DTM Expo Details

What is this?
The purpose of the KCACTF exhibition and response is to provide outstanding student designers and technicians with the opportunity to showcase their work at regional festival, receive feedback from professionals working in the field, and exhibit their work at the Kennedy Center and USITT. Awards are presented to designs and other allied crafts appraised on the basis of quality, effectiveness, originality, and visual presentation techniques.
Any student may take part in the KCACTF Region 1 National DTM Exhibition as long as their school has entered at least one associate or participating entry during the festival year.
All entries in the National category must have been realized and produced at their home institution. Student may share design and technical work in the areas of scenery, costume, lighting, sound, and/or allied crafts.
Participants must attend the region 1 festival, and display the materials and documentation of their design process and execution. Projects at the Region I festival are presented to a panel of professional guest respondents.

To participate in the DTM Expo, students must register for the Regional Festival as well as submit a project registration for the Expo.

 

How do I get involved with the National exhibition?

All entries in the National category are realized and produced productions at the home institution of the student.

To be a part of the DTM exhibition your institution must have at least one associate or participating entry during the festival year. Once done, you can bring design projects from any production that was realized and produced at your home institution. THERE IS NO NOMINATION PROCESS TO BE A PART OF THE DTM EXHIBITION. You simply fill out a entry form here on the website. If you need help please contact: Co-Chair James McNamara at jmcnamara@westfield.ma.edu.
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. Co-Designs with Faculty members will not be considered a National Entry but are encouraged to be submitted for Regional considerations.

How do I get involved with the Regional exhibition?
All entries in the Regional category are displayed as “paper projects”. This means that the work was not realized onstage, rather, it was made for a class project. Student may share design and technical work in the areas of scenery, costume, lighting, sound, and/or allied crafts. Examples include: a collection of makeup designs you made for your class, a conceptual lighting design, a collection of props or hats you made for class projects, etc.

To be a part of the DTM exhibition your institution must have at least one associate or participating entry during the festival year. Once done, you can bring design projects from any class. THERE IS NO NOMINATION PROCESS TO BE A PART OF THE DTM EXHIBITION. You simply fill out a entry form here on the website. If you need help please contact: Co-Chair James McNamara at jmcnamara@westfield.ma.edu.
The designer must be a bona fide student at the time of creation 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.

What do I bring?
For each project/production entry, plan to bring a visual and/or audio presentation that will fit on a table space, approximately 30″ x 30″. Your display must be self-standing or lay down on the table, there are no walls available for design projects.

Displays will vary in style/content for each participant. However, all displays should contain the following information:

• your name
• your design area and name of show (but NOT the name of the institution!)
• 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:
o binders with all records, notes, process, cue sheets, etc.
o models or renderings
o drafting or plots
o production photographs
o CD or tape of finished sound design and a means of listening to it
o appropriate paperwork like cue sheets, costume plots, drafting, etc.
o actual costumes, props or other small displayable items (dress forms not provided. You must bring your own.)
o other material that you feel helps explain your approach and product
Include everything you will need to display:
• extension cords
• headphones
• dress forms
• pins, tape, stands
• computers (safe to leave at the display)

Register for the Expo

Some examples of displays (we encourage and expect yours to look different, these are only examples)

Photo of display

What happens at the Conference?

When you arrive at the conference on Wednesday, come to the DTM Exhibition area and sign in. We will give you a table space, assign you a response time slot, and you will set up your display. Wednesday night the professional guest respondents will walk through the hall and make notes about every display they respond to. We also have a workshop on Wednesday afternoon to explain the process and allow you to ask your questions!

On Thursday and Friday we have responses. All response sessions are open to all conference attendees. Attendees may take photos but no video of the response. Each response is 9 minutes total and we recommend you spend no more than 2-3 minutes on an introduction/talk through your work. Think of the response as a conversation you are having and make the most of your time with the guests.

On Saturday, we have a Q&A session with our guests. This is your chance to ask more questions, receive more feedback, and gain insights on your work.

What awards can I receive?

            In the National category each area of design has a winner and at least one or two runner-ups. For those in Allied Crafts, the winner goes to the USITT National Conference to display their work and receive more response. For those in Scenery, Costumes, Lighting, and Sound, the winner goes to the KCACTF National Conference. The runner up would get the opportunity to go if the winner cannot attend.  

In the Regional category there are several awards. The FOCAL Press Rafael Jaen Show Case Award: Focal Press created the Rafael Jaen Show Case Award, dedicated to students presenting their work for the first time as a regional entry at the Design, Technologies and Management exhibit at each KCACTF region. The award honors design substance and innovative ideas and is meant to inspire young DTM practitioners encouraging their learning in the Design, Technologies and Management fields. Award recipients receive a FPRJ certificate, a Focal Press credit to purchase three (Focal Press) books of their choice, and an opportunity to have their work represented at the USITT Conference as part of the KCACTF Digital display. The award is for regional entries rather than the national Barbizon and KCACTF entries.

 

A new award for Spring 2020!

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do as theatre artists. The new DTM Cross Discipline Collaboration Award celebrates this and is awarded to someone that exhibits the highest level of collaboration in their project – without their contributions to the production they worked on that production would not have been as successful.
 
Respondents in each regional festival will nominate (1) one student that they feel exhibits the above description – that student will receive a 1-week scholarship to attend the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas this coming summer.
 
(1) One national recipient will be selected from the 8 nominated students from the eight regions – the national recipient of the Cross Discipline Collaboration Award will receive an 8-week scholarship to the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas.