*** The Michael Philippi Prize for best professional exhibitor has been increased to $1000!***
All working professional designers and technicians are welcome to exhibit.
-Exhibitors will share tables, you will be given 4ft wide by 30in deep of table space.
-Some tables will be against a wall if you need to lean a board up.
-We will supply black tablecloths 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.
-Wi-Fi will be available.
-The tables will be assigned when you arrive.
– You are welcome to bring dress forms for costume presentation. Choose a table at the end of a row.
-Setup is from 3pm-4:30pm
-The exhibit will open at
The cost of exhibiting and attending the awards event is combined in one ticket. For professionals that cost is $20. Purchase your professional exhibitor ticket here.
Reserve Your Space
Now please purchase your ticket from the link above.
THE MICHAEL PHILIPPI PRIZE FOR BEST EXHIBIT: PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER
This annual award recognizes the most outstanding professional designer exhibit at the Designer Expo with a $1000 prize.
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?
Sustained Activity & Accomplishment:
Does the exhibit demonstrate substantial scope and variety across the work of the designer?
Context and Conceptual Clarity:
Does the exhibitor provide clear context for the designs; rationale, reference materials, director goals, etc.?
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:
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