Humana Festival of New American Plays

The future of American Theatre is you.

Actors Theatre welcomes emerging practitioners working in theatre to a complimentary weekend of new works and spirited conversation at the 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Applicants are granted a ticket package to a Humana Festival weekend, which includes up to six world premiere plays, airport transportation on key weekends, invitations to events and panel discussions, and a Humana Festival gift. In addition, Actors Theatre will make efforts to arrange for a brief meeting with a theatre professional based on the recipient’s area of interest. Recipients may also purchase one additional weekend package at 50% off.

Who Can Apply for a Humana Festival Emerging Leaders Grant?

  • A person who has demonstrated an interest in or worked with new plays and/or playwrights.
  • Employed by a 501c3 with a budget of under $1,000,000 or is self-employed.
  • Available to attend a Festival weekend at the 2018 Humana Festival (March 16-18, March 23-25, March 30-April 1 or April 5-8).

What are the rules?

  • You must complete all parts of the application. Applications must be received by Friday, February 9, 2018.
  • Applicants must be able to provide transportation to Louisville and housing for their selected Festival weekend.
  • Once a Festival package has been awarded, they cannot be exchanged for a different weekend or performance.
  • Tickets awarded through the grant program cannot be resold or transferred. Individuals that sell any donated tickets will be permanently disqualified from the program.
  • Grants will be awarded to one emerging leader per Festival Weekend.

What are the restrictions?

  • An applicant may apply for up to four Festival weekends.
  • An applicant may not receive more than one grant per season.

When will I know if I am a grant recipient?

  • Applications will be reviewed by a cross-departmental committee of Actors Theatre staff.
  • You will receive an email from Melissa Hines, Marketing Manager ( during the week of February 12, 2018 with the confirmed weekend dates for which you have been awarded .
  • You will receive a second email from a member of the Box Office staff at Actors Theatre when your tickets are seated and confirmed with further information for your time at the Festival.

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Festival Weekend Dates

First Look Weekend: March 16 – 18, 2018

Enjoy three world premiere plays and a leisurely weekend in Louisville.

Discover Weekend: March 23 – 25, 2018

Join future theatre makers from across the country while seeing five world premiere plays, plus a Keynote Address and a panel conversation to be announced.

Ovation Weekend: March 30 – April 1, 2018

                Dig into exciting new works with a six-play package.

Encore Weekend: April 5 – 8, 2018

The Humana Festival’s culminating weekend puts you, along with the nation’s top producers, staff, artists, agents and more, under one roof for a thrilling toast to the newest in American theatre. Package includes tickets for the complete Festival lineup and the Steinberg-ATCA Awards Ceremony.

Apply for the Emerging Leaders Grant


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