ASTC USITT Venue Renovation Challenge 2019

by Michael Eddy
The ASTC and USITT Venue Renovation Challenge will be held at the USITT Conference in March, 2019, in Louisville, KY
The ASTC and USITT Venue Renovation Challenge will be held at the USITT Conference in March, 2019, in Louisville, KY

ASTC and USITT are pleased to announce 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 – March 20-23, 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 Honor 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. 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 Due: October 26, 2018, 5:00 PM EST
Team Concept Statements Due: November 9, 2018, 5:00 PM EST
Submissions Due: February 15, 2019, 5:00PM EST
Conference Presentation: The public presentation will be during the USITT 2019 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky - March 20-23, 2019

Further information about the ASTC – USITT Venue Renovation Challenge, its history, past student entries, and the 2019 Challenge dates, deadlines and forms can all be found at:

Questions about the Challenge, Contact: Van Phillips ASTC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.