Students Selected for New Voices Young Playwrights Festival

April 2nd, 2018

April 24 – 26 at 7 p.m. in the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre, you can experience a wonderful collection of new ten-minute plays written by local middle and high school students lineup for the 2018 New Voices Young Playwrights Festival!

Inspired by the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays and Actors Theatre’s commitment to education as an avenue to new work, the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival gives each young playwright the opportunity to collaborate with peer writers, a dramaturg, a director and the theatre’s Professional Training Company. The New Voices playwrights shape their productions through writing workshops, dramaturgy discussions, production meetings and rehearsals. The entire process culminates in an evening of fully-produced theatre performed, directed and designed members of the Professional Training Company.

The eight plays chosen for this year’s festival were selected from 31 schools in 16 counties and from a record-breaking 910 submissions, written independently and through the New Voices Playwriting Residencies. The eight playwrights represent seven schools in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and we’re proud to say we have three students from our schools included in this event!


Sharing in Solitary
by Maddie Hankins (Floyd Central High School – Sophomore)

Ahab and His Vegetable Garden
by Caleb Hammer (Floyd Central High School – Sophomore)

The Great Battle of Morgan and Grump: A Quest for Witches’ Rights
by Aiden Phillips (New Albany High School – Junior)

Tickets are $5 and are now available at or at the Box Office at 502.584.1205 starting today, Monday, April 2.