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 DTM Expo: Regional Design Projects


Both realized and non-realized/paper projects are eligible to be considered for National Selection.

DTM Expo: Regional Design Projects

What is it?

Regional Design Projects are intended to serve Region III student designers with the opportunity to showcase their work for non-realized paper/classroom design projects, and to receive response to their work that will help them improve their design skills and grow as designers. 

There are two entry divisions, Undergraduate and Graduate. All entrants must be currently enrolled students of colleges and universities in Region III at the time of the festival.

Categories of entry include:

    • Costume Design
    • Lighting Design
    • Makeup Design
    • Scenic Design
    • Sound Design
    • (Wig/Hair Designs may be included as a Makeup Design entry, and Projection/Media Designs may be included under either Scenic or Lighting Design)

All entries must be original designs conceived and rendered by the entrant.

I’m going to go for it – How do I register?

  1. Register for the Festival
  2. Register for this event on the DTM registration page
  3. Prepare your materials and presentation

If entering more than one category, a separate form must be submitted for each entry. There is no entry fee.

Regional Design Projects List of Plays

Below is a suggested list of plays for the Regional Design Projects. A new list is announced each year. 

The Country Wife by William Wycherley

Seussical The Musical Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Modern Classic
Andha Yug: The Age of Darkness by Manoa

Big White Fog by Theodore Ward

BIPOC Playwrights
Art by Yazmina Reza

Female Identifying Playwrights
Decision Height by Meredith Levy

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Taylor Mac

Students may not enter more than one design in any category, but may enter multiple categories. A design may not to be entered in any other award category such as: DTM Expo Design, Allied Design and Technology, or Design Storm.

Students may not enter more than one design in any category, but may enter multiple categories. A design may not to be entered in any other award category such as: DTM Expo Design, Allied Design and Technology, or Design Storm.

KCACTF Region 3

Regional Design Project

2025 Suggestions



Tartuffe by Moliere by Richard Wilbur



The Wiz book by William F. Brown - Music by George Faison, Timothy Graphenreed, Charlie Smalls, Luther Vandross, Harold Wheeler - Lyrics by Charlie Smalls, Luther Vandross, Zachary Walzer


Modern Classic

An Enemy of the People adapted by Arthur Miller from Ibsen



The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh


BIPOC Playwrights

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage (also female identifying playwright) 


Female Identifying Playwrights

The Last Daughter by Rachel Luanne Strayer - Available through the New Play Exchange (https://newplayexchange.org/)



Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne




How to Prepare

Student designers are asked to prepare a display showing their design, and present it to a team of respondents at the Region III Festival. All designers will receive feedback in both an oral response session with a panel of design respondents and written response from regional faculty respondents.

Supporting materials that have proven most useful include combinations of the following: production photographs, a design statement in outline form, research images, preliminary sketches, white models, color models, color sketches, drafting including sections, recording of sound cues and manipulations that lead to those compositions, design bibles, story boards, costume plates, fabric and trim swatches, costume plot, cue synopsis, tracking sheets, and the like. This is in no way meant to be a definitive list. Choose elements that best articulate and document the conceptual approach, process, and the production. 

For more specific details, please visit the DTM How to Prepare page. 

Unrealized Design Projects at the National Festival

For the 2024 Festival, both realized and unrealized/paper design projects will be eligible for national selection. One student in each design discipline (Costume, Lighting, Projection, Scenic, and Sound) will be chosen from each region to attend the National Festival. 

At the National Festival, students will spend a week taking master classes from professional designers, presenting their design projects, and networking with student and professional designers from across the country. Students will be eligible for various professional learning opportunities, fellowships, and awards based on their projects and work during the festival. 

Faculty Written Responses

For any faculty interested in providing written responses to Regional Design Projects, please visit the Faculty Respondent page for more information. 

Special Recognition (Affiliated Awards):

In addition to recognition of outstanding work in each of the above categories, there is also additional special recognition given at the Regional Festival. 

Focal Press/Rafael Jaen Showcase Award

The Focal Press/Rafael Jaen Showcase Award is dedicated to first-time KCACTF Design, Technology, and Management entrants in Regional entries. It is meant to inspire young DTM practitioners and encourage their studies in DTM fields.

Respondents will look for work that best answers following questions:

  • Does the presentation have design substance in one or all of these areas: clear concept or premise, clear dramaturgical or technical research, and clear specs or workbooks?
  • Is there innovation in the project’s approach in the use of technology, materials, design execution, etc? (i.e., a “green” approach, the use of digital software to facilitate the realization of the design, research on the use of new materials, or an innovative presentation style).

If a recipient is selected, it will be announced at the Region III Awards Ceremony. The recipient of the Focal Press/Rafael Jean Award will receive three books of their choosing from Focal Press.

DTM Team

Region 3

Peggy Mead-Finzio

Peggy Mead-Finzio

Co-Chair Design, Technology, & Management

Associate Professor of Theater
Saganaw Valley State University
Curtiss Hall 188
Saginaw, MI 48604

Ann Dasen

Ann Dasen

Co-Chair Design, Technology, & Management

Central Michigan University
Associate Professor of Costume Design and Makeup
Department of Theatre and Dance
Moore 152

Kim Instenes

Kim Instenes

Co-Vice Chair Design, Technology, & Management

Carthage College
Assistant Professor of Costume Design
Department of Theatre
Straz Center 62B

Jeff Sherwood

Jeff Sherwood

Co-Vice Chair Design, Technology, & Management

Michigan Technological University
Assistant Professor of Sound Design
Visual & Performing Arts
1400 Townsend Dr
Houghton, MI 49931

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