About the PTC Season

The Professional Training Company produces a full season of shows, focusing entirely on new works.  Members of the company produce, support, and participate in some or all of these productions in roles matching their apprenticeship specialization (acting apprentices act in each production, directing apprentices direct or assistant direct, marketing apprentices develop marketing plans, etc.):

The year begins with the Solo Mios—short solo-performance pieces. We bring in guest artists from renowned companies (past guests include members of The Mad Ones, The Neo-Futurists, Dell’Arte Company, The Civilians, SITI Company and others) to teach the actors a variety of methodologies for devising and collaborating on original work.  Then each acting apprentice performs a solo piece with support from the company.

Next is The New Play Project.  We commission three playwrights to write site-based pieces specifically for the company. Those plays are workshopped with the playwrights in residence and produced for the public.

In January, the Company performs in The Tens – a group of Ten-Minute Plays fully produced on one of the theatre’s main stages.

Each year, the theatre selects a group of both established and emerging playwrights and commissions them to write a full-length work that is a fully produced part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. As part of the process, the playwrights visit Actors Theatre, meet with the acting apprentices, and workshop the piece with the company.  Recent anthology playwrights include Martyna Majok, Meg Miroshnik, Jiehae Park, Jen Silverman, Jeff Augustin, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Dan Dietz, A. Rey Pamatmat, Marco Ramirez, Allison Moore, Jennifer Haley, Lucas Hnath, Deborah Stein, Kristoffer Diaz, Greg Kotis, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Anne Washburn, Lydia R. Diamond, and Deborah Zoe Laufer, among many others.

The theatre sponsors a regional playwriting contest for middle and high school students called the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival. The Professional Training Company helps these young writers workshop, revise and ultimately perform the winning plays on one of the theatre’s main stages.

Each season, all members of the company are encouraged to collaborate on Independent Projects – basically any artistic endeavor (devised pieces, scene studies, workshops, readings, full productions and more) that a company member (or members) would like to undertake. Groups are encouraged to step outside their traditional company assignments for these projects.  Mentors assist the process, but company members are given complete creative and business control over the projects they choose. The entire company then holds a debrief to discuss how what they learned can be applied to creating their own companies and producing their own work later in their professional careers.

The acting company performs an Industry Showcase– a group of short scenes targeted to an invited group of over two dozen agents, casting directors, and other industry professionals.


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