USITT NE Allied Crafts: Innovation
and Craftmanship Award
Sponsored by the United States Institute for Theater Technology [USITT] New England Section.
Purpose: This award provides recognition to college students who have solved technical difficulties with quality craftsmanship and innovative ideas. It encompasses areas of properties, technical direction, rigging, scene painting, costume construction, costume crafts, wigs and/or make-up, props, electrics, lighting systems and sound effects.
Eligibility: The applicant must have been a student at a college/university in the KCACTF Region 1 as defined by the American College Theater Festival when the submitted entry was created. This entry must be from either a college/university production or class from the prior year to the regional festival in January.
Entry fee: The student must register to attend the KCACTF festival; the student must complete a Festival Registration Form and a Project Registration Form to participate in the design Expo under Allied Craft, Regional (these are two separate registrations).
Procedure: The student will submit a creative new idea/solution to a difficult production problem or a well-crafted solution in one of these areas: of properties, technical direction, rigging, scene painting, costume construction, costume crafts, wigs and/or make-up, props, electrics, lighting systems and sound effects. Projects should include paperwork, photographs, process image and/or steps, drafting or other appropriate material to fully explain the scope of the project. From the displayed entries, a panel of experts in all areas will choose winners. Up to three prizes will be awarded.
The entry must include documentation for the idea and/or craftsmanship. Please follow these guidelines:
1. The name of the school MUST be covered to comply with KCACTF by-laws.
2. Include the name of the show where this was produced or specify if it is a class/paper project.
3. Include an explanation of the situation to solve.
4. Include drafting, diagrams, photographs or other paperwork as needed to fully demonstrate the idea/project.
5. The chosen entries must be displayed at the KCACTF in the designated area and time. Students will be responsible for the display set up and strike of their own work and will set up at the same time as the design exhibitors. The display should include appropriate documentation, photographs and the entered item if it can be displayed on a tabletop or 30” wide x 18” deep plus a small floor area in front.
• Innovative and creative solution to a problem, a well executed project, or innovative use of existing technology.
• Clearly displayed and presented the idea, the process and the outcome when applicable.
• All necessary documentation is included: drawing, drafting, process, sketches, plots, etc.
• Originality. Must not have been previously executed or published.
• Prizes will be awarded to outstanding solutions to problems or extremely well crafted ideas.
• One winner will be chosen.
• Prizes will include a one-year membership to the United States Institute of Theater Technology (national) and a one-year membership to USITT New England Section and a gift certificate of $150 to be used toward USITT publications.
for Region I, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival information. Student must complete a Festival Registration Form and a Project Registration Form to participate.
***While at KCACTF, plan to participate in the Tech Olympics, Saturday afternoon. See schedule for further details. Register at the registration desk or at the beginning of the event. There is no fee other than student admission to KCACTF.