2022 DTM Overview

Greetings from KCACTF Region 1 DTM Leadership!  We CELEBRATE all the diverse and innovative work being done in the nation in the areas of Design, Technology, and Management (DTM).

This festival season has already proven to be a very unique and unprecedented year in academic theatre. We want to celebrate all your efforts in creating theatre in this unique time in our world today. Whether your 2021 design and technology work was fully “realized and produced” or “non-realized and non-produced”, we want you to submit your work.

We are thrilled you are interested in presenting a Design, Technology, or Management project at the Festival this year. This page provides some short guidance to help you in this opportunity.

  1. First, review the information regarding DTM participation at the festival HERE.
  2. Next, start gathering your materials and creating a digital-format project using this Google Slides Template.
  3. Submit your final projects by Wednesday, Jan 26th 2022.
    This deadline is necessary to allow us enough time to add your project to the Virtual DTM Expo and for respondents to review your work and prepare their feedback.
  4. By January 27th each student presenter will be provided with a specific presentation time and response session Zoom link.
    Festival respondents will have reviewed all presentations beforehand, and at the specified time presenters will have 10 minutes to discuss their presentation with the respondents. In this session both presenters and respondents will be able to ask questions and discuss the scope of the project being presented.
  5. After all presentations have been reviewed, final award and achievement announcements will be made during the festival closing ceremony on Sat, Jan 29th.

The purpose of the DTM exhibition and response is to provide student designers and technicians with the opportunity to showcase their work at the regional festival, receive feedback from professionals working in the field, and potentially exhibit their work at the National Festival in April, and USITT.

Students may share design and technical work in the areas of scenery, costume, lighting, sound, and/or allied crafts.

Participants must attend the Region 1 Virtual Festival, display the materials and documentation of their design process and execution according to established specifications and present their material to a panel of professional guest respondents.

Student work is appraised on the basis of quality, effectiveness, originality, and visual presentation techniques.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have designed or created a technology project at their home institution in 2021.
  • Be a bona fide student in 2021;
  • Be registered for and attend the virtual Regional Festival to showcase their project and participate in response sessions.

Design at the National Festival

One student in each design discipline (Costume, Lighting, Scenic, and Sound) will be selected from each region to participate in the National Festival.

During the National Festival, students will have an opportunity to present their design projects and network with student and professional designers from across the country. Students will be eligible for various professional training opportunities, fellowships, and recognitions based on their projects and work during the festival.

All participants must Register for the Regional Festival!  

If you have any questions, please contact: DTM Co-Chairs Erika Guay & Emmett Buhmann; DTM Co-Vice Chairs Michael Harvey & Anya Sokolovskaya