The purpose of the KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence is to provide student designers with
Students who have designed in any of the following areas: scenery, costumes, lighting, or sound for a production, may take part in the KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence, 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. “Student” is defined
In Region III, all student scenic, costume, lighting and sound designers for a school, that has entered at least one associate, or participating production during the Festival year, are invited to enter their designs in the KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence. There is no nomination process, nor is participation tied to the response or the respondent(s).
To participate, the student designers need only register for the regional Design Exposition via the online registration form. Students must register even if they are listed on the production entry form and/or listed on the production response. Student designers of participating productions may attend the regional festival regardless of whether the
Awards for Theatrical Design
Participants are asked to prepare a display showing their design and present it at the Region III Festival. In order to help the respondents understand the design process and intentions, it is important that designers in all categories present, as part of the display support, materials, which most clearly tell of the story of the process and evolution of the design.
Supporting materials that have proven most useful include combinations of the following: research images, preliminary sketches, white models, color models, color sketches, drafting (including ground plans and sections), recordings of sound cues and manipulations that lead to those compositions, design bibles, storyboards, fabric and trim swatches, cue synopsis, production photographs, tracking sheets, sound plot, board hook-up, and the like.
This is in no way meant to be a definitive list. Your guide should be those items that help us understand your approach to YOUR design.
A one-page statement of the design approach to
For sound designs, in addition to their posters, a 5.1 Q-lab system with a large 1080p display will be provided. Students will each be scheduled 15min of tech time to test their Q-lab presentation. Students should make a Q-Lab with their sounds and 1080 x 1920 images/slides to provide context for each cue. The presentation should run from 1-3 minutes of length. This will not be shared with the respondents during your presentation. Instead, during your
For specific details on size and format of display panels and instruction on how to mount and present materials, please see:
Region III Exhibit Format
It is strongly recommended that students bring their materials in person to the design exposition space at the specifically scheduled time for installation of all exposition materials (see
When the student designer checks in, and is assigned a panel, they will also be given an assigned time at which the preliminary design response will take place. Designers will be asked to present their designs to a panel of Design Respondents. Each designer will give a short oral presentation of their design, followed by a question and answer session with the Respondents. Exact timing will depend on the number of entries, but
The Design Respondents will select a group of designers in each category to advance to a final round. During the final round, each designer will again be asked to present their
The Respondents may choose one KCACTF Award recipient in each area (scenery, costumes, lighting
The regional KCACTF Award recipients will be invited to show their displays at the National KCACTF Festival in Washington DC as representatives of the region.
They, recipients, will also be invited to display their designs at the annual United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Annual Conference and Stage Expo in the spring. Specific information will be given to each of the regional KCACTF Award recipients at the conclusion of the regional festival.
Co-Chair Design, Technology & Management
University of Wisconsin – Parkside
Associate Professor and Chair
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141-2000
Co-Chair Design, Technology & Management
Michigan Technological University
Professor, Sound Design
Commissioner, Sound Design & Technology USITT
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931