See below for further information.

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 canceled 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 2020. This includes but is not limited to digital productions/readings, face to face productions, and other projects;
  • Attend an institution that has entered either an associate or participating production in 2020 which the project occurs;
  • Be a bona fide student in 2020;
  • 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.

Supporting materials that have proven most useful include combinations of the following: call script, blocking notation, 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, and 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.

Materials to submit:

16 (maximum) slides/examples of your work/project

  • For the call script and blocking notation please include 3-4 pages as a single PDF. Choose pages that show off you strongest work.
  • Maximum size and resolution is 18 x 24 inches, 300 dpi, 20MB
  • PDF Format only
  • A letter of intent (AKA Cover Letter) including: your name, event/play/piece 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. 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.

Check your Region’s website for application details as well as for specifics on logistics, technical provisions, and organization. Students are responsible for their own festival registrations, DTM registration, and other forms. Additional questions should be directed to your regional DTM Chair.

Management at the National Festival

One student will be chosen from each region to participate in the National Festival.

At the National Festival, students will have an opportunity to present their work and network with student and professional stage managers from across the country. Students will be eligible for various professional training opportunities, fellowships, and awards based on their projects and work during the festival. 

National KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship Application

Festival Stage Management

Students participating in the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship program are no longer required to manage a festival event as part of the Fellowship. However a new initiative is being introduced this year called the: Stage Management Intensive. Students participating in the Fellowship event are invited to submit materials to the Stage Management Intensive Coordinator, if you wish to be involved with the management of festival events, and work with other talented students from around the region.

Any student who would like to be more involved in managing events at festival is invited to participate in the Stage Management Intensive. Students who take part in the Intensive have the opportunity to be involved in managing events which will include: the 10 minute play festival, Costume Parade and Evening of Scenes, Irene Ryans, as well as Design and general festival management. Additionally there will be exclusive workshops and roundtable discussions on the topic of Stage and Production Management with outside professionals.

This event is open to all students attending the festival, including those participating in the Stage Management Fellowship program, as well as students who are looking to further develop skills in Theatre and Stage Management. This program is not part of the National Stage Management Fellowship event but an opportunity to be involved with festival events and work with other student artists from around the region.

Stage Management Intensive


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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