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Stage Management Coordinator:

Amber Bielinski
KCACTF Region 8 Stage Management Coordinator
University of Utah

Participation in the Stage Management Fellowship provides students with a wonderful way to engage with and learn from active industry professionals, showcase their talents, receive personalized feedback to assist in their continued development, and interact with and learn from other young stage managers. The fellowship is intended to give you additional tools to refine your skills as a stage manager while also expanding your network and helping to create lasting connections.

Finalists for the Stage Management Fellowship are selected from throughout the region and will receive an invitation to participate in the Region 8 Fellowship. Based on participation in the regional festival, one regional participant will be awarded a fellowship to attend the national festival and participate at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Professionalism and completeness of the prompt script and other paperwork presented to the invited respondent
  • Personal demeanor and communication skills based on interviews and at workshops.
  • Written materials submitted prior to Festival including:  
    • Prompt script sample
    • Resume

For additional information regarding the Fellowship, please refer to the National Stage Management Fellowship Guidelines.

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Amber Bielinski
KCACTF Region 8 Stage Management Coordinator
University of Utah

National Stage Management Fellowship

Each of the eight KCACTF regions will select one Stage Manager to be awarded a fellowship to attend the national festival. Selection will be based on the following:

  • Professionalism and completeness of the prompt script and other paperwork.
  • Effectiveness of coordinating and managing a festival event, based on the respondent’s feedback from the regional event coordinator.
  • Personal demeanor and communication skills, based on interviews
  • Written material submitted prior to the Regional Festival.


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 already proven to be a very unique and unprecedented year in academic theatre. We want to celebrate all your efforts in creating theatre in this unique time in our world today. We want you to submit your work to be showcased. We encourage students to also submit their work on productions that might have been cancelled or postponed this past spring due to COVID-19.

All work is eligible this year to participate in the National Stage Management Fellowship Program and will be considered for national honors and awards.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have stage managed a project at their home institution in 2022. This includes but is not limited to digital productions/readings, face to face productions, and other projects;
  • Be a bona fide student in 2022;
  • Be registered for and attend the virtual Regional Festival to showcase their project and participate in response sessions.



Students will present a stage management project comprised of materials which clearly tell the story of the process, evolution, rehearsal, and realization of the project. A team of theatre stage management respondents will serve as selection panelists and respond to the projects.

How to Participate

This year’s virtual festival will be using Google Slides to create presentations of student stage management entries. When creating your slide presentation please follow these guidelines for submission:

  • All presentations will be limited to 12 slides
  • Slide 1: Title Slide. Please include:
    • Your Name
    • Event/Play/Piece title
    • Playwright’s Name
  • Slide 2: Statement Slide. Please include:
    • Letter of Intent: a 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
      • your future goals as a stage manager.
  • Slide 3-11: Supporting materials slides. Please include work that gives a thorough presentation of the scope and complexity of the project stage managed. Choose pages that show off your strongest work. Supporting materials that have proven most useful include combinations of the following:
    • Call script
    • blocking notations
    • script analysis
    • actor/character breakdown
    • performance & production reports
    • checklists
    • calendars
    • rehearsal schedule
    • daily schedule
    • tech schedule
    • sign-in sheets
    • callboard materials
    • contact form
    • emergency contact form
    • photos from the show

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.

Please save copies of supporting materials as photo files. (JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, BMP) Google Slides will not display pdf files.


  • Do not include the name of your school on any of your slides and try to remove as much as you can from your other documents.
  • Do not include any personal information (yours or that of your cast and crew) on your supporting materials. Be sure to block out phone numbers, email addresses etc. That is private information and is not to be shared.
  • Slide 12: Closing Slide. Please summarize your experience working on this project. Choose one or two of the following questions to assist your thought process.
    • What challenges did you encounter while working on this project? How did you overcome them?
    • What did you learn about yourself as a stage manager from working on this project?
    • What excites you most about your future as a stage manager?

Important! After you have created your Google Slides presentation, you will need to create an embed code for inclusion in the expo entry form.

In your completed google slide presentation:

  • On the file menu select “File”.
  • Select “Publish to Web”.
  • Select “Embed”.
  • Set the slide size to “Medium (960×569)”.
  • Leave the “Auto-advance slides” to the default of “every 3 seconds”.
  • Select the “Start slideshow as soon as the player loads” checkbox.
  • Select the “Restart the slideshow after the last slide” checkbox.
  • Select the “Publish” button.
  • Copy the code displayed in the text window for inclusion in your intent to participate form.

You will also need to create a video walk-through of your slides for the selectors in order to be considered for the semi-finalist round. 

Video Guidelines:

  • Single shot, no edits.
  • 5-minute time limit.

The video should be voice or camera footage overlaid on a screenshare of your slides. This is best achieved by recording yourself and your screen on a platform such as Zoom and then uploading the file or a YouTube link to the video directly to the participation form. If you have questions, please contact