Exhibit- Student

Exhibit- Student

The Best Exhibit: Student Prize is $500

Sign Up to Exhibit

To reserve an exhibit space email: exhibit@merrittawards.com   Include the name of your faculty mentor(s), your area(s) of design, the full spelling of your name, your school, and your profession email address (so if you only have a campus address its time to switch over to gmail or something else that will work in the coming years).

Exhibit Guidelines

-Exhibitors will share tables, you will be given 4ft wide by 3ft deep of table space.

-All tables will be against a wall if you need to lean a board up.

-We will supply black table cloths to cover the tables.

-Exhibitors are prohibited from taping or adhering work to any wall surface.

-If you require power for a laptop or model lights please bring a small extension cord. Bring your own power strip as needed.

-If you need Wi-Fi or ethernet please email us in advance and we will do our best to arrange it.  It is recommended that any digital content work without an internet connection.

-The tables will be assigned when you arrive.

– You are welcome to bring dress forms for costume presentation.

-Setup is from 3pm-4:30pm

-The exhibit will open at 5pm. It is recommended that exhibitors stay at their tables to meet folks. Exhibits should stay up until 10:00pm.

-The exhibition will take place in the lobby of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

Attendance Sponsorship

Sponsorships to cover the cost of  parking and attendance are also available. If you need financial help to exhibit simply email a brief bio to exhibit@merrittawards.com with subject line “seeking Attendance Sponsorship 2018″.


Adjudication Criteria

Designs – Originality & Creativity: 
Do the designs exhibited demonstrate an innovative and/or a compelling artistic voice?

Exhibit – Originality & Creativity: 
Does the exhibit itself contain innovation and/or other evidence of originality? 

Context and Conceptual Clarity:
Does the exhibitor provide clear context for the designs; rationale, reference materials, director goals, etc.?

Does the exhibit demonstrate substantial range of methods, approaches, mediums and/or materials across the work of the designer?

Quality and Professionalism:   
Do the exhibit materials and presentation demonstrate mastery of technical/craft skills appropriate to the design discipline?


The exhibition judging panel is shaping up to be an amazing list this year. A wonderful cross-section of directors from varying sizes and styles of theaters. So some great eyes looking to hire new designers will be guaranteed to look at your work. Sign up to exhibit today!

Last year’s guest jurors included:

Ally Greaves Amidei, Artistic Director at WildClaw Theatre,

Nick Bowling, Associate Artistic Director at Timeline,

Lili-Anne Brown, Artistic Director at Baliwick,

Geoff Button, freelance Director,

Scott Cummins, freelance Director,

Majel Cuza, Production Manager at Theater Wit,

Aaron Todd Douglas, freelance Director,

Matt Hawkins, freelance Director,

Reginald Lawrence, Artistic Director at MPAACT

Terry McCabe, Artistic Director at City Lit

Jess McLeod, Director at The Music Theatre Company

Mike Menendian, Producing Director for Raven

Scott Miller, Production Manager at Victory Gardens

Dorothy Milne, Artisitic Director at Lifeline

Ron Parsons, Artistic Director at Court

Amy Rubenstein, Artistic Director at Windy City Playhouse

Nick Sandys, Artistic Director at Remy Bumppo

Jacqueline Stone, Artistic Director at TUTA and Emerald City Theatre Company

Mary Zimmerman, Freelance Director