Humana Festival Play Submissions
Please Note: Synopses and 10-page work samples will NOT be accepted or considered via e-mail or any electronic submission. We encourage literary agents and invited playwrights to submit full scripts by email (PDF and Word formats).
At this time we are accepting new, previously unproduced full-length plays from literary agents. We are unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts. Please note that lawyers and law firms do not qualify as professional representation in our venue.
Although we accept plays throughout the year, we complete most of our reading between April and September, and most playwrights are notified of the status of their submissions in the late fall or early winter. To maximize the chance of consideration in a given cycle, we strongly recommend sending us your submission prior to August 1. The Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s main venue for producing new work, is an annual event held from February through early April. Please note that we do not produce musicals, children’s shows, plays that have already received press coverage, or plays that have had an Equity production, and do not review those scripts.
Don’t Have an Agent?
Actors Theatre of Louisville remains committed to the discovery and support of playwrights who are not represented by a literary agency. We invite you to introduce us to your work by sending us a letter of inquiry along with a synopsis and a 10-page selection from one of your plays. (Please note that we cannot accept these materials electronically—only by hard copy.) If the material interests us, we will contact you to request the complete script.
What Are We Reading Work Samples For?
When we read work samples we aren’t looking to program the next season’s Humana Festival, but rather to identify interesting writers who should be on our radar and to begin getting to know their work. We’re looking for playwrights with vivid, engaging voices. If your synopsis and work sample intrigues us, we’ll want to read more!
Please note that, due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, we are no longer able to respond individually to each work sample that’s submitted, or to offer feedback. You will hear from us within six months of submitting if we’re interested in reading more of your work.
Send Submissions or Synopses To:
New Play Program
Attn: Amy Wegener
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-4218
Our current program to identify emerging playwrights is the National Ten-Minute Play Contest. This contest for one-act plays of ten pages or less is open to any and all United States playwrights.
The New Voices Young Playwrights Festival is open to middle and high school students, grades 6 through 12, living in Kentucky or the 812 area code of Southern Indiana.
We appreciate your interest in Actors Theatre of Louisville and wish you the best of luck in your playwriting endeavors.