DesignFest

An exhibition of Stage Management and the following designs: Scenery, Costume, Lighting,

Sound and Properties.


History of DesignFest

Beginning as “Design Texas” in 1982, DesignFest was renamed in 1993.  The event, taking place at the TETA TheatreFest Convention, allows educators an opportunity to bring emphasis and recognition to the study and actuation of theatrical design and stage management.  It is an opportunity for professionals and students to celebrate and share ideas about design, stage management and theatre technology.  DesignFest allows participants to showcase their design work to over 1500 theatre artists from all over the United States, and allows student participants to compete for cash awards!


When and where will DesignFest take place?

Technical work will be on display at the 2017 TETA TheatreFest Convention held on January 25 – 28, at the Moody Gardens Hotel in the beautiful island of Galveston! 


Who may enter DesignFest?

Starting this year, we are going to have five separate sections to the DesignFest area:

  • Section #1, The DesignFest Contest! – This will be an area for all high school and college students wanting to enter the DesignFest competition.  

    • Any Texas high school and college student may compete.  

      • This is a great additional opportunity for those high school students entering into this year’s UIL Technical Design Competition.  An opportunity to receive a professional critique during TheatreFest, before the UIL deadline!

    • In addition to the possibility of a $200 DesignFest award, universities and colleges have been known to award scholarships based on the display, as well.

    • This section will receive a professional oral critique by the DesignFest professionals listed below.

    • TETA Membership and Convention Registration is required.  

    • Students can display work from designs in scenic, costume, hair/makeup, lighting, sound, props and stage management.

    • Each participant can display a maximum of 12 items at DesignFest.  One 4’ x 8’ vertical foam panel or one table will be supplied for each student. The student should bring all necessary materials to safety display their work.  The work will be judged by a group of TETA design/technology/management members to determine awards.  

    • Deadline to register: Jan. 14th

  • Section #2, TETA Technical Scholarship Auditions – This will be an area for all high school and college students that have entered the TETA Technical Auditions.  

    • There will be two areas for this section  

      • Those students participating in the TETA Technical Scholarship Auditions AND want to compete in the DesignFest Competition.

      • Those students participating in the TETA Technical Scholarship Auditions only, and do not want to want to compete in the DesignFest Competition.

    • Those participating in only the Technical Auditions may register for a One-day Convention pass for Friday only, and not attend any other part of the Convention.  However, if part of DesignFest as well, participants must register for the full Convention.

    • Those participating in only the Technical Auditions will not take place in any part of DesignFest, including the critiques.

    • Each participant can display a maximum of 12 items at DesignFest.  One 4’ x 8’ vertical foam panel or one table will be supplied for each student. The student should bring all necessary materials to safety display their work.  The work will be judged by a group of TETA design/technology/management members to determine awards.  

  • Deadline to register: Jan. 14th

  • Section #3. Bring and Showcase Your Art! – This will be an area to feature non-DesignFest Competition artwork for those already attending the Convention.  Just pack your designs, and bring them with you!

    • Non-competitive entries:

      • Theatre Texas faculty and professional.  

      • High School and college students that are already attending Convention may bring their design work with them and display.  

    • Displays are not subject to the DesignFest competition, but is a great way for Texas artists to showcase and share their work with other educators.  

  • Section #4, 2016 UIL Technical Design State Winners! – This will be an area to showcase last year’s winners of the UIL Technical Design Competition.

    • TETA DesignFest would like to showcase these young artists.  Those that attended the UIL State OAP Competition last year got to appreciate their work, but no one else.  Let’s let the rest of the State appreciate it, as well!

      • No cost to register for the Convention, unless the student wants to actually attend the Convention.

      • Just email the Co-DesignFest Chairs that you want to display.

      • Bring or ship your designs to TheatreFest, and have someone that is attending the Convention bring the designs back to you.

      • Deadline to send the email for intent to participate: Jan. 22nd

  • Section #5, Spotlight on Local Theaters! – This will be an area to showcase local Professional and Community Theatre designs.

