Since Humana began supporting the festival in 1979, the company and its foundation have given Actors Theatre more than $21 million, most of it dedicated to supporting the Humana Festival.
“We read seven or eight hundred scripts a year and we talk about them, we debate them and we choose seven full-length works and what I try to do in that mix of plays is to provide a spectrum of different kinds of writers and different kinds of work,” says Actors Theatre Artistic Director Marc Masterson.
Cox got into an exchange on Twitter regarding pro-union protesters in Wisconsin. Upon hearing a report that police might clear demonstrators from the Wisconsin capitol building, Cox responded that police should, “Use live ammunition.”
The festival is one of the most important events of the year in American theatre. Hundreds of theatre professionals from the U.S. and abroad come to see the plays that debut at Actors Theatre during the festival.
Actors Theatre Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein says Masterson’s work on the Humana Festival has led to numerous plays—and playwrights—getting additional opportunities.
Actors Theatre Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein says the board will soon hire a search firm to find a new artistic director who meets the right criteria.
“A skillset in new play production and development because that is our core strength and what attracts people to us nationally and from around the world. And someone who will be a good person at developing relationships and being a goodspokesperson for the arts and for Actors Theatre in this community,” she says.
The group, known as Kentucky Rising, occupied the governor’s office from Friday morning through Monday morning to protest Beshear’s support for the mining process commonly called mountaintop removal.
Beshear didn’t offer to change his positions. The group decided to continue their protest in the governor’s office. They were prepared to be arrested at the end of the day on Friday.
Instead, the governor told them they can stay as long as they like. The group plans to stay through Monday when other environmental activists will gather in Frankfort for a rally called I Love Mountains Day.
Author Wendell Berry is one of a group of protesters staging a sit-in in the office of Governor Beshear at this hour. The group is demanding a meeting with the governor to discuss ending the practice of mountaintop removal mining and creating a new economic model for Kentucky.
The mayors of Louisville and Lexington spoke together in Frankfort on Wednesday and called for Kentucky’s leaders in business and government to think big and think creatively about the future of the Commonwealth.
The report states that the condition of Kentucky’s bridges has deteriorated because of a lack of funding. It estimates the cost of repairing or replacing the state’s structurally-deficient bridges at over a billion dollars.
Further, the report cites more than forty billion dollars worth of road projects on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s work list that are in need of funding..