Ready to Work Awards

Recent SETC Ready-to-Work program winner Josafath Reynoso was named a finalist in a prestigious international design competition! 12/12/16

Reynoso began work with Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC through the Southeastern Theatre Conference as a winner of the Ready-to-Work program. Read more at this link:

Each year, SETC partners with renowned professionals and/or professional theatres to co-sponsor the Ready to Work Awards, which help talented young designers jumpstart their professional careers.

Designers are chosen from all graduate-level entrants to the annual Design Competition at the SETC Convention. There are no additional application forms or fees. Awards are based on design style and each company’s upcoming productions.

Please Note: Your school must be an institutional member of SETC for you to win prizes in any of the design competitions. “Institutional member” is defined as having paid institutional dues to SETC by the registration deadline (usually in the month of January directly preceding the March convention).

2017 Sponsors and Winners

Lexington Children’s TheatreTriad Stage and Omaha Theater Company returned to sponsor the 2017 Ready to Work Awards. Each company will offer a graduate student designer participating in the Design Competition at the 2017 SETC Convention in Lexington, KY, the opportunity to work as a designer on an upcoming production at their theatre.

Lexington Children’s Theatre

Lexington, KY

In 2016, Lexington Children’s Theatre selected lighting designer Manuel Ramirez Guevara from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Working with LCT: Founded in 1938, Lexington Children’s Theatre is a fully professional, non-profit organization dedicated to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of young people. LCT’s professional artistic and production staff work with the Ready for Work designer in bringing his or her vision to life. In addition to the prize awarded by SETC, LCT provides housing (semi-private room), one-on-one mentorship opportunities, and up to $1,000 for travel and expenses. 2016 was LCT’s third year offering the Ready for Work Award. The artistic team of the theatre is well acquainted with the award, often selecting two candidates, instead of the requisite one.

“The quality of the potential designers was so high, we had a very difficult time deciding with whom to work.”
Vivian Snipes, Artistic Director

Triad Stage

Greensboro & Winston-Salem, NC

In 2016, Triad Stage selected costume designer Olivia Trees from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

About Triad Stage: Triad Stage is considered one of the best regional theatres in the United States, presenting classic, contemporary and new theatrical pieces. Triad Stage produces work at two world-class performance venues in North Carolina: The Pyrle Theater in downtown Greensboro, and Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem.

“Getting to know talented young designers and their work is the best part of participating in Ready for Work. From the interviews to the actual design process with the designer I select, I’m inspired by the vision of these artists. The award builds a bridge for early career designers to the profession.”
Preston Lane, Artistic Director

Omaha Theater Company

Omaha, NE

In 2015, Omaha Theatre Company selected scenic and costume designer Bridgette Dreher from Indiana University.

About Omaha Theater Company: The Rose Theater is one of the largest and most accomplished children’s theaters in the nation, with a reputation for enriching the lives of children and families through top-quality professional productions and arts education. As the only resident, touring, professional theater company in Omaha, The Rose is committed to making the arts accessible to all children, providing opportunities for thousands of children throughout the community to attend shows and participate in classes each year. The Rose produces nine main stage productions each season with audiences that exceed 50,000 children and adults. The shows appeal to a wide range of ages starting with children as young as four years old. Each season features popular show titles and a mix of theatrical productions, musicals, and interactive theater.


For more information regarding registration, please email SETC Administrative Assistant Jean WentzFor questions in reference to Design or Competition Rules and Regulations, please email SETC Design Committee Chair Michael Smith.