Technical Guidelines

**These are guidelines from our previous festival in 2016.  We will update the guidelines as they will pertain to our upcoming festival in 2018.  Thank you!

We hope you'll consider participating in the festival November 3-5, 2016. These guidelines are provided to give you some idea of the technical elements that will be available to you as you work on your piece. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Robin Suing at

1. Timeframe
Please limit your performance to 20 minutes or less. If a scene(s) from your fall show is appropriate, feel free to use that. Please, make sure that your one-act fits this time limit to allow time for set-up and take-down.

2. Space
Our black box theatre will be set up in a thrust configuration. We encourage you to use this space to its fullest potential as you direct. A ground plan is included and shows dimensions and entrances/exits.

The back "wall" of the stage will consist of black curtains to keep it as flexible as possible for all the pieces. Typically, a black box space lends itself to a more suggestive use of space (i.e., not a realistic set). Think outside the box and be creative when creating your ground plan and staging your piece.

3. Set
Some simple set pieces/furniture from Dordt's stock are available to you:

  • Stock platforms (4'x8' and 4'x4') that can be legged at various heights
  • A freestanding door
  • Tables (one small and one large)
  • Chairs
  • Bench
  • Loveseat
  • Black rehearsal cubes

Your list of set pieces is due on September 30. We are not able to guarantee the availability of these items beyond this date.

Check out the theatre layout.

4. Props
You will have access to our props room. However, if you have special or unusual props necessary for your piece, we recommend that you bring them with you. Please send your props list to by September 30, 2016.

5. Costumes
We ask you to bring your own costumes. Our costume shop will be available to you for any last minute fixes or costume emergencies.

6. Lights and Sound
We will provide a basic lighting plot for your piece. We might be able to accommodate one special need or enhancement. Please email your special lighting needs request to by September 30 and indicate on a ground plan what you would like. If you have sound effects/music, please burn them on a CD and bring them with you.

We will provide sound and light runners for your production. A carefully marked script with light and sound cues indicated must be mailed to Dordt two weeks prior to the festival in order for our board operators to become familiar with the cues.

A PDF file of a basic light plot will be posted on the website soon.

7. Rehearsal time
You will have one tech rehearsal in the theatre before you perform the piece. Dordt staff will be available to help you during this rehearsal. A two-hour block of time has also been set aside on Saturday morning for additional acting rehearsal if needed. These rehearsals will take place in designated rehearsal rooms (the performance venue will not be available).

For more technical information please contact Laura Berkompas by email or phone: (712) 722-6209
For any other questions contact Robin Suing by email or phone: (712) 722-6208

Mailing Address: Dordt Theatre Department
Attn: Robin Suing
Dordt College
498 4th Ave NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250