Scenofest Common Design Project

Nov 26, 2021

The Scenofest Common Design Project is an initiative to bring design students around the world together to discuss their work with their peers and professional designers during Scenofest 2022. Applicants will create a design based on the script antigone lives*, a new play by Canadian playwright, Susanna Fournier.

antigone lives* will be part of Scenofest at WSD 2022 in Calgary, Canada and will include a hybrid (physical artifacts and digital) exhibit. Students and emerging designers are invited to participate in critical discussion with each other and with prominent international artists in a combined in-person and online format. The participants will have the chance to talk with the playwright of antigone lives* at the University of Calgary.

The Play and Design Challenge

antigone lives* is a contemporary re-telling of Sophocles’ original play Antigone. Part rave, part family drama, the script moves between the personal and the political, from the dramatic to post-dramatic, defying convention. Fournier leaves space for daring interpretations and speaks in the language of contemporary young adults.

Designs should confront and give rise to the visual challenges found in this contemporary version of the famous ancient text of Sophocles. Students will present and compare their work with the work of their peers from around the world.

Who can Participate

Students and emerging designers from all areas of performance design (set, costume, lighting, projection, and sound). You can participate as an individual designer or as part of a creative team.


Those who wish to exhibit their work in-person are required to take responsibility for the delivery of their work to and from Calgary, and they are invited and encouraged to attend Scenofest. The cost of travelling to Calgary and transporting exhibits is the responsibility of the individual exhibitor. The exhibitor agreement will be available upon notification of acceptance to the competition.

How to participate
  1. To receive the script, register on the Smartsheet here.
  2. Download the play with the password sent to you by the Scenofest Common Design Project team.
  3. Upload your designs to the Submittable portal by May 15, 2022. ($25 USD fee for participation)
  4. Plan to attend WSD and Scenofest in Calgary! Register here for the in-person or digital conference!