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Region 1 / Festival 50

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

Light Design Exhibition Concentration Procedures

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Project Registration:

    • National design Any student may take part in the national KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence and the KCACTF Allied Design and Technologies Award, 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. Participants must attend their regional festival, and display their supporting materials and documentation.
    • Regional only include paper projects or projects that are not being considered for the National Awards. Regional awards are available for these entries. Entries 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. 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.

What your presentation should include
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:
    • production photographs
    • appropriate paperwork like costume plots, sketches, research, etc.
    • actual costumes or pieces (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 inches deep by 36 inches wide for your display. 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
  • dress forms
  • pins, tapes, stands, etc.

For more information contact the Design and Technology Co Chair Daniel Kozar.

More information on the National KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence and the Allied Design and Technology Awards available at 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.