Louisville, KY–Actors Theatre of Louisvilleis proud to announce the return of theNew Voices Young Playwrights Festival. This year’s lineup will feature eight new plays by local high school students. The 14thannual festival will be sponsored byLG&E,KUEnergy, and theRobert W. Rounsavall Jr. Family Foundation. New Voices will run fromApril 23-25in the Bingham Theatre.
This year,836studentssubmitted plays in consideration for the New Voices Festival. This includes students from32 schoolsin6countiesin Kentucky and Indiana. Selected plays for the festival were chosen by a group of37 readers, made up of Actors Theatre staff and volunteers. The winning playwrights represent seven different high schools.
This year’s festival marks the first time a winner has been chosen from Washington County, KY (Washington County High School) and the second time a winner has been selected from theKentucky School for the Blind.
The festival is produced by the Education Department at Actors Theatre. Each piece is assigned a director, a dramaturg, a design team, and a group of actors from theProfessional Training Company (PTC), who work in conjunction with the playwrights to bring these pieces to life. Together, each team participates in workshops, production meetings, and a full rehearsal process before the festival in April. Each year, the plays produced in the festival are also published in theNew Voices Young Playwrights Anthology.
Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company is generously supported by a significant grant fromThe Roy Cockrum Foundation. The $1.2 million award supports grants over a ten-year period for each apprentice during the nine-month program, and enables year-round employment for the program’s leadership. Founded by Roy Cockrum, the Foundation supports world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theatres throughout the United States. The Foundation considers grants by invitation only and is dedicated to helping non-profit theatres reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creative productions.
The selections for this year’s 14thAnnual New Voices Young Playwrights Festival include:
The Wilting by Gabriel Cora (Floyd Central High School) The Circle of Leaf by Sophie Ice (Assumption High School) Purple by Katelyn Spencer (Washington County High School) Misaligned Skies by Ariana Tulay (Moore Traditional High School) What’s More Important by Claire Binford (Male High School) Luna by Maddie Gaughan (Youth Performing Arts High School) Sickcom by Sara Sandfort (Male High School) A Man of Dance by Corbin Gravil (Kentucky School for the Blind)
Honorable Mentions: Just Another Hunt by Abigail Scott (New Albany High School) Oh Crap! Bees Are Attacking Our Airbase by Quinton Byrd (Jeffersonville High School)
14thNew Voices Young Playwrights Festival An Evening of New Work Written by Local High School Students Sponsored by LG&E, KU Energy and the Robert W. Rounsavall Jr. Family Foundation
Actors Theatre of Louisville 316 W. Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
Bingham Theatre April 23, 24, 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are$5, plus sales tax and fees. Tickets will be available starting in April. Call the Box Office at 502.584.1205 or visitActorsTheatre.org.