Design Competition 2023
Hybrid Model Opens Door to Opportunity
The AACT 2023 Design Competition has gone hybrid, allowing entries to be displayed and adjudicated either virtually or on-site during AACTFest 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky, next June.
For those designers whose busy schedules or limited budgets preclude shipping design displays to Louisville or travel to AACTFest 2023 next June, virtual entries are welcome. Preliminary plans call for a kiosk or similar showcase for attendee viewing.
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to showcase your best design work and possibly take home a cash award. Go to aact.org/design23 to view guidelines and display suggestions, as well as the rubric our adjudicators will use when evaluating design entries.
Photo: Costume Designs by Katherine Wood for The King and I, produced at St George Musical Theatre, were part of the 2019 Design Competition at AACTFest 2019 in Gettysburg, PA.
The five Design Competition categories include Scenic, Lighting, Properties, Costume, and Special Design.Entries must be the work of an AACT Individual Member or be a design used for a production staged by an AACT Organizational Member. Designs must be from productions staged between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2023.
It’s not too early to begin collecting sketches, photos, plans, and other materials that can be used in your entry. Entry forms will be available here soon; deadline for submitting the form will be May 19, 2023. Space allocation for in-person displays is limited, and entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Competition rules allow for shipping design displays to Louisville, with set-up and dismantling there handled by Design Competition personnel.
AACT will award a $300 prize to the design chosen as Outstanding Overall Design. Awards will be given at the discretion of the adjudicators. Awards will be presented to the combined pool of On-Site and Virtual entries. Competition adjudicators also have the option of awarding prizes of $100 for Outstanding Design in each of the five categories.
Christian Bowyer is the Technical Director and resident designer at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. He specializes in adapting found and unusual spaces for theatrical use and has worked on several conversion projects locally and throughout the country. Christian is currently finishing his Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies degree finishing his Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies degree at Indiana University and plans to continue his research on the relationships between art, design, public opinion, and civic engagement. His most recent artistic achievement was the production design for Blindness, a non-traditional play adapted from the novel by Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago, in its first college and regional performance.
Rebekkah J. Meixner-Hanks is a faculty member of the Indiana University Southeast Theatre Department. She serves as the Department Coordinator/Chair as well as a Professor of Theatre –Design. In addition to teaching, she is the resident scenic and lighting designer. Her design work has been seen at regional theatres and universities throughout the country. In 2010, she designed the scenery and lighting for the world premiere of Lee Meriwether’s one-woman show The Women of Spoon River, which two years later was part of the New York Fringe Festival. Design credits cover a wide range of productions, including The Orphan of Chao, produced by the University of Louisville’s African American Theatre Program for performances in Louisville and the Republic of Singapore.