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The Humana Festival has become a nationally-recognized showcase for new theater productions. Actors Theatre of Louisville has staged more than 300 plays for the event since launching it in 1976. More than 38,000 people attended last year’s festival, which had an economic impact of $593,705, according to Louisville Tourism spokesperson Rosanne Mastin.
But most local arts organizations continue to face challenges, including economic pressures and retaining top talent.
Recently, Actors Theatre laid off nine employees in an “organizational restructuring”. StageOne Family Theatre recently announced its producing artistic director will leave the role for another job opportunity.
This week, WFPL’s In Conversation discusses Louisville’s arts scene, how much support it has, what its needs are, and more. Our guests include:
- Fund for the Arts President & CEO Christen Boone
- Looking for Lilith Theatre Company Co-Artistic Director Shannon Woolley Allison
- Actors Theatre of Louisville Executive Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming
Listen to In Conversation live on 89.3 WFPL Friday at 11 a.m. or follow along with our live tweets at @WFPLnews. Call with your questions or comments at 502-814-TALK or tweet us with the hashtag #WFPLconversation. We’re also on Facebook.
There’s a lot going on in Louisville, and WFPL’s “In Conversation” with Rick Howlett gives people a platform to talk — both to each other, and with the larger community — about the biggest issues facing our city, state and region. Live at 11 a.m. every Friday on 89.3 WFPL. Call 502-814-TALK to join the conversation.