Actors Theatre of Louisville Discontinues its National Ten-Minute Play Contest

by Michael Eddy
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Actors Theatre of Louisville

Effective this month, Actors Theatre of Louisville has discontinued its National Ten-Minute Play Contest and they are 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, and Actors Theatre’s pioneering support of the form paved the way for the ten-minute play to become a widespread phenomenon in the American theater.

Nearly three decades after ATL helped popularize these short works—with other ten-minute play contests, evenings, and festivals now well-established across the country—ATL have decided to close this chapter in their history, and turn a new page. This will allow ATL to focus on pursuing other exciting new play initiatives for the Humana Festival and their Professional Training Company.

Actors Theatre remains committed to the discovery of playwrights and promising new work. If you’ve written an unproduced full-length play, they’d love to hear from you! If you don’t have an agent who can submit your play, you’re welcome to mail them a 10-page work sample to introduce your writing, which will be carefully reviewed by the Literary Staff of Actors Theatre.

To learn about how to send a work sample, please click the link to read their submission policy. Submission guidelines for the Humana Festival of New American Plays

Actors Theatre of Louisville is grateful to all of the playwrights who’ve participated in the National Ten-Minute Play Contest over the years, and they look forward to new adventures with new work.

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