Lighting Design Contest

About the Program

Lighting design is one of the most important theatrical design disciplines. Once you know where a show will be performed you need to know how you’re going to light it; actors need to be seen or it is just a radio show. Lighting is also used to set the tone of a scene, convey meaning, and draw attention to specific action just to name a few. Recognizing the incredible skills this can entail, we have expanded our technical contests to include a lighting design category. We want to see how you take us from the woods of Maine to the streets of New York and anywhere in between using the power of light.

Eligibility & Application


The Lighting Design Contest is open to any student in grades 9-12. Entrants may work alone or in teams.

  1. Submit the online METG HS Contest Entry Form (

  1. Once you receive the confirmation email of your registration, print and send a copy with your registration fee to:

Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild

P.O. Box 2538

Mashpee, MA 02649

  1. The registration fee is $15 per student for METG member schools and $20 for non-member schools. The registration fee is Non-Refundable.


Using a published work of your choosing, choose 2-3 scenes around which to design an original concept and light plot for a hypothetical production of your chosen show. Scenes need not be consecutive, but it is highly recommended to allow you to show transitions.Shows may include traditional plays or musicals. Presentations should include the following elements:


Presentations will be made on Saturday December 1, 2018 at St, John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, MA (Snow Day Sunday December 2, 2018.) Each presentation will take between 20-30 minutes. Once we have the final list of entrants, we will send out a schedule for the day*.

*We know that some students may choose to enter multiple contests. We make every effort to coordinate this but on occasion miss an overlap. If you get your schedule and notice one we missed, please inform us as soon as possible.

Judging Criteria

Different students will naturally be at different points in their journeys and as such will have greatly varied experiences and skills. To try to make the contest as fair as possible while promoting openness to all students, and because artistic judgment is by default subjective, judging will focus almost as much on presentation as the actual design. It will be broken down as follows:

Judging will be performed by a panel of 3 judges who are industry professionals. Decisions are made collaboratively. There will be at least one winner. Additional awards are at the discretion of the judges. All decisions are final.


If you have any further questions regarding the contest please contact Dan Biser at with Lighting Design Contest 2018 in the subject.

Have fun, be creative, and we look forward to seeing your presentations.