Exhibit- Professional

Exhibit- Professional

*** The Michael Philippi Prize for best professional exhibitor has been increased to $1000!***


All working professional designers and technicians are welcome to exhibit.

Exhibit Guidelines

-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 5pm. It is recommended that exhibitors stay at their tables to meet folks. Exhibits should stay up until 10:00pm. Please do not strike your exhibit until after 10pm.

Ticket Cost

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.


Email:  fmaggio at colum dot edu with any and all questions about the 2019 Exhibition. Not sure how to showcase your work, we’d love to help.


This annual award recognizes the most outstanding professional designer exhibit at the Designer Expo with a $1000 prize.

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?

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