METG Set Design Contest


To recognize the talents of high school students and reward their excellence in the area of scenic design. The METG will award a designated number of awards to eligible high school students based on talent demonstrated in a set design presentation. Since its inception in 1992, the METG has awarded $77,900 to 129 students.

Eligibility: Students in grades 9 – 12 are eligible for this contest

The applicant’s high school must be a member of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild during the academic year of his or her application. Results of the judges’ decisions will be posted on the METG web site, and winners will be notified in writing. Winners will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony at the culmination of The Massachusetts State Drama Festival Finals.

Application Process and Fee:

Students must complete and submit a “Contest Application Form” signed by a sponsoring teacher.

There is a $15.00 non-refundable fee per application for students from member schools. The fee is $20 for students from non-member schools.. Once the online application is filled out, it should be printed and mailed along with check payable to “METG” to the address below.


P.O. Box 2538

Mashpee, MA 02649

(774) 521-3022

Application Deadlines:

The online  “HS Contest Application Form,” must be completed, including the name of the sponsoring teacher.

The application deadline for Set Design is November 1. Since applicants for the set design contest will receive specific competition guidelines, they are advised to apply early to assure themselves sufficient preparation time.

Scholarship Competition Dates and Locations:

The Set Design contest presentations will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. John’s Prep School in Danvers, MA. In the event of a snow emergency, the competition will be held on Sunday, December 2.

Set Design Process:

Upon receipt of the “Contest Application Form,” METG will mail the applicant specific guidelines for the submission of a set design entry. The applicant will select a scene from a published play of his or her choosing and design a set for that choice. The guidelines will also include information about formats and materials to be used.

The applicant’s design concept must be original and its rendering must be exclusively his or her own work. Judging will be based on the quality of the design’s concept and execution and its appropriateness to the selected play.

Design applicants will present their entries in person on the day of the scholarship competition. Judges will interview design applicants about their work. Further information regarding the day’s schedule will be provided at a later date.

Recognizing that good set design takes careful thought and detailed preparation, applicants are advised to apply well in advance of the November 1st deadline. Requirements and examples on following pages.


1. Students may design ANY show of their choosing.

2. Students must bring a copy of the script.

3. Students must be ready to present an oral concept statement for the show.4. Students will present a design that is completely original.

5. Students will present a floor play drawn to scale.

6. Students may present a 14” x 18” color rendering of their set design AND/OR they may present a three-dimensional model of their set using the scale of ¼” to the foot.

7. Students may/should bring any additional materials that will aid in their presentation (such as, but not limited to: color or fabric swatches, building material samples.)

8. Students must be ready to discuss their entries with the judges and answer any questions. This may include subjects like design concept and how it supports the script, practicality of the set design, and usability of the set design.

9. All sets should be designed to fit in the Back Bay Events Center. The dimensions and capabilities of the Back Bay Events Center in a scaled floor plan will be sent to the participant upon application. You can download the specifications for the Events Center at this address: