The current partnership, which began its signature sponsorship of the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays in 1979, is the longest partnership between a corporation and a theater in the United States.
Humana began its signature sponsorship of the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays in 1979 and has provided it with more than $20.5 million since then. This represents the largest and longest current partnership between a corporation and a theater in the United States.
The Festival draws theater lovers, journalists, and film and stage producers from around the world. In 2013 the Festival attracted visitors from 44 states and 8 countries. About 33,000 patrons attend the five weeks of plays, including students from 45 colleges and universities.
A successful run at the Humana Festival typically translates into more recognition and bigger audiences for the playwrights.
An internationally acclaimed event, the Humana Festival has introduced nearly 450 plays into the American and international theatre's general repertoire, including three Pulitzer Prize winners—The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn, Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley and Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies. To date, eight Humana plays have been adapted for film and television, and over 380 Humana Festival plays have been published in anthologies and individual acting editions, making Actors Theatre a visible and vital force in the development of new plays.
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