The Dallas ISD Visual and Performing Arts Department held the Tech Olympics on Sept. 30 at Richland College.
Every Dallas ISD high school with a Technical Theatre Program participated and competed in the event representing more than 100 students from nine different schools, giving them the chance to collaborate with students from across the district. Seventy students participated in workshops given by Richland Theatre College Tech Director Jennifer Owen, including a college information session with Andy Long, the head of theatre.
Eighty students competed in Team Design Challenges; fifty-six students competed in Tech Tournament Challenges; and 25 students from across all nine high schools were nominated for the Top Tech Student Award. Three Students from the competition were selected as Top Tech Students, allowing them to return to Richland to take part of the Tech Process for one of their Mainstage Shows.
All students participated in a Tech Panel lead by Long, discussing Tech Theatre as a career with four Theatre Professionals. Eight DFW Technical Theatre professionals acted as judges and mentors throughout the day, working with Dallas ISD students in various competition events. DallasI SD students had the opportunity to work with eight Richland College Theatre students, giving them the opportunity to ask questions about pursuing Technical Theatre after College.