Design & Technology Awards

Finalists for the National Awards for Design Excellence (Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound) at each Regional Festival:

Will attend KCACTF National Festival in Washington D.C.  

Will not be sponsored to attend USITT National Conference.


Will display their projects at the KCACTF National Festival in Washington D.C. Display spaces include a 4'x 8' vertical area, a small table, and a music stand. Some mounting materials will be provided.


KCACTF will arrange for lodging, travel, and KCACTF National Conference registration.  

Please refer to the “What's Next” form for additional details and information.

General itinerary at KCACTF National Festival in Washington D.C.:

Monday/Tuesday – Arrival

Tuesday – Display Set up/install

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – Workshops and Responses

Saturday – Display Strike, Awards, and Depart

Detailed information and schedule will be emailed in early April.

Questions or Concerns – please contact your Regional DTM Chair or National DTM Chair

National Awards and Professional Development Opportunities:

National KCACTF awards finalists are eligible for several professional development opportunities that will be announced at the national festival awards ceremony and during the days that follow.

KCACTF provides national Excellence in Design awards finalists with up to five days in residence in Washington DC for master classes, professional development opportunities, and response to their award-winning design. Round-trip travel, shared hotel accommodations, and per diem for the period of the National Festival are provided.

National KCACTF awards finalists are eligible for several professional development opportunities each year. They are announced at the National Festival Awards Ceremony and during the days that follow.

Some recent professional development opportunities are as follows:

Award recipients attended the Prague Quadrennial.

Award recipients have been invited to attend workshops with Cirque du Soleil, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Award recipients have been selected to serve as design fellows at Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF), Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Awards recipients in scenery and costume design may be invited to attend the Kennedy Center's Summer Intensives in Design Collaboration. This fellowship includes a full tuition grant, per diem, shared lodging, all materials, and travel.

Award recipients in lighting, sound, and scenery have been be awarded full scholarships to participate in the O'Neill Theatre Center Conferences in Waterford, Connecticut.

National Partners of the American Theatre (NAPAT) Design Award: One designer, regardless of area, will be selected by representatives of the National Partners of the American Theatre. The recipient shall receive a week-long fellowship with the Korean based KNUA, fully funded by NAPAT.

Regional Design and Technology Award Opportunities

Each region gives out individual awards in all categories of design and technology. See the individual KCACTF regional websites for more information about what your region offers.

Affiliated Design and Technology Awards

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Awards for Excellence in Technology and Design: Don Childs Award

The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) has partnered with KCACTF to award students from each region a one-week master class in a concentration of their choice. SILV classes may include Computer Drafting, Computer Modeling, Rigging, Automation, Props & SFX, Sound, Makeup & Masks, Wigs, Lighting Technology, Patterning, Projections & Video, and Moving Lights. Each award includes a full tuition grant, housing, daily breakfast and lunch. Transportation is not included.

The Focal Press/Rafael Jaen Showcase Award

The Focal Press/Rafael Jaen Showcase Award celebrates the contributions of the theatre practitioners that make magic behind the scenes by honing their crafts.  It is meant to inspire DTM practitioners and encourage their studies in the Allied Design & Technology fields. The award recipients are chosen from the eight KCACTF Regional Allied Design & Technology finalists presenting at the USITT Conference.  They will receive a gift voucher to pick a selection of books at the Focal Press booth while at the USITT Conference.

The KCACTF VectorWorks Award

This multidisciplinary award is for a Regional KCACTF entry in the areas of Scenic Design, Prop Design, Lighting Design, and/or Technical Direction. It is for a project that demonstrates a clear solution from concept through process and completion potential. It is intended to help the recipient in developing their creative approach, and to promote thoughtful and explorative processes.