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The Judy Dearing Design Competition -Now Accepting Applications

judy dearing design competitionThe Black Theatre Network announces that they are accepting applications for The Judy Dearing Design Competition. The Black Theatre Network (BTN) established this award, which covers theatrical scenic, costume, and lighting design, in 1996 in honor of pioneering costume designer, Judy Dearing. The awards were created to encourage African American students focused on elements of theatrical design. The awards are presented every other year with the other major awards. All entries will be evaluated by a professional design panel.

Judy Dearing Student Design Competition
The purpose of this competition is to encourage Black Theatre students of design and give them an opportunity to have their work exhibited at the National Conference of the Black Theatre Network.

Dearing (1940–1995) was an African American costume designer, dancer, choreographer, and educator. She is most well-known for costumes that covered a wide range of theatre and musical productions, including Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama A Soldier’s Play and Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.

The purpose of this competition is:

  • To encourage design students of African descent and present an opportunity to have their work evaluated by professional designers and other theatre professionals.
  • To provide opportunities for mentorship and develop relationships with professionals in their field.
  • To expose them to producers and Artistic Directors at theatres nationwide.

The winners will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Black Theatre Network (BTN) Conference in Winston-Salem, N.C. on July 28 and 29th.

A First Place Award of $500.00 will be presented in each category (Scenery, Costume, and Lighting). Each winner will also be the guest for two nights at the BTN conference where they will present their work to the membership. Additionally, each winner will be granted one-year BTN membership, and mentoring by a professional.

The competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students of African descent enrolled in American colleges and Universities.

Application Deadline: April 5th, 2019
Awards announced May 5th, 2019

Application requirements:

Scenery: 

  • Two productions (at least one produced), ground plan, section, elevations, etc., using Vectorworks or AutoCAD. Sketch/rendering or model photo, research, and statement of design approach.
  • Production photos
  • One-page resume

Costume:

  • Two productions (at least one produced) full production color renderings with fabric, research, and statement of design approach.
  • Production photos
  • One-page resume

Lighting:

  • Two productions (at least one produced) using Vectorworks or AutoCAD, ground plan, section, paperwork, research notes, magic sheet, and statement of design approach.
  • Production photos
  • One-page resume

General: All Drawings, renderings and documents should be sent as PDF files, all production photos should be sent as JPGs. Total file should be no larger than 15mb. Additionally, if you have a website, please include the link. All entries should be submitted no later than April 5, 2019 to btndearingcompetition@gmail.com.

Entries will be evaluated by a professional design panel.

Further information from the Black Theatre Network: http://www.blacktheatrenetwork.org

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