    • This is a new section to showcase the host city to TETA’s Convention’s educational and professional artwork!

    • Entries

      • Local professional theatre companies

      • Local community theatres

      • Local educational theatrical institutions (all levels of public education)

    • No costs to register for DesignFest or the Convention, unless a representative wants to actually attend the Convention.

    • Just email the Co-DesignFest Chair, John Ogden, jogden@newcaneyisd.org, that the theatre wants to display.

    • Deadline to send the email for intent to participate: Jan. 22nd

  • Each year a Guest Artist in the field of theatrical design is selected by the DesignFest committee. The Guest Artist will attend the appointed TheatreFest Convention and will adjudicate the DesignFest entries.  DesignFest participants will be able to attend a critique session by this artist who will evaluate the participant’s work.

  • In addition to the above entries, each year a Featured Designer shall be chosen by the DesignFest committee. The Featured Designer shall be from a TETA Institutional Member (Texas) institution and their work will be prominently displayed at the annual Convention.    


Awards

  • DesignFest awards are given to student designers and stage managers to recognize excellence in the study of design, technology and stage management each year up to 4 college and 4 high school awards are given.  These $200 cash awards are for the purpose of furthering their training in these fields. Student designers included in DesignFest shall have their work adjudicated by a panel of professional designers/technicians. It is recommended that the panel assign awards in the following design categories: set design, make-up design, costume design, light design, properties design, sound design and stage management.

  • In addition to these awards, students who are also entered in the scholarship auditions may be offered scholarships to various institutions of higher learning.  See below.

  • Students entering both DesignFest and the Technical Audition who only register for the Convention’s one-day pass are not eligible for the DesignFest awards nor will they receive feedback from the DesignFest Guest Artist.  To receive both, participants must register for the entire Convention.


What to Enter?

Each designer is limited to twelve pieces from no more than three productions.  Any special display materials needed as their area of emphasis requires, such as dress forms, slide projectors, head forms, sound equipment (use headsets only), etc., must be provided by the designer.


How to Enter?

Beginning this year, registration for DesignFest will be part of the Convention registration and will be limited to the first 100 that register and pay (50 from the Technical Audtions).  Early registration is due on December 15th.  In order to register for DesignFest, please follow these steps:

            Step #1. Register for TETA membership.  Go to this link and register for TETA Membership (the cost

will be $20 for students and $50 for adults) - https://tetatx.wildapricot.org/join-us

            Step #2. Register for the TheatreFest Convention and select that you wish to participate in DesignFest.

This must take place after you have registered for TETA Membership, go to this link and

register for the Convention (Note:  There will be no additional charges for DesignFest)

  • Full Convention - $120 – This is required for DesignFest participants desiring to participate in the full DesignFest event.

  • Convention One-Day Pass - $50 – This is an option only for those DesignFest participants that are part of the TETA Technical Auditions and do not wish to participate in the full DesignFest event.

To register for the Convention - https://tetatx.wildapricot.org/event-2297743

            Step #3. Upon registering for the Convention, you will receive a confirmation email with an invoice.  

This email will give you directions on who to email for more information about the process of DesignFest.  Email that individual to let them know you will be participating, ASAP.

            Step #4. You will receive two separate emails for invoices.  One for TETA Membership, and another for

Convention Registration.  Use this if you did not pay each with a credit card while registering above. For more information about payments, go to http://www.tetatx.com/home/about-teta/payments

Step #5. The final step in the DesignFest process will be to follow the directions sent to you in the

response from your email sent to the DesignFest Chair.

Suggestion: Reserve a hotel room at Moody Gardens (only 400 of the 600 rooms per night needed for the Convention will be at Moody – We will sell out!  Other hotels will be listed at a later time).


Who to contact for more information?

DesignFest Co-Chair(s):

John Ogden, Co-DesignFest Chair, jogden@newcaneyisd.org