Director Lila Neugebauer Receives a Prestigious 2013 Princess Grace Award in partnership with Actors Theatre of Louisville

by on August 7, 2013

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Former Apprentice/Intern Company Alumni, Lila Neugebauer has been awarded a 2013 Princess Grace Theater Fellowship Award in partnership with Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Louisville, KY – Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are proud to announce that director Lila Neugebauer has been awarded a 2013 Princess Grace Theater Fellowship Award in partnership with Actors Theatre of Louisville. Named in honor of the late Princess Grace of Monaco who helped emerging artists to pursue their artistic goals during her lifetime, the prestigious awards honor artists who show excellence and promise in the disciplines of theater, dance, choreography, and film. The Robert and Gloria Hausman Theater Award will provide Lila with a fellowship to work under the mentorship of Artistic Director Les Waters during Actors Theatre’s 2013-2014 Season. The 31st annual Princess Grace Awards Gala will be held in the presence of H.S.H. The Princess of Monaco, on October 30, 2013 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

Ms. Neugebauer said: “I’m honored to receive the Princess Grace Award in partnership with Actors Theatre of Louisville. Actors Theatre has played a crucial role in my artistic and professional developmental over the past six years. The opportunity to deepen my relationship with this vital, singular institution — and my longtime relationship with Les Waters, an invaluable mentor — is immensely meaningful.”

“Lila is one of the best young directors working in the theatre in this country. In six very short years her fierce commitment to both directing new work and devising new material has made a strong impact on the national field,” said Les Waters. “I believe that young artists need champions. Actors Theatre has a long history of supporting early career professionals and this Award will enable us to support Lila as she transitions into the next stage of her career.”

At Actors Theatre, Lila most recently directed Mallery Avidon’s O guru guru guru, or why I don’t want to go to yoga class with you during the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays. She is a former directing intern at Actors Theatre and the co-Artistic Director of the collaborative ensemble The Mad Ones, which she founded with fellow alums from Actors Theatre’s Apprentice/Intern Company. Lila’s upcoming work includes the world premieres of Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo (The Studio Theatre, DC) and Zoe Kazan’s Trudy & Max in Love (South Coast Rep). Recent projects include Dan LeFranc’s Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright (Berkeley Rep), Annie Baker’s The Aliens (SF Playhouse; The Studio Theatre, DC) and Circle Mirror Transformation (Juilliard), Nick Jones’ Grizzly (Joe’s Pub), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (The Mad Ones/Ars Nova, The New Ohio Theatre), The Valley of Fear (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Wii Plays (Ars Nova), Eliza Clark’s Edgewise (Cherry Lane Studio) and Snow Day (Drama League), and Associate Directing Karen O’s Stop The Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse, Sydney Opera House; dir. Adam Rapp). Lila has been a guest director and teaching artist at NYU, The Atlantic Acting School, The Juilliard School, and with Actors Theatre’s Apprentice Company. She has developed new work through Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages, New Dramatists, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Dramatists Guild, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Partial Comforts. Lila is an alum of the Drama League, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and Lincoln Center Directors Lab; an Ensemble Studio Theatre member; Time Warner Fellow at The Women’s Project; and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.

For a full list of all the award recipients, visit

Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season, Actors Theatre’s 2013-2014 line-up includes; Noises Off, Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula, The Mountaintop, Tom Jones, Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol, The Pirates of Penzance and Our Town, plus nine world premieres during the Humana Festival of New American Plays. In addition, the theatre will host several community celebration events, including a season kick-off block party for the whole family on August 17, an elegant gala in September honoring those who made Actors Theatre what it is today, and an end of year bash during the Humana Festival uniting members of the theatre field and Actors Theatre alumni from around the world. For more information about the season visit


About Actors Theatre of Louisville

Les Waters, Artistic Director

Jennifer Bielstein, Managing Director

Celebrating 50 years of outstanding theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the State Theatre of Kentucky, is the flagship arts organization in the Louisville community.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein, Actors Theatre serves to unlock human potential, build community, and enrich quality of life by engaging people in theatre that reflects the wonder and complexity of our time.

Actors Theatre presents almost 500 performances annually and delivers a broad range of programming, including classics and contemporary work through the Brown-Forman Series, holiday plays, a series of free theatrical events produced by the Apprentice/Intern Company, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays—the premier new play festival in the nation, which has introduced nearly 450 plays into the American theatre repertoire over the past 37 years. In addition, Actors Theatre provides almost 30,000 arts experiences each year to students across the region through its Education Department, and boasts one of the nation’s most prestigious continuing pre-professional resident training companies, now in its 42nd year.

Over the past half-century, Actors Theatre has also emerged as one of America’s most consistently innovative professional theatre companies, with an annual attendance of 150,000. Actors Theatre has been the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a regional theatre, including a Tony® Award for Distinguished Achievement, the James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theatre, and the Margo Jones Award for the Encouragement of New Plays. Actors Theatre has toured to 29 cities and 15 countries worldwide, totaling more than 1,400 appearances internationally. Currently, there are more than 50 published books of plays and criticism from Actors Theatre in circulation—including anthologies of Humana Festival plays, volumes of ten-minute plays and monologues, and essays, scripts and lectures from the Brown-Forman Classics in Context Festival.  Numerous plays first produced at Actors Theatre have also been published as individual acting editions, and have been printed in many other anthologies, magazines and journals—making an enduring contribution to American dramatic literature.

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