AACTFest 2019 Design Competition – Submit Entry by June 3rd!

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AACT 2019 Design Competition: Designers and their theatres in the spotlight

Design Competition to Celebrate Designers & Their Work

Show off the designs that enhance your productions and take them to new levels. The AACT 2019 National Design Competition will showcase the best of community theatre in this country. It’s an opportunity for your theatre and designers to shine!

AACT member theatres and their designers may enter; designs must be of projects occurring between July 1, 2017 and June 15, 2019. 

Design Categories

  • Scenic
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Properties
  • Costume
  • Makeup/Hair
  • Special Design

General Guidelines:

  • There will be an entry fee of $20 for each design.
  • Entry must be from a realized production.
  • Entry of the Design may be made by the Member Company or by the Individual Member Designer.
        Either the Designer OR the Presenting Company MUST be a Member of AACT.
  • The Entry must be exhibited at Festival and must be set up Wednesday, June 19, from Noon – 5p.m., and removed Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Although it is highly encouraged and more beneficial to be present, attendance to AACTFEST 2019 is not required for entry. See guidelines for submitting and setting up a display remotely.
  • Designers submitting entries for more than one theatre must submit a separate registration for each production.
  • Theatres submitting entries for more than one designer must submit a separate registration for each designer.
  • Entries will be displayed in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as part of AACTFest 2019. The Design Competition opens to the public at 8:30 am, Thursday June 20, 2019.
  • Awards will be given at the discretion of the Adjudicators, based on the Criteria for Judging.
  • Awards will be presented for Outstanding Overall Design and Outstanding in the individual categories at the discretion of the Adjudicators.
  • An Outstanding Overall Design Award, presented to one entry chosen as best of all design categories, will receive a $300 cash prize.  Individual Category Design Winners will receive a $100 cash prize.

Requirements for All Entries:

  • Every Entry must have a written“Design Statement” in which the designer discusses the concept, thought, and rationale for their design. This “Design Statement” should be no longer than 250 words.
  • Photos or videos of the design as it was originally presented ARE required.
  • A Sound Design entrant will need an audio playback rather than visual.
  • A pleasing presentation of the Design Entry is strongly encouraged.

For more information, contact Bob Frame: 315-294-8640,; Rich Gannon: 630-305-7348,; or the AACT office: 817-732-3177,

Entry forms need to be submitted by June 3, 2019.Download the Detailed Guidelines before registeringRegister HERE for the AACT 2019 Design Exhibition and Competition

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