The Changing Role of Theater in America

Tragedy and Comedy masks

Actors Theatre of Louisville lobby

Humana Festival poster 2012








WEEK 1 – January 8

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The Role of Theater in Our Community: We examine the growth of theater from the Broadway model to the regional model of theaters like Actors Theatre of Louisville and how these regional theaters have an impact on their communities.

WEEK 2 – January 15

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The History of Actors Theatre, 50 years: We focus on how the theater began and developed into a driving force in the American theater landscape.

WEEK 3 – January 22

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The Artists of Actors Theatre: We look at the evolution of this regional theater, by looking at the careers of the three artistic directors who have led Actors Theatre and many of the prominent actors, directors, designers who have been part of the theater’s family. This class will also focus on how the season is put together and how artistic decisions are made, including the process of hiring the actors

WEEK 4 – January 29

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The Humana Festival of New American Plays: How did the Festival get started 37 years ago and what’s shaped its growth into the foremost theater festival of new work in America, how plays are selected --  and previews of the plays that will be in the 2013 Festival in March.


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Last Updated: 2/1/2013