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BACKstage Challenge

Form your teams and bring your A-game! It's time for a high-energy, skills-based technical theatre showdown!


Attention BACKStage students: technicians, costumers, stage managers, and more! An all-new reimagining of the ITF Tech Challenge will premiere in 2024, as Disney Live Entertainment presents the BACKstage Challenge! Six events (each a twist on familiar challenges of the past) will give four-person teams an opportunity to demonstrate a range of backstage skills. Each team will be invited to submit qualifying scores early in the week, with top teams competing on stage in an action-packed final round on Friday of festival week!

A Few Important Things to Note:

  • All teams are four-person teams, and every event is a team event involving all four members. Theatre is a team sport!
  • Each troupe will have the opportunity to pre-register one team, with additional entries considered on a space-available basis.
  • Individuals, pairs, or trios who want to take part will have the opportunity to join forces to create four-person inter-troupe teams.
  • We'll even have on-site registration available as space allows!
Stay tuned for more information as we reveal the six events for 2024, and how even the spectators at Friday's final round can get in on the act.

Disney Live Entertainment is the global team that brings the magic of Disney to life for Disney's theme parks, resorts, cruise ships, and other destinations. From stage shows, street performances and character greetings, to award-winning parades and nighttime spectaculars, the team at Disney Live Entertainment works behind the scenes on some of the world's most unusual stages.

We hope you'll join members of this team at ITF this summer, as we work to elevate the talents of all those who contribute behind the scenes. Created in alignment with EdTA and USITT's BACKstage Exam, the BACKstage Challenge is a chance for Thespians to show off their skills and forge new connections in a fun and exciting way. We look forward to seeing you BACKstage!

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