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Region 1 / Festival 50

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

Design, Technologies and Management Exhibition

Design and Technology General Information

Scenery, Costume, Light, Sound and Make-up Design Awards

Design Awards: National and Regional

A major element of our annual festival is the Design & Technologies Exhibition which provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to share work from all areas of theater; some realized projects and some ‘paper’ projects.

Design awards in Region I are given at both the national and regional levels. A student may enter separate entries for either national or regional award consideration, but not both. Projects are presented at the Region I festival to a panel of professional guest respondents. Respondents will choose the recipients for national and regional design awards, plus honorable mention accolades for notable work regardless of entry level.

National event is limited to productions that have been entered at the Associate or Participating level for KCACTF in that year. Barbizon sponsored awards are given in Scenery, Costumes and Lighting. The Alcone sponsored award is given for Makeup Design. A KCACTF award is given for Sound Design. All national awardees receive scholarships to participate at the KCACTF National Festival at the Kennedy Center. This is a once in a lifetime experience!

Requirements for National (Barbizon and Alcone) Awards:

• The designer must be a bona fide student at the time of initial screening of the project. For these awards a bona fide student is defined as an undergraduate student registered for at least 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours; a graduate student registered for at least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours; a continuing part-time student enrolled in a regular degree or certificate program.
• The designer must present his work at the KCACTF Region I festival and orally defend his presentation at the design response session.
• Students MUST register individually for the Region I Festival. The registration form can be found at: Festival Registration

Regional event is limited to productions that have not been entered at the Associate or Participating level for KCACTF in that year. These designs may in any category, either produced or paper projects.

Requirements for Regional Awards:

• The designer must be a bona fide student at the time of initial screening of the project. For these awards a bona fide student is defined as an undergraduate student registered for at least 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours; a graduate student registered for at least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours; a continuing part-time student enrolled in a regular degree or certificate program.
• The designer must present his work at the KCACTF Region I festival and orally defend his presentation at the design response session
• Students MUST register individually for the Region I Festival. The registration form can be found at: Festival Registration

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 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
  • 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
    • CD or tape of finished sound design and a means of listening to it
    • appropriate paperwork like cue sheets, costume plots, drafting, etc.
    • actual costumes, props or other small displayable items (dress forms not provided. You must bring your own.)
    • other material that you feel helps explain your approach and product

You will be given part of a table space, approximately 30 by 36 inches. Have a self standing board to display items and pin pictures on. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to attach artwork to the hotel walls.

Include everything you will need to display:

  • extension cords
  • headphones
  • dress forms
  • pins, tape, stands, etc.

How to register

1. Festival Registration: Each student must register for the regional festival to participate. Form found at: Festival Registration

2. Project Registration:

  • a. 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

  • b. Regional only entries should inform us of their participation by filing the form found at: Design Tech Regional Entry Form

  • Register early to get the best available price. To enter your production through the KCACTF national office go to the National Website. All designers from a Participating (whether chosen or not) or Associate entry are automatically eligible to participate.



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.