Directors' Page - Downeast Regional of the Maine Drama Festival

MDI Drama is pleased to host the 2020 Downeast Regional of the Maine Drama Festival on March 6-7. Please be sure to review the 2019-2020 Drama Council Bulletin and the official rulebook (see links below).

Festival materials are linked below in the Directors' Packet. NOTE: You will not receive a mailing from us as all pertinent documents are linked at the bottom of this page.

• Program and Festival Information: Please complete all of the online forms in the Directors' Packet as soon as possible. The deadline is Sunday, February 16th.

• The Master Schedule and Performance Schedule for the Festival weekend are posted below and will be updated soon. Doors will open half an hour before each block of plays, and no performance will start before the top of the hour. These will be updated as information becomes available or changes.

Tech Day is Saturday, February 29. All schools are expected to have a representative present.
  • 8:00AM - Doors open. Please arrive BEFORE 9AM if you plan to install special equipment or specials.
  • 11:00AM - General meeting, facility tour and basic demonstration of equipment.

All directors are required to complete the Special Installations Form (posted below) by Sunday, February 16th. Items that are not in place by the time of the meeting must at least be clearly indicated to the Festival Tech Director prior to the session. All directors must have the opportunity to see what will be available for use on Festival weekend. It is strongly suggested that you bring your light and sound operators to familiarize them with the operation of our equipment. Please do not bring all of your students.

Please bring a copy of your performance license/cutting permissions to Tech Day.

Important Festival information:

  • Tickets are available to the public at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
  • Theater doors will open half an hour before each block of plays. No performance will start before the top of the hour. These will be updated as information becomes available or changes.
  • Entry to or exit from the theater once the doors have closed is not permitted except in case of emergency.
  • MDIHS classes will be in session on Friday, March 6 during load-in and tech checks. Access to your home bases will not occur before 3:00PM. Visitors will be asked to remain in the gym before and after their tech checks until school ends. Alternatively, you could walk around Bar Harbor, check out Acadia National Park, etc.
  • No photography or recording of the performances.
  • Food service -- Mount Desert Island High School will provide the option to purchase three affordable meals to festival participants: Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner. The menu has changed from previous years. Adult participants can order special meals. See the Meal Plan Order Form for more information and to place your order. Please contact Hannah Podurgiel at MDI High School for more information: (207) 288-5011, ext 3219 or

Directors' Responsibilities

The MPA wishes to stress that it is the responsibility of visiting directors to monitor student behavior during the entirety of the competition weekend. To that end, please be sure that you have enough chaperones to be able to do so.

It is a festival requirement that all students attend all of the performances except for any that conflict directly with your own.

Finally, please remember that it is each visiting director's responsibility to inform his or her students that they must secure their own money and personal possessions. The Maine Principals Association, Maine Drama Council, host director and host school are not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

Please feel free to contact me by text or voice at 669-5990 (no school coverage -- leave a message) or by e-mail to, the last being by far the quickest and most reliable way to reach me. 

I look forward to seeing you on Tech Day.

Casey Rush


Directors' Packet

PLEASE NOTE: Directors' packet items posted below labeled with this icon --  -- are confirmed and final information. I will inform directors as festival details are updated.

Forms to CompleteSchedule Information
Casey Rush,
Dec 30, 2019, 3:11 PM
Casey Rush,
Dec 30, 2019, 2:07 PM
Casey Rush,
Feb 19, 2020, 9:40 AM
Casey Rush,
Jan 16, 2013, 8:37 AM