New Voices Young Playwrights Festival

The New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, sponsored by the LG&E and KU Foundation, celebrates new plays by young writers from our region. This year, we will choose 6 to 8 short plays from the New Voices Contest to produce in the festival, which will take place virtually on Actors Theatre’s online platforms. The winning playwrights work alongside Actors Theatre staff to bring their stories to life.

As part of the play development process, winners participate in two playwriting workshops. Playwrights are also invited to attend the virtual rehearsals for their plays.

The New Voices Young Playwrights Festival is open to middle and high school students, grades 6 through 12, living in Kentucky or the 812 area code of Southern Indiana. Students must be enrolled in the 6th – 12th grade as of October 31, 2020. All young writers are encouraged to submit—you do not need to participate in a New Voices classroom residency to submit your play to the festival.

Sponsored by the LG&E and KU Foundation.

Submit a Play

Currently accepting submissions for 2021

Fill out your cover sheet herePlays without a cover sheet will not be accepted to the contest.

Digital Submissions

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Stumped or Stuck?

Read our tips for young writers. The Art of the Ten-Minute Play.

New Voices in the Classroom

Playwriting Residency

We introduce key play ingredients one at a time through fun, creative, and interactive lessons. Each residency culminates with visitors from Actors Theatre reading selected new works back to students.

Requirements: High School
Nine Classroom Sessions
30 students max

Currently available in Jefferson, Oldham & Bullitt counties in Kentucky, and Floyd & Clark counties in Indiana.


Teaching Artists

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