Erin Keane

Arts and Humanities Reporter

Erin Keane covers Louisville's vibrant arts and humanities scene for WFPL. A former newspaper theater critic and arts writer, she has lived in Louisville since 1994 and is a graduate of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, Bellarmine University's communications program and Spalding University's graduate creative writing program. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Thu December 20, 2012

The Big Break: The Revolving Stage

This week on our audio diary series, The Big Break, two of our emerging artists see their stages from a different perspective. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks takes a leap of faith in herself to create a piece for the ballet's Choreographer's Showcase, and Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach takes us backstage at the revolving set of "A Christmas Carol." Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond is on hiatus and traveling until January. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Power2Give Raises More Than $700,000 for Regional Arts

A new campaign by the Louisville Visual Art Association to raise $6,000 for an Open Doors art exhibit.

The Fund for the Arts launched the online fundraising platform Power2Give in Kentucky and Southern Indiana last December. In its first year, the platform has helped raise more than $700,000 in additional funds for the region’s arts organizations.

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Arts and Humanities
12:59 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

REVIEW | 'The Kings of Christmas' Tells Familiar Story Slant

Christmas stories take the larger Nativity narrative—the arrival of an ambassador of peace, goodwill and redemption—and put the metaphor to work on individual transformations, those personal moments when generosity of spirit triumphs over our meaner, selfish natures. The best results are both heartwarming and as unique as the transformed individuals themselves.

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

The Big Break: A First and a Second

This week on our audio diary series, The Big Break, Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach gets some sage advice on second careers from the cast members of each of the theater's productions, while Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks opens her first full-length production of "The Nutcracker." Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond is on hiatus and traveling until January. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Theatre [502] Announces Third Season

Amy Attaway, Gil Reyes and Mike Brooks, co-artistic directors of Louisville's Theatre [502].
Erin Keane WFPL News

When the three artistic directors of Theatre [502] launched their first season in 2011, they weren’t sure if Louisville would buy what they were selling—newer plays by buzz-worthy playwrights whose work speaks to theater-goers hungry for recent, relevant work, like Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's "Hunter Gatherers" (season one) and Annie Baker's "The Aliens" (season two).

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Arts and Humanities
4:35 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Fund for the Arts Honors Arts Council Chair with Leadership Award

Todd Lowe with Fund for the Arts president and CEO Barbara Sexton Smith and Kendrick Riggs of Stoll Keenon Ogden.
Fund for the Arts

Kentucky Arts Council chair Todd Lowe is the recipient of the 2012 James Welch, Sr. Arts Leadership Award. Lowe was honored by the Fund for the Arts Saturday night at the opening of Louisville Ballet’s “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” for his commitment to volunteer arts leadership.

Praising the broad reach of his work and leadership in Louisville and across the Commonwealth, Fund for the Arts president and CEO Barbara Sexton Smith says Lowe is “the quintessential servant leader.”  

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Arts and Humanities
4:33 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Theatre [502] Optimistic About the End of the World

Brandon Cox, Scott Anthony and Zach Burrell in Theatre [502]'s season two production of Annie Baker's "The Aliens."
Theatre [502]

Louisville's Theatre [502] has one eye on the end times and the other on next year. 

On Wednesday, the company will present their last Small Batch event of the year, a staged reading of Eric Pfeffinger’s “Accidental Rapture."

The Small Batch Series is Theatre [502]’s roving side stage—their opportunity to produce events that don’t quite find a place in the company’s mainstage season.

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Mon December 10, 2012

The Bard's Town Closes Season with Holiday Comedy

The Bard’s Town Theatre closes its second season this month with “The Kings of Christmas,” an original holiday comedy written by executive director Doug Schutte. Directed by Schutte and artistic director Scot Atkinson, “The Kings of Christmas” uses a narrative framework loosely based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to help a frustrated young man come to terms with his eccentric family and regain his Christmas spirit.   

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Arts and Humanities
7:05 am
Sun December 9, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Shows Key to Missions, Bottom Lines

The Louisville Ballet's "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker"
Louisville Ballet

For arts patrons who aren't fans of Christmas shows, this isn't exactly the most wonderful time of the year. The so-called "sweet weeks" between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day are packed with Christmassy fare, with Tiny Tim duking it out with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the entire populations of Bedford Falls and Santaland competing with holiday films and parties for family entertainment dollars and time.

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Arts and Humanities
12:08 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

REVIEW | 'A Christmas Carol' Offers Consistent Message With Humor and Heart

Geoff Rice as Bob Cratchit and Brad DeLaney as Tiny Tim.
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville opened its 37th production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" last night. Actors Theatre's show is the second longest-running production in the country (the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has them beat by a year), and while small changes happen from year to year, Actors doesn't mess with what works—solid acting paired with lovely music, a liberal dose of humor and the cozy familiarity of a timeless redemption story well-told. 

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