Humana Festival of New American Plays

Humana Festival Events

There are many events throughout the Festival that vary from panel conversations to receptions. All events listed below are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


College Days Keynote Address: Naomi iizuka

Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m.
Pamela Brown Auditorium

  • Renowned playwright (and five-time Humana Festival alumna) Naomi Iizuka shares wisdom with the next generation of theatre artists in this College Days Weekend keynote speech. Iizuka heads the graduate playwriting program at the University of California San Diego, and she’s the acclaimed author of numerous plays, including Polaroid Stories, 36 Views, Language of Angels, Skin, Anon(ymous), At the Vanishing Point, Good Kids, and many others.This conversation is free, but ticketed. Please contact the Box Office at 502.584.1205 to reserve your ticket.

Stay Inspired: A Conversation with Les Waters, Kevin Moore, and Emily Tarquin

Sunday, March 26 at 12 p.m.
Pamela Brown Auditorium

  • Inspiration allows us to see and develop new ideas and discover new possibilities. However, as you progress in your career by refining your skills and taste, how do you stay inspired for the next project?  What keeps you motivated to discover new ways of working? Artistic Director Les Waters, Managing Director Kevin Moore, and Artistic Producer Emily Tarquin come together to discuss how they stay curious and inspired in their work.This conversation is free, but ticketed. Please contact the Box Office at 502.584.1205 to reserve your ticket.

ovation Happy Hour

Friday, March 31 at 6:15 p.m.
Sara Shallenberger Brown Lobby

  • This welcome reception is a great time to meet your fellow attendees while enjoying food, drink, and live music.

Artist’s insight: taylor mac

Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m.
Pamela Brown Auditorium

  • “Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming every one of them,” says the New York Times of the astonishing artist whose epic durational concert, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, stirred awe and admiration this season. The award-winning Mac—a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director, and producer—joins the Humana Festival for this lively talk. This conversation is free, but ticketed.  Please contact the Box Office at 502.584.1205 to reserve your ticket.

ovation celebration

Saturday, April 1 at 9:30 p.m.
KMAC – Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (715 W Main Street)

  • This post-show celebration is the perfect time to chat with friends, meet new colleagues, and toast the exciting lineup of new plays.

encore cocktail mixer

Thursday, April 6 from 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Muhammad Ali Center (144 N 6th Street)

  • Join Artistic Director Les Waters and this year’s company of artists to celebrate the Humana Festival and experience one of Louisville’s other cultural treasures – Muhammad Ali Center. This event is open to donors at the Dramaturg Circle and above plus all Encore Weekend Package Holders. Please contact Susan Bramer at or 502.584.1265 x 3085.

Finding the players: casting directors and new WORK

Friday, April 7 at 1 p.m.
Bingham Theatre

  • This discussion, co-sponsored by Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Casting Society of America (CSA), explores the crucial behind-the-scenes work of casting professionals as they collaborate with playwrights, directors, and producers to match artists with new plays. CSA is the premier organization for casting directors in film, television, theatre and new media.This conversation is free, but ticketed. Please contact the Box Office at 502.584.1205 to reserve your ticket.

Encore Happy Hour

Friday, April 7 at 6:15 p.m.
Sara Shallenberger Brown Lobby

  • Meet your fellow attendees while enjoying food, drink, and live music.

The New Theatre imperative: Observations on the current Landscape by Ben Cameron

Saturday, April 8 at 10 a.m.
Bingham Theatre

  • In the new millennium, the theatre has entered a new chapter—one in which its purpose, its ways of operating, its role in its community(ies) and its relevance for our future are all open questions.  While critics may see this as a time when the theatre has run its course, Ben Cameron sees this as a time of new possibilities—aesthetic and social—and argues that perhaps now is the time that theatre might be needed more urgently than ever—if we only have the courage to listen to what our communities are telling us.

Steinberg/ATCA Awards

Saturday, April 8 at 9 p.m.

  • The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) join together to announce the New Play Award and citations, recognizing outstanding new plays that have premiered professionally the previous year outside of New York City. This ceremony takes place immediately prior to The Ten-Minute Plays.  Please contact the Box Office at 502.584.1205 to purchase your ticket for the Steinberg/ATCA Awards/The Ten-Minute Plays.

encore bash

Saturday, April 8 at 10 p.m.
Actors Theatre Lobbies

  • Join us in our lobby spaces for an evening of food and drink as we celebrate the closing of the Festival and Actors Theatre’s 53rd Season. Come as you are or dressed to impress; either way, we are ecstatic to share this with our extended theatre family!
Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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