home institution in 2021.
  • Be a bona fide student in 2021;
  • Be registered for and attend the virtual Regional Festival to showcase their project and participate in response sessions.

How to Participate

Materials to submit: This is in no way meant to be a definitive list. Choose elements that best articulate and document the approach, process, and the production. Students will present a stage management project comprised of materials which clearly tell the story of the process, evolution, rehearsal, and realization of the production. Stage Managers may include work that gives a thorough presentation of the scope and complexity of the production they stage managed. Do not include the name of your school on any of your work.

  1. Title card: Student’s Name, Stage Management, Title of Production by Playwright’s Name
  2. A letter of intent (AKA Cover Letter) including: your name, play title with playwright’s name, a

brief statement of your view of the “stage manager’s approach” that includes the following information: a brief statement about how you approach stage management, why you wish to participate in the regional festival, and your future goals as a stage manager.

  1. Photo(s) from the production (if applicable)
  2. Example pages of call script and/or blocking notation, as a single PDF. Choose pages that show off your strongest work.
  3. Supporting materials that have proven most useful include combinations of the following: Covid guidelines, actor/character breakdown, performance & production reports, checklists, calendars, rehearsal schedule, daily schedule, tech schedule, sign-in sheets, callboard materials, contact form (please delete any personal phone numbers and email addresses), emergency contact form, cue sheets, plots, etc.

Students are responsible for their own festival registrations, DTM registration, and other forms.

Additional questions should be directed to DTM Chair Maile Speetjens at maile.speetjens@hawaii.edu

Note: Each region has it’s own regional awards and honors in DTM.

Sponsors

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

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

Vectorworks is a proud sponsor of KCACTF

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

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