Tech Olympics

USITT Midwest and Northern Illinois University will offer an opportunity for students to participate in Tech Olympics.

Session I - Morning
Session II - Afternoon
(Exact times coming soon)

Get your fellow techies and test your skills in wiring a plug, focusing a light, tying a knot, setting props, nicopress crimping, costume changing, sound set up, and flat construction.  This event requires pre-registration, but if there is still room, we welcome you to participate!  If you're not competing, come watch and cheer on your favorite team.

This year's events will be:

1. Nico-press (rigging)
2. Quick Change (costume)
3. *New* Seam-rip: A 3-4 inch sewn patch must be seam ripped as quickly as possible. Time penalties for ripped fabric, holes, and as always, injuries. (safety rippers used) (costume)
4. Leg a Platform (scenery)
5. focus a light (lighting)
6. Prop table (Properties)
7. Make a sound board work (Sound)
8. Knot tying, Clove hitch w/ 2 half hitches, sheep bend, bowline on a bucket
9. *New* Cartooning (paint): Students get 30 seconds to look at a basic-moderate cartooned drawing projected, then they have 2 minutes to redraw the cartooned piece to the best of their memory. Judging uses a predetermined rubric where certain areas drawn such as intersections and objects must be seen to get points. Points convert to an overall time.  

10. A Secret Event
- Scenic in nature
- Not leg a platform
- Requires 4+ team
- May take 10-15 minutes per team
- On-site sign up needed

*Note: As always we strive to make the Tech Olympics a fun competitive event in which students work together to achieve the best for themselves and their school. This year we would invite teams going for the prizes to complete 7 of the 8 named events and the secret event. 

Click here for a description of each event. (link available soon)

Click here to pre-register. (limited registration - sign up early)


  • You can earn certificates, T-shirts, and goodies from the participating vendors and the USITT-Midwest Section.
  • You can practice an event prior to completing it (except for flat construction).  
  • All schools that enter must participate in each of the 8 events to be eligible for the team award.
  • An individual may participate in as many events as they would like to test their skill, subject to time.
  • A school may have as many as eight (8) participants or as few as one (1) as long as all events are completed (flat construction must be done by a minimum of two people).
Contact Tom Skobel (847-540-4209) or Katie Apperson (217-778-7037)
Illinois Thespians

Illinois Thespians will offer an opportunity for students to bring an individual event to the Festival.

Pre-register for Individual Events by Friday, December 21, 2018 

This event will be adjudicated and every student will receive critical feedback on his/her presentation. Presenters who receive superiors on their entries will receive a medal, and have the opportunity to bring their entries to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska next summer.

Contact Us

Illinois Theatre Association
Ph: 312.265.5922

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