There is no differentiation between regional (non-realized) design and national (realized) design registrations.


See below for further information.

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

There will be many regional and national awards. However, there is no differentiation between regional and national registrations.

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. Whether your 2020 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 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 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.

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.


Registration Deadline: December 15

Presentation Upload Deadline: December 31

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

  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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

  • Production & Shop Managers may include work that gives a thorough presentation of the scope and complexity of the project.
  • Technical Directors, Master Electricians, and Sound Engineers may include examples of drafting and associated paperwork.
  • 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.
  • Prop Artisans and Scenic Artists may include detailed process photos of each project.
  • 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 your regional DTM Chair. 


Design Expo

Each student will upload a presentation of their work:

  • Maximum 16 Pages
  • Maximum size and resolution is 18 x 24 inches, 300 dpi, 20MB
    • 16:9 aspect ratio PowerPoint/Google Slides/Keynote is recommended
      as most of your audience will be virtual.
    • You may create this in any software. However, it must be submitted as a PDF. In PowerPoint and Keynote, you can export as PDF. In Google Slides/Docs it is File->Download->PDF Document.
    • You may want to zoom in and show specific elements of your drafting in addition to full lighting plots, ground plans, speaker plots, etc..
  • Audio & Video Submissions
    • Audio & video will not embed in the PDF.
    • Students with Audio or Video files will be given access to the presentation web site.
    • You may upload 1 video up to 1 minute in length.
    • You may upload up to 6 sound files each no longer than 1 minute
      30 seconds.
  • Do not include the name of your school on any of your pages and
    try to remove as much as you can from your embedded images.


Schedule: The initial schedule will be done by January 5th. Each student will get a 5-minute time slot and then there will be a final presentation round where each student gets a 10-minute response session. In the first round, students should keep their presentation to 1 minute, in the second round they may prepare a 2-minute presentation. AV materials will be shared by DTM staff from the presentation materials previously submitted. Students will not need to share their screen or playback media samples.

Design Expo


Christian McKinney

Christian McKinney

Co-Chair Design, Technology & Management

University of Indianapolis
Production Manager & Technical Director
Department of Theatre
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227

Terry Dana Jachimiak II

Terry Dana Jachimiak II

Co-Chair Design, Technology & Management

Alma College
Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre
Alma, MI 48801

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