Dear Design Showcase West Community,

As we all navigate these unprecedented times, and for the first time in its 18-year history, Design Showcase West this year will be featuring The Design Showcase West Student Gallery — Class of 2020, a digital exhibition of outstanding student work. We will be featuring high-caliber graduate student work from the same partner schools with whom we have previously collaborated — including NYU Tisch School of the Arts, California Institute of the Arts and American Film Institute, among others.

Design Showcase West has a long history of studio executives, film and television producers, theater artistic directors and professional designers attending to meet the fresh rising stars in the field of theatrical design. With exhibits ranging from costume design to scenic, sound, lighting and production design, this exciting experience will be translated to the digital space to connect you to remarkable emerging talent, just as the event has done in the past.

Additionally, a live event featuring our industry partners will also be presented as part of the Design Showcase West festivities. More information on this event will be announced soon.

As you know, Design Showcase West is the only national entertainment design showcase on the West Coast featuring the work of graduate students from the nation’s top university design programs. Even though we cannot be together at this excellent event in person this year, I am very happy that we are able to continue this longstanding tradition of presenting the finest work from the future leaders in the industry.

While we intend to be back live for another outstanding edition in 2021 for Design Showcase West’s 19th anniversary, we hope to see you online in June for this digital presentation to our artistic community.

Cordially,


  • Dominic Taylor
  • Chair, Department of Theater
  • UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

    DSW, created by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is the only national entertainment design showcase on the West Coast featuring the work of graduate students from the nation's top university design programs. Exhibits range from costume design to scenic, sound, lighting and production design. Studio executives, film and television producers, theater artistic directors and professional designers attend DSW to meet the industry's fresh rising stars.


    Design Showcase West is presented by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Department of Theater


    See the 2019 Design Showcase West Program for a directory of 2019 Student Exhibitors.




    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

    2019 — Mark Worthington, production designer, American Horror Story
    2018 — Paul Tazewell, costume designer, Hamilton
    2017 — Deborah Riley, production designer, Game of Thrones
    2016 — Quentin Tarantino, filmmaker, Django Unchained
    2015 — Bill Prady, producer, The Big Bang Theory
    2014 — Ellen Mirojnick, costume designer, The Knick
    2013 — Rod Holcomb, director, ER
    2012 — Judith Dolan, costume designer, Candide
    2011 — Guillermo del Toro, director, Pan’s Labyrinth
    2010 — Randall Kleiser, director, Grease
    2009 — Roy Christopher, production designer, Frasier

    2019 Participants

    American Film Institute

    California Institute of the Arts

    California State University, Long Beach

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Chapman University's
    Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

    Northwestern University

    NYU Tisch School of the Arts

    Ohio University

    Penn State University

    San Diego State University

    UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

    University of California, Davis

    University of California, Irvine

    University of California, San Diego

    University of Georgia

    University of Missouri-Kansas City

    The University of Texas at Austin

    University of Washington