ASTC and USITT launch venue renovation challenge
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
astc-touseThe ASTC member judges will make their final selection for awards based on both the submitted design and the live presentation
USA - ASTC and USITT have announced the fifth collaborative project between university students and ASTC member theatre consultants. Projects will be presented at the USITT 2019 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on 20-23 March 2019.
By working together with a professional theatre consultant as a mentor, students will learn more about how venues are designed or renovated. Additionally, students will see performance spaces differently and therefore will be exposed to other available career paths within the entertainment industry. Teams may consist of undergraduate or graduate theatre students and should be under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
Working together, the teams will select a theoretical project of a building that is on, or accessible, from the team’s campus. They will survey and study the current conditions and develop a plan to transform the subject space to meet the team’s stated concept goals. Potential projects include: substantial improvements to an existing theatre; conversion of non-performance space into a new performance space; changing the form and function of an existing theatre.
The ASTC member judges will make their final selection for awards based on both the submitted design and the live presentation. One team will be presented the Edgar L. Lustig Honour Award, and a Director’s Award may be presented to a second team by the judges.
Save the dates below to make sure students and advisors plan this project for the 2018-19 academic year. Say the organisers, advisors should consider including this project into the Team’s curriculum for academic credit. A $400 travel stipend will be provided and conference registration fees will be waived for the first four students from separate teams who request financial assistance. Applications are due by 26 October 2018.
(Jim Evans)

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