Michael Teague Wins National KCACTF Award for “The Father”
Michael Teague: setting the stage for awesomeness!
Michael Teague won the National award for Excellence in Scenic Design at the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival competition for Outstanding Theatrical Design in Washington D.C. in March 2019 for his stage set/scenic design for University Theatre’s “The Father.”
Michael first won the regional competition for Design Excellence when the University of Oregon hosted the KCACTF Region 7 festival in February 2018. Region 7 encompasses all colleges in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming. KCACTF is comprised of 8 regions and only a total of 64 theatre tech students from all regions can advance to the National Competition. While in D.C., Michael placed first out of all 64 invitees. This is an immense accomplishment and we should celebrate Michael’s brilliance and commitment to the craft of Theatre.
As part of his award package, Michael won a weeklong intensive seminar to study new advances in stage tech in Las Vegas and was invited to show his set designs in Prague at the Prague Quadrennial. The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space was established in 1967 to bring the best of design for performance, scenography, and theatre architecture to the front line of cultural activities to be experienced by professional and emerging artists as well as the general public.
The purpose of the KCACTF award presentations and responses is to provide outstanding student designers and technicians with the opportunity to showcase their work at regional festivals, where they will receive valuable feedback from professionals working in the field. Awards are presented to designs and other allied crafts appraised on the basis of quality, effectiveness, originality, and visual presentation techniques. National award recipients will exhibit their work at the Kennedy Center or at the USITT Conference.
Here are some photos of Michael’s award winning set design!