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2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the lineup for the 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, the event that put Louisville on the international theatrical map. The festival comes in the midst of Actors Theatre’s 50th anniversary season … Continue reading

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Actors Theatre of Louisville appoints new associate artistic director

Actors Theatre of Louisville has named Meredith McDonough, currently director of new works at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, Calif., as its new associate artistic director. McDonough’s appointment follows Les Waters’ appointment as artistic director of the iconic theater late last year. … Continue reading

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Transylvania University hires former Actors Theatre of Louisville official

Transylvania University has hired former Actors Theatre of Louisville literary manager Michael Bigelow Dixon as an assistant professor of theater beginning with this year’s fall semester. Dixon was the literary manager of Actors Theatre of Louisville from 1986 to 2001 … Continue reading

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Kentucky playwright’s classic set to debut in Paris, France

Prospect native Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare will make its debut at the Comédie-Française, the national theater of France, April 28 to June 12. In 2009, the play was accepted into the repertoire of the the 332-year-old theater, making Wallace and … Continue reading

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Actors Theatre of Louisville’s new artistic director

Actors Theatre of Louisville named well-traveled director and administrator Les Waters as its new artistic director this week. Waters, who comes to the theater from a an eight-year stint as associate artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, Calif., … Continue reading

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Vietnam-Afghanistan war script wins Kentucky Women Writers playwrighting competition

Los Angeles-based playwright Keliher Walsh’s Year of the Rabbit has won first prize in the Kentucky Women Writers Conference‘s competition for full-length plays. The play, which ties the Vietnam and Afghanistan wars together, will receive a full production by Balagula … Continue reading

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Notebook: Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls at Transylvania University Theatre

The first show I saw at the Humana Festival of New American Plays was Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls in 1999. It was the second Humana show from Naomi Iizuka, a playwright who made a big Humana splash two years … Continue reading

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35th annual Humana Festival lineup

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the lineup for the 35th edition of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, which will be at the theater Feb. 27 to April 17. As always, the festival will include six full-length productions … Continue reading

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34th Humana Festival of New American Plays

The past few years, Actors Theatre of Louisville‘s Humana Festival of New American Plays has been as much about bringing cutting-edge theater artists to the River City as it has been about premiering new plays. That continues this year with … Continue reading

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Basics were the subtext of WEKU series

I teamed up with the news reporters at WEKU-88.9 FM last week for a four-part radio series, “Building Arts ­Communities.” The series looked at ­recruiting ­talent, establishing arts ­districts, our theater infra­structure and the success of Louisville’s cultural scene. It … Continue reading

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