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2023 Ten Minute Play Festival Set Design Competition

We are calling for submissions of set designs for our 2023 production of our ten-minute play festival. The theme of the festival is Wedding Reception, and the set design should be appropriate for that theme. The winner will be awarded a prize of $100 and two tickets to each performance.
Deadline for Submissions: September 15, 2022.



  • The set design must be appropriate for the theme of the festival.

  • Materials for the design should not cost more than $1000, and ideally be less than $500.

  • We have many flats and panels (including doors) available for free, and you can assume any common furniture can be available.

  • A floor plan of the Hearn Stage can be found at here. See notes about the floor plan below.

  • We are looking for creative set designs, but we will not have professional carpenters working with us, so avoid designs that will be extremely difficult to build.

  • The design package you send us should have a narrative description (a paragraph might be enough) and any floor plan, rendering, sketch or material list you can provide should be submitted on this form.


  • The material should not have your name anywhere; we will judge the designs anonymously.

  • There needs to be audience seating for at least 100 people. You can arrange that seating as you see fit. The easiest, though least creative, way would be to keep the risers for seating where they are.

  • A lighting design is not necessary (we’ll light the space as we think appropriate), but you may wish to list any special lighting you want (like top lighting on the glass statue you place prominently on stage).

Notes about Hearn Stage floor plan.

The tech booth is located at the middle of the left-hand wall; it is raised about 8 feet from the ground, so you could have something below it. The doors at the upper left and upper right open onto the lobby. The door at the lower right opens to backstage and the dressing rooms, so actors’ entrances and exits from the space should probably be screened by something. The large door on the bottom wall is a rolling garage-type door which is commonly kept closed during
performances. The door on the lower left exits the building. The shaded squares indicate pillars; be aware of them to provide clear sight lines to the audience. The large rectangles near the left side of the space indicate the usual position of risers upon which we place seating (for around 130); you can arrange seating however you’d like, with risers or not. The rectangles between pillars represent the usual location of our stage; you can place the stage wherever you’d like, and can use decking and walls to delimit it, or any other way to provide space for the scenes. The space is not ideal for having multiple levels, unless the levels only differ by four feet or less. We have curtains that can run from the pillars to the nearest side wall, if you want “wings” on each side of the stage.

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