Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival of New American Plays

The Humana Festival of New American Plays draws theater lovers, journalists, and film and stage producers from around the world. In 2016 the Festival attracted visitors from 41 states. More than 34,000 patrons attended the wide array of Festival performances and events, including students from 66 colleges and universities.

A successful run at the Humana Festival often results in more recognition and larger audiences for the playwrights.

About the partnership

Humana began its signature sponsorship of the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays in 1979 and has provided it with more than $22.5 million to date. This represents the largest and longest current partnership between a corporation and a theater in the United States.

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. Eleven Humana plays have been adapted for film and television, and more than 400 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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