Humana Festival of New American Plays

The future of American Theatre is you.

Every year, Festival guests enjoy spirited conversation and panel discussions hosted by industry leaders. This spring, Actors Theatre invites guests like you to take the stage at the 43rd Humana Festival of New American Plays!

Share the Spark offers Festival guests the chance to share their vision for the American theatre in a public forum on Friday, April 5, 2019, during the Humana Festival’s culminating weekend.

Want to share your vision for the American theatre? Maybe it’s an artistic realization. Maybe it’s a proposal. Maybe it’s a rallying cry. Topics of all sorts and styles are welcome; each presenter will receive 5 minutes to share their light-bulb moment, enduring story, or passion project.

The Humana Festival’s culminating weekend puts you, along with the nation’s top artists, producers, practitioners and more, under one roof for a thrilling toast to the newest works in American theatre.

Applicants should be planning to attend this spring’s Humana Festival’s final weekend: April 4-7, 2019. If selected, presenters need to be available for a dress rehearsal and presentation on Friday, April 5, 2019. Presenters will be responsible for their own travel and ticket package purchase. Presenters will receive a packaged, digital video recording of their presentation as well as a special Humana Festival gift bag.

Who Should submit a proposal for “Share the spark”?

  • A strong, succinct storyteller with something true, relevant, and unique to say.
  • A person who has demonstrated an interest in the future of the American theatre.
  • Someone who is planning to attend the 2019 Humana Festival’s final weekend: April 4-7, 2019. Find Ticket Packages
  • Questions? Email Zach Meicher-Buzzi 

what are the guidelines?

  • Applicants must complete all parts of the application. Applications must be received by Friday, February 8, 2019.
  • Applicants are responsible for their own Festival ticket package, transportation to Louisville, and accomodation.
  • Already purchased a ticket package to another Festival weekend? If selected as a presenter, you may exchange the previously-purchased package by contacting Kim McKercher, Ticket Sales Director. You will be responsible for any difference in ticket price.
  • One presentation proposal per applicant.
  • Once selected, panelists must meet required milestones including digital content submission and on-site dress rehearsal. Final presentations must meet the time limit.
  • Questions? Email Zach Meicher-Buzzi 

When will i know if i am selected?

  • Applications will be reviewed by a cross-departmental committee of Actors Theatre staff and may be contacted for a brief phone interview about their proposal.
  • All applicants will receive an email regarding their application status during the week of January 28, 2019.
  • All presenters will receive presentation preparation timeline including requisite rehearsal date with their acceptance.

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Humana Festival Weekend

Encore Weekend: April 4 – 7, 2019

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.

Submit a Proposal

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