2021 DTM Expo Submission Guidelines

Students will present a design or technology project which clearly tells the story of the process, evolution, and art of the design or technology. A team of theatre design and technology professionals will respond to the projects. 

Supporting materials that have proven most useful include combinations of the following: production photographs, a design statement, research images, preliminary sketches, white models, color models, color sketches, drafting including sections, recording of sound cues and manipulations that lead to those compositions, design bibles, storyboards, costume plates, fabric and trim swatches, costume plot, cue synopsis, tracking sheets, and the like. This is in no way meant to be a definitive list. Choose elements that best articulate and document the conceptual approach, process, and the production.

How to Participate

Materials to submit BY Jan 17th, 2021*  (Link to be activated by December 15th, 2020)

  • We recommend students use one of the templates provided. The region will release templates by December 1st. 
  • On the first slide, students will provide their name, discipline title, event/play/piece title with playwright’s name, and other designers/collaborators clearly labeled with an easy-to-read font. Do not include the name of your school on any of your slides.
  • On the second slide, students will provide one video (3 minute maximum) introducing respondents to the scope and details/concept of their project.
  • Students will submit a minimum of 10, and a maximum of 15 slides.
  • Students may include photos and/or videos of the project, process, and production.

* This deadline allows respondents proper time to view your work!

Design Categories

  • Costume Designers may include preliminary and final sketches, paperwork, swatches, etc. Please provide information detailing the process you used to arrive at your design choices. Realized work should include production photos.
  • Scene Designers may include examples of sketches, ground plans, or final renderings and/or models. Please provide information detailing the process you used to arrive at your design choices. Realized work should include production photos.
  • Lighting Designers may include a plot and associated paperwork. Please provide information detailing the process you used to arrive at your design choices. Realized work should include production photos.
  • Sound Designers may include digital files representing selected cues, plus organizational/paper work such as sound plot and sound system design. Please provide information detailing the process you used to arrive at your design choices. Realized work should include production photos.
  • Allied Design, Engineering & Technical Management
    • This may be an appropriate area to submit projects relating to virtual production design, however students may choose to submit to specific lighting, sound, scenic or costume categories if they choose
    • Production & Shop Managers may include work that gives a thorough presentation of the scope and complexity of the project.
    • Technical Directors, Master Electricians, and Sound Engineers may include examples of drafting and associated paperwork. 
    • Costume Technologists, Craft Artisans, and Hair and Makeup Artisans may include photos of the project worn by a model, or on a dress form, or wig stand and detailed process photos of the interior and exterior of each project.
    • Prop Artisans and Scenic Artists may include detailed process photos of each project.
    • The project samples should reflect the range of technical challenges that you can solve and provide details on the process and the finished quality of the project. Realized work should include production photos.