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VHO hosts a modular set design competition! Who can design the most innovative and affordable mobile set, empowering the next generation of performing arts companies and schools across the nation?

The Ready.Set Competition is seeking a set design that will rethink what a set can be.  

A prestigious multidisciplinary jury will select up to three finalists at the Tom Tom Summit and Festival in April 2019, based on criteria of creativity, versatility, a high-end design aesthetic, acoustics, stability and ease of construction.

The finalists will then receive a stipend to further develop and refine their design with VHO over the summer of 2019.  VHO will select one Winning Entry and will award a $2500 Prize in the Summer of 2019.

The winning design will be constructed and used in VHO's mainstage productions. The design will also be available as an affordable, licensed download from VHO, allowing smaller arts orgs with minimal resources to produce contemporary, mobile, versatile sets.


winning entry to be announced summer 2019

The Ready.Set Competition is co-sponsored by VMDO Architects, hosted by the Tom Tom Festival, and is also made possible by The Music Academy of the West 2019 Alumni Enterprise Awards.