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Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company Announces Spring Season Featuring Ten-Minute Plays & Young Playwrights Festival

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Louisville, KY–Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company (PTC) will present a spring season of theatrical work beginning January 15 with The Tens, an evening of ten-minute plays produced by the 42-member ensemble of actors, designers, craftspeople, and administrators. In the spring, as a part of the 43rd Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, the PTC will present We’ve Come to Believe beginning February 24. The season will culminate in April with the 2019 New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, which will feature one-act plays by local middle and high school students. As a part of Actors Theatre’s commitment to inclusive and accessible work by young artists, pay-what-you-can, same-day and student rush ticket discounts are available for the PTC’s season; learn more at ActorsTheatre.org.

Each year, the PTC presents their own fully produced season in tandem with Actors Theatre’s mainstage season. This past fall, the company presented three New Play Projects and three rounds of Solo Mios to the Louisville community. In a review of their full fall season, Alex Roma at the LEO Weekly, stated: “This year’s training company has shown that it’s not one to pull punches.”

“There is such a variety of style and diversity of voices present in this spring season which culminates the PTC experience,” says director of the Professional Training Company, Christine Albright-Tufts. She continues: “The audience should expect the unexpected. They should expect to be moved. They should expect to be challenged.”

The Tens, produced annually, will feature six ten-minute plays from the Theatre’s extensive library of original plays. The work of playwrights Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Gregory Hischak, Mike Lew, Marco Ramirez, Emily Schwend, Sarah Grace Welbourn and Annabeth Bondor-Stone has appeared on the Actors Theatre stages in the past decade. The Tens will run from January 15−19 in the Victor Jory Theatre. Tickets are $10 and are now on sale: https://actorstheatre.org/shows/ptc-the-tens/

In late February, the PTC will present We’ve Come to Believe written by Kara Lee Corthron, Emily Feldman and Matthew Paul Olmos as part of 43rd Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays. These playwrights come together with the training company in a workshop setting to create several pieces around a central theme. We’ve Come to Believe, directed by Will Davis, will invite the audience into the world of collective disillusion—and the alarming places it can lead. The show runs from February 24—April 7, 2019 in the Bingham Theatre. Single tickets for this performance will be on sale beginning January 3rd.

The last production of the season will be the 2019 New Voices Young Playwrights Festival. The festival is entirely produced, directed, designed and performed by the Professional Training Company. Last year, Actors Education department received over 900 submissions of ten-minute plays. Each winning playwright works with a director and dramaturg to shape their piece for production, and their plays are published in the New Voices Young Playwrights Anthology. This year’s lineup will be announced in March. Performances will run from April 23–25, 2019 in the Bingham Theatre. For more information, visit ActorsTheatre.org

Students (full-time, with valid ID) receive 10% off up to two single tickets to selected performances, subject to availability. Same-day student rush tickets are also available for $24. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Actors Theatre Box Office at 502.584.1205 or online at ActorsTheatre.org. Special ticket rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 502.585.1210.

To reserve tickets to review, to request images or for any other press inquiries, please contact Laura Mullaney, Communications Apprentice, at 502.584.1265 ext. 3034 or lmullaney@actorstheatre.org

Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company is generously supported by a significant grant from The 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.

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