by on February 2, 2017

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An Evening of New Ten-Minute Plays Written by Local High School Students

Louisville, KY – Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are proud to announce the lineup for the 2017 New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, an evening of new ten-minute plays written by local high school students. The New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, sponsored by LG&E and KU Energy, runs from April 24 – 26 at 7 p.m. in the Bingham Theatre. Tickets are $5, fees included. Tickets will be available at or at the Box Office at 502.584.1205 starting April 10.

Inspired by the Humana Festival of New American Plays, the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival premieres ten-minute plays written by local high school students. Each playwright has the opportunity to collaborate with peer writers, a dramaturg, a director, and the 2016-2017 Professional Training Company. Through playwright workshops, dramaturgy discussions, production meetings and rehearsals, the New Voices playwrights play an active and integral role in shaping their productions. The entire process culminates in an evening of fully-produced theatre performed by the Acting Apprentices of the Professional Training Company.

Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company receives funding from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. Founded by Roy Cockrum, the Foundation supports world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theatres throughout the United States. The Foundation considers grants by invitation only and is dedicated to helping nonprofit theatres reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creative productions.

The seven plays chosen for the festival this year were selected from 35 schools in twenty counties and from a record-breaking 876 submissions, written independently and through the New Voices Playwriting Residencies. The seven playwrights represent seven schools in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

The selections for this year’s 12th Annual New Voices Young Playwrights Festival include:

Prehistoric Problems

by Aiden Phillips (New Albany High School)

Not Another Cliché

by Amanda Maloyed (Bullitt East High School)

The Fateful Fall of the Art of the Sport of Jousting

by Parker Henderson (Youth Performing Arts School)

No Hablo Español

by Rosa Estevez (Fairdale High School)


by Carson Hardee (Lafayette High School)


by Hannah Schmidt (Fern Creek High School)

Behind Closed Doors

by Heather Holbert (Louisville Male High School)

About Education at Actors Theatre of Louisville

Jane B. Jones, Education Director
Betsy Anne Huggins, Education Manager
Lexy Leuszler, Education Associate

As the home of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors Theatre of Louisville is world-renowned for developing new work by playwrights with varying styles, interests, opinions and innovative approaches to making plays. Actors Education shares this energy and passion for playmaking by venturing into classrooms and teaching the art and craft of playwriting in fun, collaborative and differentiated ways.

By harnessing the wildly creative resources under its roof, the education department at Actors Theatre of Louisville aims to create outstanding artistic and learning experiences, where young people of all backgrounds, from elementary school to college, are invited to see plays and make plays.

About the New Voices Playwriting Residence

Since its inception in 2003, our New Voices Playwriting Residency has introduced thousands of students from around our region to the basics of playwriting. Over the course of nine sessions, character development, conflict, dramatic structure and stakes are explored, as every student completes a ten-minute play. The Residency has inspired an annual New Voices Play Contest, a New Voices Young Playwrights Festival—fully produced by Actors Education and the Professional Training Company—and a published New Voices anthology of student-written work.

About the Professional Training Company

The Professional Training Company (formerly the Apprentice/Intern Company) is one of the cornerstones of Actors Theatre’s commitment to education. A diverse company of 40 young theatre professionals participate in a full-immersion program focused on practical, experiential training designed to ease the transition into a professional career.

Now in its 45th year, and functioning as a theatre company with its own season, the Professional Training Company is a national leader in alternative theatre training.  Its alumni are working on staff and onstage in leading theatres across the country, including Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, the Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and are often invited back home to Actors Theatre (last season, nearly 60 alumni worked at Actors Theatre in some capacity).  Additionally, Acting Apprentice alumni regularly appear on screen (How to Get Away with Murder, Gotham, The Americans, Elementary, Person of Interest, Master of None, Broad City, Orange Is the New Black, and many more).

About Actors Theatre of Louisville

Les Waters, Artistic Director
Kevin E. Moore, Managing Director

Now in its 53rd Season, 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 Kevin E. Moore, 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 350 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 Professional Training Company, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays—the premier new play festival in the nation, which has introduced 450 plays into the American theatre repertoire over the past 40 years. In addition, Actors Theatre provides more than 15,000 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 45th 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 140,000. 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.


Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
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