2014 Student Design Competition
Graduate and Undergraduate students display their designs for all convention attendees and have a chance to be critiqued by Distinguished Career Designers, modern masters of design with national and international reputations. The experts use an open one-on-one critique format to offer invaluable learning for all in attendance whether a student, professor or professional.
Winners of the competition receive cash, product or experience awards (depending on the competition), and a certificate of achievement as well as recognition in Southern Theatre Magazine. This year, SETC is offering displays, critiques, and cash awards to undergraduate and graduate students competing in the categories below.
How to Enter: Competition applications and Convention registration are online. Click the name of each competition for guidelines. Please note: You must be registered for convention and your school must be an organizational member of SETC by January 28, 2015 for you to compete in any of the design competitions. Check with SETC to confirm school membership: 336-272-3645.
Application will be available October 2014.
The 2014 Distinguished Career Designers
Donyale Werle, Scenic Designer
Stan Pressner, Lighting Designer
Martin Izquierdo, Costume Designer
For more information, view Distinguished Designers
Sponsored in Honor of Irene Smart RainsThe Costume Design Competition has two divisions, Undergraduate & Graduate, for which six cash prizes will be awarded: 1st Place: $125; 2nd Place: $75; 3rd Place: $50.
View the Costume Design Guidelines
Costume Crafts Design
Sponsored by Norcostco
This competition includes both undergraduate and graduate students who design costume crafts. You may enter two areas, or you may have several pieces judged together; i.e. 3 hats. The Costume Crafts Design Competition is a combined undergraduate and graduate competition whose three winners will receive:1st Place: $125; 2nd Place: $75; 3rd Place: $50.
View the Costume Crafts Design Guidelines
Sponsored by Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.
The awards winning student designers in the Undergraduate and Graduate divisions win the following cash prizes: 1st Place: $125; 2nd Place: $75; 3rd Place: $50.
View the Lighting Design Guidelines
Properties Design & Construction
Sponsored by Friends of Props
This competition includes both undergraduate and graduate students and shall include both hand and set props. For this competition a prop shall be defined as "a non-costume item used by an actor (hand prop) or a set dressing including furniture and decorative elements of the set even if not handled by an actor."A maximum of three items per student may be entered and can be from an actual production of a project that is unrelated to a specific production.The Props Design & Construction Competition awards winners of the combined undergraduate and graduate division the following prizes: 1st Place: $125; 2nd Place: $75; 3rd Place: $50.
View the Properties Design & Construction Guidelines
Sponsored by Sculptural Arts Coating, Inc.
The Scenery Design Competition awards winners in the Undergraduate and Graduate divisions win the following: 1st Place: $125, 2nd Place: $75, 3rdPlace: $50.
View the Scenic Design Guidelines
Sponsored by Shure, Inc.
Undergraduate and graduate sound designers showcase their sound designs during the annual Design Competition. Prizes will be awarded based on all designs entered for both the undergraduate and graduate levels of the Sound Design Competition.The Sound Design Competition awards winners of the combined undergraduate and graduate division the following prizes: 1st place Beta 181C Microphone; 2nd place SRH940 Headphones; 3rd place SRH440 Headphones.
View the Sound Design Guidelines
Stage Management Olympics
Sponsored by EmptySpace Technology
2014 Ready for Work
Graduate designers participating in the 2014 Design Competition will have the opportunity to work professionally in the field in addition to a cash award for $1000 from SETC. There are no special application forms or fees. Designers are chosen from all of the entrants to the competition. This year's participating companies are Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC and Lexington Children's Theatre in Lexington, KY.
Lexington Children’s Theatre (LCT) is proud to co-sponsor the Ready for Work Award through offering a scenic, costume, or lighting design to ONE talented emerging graduate designer during its 2014/2015 season of plays. Candidates may be asked to design for such plays as Miss Nelson is Missing, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Señora Tortuga, or The Cat in the Hat. Founded in 1938, Lexington Children's Theatre is a fully professional, non-profit organization dedicated to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of young people. Our resident professional artistic and production staff will work with the designer in bringing his or her vision to life. In addition to the $1000 prize awarded by SETC, LCT will provide housing (semi-private room), one-on-one mentorship opportunities, and up to $1,000 for travel and expenses.
While this the first year that LCT is offering the Ready for Work Award, the artistic team of the theatre is well acquainted with the award. Eric Abele is Director of Design and Production at the theatre; he is also the first winner of the award and has worked with Designer Jennifer Caprio to choose another recipient.
Triad Stage is considered one of the best regional theatres in the United States, presenting classic, contemporary, and new theatrical pieces. Its production of Tobacco Road was listed among the “Best of 2007” by The Wall Street Journal. Triad Stage has been spotlighted in American Theatre, Stage Directions, Southern Living and Playbill.com. The American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, named Triad Stage "one of the top ten most promising theatres in the country" as the recipient of a 2010 National Theatre Company Grant. In 2013, Triad expanded its schedule to include three productions at Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem.
Miwa Ishii, graduate of University of Tennessee, Knoxville won the 2013 Ready for Work Award.
"The Ready for Work Award was the perfect platform to transition me from graduate student to working professional. It was fast-paced, challenging, and an invaluable networking opportunity," Eric M. Abele, Resident Designer and Costume Director, Lexington Children's Theatre, 2009 Ready for Work Design Award Winner
Congratulations to the 2013 Graduate and Undergraduate
Student Design Competition Winners