See below for further information.

The purpose of the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship is to provide student stage managers with feedback from professionals working in the field, to give outstanding student stage managers national recognition, and to provide the opportunity for student managers to attend the national festival.

This is a National-eligible award, meaning that one stage manager will be selected at the regional festival to attend the National Festival in Washington DC.

Students who have stage managed a production for a school that has entered at least one production in either a participating, or associate KCACTF entry, during the Festival year, and are bona fide students in a college or university at the time of the production, are eligible. “Student” is defined as: a) an undergraduate student who is registered for a minimum of six semester hours or nine quarter hours at the time of production; b) a graduate student who is enrolled for three semester hours or four quarter hours at the time of production; c) a continuing part-time student who is enrolled in a regular degree program at the time of production.

In Region III, any student who has stage -managed a production, for a school that has entered at least one production in either a participating, or associate KCACTF entry, during the Festival year, is invited to enter their work in the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship. There is no nomination process, nor is participation tied to the response or the respondent(s).

To participate, students 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.

Students involved with participating productions may attend the regional festival regardless of whether the production itself is selected for the regional festival.

National KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship Application

Each student is required to bring her/his prompt script from the production. The prompt script should be the book(s) the student used during the actual production. If the original prompt script is in digital format, a printed copy of the Prompt Script must be generated for display at the Expo. Posters are no longer allowed for this event based on a decision made at the national DTM level. You are only allowed to present your prompt script(s).

The prompt script is not required to include ALL of the production’s paperwork; these should include, but are not limited to:

  • The “Blocking Script” and the “Calling Script”, as one or more books, with blocking and cue-calling notation.
  • Rehearsal and performance Log.
  • Schedules, including rehearsals, tech rehearsals, etc.

  • Pre-show/post-show checklists, shift schedules, French scenes, etc.

  • Forms, emails, communications, schedules, lists and plots.
  • Cast/Crew contact sheet, with phone numbers and addresses removed.

All of the above materials should be the bona-fide working versions, created during the actual production process. Prompt scripts will be on display as part of the regional Design Expo. Production photos that help to illustrate the production, and its challenges, may be included at the back of the prompt script, but are not required. There is no need to expunge the name of the stage manager’s school from paperwork.

When the student checks in and is assigned a table space, they will also be given an assigned time at which the preliminary response will take place. Stage Managers will be asked to present their prompt book(s) to a panel of professional guest Respondents. Each stage manager will give a short oral presentation of their stage management process, noting special challenges with this production, followed by a question and answer session with the respondents. Exact timing will depend on the number of entries, but usually there is about a minute for the oral presentation, and about 4 minutes for the response. The Stage Management Respondents will select a group of stage managers to advance to a final round. The final round typically takes the format of creative problem solving based on a given scenario, or a mock job interview.

The respondents may choose one Stage Manager from Region III to be awarded a fellowship to attend the national festival, if they feel that there is work of sufficient quality, to advance to the national level. “Sufficient quality” will be determined by the Respondents and regional DTM chair(s). Please note: stage managers that are not present, will not be eligible for national consideration. Selection will be based on the following:

  • Professionalism and completeness of the prompt script and other paperwork;
  • Personal demeanor and communication skills, based on interviews and follow-up workshops;
  • And written material, submitted prior to the Regional Festival.

The KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship recipient will be announced at the regional festival awards ceremony, and will be invited to attend the national festival in Washington, D.C. in April.

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


Misti Bradford

Misti Bradford

Co-Chair Design, Technology & Management

University of Wisconsin – Parkside
Associate Professor and Chair
Theatre Department
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141-2000

Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer

Co-Chair Design, Technology & Management

Michigan Technological University
Professor, Sound Design
Commissioner, Sound Design & Technology USITT
209 Walker
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

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