Actors Theatre Offers Grant and Speaker Opportunities at 2019 Humana Festival of New American Plays

Actors Theatre of Louisville announces two opportunities for theatre professionals and new play supporters to participate in the 43rd Humana Festival of New American Plays. Practitioners working in small budget theatres or as a freelance artists are encouraged to apply for the Theatre Professionals Grant, a complimentary weekend at the upcoming Festival. Additionally, Actors Theatre invites guests to take the stage with Share the Spark, a curated program of short, energetic presentations centered on new and exciting visions for the future of American theatre.

The Theatre will award four Theatre Professionals Grants as opportunities to attend the Humana Festival and connect with audience members, visiting artists and Actors Theatre staff. Recipients will be granted a complimentary ticket package to a Humana Festival weekend, which includes up to five world premiere plays, transportation to and from Louisville International airport on key weekends, invitations to events and panel discussions and a Humana Festival gift.

Last year's grant recipients had the chance to meet with members of Actors Theatre's staff based on discipline area. Raymond O. Caldwell, associate artistic director of Theatre Alliance in Washington D.C. shared, "It was an honor to receive the grant, have the opportunity to meet with leadership at Actors Theatre, and participate in what was a dynamic and exhilarating weekend of theatre."

Theatre Professional Grant applications are now available. The deadline to submit is January 11, 2019. A cross-departmental selection committee of Actors Theatre staff will review submissions.

Share the Spark offers Festival guests the chance to share their 5-minute vision for the American theatre in a public forum during the Humana Festival's culminating weekend, when artists, producers, practitioners and audiences come together for a thrilling toast to the newest in American theatre. From artistic revelations to passion projects to rallying cries--topics of all sorts and styles are welcome. The selected speakers will take the stage together during a public event on Friday, April 5, 2019.

An open call for Share the Spark proposals is now available. The deadline to submit is January 18, 2019. A cross-departmental selection committee of Actors Theatre staff will review submissions.

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