New Voices Young Playwrights Festival 2016

April 25 - April 26, 2016

Inspired by the New Voices Playwriting Residency, the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, is fully produced by Actors Education and the Apprentice/Intern Company. By harnessing the wildly creative resources under its roof, Actors Theatre Education provides an opportunity where young people of all backgrounds are invited to see plays and make plays.

New Voices Young Playwrights Festival 2016

APRIL 25 AT 7 P.M.

April 26 At 7 p.M.

Actors Theatre of Louisville is excited to announce the line-up for this year’s New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, an evening of fully produced, brand-new ten-minute plays written by students throughout the region and presented by Actors Theatre’s Apprentice/Intern Company. The eight plays that will be a part of the festival this year are:

The Devil in Little Debbie
by Zoe Peterson, Ballard High School
directed by Nick O’Leary
dramaturgy by Janelle Baker

The Lie Mission
by Maria Cora, Floyd Central High School
directed by Jonathan Harper Schlieman
dramaturgy by Kate Cuellar

The Big Daddy Pop-Tart Booster
by Jacob Hack, Kentucky School for the Blind
directed by Betsy Anne Huggins
dramaturgy by Kyle Whalen

Image of Beauty
by Kay Nilest, Assumption High School
directed by James Kennedy
dramaturgy by Sara Durham

Opus: An Exploration of Meta-Narratives through Freudian Analysis
by Gilman Bagga, St. Francis High School
directed by Jane B. Jones
dramaturgy by Keith McGill

by Michaela French, Atherton High School
directed by Jenn Oswald
dramaturgy by Michael Whatley

Zero to One Hundred (Real Quick)
by Drew Etheridge, Jeffersonville High School
directed by Lexy Leuszler
dramaturgy by Helena Pennington

Every year, Actors Education department receives over 500 submissions of ten-minute plays written by middle and high school students in Kentucky and the 812 area code of southern Indiana, some of which were written in New Voices Residencies, Actors Education’s flagship program that teaches the art of ten-minute playwriting. The eight winning playwrights this year were chosen from more than 800 entries, the most plays Actors Education has ever received! Each winning playwright works with a director and dramaturg to shape their piece for production, and their plays are published in the New Voices Young Playwrights Anthology.

Audience Advisory: Some adult language and content.
Age Recommendation: TBA

Performances are FREE, but ticketed. Call the Box Office at 502.584.1205 to reserve your tickets.*

*TICKETS are Limited to 4 PER HOUSEHOLD.


For Accessibility information, call the Box Office at 502-584-1205 or email

Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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