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Deadline Nov. 30, 2017

Contact: Regional Design, Technology & Management Co-Vice Chair, KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship


Deadline Nov. 30, 2017

Contact: Nicole Broughton


Region III Exhibit Format

Design, Technology & Management


National KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship

Updated October 27, 2017

Calling all Stage Managers!!!

Any students interested in being part of the Stage Manager Intensive we are still looking for students. You will have the opportunity to Stage Manager an event at Region 3 Festival. If you sign up and have registered to have your book responded to you will have first choice at response time. You will also be invited to the closed round table discussion with our two Stage Manager respondents. You will also be able to use this experience in your resume. If you are interested please email Nicole Broughton ASAP:

Introduction and Purpose

The purpose of the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship is to provide student stage managers with feedback from professionals working in the field, to give outstanding student stage managers national recognition, and to provide the opportunity for student managers to attend the national festival.

This is a National-eligible award, meaning that one stage manager will be selected at the regional festival to attend the National Festival in Washington DC.

Who is Eligible

Students who have stage managed a production for a school that has entered at least one production in either a participating, or associate KCACTF entry, during the Festival year, and are bona fide students in a college or university at the time of the production, are eligible. "Student" is defined as: a) an undergraduate student who is registered for a minimum of six semester hours or nine quarter hours at the time of production; b) a graduate student who is enrolled for three semester hours or four quarter hours at the time of production; c) a continuing part-time student who is enrolled in a regular degree program at the time of production.

How To Participate

In Region III, any student who has stage -managed a production, for a school that has entered at least one production in either a participating, or associate KCACTF entry, during the Festival year, is invited to enter their work in the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship. There is no nomination process, nor is participation tied to the response or the respondent(s).

To participate, students need only register for the regional Design Exposition via the online registration form. Students must register even if they are listed on the production entry form and/or listed on the production response.

Students involved with participating productions may attend the regional festival regardless of whether the production itself is selected for the regional festival.


The student must then submit the following materials to Christopher Plummer, Regional Design, Technology & Management Co-Vice Chair by November 30, 2017, via email, fax or US Mail :

  • A letter of intent, written by the student, including: a short commentary of the stage manager's 'approach statement', a brief statement about why the student believes she/he will gain a positive experience by participating in the regional festival and her/his intention to practice stage management in the future.
  • A 1-page résumé.
  • A letter of support from the entered production's director or, if the director is unavailable, the student's closest stage management faculty/staff mentor outlining the student's strengths, weaknesses and an overview of the student's performance on the entered production.

What To Prepare for the Regional Festival

The Expo Display

Each student is required to bring her/his prompt script from the production. The prompt script should be the book(s) the student used during the actual production. If the original prompt script is in digital format, a printed copy of the Prompt Script must be generated for display at the Expo. Posters are no longer allowed for this event based on a decision made at the national DTM level. You are only allowed to present your prompt script(s).

The prompt script is not required to include ALL of the production's paperwork; these should include, but are not limited to:

  • The "Blocking Script" and the "Calling Script", as one or more books, with blocking and cue-calling notation.
  • Rehearsal and performance Log.
  • Schedules, including rehearsals, tech rehearsals, etc.

  • Pre-show/post-show checklists, shift schedules, French scenes, etc.

  • Forms, emails, communications, schedules, lists and plots.
  • Cast/Crew contact sheet, with phone numbers and addresses removed.

All of the above materials should be the bona-fide working versions, created during the actual production process. Prompt scripts will be on display as part of the regional Design Expo. Production photos that help to illustrate the production, and its challenges, may be included at the back of the prompt script, but are not required. There is no need to expunge the name of the stage manager's school from paperwork.

Festival Stage Management

Students participating in the KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship program are no longer required to manage a festival event as part of the Fellowship. However a new initiative is being introduced this year called the: Management Mentoring Program. Students participating in the Fellowship event are invited to submit materials to the coordinator of the Management Mentoring Program, Nicole Broughton <>, if you wish to be involved with the management of festival events, and work with other talented students from around the region. Follow this link to find out more about the program.



When the student checks in and is assigned a table space, she/he will also be given an assigned time at which the preliminary response will take place. Stage Managers will be asked to present their prompt book(s) to a panel of professional guest Respondents. Each stage manager will give a short oral presentation of their stage management process, noting special challenges with this production, followed by a question and answer session with the respondents. Exact timing will depend on the number of entries, but usually there is about a minute for the oral presentation, and about 4 minutes for the response. The Stage Management Respondents will select a group of stage managers to advance to a final round. The final round typically takes the format of creative problem solving based on a given scenario, or a mock job interview.

The respondents may choose one Stage Manager from Region III to be awarded a fellowship to attend the national festival, if they feel that there is work of sufficient quality, to advance to the national level. "Sufficient quality" will be determined by the Respondents and regional DTM chair(s). Please note: stage managers that are not present, will not be eligible for national consideration. Selection will be based on the following:

  • Professionalism and completeness of the prompt script and other paperwork;
  • Personal demeanor and communication skills, based on interviews and follow-up workshops;
  • And written material, submitted prior to the Regional Festival.

The KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship recipient will be announced at the regional festival awards ceremony, and will be invited to attend the national festival in Washington, D.C. in April.

Management Mentoring Program

Any student who would like to be more involved in managing events at festival is invited to participate in the Management Mentoring Program. Students who take part in the Management Mentoring Program have the opportunity to be involved in managing events which will include: the 10 minute play festival, Costume Parade and Evening of Scenes, Irene Ryans, as well as Design and general festival management. Additionally there will be workshops and roundtable discussions on the topic of Stage and Production Management with outside professionals.

This event is open to all students attending the festival, including those participating in the Stage Management Fellowship program, as well as students who are looking to further develop skills in Theatre and Stage Management. This program is not part of the National Stage Management Fellowship event but an opportunity to be involved with festival events and work with other student artists from around the region.

All interested students should send a resume as well as a letter of interest to Nicole Broughton by November 30, 2017.


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