Effective August 2017, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest has been discontinued, and the Humana Festival is no longer accepting ten-minute play submissions. Begun in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest resulted in the production and publication of hundreds of new plays. The Actors Theatre’s pioneering support of the form paved the way for the ten-minute plays to become a widespread phenomenon in the American theatre. Nearly three decades the Humana has close this chapter in their history to turn a new page. We remain committed to the discovery of playwrights and promising new work. If you’ve written an unproduced full-length play, we’d love to hear from you! If you don’t have an agent who can submit your play, you’re welcome to mail us a 10-page work sample to introduce your writing, which will be carefully reviewed by our Literary Staff.
We invite you to introduce us to your work by sending us a letter of inquiry along with a synopsis and a 10-page selection from one of your plays. (Please note that we cannot accept these materials electronically—only by hard copy.) If the material interests us, we will contact you to request the complete script.
When we read work samples we aren’t looking to program the next season’s Humana Festival, but rather to identify interesting writers who should be on our radar and to begin getting to know their work. We’re looking for playwrights with vivid, engaging voices. If your synopsis and work sample intrigue us, we’ll want to read more!
Please note that, due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, we are no longer able to respond individually to each work sample that’s submitted, or to offer feedback. You will hear from us within six months of submitting if we’re interested in reading more of your work.
New Play Program
Attn: Amy Wegener
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-4218