• Can a team consist of more than two persons?

Participants are required to form teams consisting of at least one director and one stage designer. However, we invite more team members, such as costume designers, dramaturgs, composers, etc.

  • I will already be 36 years old in 2019: which date of birth will qualify me to participate in the competition? Can one team member have already passed the age limit if the other person is under 36?

Persons born on 19 August 1983 or later qualify to participate in the RING AWARD. This applies to all team members. No exceptions.

  • Which data need to be submitted at online registration?
  1. personal data (name, address, nationality, date of birth, contact data)
  2. scans of passport and of receipt certifying payment of registration fee
  3. brief curriculum vitae (course of studies taken, previous artistic activities)
  4. short versions of the director’s and designer’s conceptions for the whole competition opera
  5. a draft of the set and costume design for the whole competition opera
  6. a storyboard of the conceptions
  • Where can I fnd the blueprints for the Schauspielhaus Graz main stage?

They can be downloaded on the “Registration & Submission” page or right here.

  • Which form is the storyboard expected to take?

A storyboard is expected to explain on the basis of the complete score of the “Don Giovanni” the concrete activities on the stage (directions and design) step by step in the sequence of scenes. It is also essential to consider the musical text. The individual formation of the storyboard is left to the participants’ own decision. It may consist of model photos describing the scenes, or of drawn images with stage directions.

  • What is the difference between the online submission and the portfolio sent by surface mail?

The online submission should be a condensed but representative version of your concept (however, it can also be identical to your portfolio, if not too extensive). The files are ideally printable on DIN A4 as they will be in the jury-folders throughout to competition. The initial main focus should be on the bound portfolio (no larger than DIN A3) which should be a comprehensive representation of your vision for the complete competition opera. It will be judged in the first round and should therefore contain everything to convince the jury of your concept.

  • Which file formats can be used for online registration, and what is the maximum size of the files?

For file uploads you may use the formats .pdf, .jpg, .png and .gif (other formats are not supported by the system and lead to a complete cancellation of the registration). No file must be larger than 16 MB. In case of incorrect inputs the files need to be re-uploaded.

  • Which items should the portfolios sent by post contain?
  1. description/presentation of the director’s and designer’s conceptions of the complete competition opera
    The portfolio should be comprehensive and representative of your conception. The material (folders, etc.) must not exceed the measure of DIN A3. (The online registration may/should contain a concise version of the portfolio.) The proposed concept (technical drawings, set layouts, etc.) must conform to the stage of Schauspielhaus Graz and bear in mind the technical conditions of the venue. The technical drawings can be downloaded here.
  2. optional: a film file of five minutes‘ length at most (CD-ROM, DVD, USB) of an already realised project (if available)

The portfolio needs to be bound – no loose sheets!

  • What needs to be carefully observed when submitting the portfolio in order to guarantee anonymity?

It has to be strictly observed that the names of the participants as well as any other information which would enable their identification (institutions, nationalities, etc.) do not appear on the cover of the portfolio or anywhere else on the texts or pictures, etc. Anyone not complying with this regulation will be excluded from the competition. The address of the sender or team name(s) can of course be stated on the envelope (- but nowhere on the bound portfolio itself).

  • At which stage of the competition is the maximum limit of the budget (stage design: € 17.500, costumes: € 6.500, makeup: €1.000) of relevance?

The budget applies to the stage realization of the given part of the competition opera at the finals. Nonetheless the budget should already be kept in mind when submitting the designs as their feasibility within the given budget is an essential assessment criterion of the competition. Any cost overruns at the stage of preparation for the finals give reason for an exclusion from the competition and offer other contestants an opportunity of moving up. The exact budget calculations have to be handed in for the semifinal (not the initial submission)

  • What is the deadline for registration and submission?

For both the online registration and the submission by post (date of postmark) the deadline is 19 August 2019.

The postal submission should arrive in Graz no later than 4 September 2019. Address:

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst
Institut 11 Bühnengestaltung / RING AWARD 20
Leonhardstrasse 82-84
8010 Graz