Tech olympics

The popular Tech Olympics brings teams of student members and their coaches from colleges and universities around the country to compete in a timed series of events designed to test their skills at the various disciplines involved in theatre production.


Featured events this year include the solo competitions in lighting, knot tying, and props events, and team competitions for the sound, and stage management events.  This year’s mystery event features a new skill for the Tech Olympics, but it is a skill that all young professionals in the entertainment industry should know.


Our adjudication team is packed with skilled professionals from the academic and the professional world.  They have traveled from all over the USA to work with the student competitors.  Also, the prizes for the best scores keep getting better and better!  In addition to our regular donors, we have several new companies who are donating prizes this year.   Compete!  Learn Skills!  Win prizes! 


Please be sure to sign up for the event before noon on Friday, March 16 so that we have time to get everyone logged into the score sheet before the competition begins!



Team Formation

  • There are two types of teams: Competition Teams and Exhibition Teams.

  • In order to qualify to be a Competition Team, the team must have a minimum of four (4) eligible team members and a maximum of eight (8) eligible team members.

  • A maximum of one (1) graduate student is allowed on each Competition Team, and the remainder of the team must be made up of undergraduate students or high school students.

  • If a team has more than one (1) graduate student as competing members, they may participate ONLY as an Exhibition Team.

  • Only Competition Teams may qualify to win the trophy, and only members of a Competition Team may qualify to win prizes.

  • Due to time limitations, preference will be given to competitors from Competition Teams.



  • Each participant MUST be registered as a full conference attendee.  No persons with “expo only” passes can participate in events.  Anyone associated with the conference may observe.

  • Graduate students may participate, but only one (1) graduate student is allowed per Competition Team.

  • Faculty members may ONLY participate on Exhibition Teams.

  • An individual person may only participate on one (1) team.

  • Graduate students and faculty members who are not listed as team members may serve as coaches, coordinators, and/or advisors, but may not compete in any events or enter into any event competition area.


Events and Safety

  • Due to the growing popularity of the Tech Olympics, participation will be limited to one attempt per person or group (if a group event).  Each team may participate multiple times in any event, as long as no individual person participates more than once.  For example, a team of six may participate in a solo event up to six times (one attempt for each team member), but may participate in a three-person event only twice (two three-person teams with no repeats).

  • A single person can compete in any event ONLY ONCE, even in team participation events, and can only participate in any given event on one score sheet.

  • Adjudicators have the discretion to prevent a person from participating in any event if he/she feels that the participant may be injured, or may injure others. 

  • No person will be allowed to compete while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, prescribed drugs that can cause drowsiness, lightheadedness, or disorientation.

  • Specific personal protection equipment will be provided at each event, however, each participant must wear appropriate attire in order to be allowed to participate.  Specifically:

    • Wear durable, comfortable clothing that protects you from known hazards. Jeans and a T-shirt are the standard uniform for most conditions.  Loose fitting clothing is not recommended, and may result in disqualification, depending on the event and the adjudicator.

    • Wear sturdy leather shoes that cover the foot entirely up to the ankle.  Open toed shoes of any sort are forbidden.

    • Long hair must be put up or tied back. A cap can also be used to keep your hair up.

    • Large rings or dangling jewelry will not be allowed in certain event areas.  It is better to leave them behind for the evening.

    • Lighting – You can bring your own gloves as long as they have full fingers (not fingerless) and bring your own wrench as long as it is a standard C-wrench.  Adjudicators have the discretion to allow or disallow these items.

  • Posted event rules may be amended by the adjudicators to facilitate a safer or smoother event.

  • A person or event team may be disqualified if the adjudicators feel that the person or team is placing themselves or others in jeopardy.

  • A person or event team may be disqualified if the adjudicators feel that the person or team is ignoring the spirit of the event.

  • Team spirit is highly encouraged, and we loved to hear cheers for your teammates.  However, some events require quiet.  Cheering near the props event and floor taping event will not be allowed.  Teams who violate this rule will be given one warning.  A second warning will disqualify all members of the team from winning prizes or earning the trophy.









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