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Region 1 / Festival 50

Western Connecticut State University
January 30th - February 4th, 2018

Allied Design and Technology

Concentration Procedures

Only bona fide students are eligible for this award. For the purposes of this award a bona fide student is one who, during the period of initial screening, is: registered as a full-time undergraduate student; registered as a full-time graduate student; a continuing part time student enrolled in a regular degree or certificate program. Student (or school representative) must complete a Festival Registration Form and a Project Registration Form to participate.

Festival Registration: Each student must be registered (either by the student or their school) for the regional festival to participate. Form found at: Festival Registration

Project Registration: National design entries will be entered through the respondent’s form when they come to see the show. Make sure the respondent received the names of all student designers involved in the show. Make sure the contact information is correct. Students should inform us of their participation by filing the form found at: Design Tech Regional Entry Form 4.

Each Designer will set up a display at the design exhibit and strike it at the close of the festival –as posted in the festivals program. They will sign up for a time for their critique from an unbiased panel of respondents. Designers may be called back a day or two later for a second response session.

Space and Presentation Requirements

You will be given part of a table space, approximately 30” wide, 18” deep and 4 feet tall. We recommend using a self-standing board to display items and pin pictures on. We also recommend bringing your own model stand if you need more table space. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to attach artwork to the hotel walls.

Designers should present their designs as professionally as possible. You should be prepared to give a brief verbal overview of your design that will last no longer than two to three minutes maximum. You must leave time for the respondents to comment and time is limited. The visual or audio presentation should be self explanatory and should include:

  • your name
  • your design area and name of show but do not include the name of your school
  • a brief summary of the design concept (what did you try to accomplish)
  • selected important research
  • include materials that are appropriate to your design such as:
    • models or renderings
    • production photographs
    • appropriate paperwork like drafting, thumbnail sketches, research
  • other material that you feel helps explain your approach and product

Regulations and Procedures for the KCACTF Allied Design and Technology Award

  1. The Award will be open to students who have completed major design or technology projects in areas including (but not limited to) makeup, projection, properties, millinery, masks, tech, wigs, scenic art, draping & tailoring, technical direction, puppets, special effects, costume craft, audio engineering, etc. 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.

  2. Only bona fide students are eligible for this award. A bona fide student is: 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 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.

  3. Regional nominees must attend their regional festival, and display their realized designs and documentation, in order to be eligible for KCACTF Allied Design And Technology Awards.

  4. The designer is responsible for developing a suitable method of shipping or delivering their design to and from the regional festival, including providing the appropriate mailing and insurance charges.

  5. The timely delivery of such materials will be determined by the host of the regional festival. Alternatively, most regions may require that students bring their materials in person to the design exhibit space at a specifically scheduled time.

  6. The complete design presentation normally is presented on a vertical surface.  When size limitations require xerographic reduction of materials presented in scale, such out-of-scale reduction should be noted.  Each region shall determine its own specific requirements as to space and presentation at their regional festival. Please check with individual regions for specifications and restrictions.
  7. Should a regional KCACTF Allied Design and Technology Award, nominee move on to the national USITT Conference as a national finalist, an approximate space of 24 sq. feet, including wall shelves, is normally provided to each regional award recipient.

  8. Process steps are very effective to illustrate technique and know-how. Production photographs are very effective in documenting your design.  At least three 8” x 10” color are recommended.  Please note, inkjet prints on quality photo glossy paper are more effective than photos printed on regular stock paper.

  9. Awards and Opportunities

    National KCACTF finalists in the previously noted categories are eligible for various awards and opportunities that will be given during the regional and/or national festivals. Examples of some are as follows:

    The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Awards are for students who display potential for success in their chosen area. There are two kinds of SILV awards; the one-week regional scholarship for excellence in any area of design and technology, and the eight-week national scholarship in the field of allied crafts.

    • At each regional festival a team of professionals and teacher-artists will select one (1) student to receive the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Award For Excellence in Design and Technology. The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas has partnered with KCACTF to award students from each region a one-week master class in the area of their choice. SILV classes may include Computer Drafting, Computer Modeling, Rigging, Automation, Props & SFX, Sound, Makeup & Masks, Wigs, Lighting Technology, Patterning, Projections & Video, and Moving Lights. Each award includes a full tuition grant for a one (1) week session of the student’s choosing, housing, daily breakfast and lunch. Transportation is not included.

    • National finalists in the categories of Scenery, Costume, Lighting, and Stage Management will have the opportunity to attend the annual National KCACTF Festival in Washington DC in April, where they will participate in a collaborative series of master classes, display their design, and receive an additional response from industry professionals. Travel and hotel expenses will be covered by KCACTF.

    • National awards recipients in scenery and costume design may be invited to attend the Kennedy Center 's Summer Intensives in Design Collaboration (normally the first two weeks in July). The fellowship awards participation in the Summer Intensives and includes a full tuition grant, per diem, shared lodging, all materials, and travel.

    • National award recipients in Lighting and Sound have been be awarded full scholarships to participate in the O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference.

    • NAPAT Design Award: One designer, regardless of area, may be selected by representatives of the National Partners of the American Theatre. The recipient shall receive a week-long fellowship with the Korean based KANUA, fully funded by NAPAT.

    • USITT's publication, Theatre Design And Technology, will publish information on the winners of the national KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence.

    For more information contact the Design and Technology Co Chair Daniel Kozar or go to www.kcactf.org.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David and Alice Rubenstein.

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts’ Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Additional support is provided by The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein; the Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; Beatrice and Anthony Welters and the AnBryce Foundation. Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.