March 18-20, 2016

Galt House Hotel
140 North 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202



Louisville, KY


Actors Theatre of Louisville


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Why should YOU attend CAVORT 2016 in Louisville?

People who visit Louisville for the first time are amazed to discover our gem of a city. We like to think of Louisville as “a well-kept secret.”  You’ll have an opportunity to get in on that secret during CAVORT 2016, March 18-20, hosted by Actors Theatre of Louisville. 

Louisville is a destination!  Louisville is much more than the Kentucky Derby (although that’s distinction enough).  Within walking distance of Actors Theatre is an array of attractions along Louisville’s “Museum Row”: Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, The Muhammad Ali Center, The Louisville Science Center & IMAX featuring “The Kentucky Show,” and more.

Participants will be able to pre-register for a pre-conference tour on Friday to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum (http://www.derbymuseum.org) located at Churchill Downs and Jim Beam Distillery (http://www.americanstillhouse.com) just down the road a piece.

 Learn about Kentucky’s bourbon heritage – and favorite food group -  during a conference Bourbon Happy Hour. You might even want to take a stroll through Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail.  Learn about it and other bourbon opportunities at www.bourboncountry.com.

 Actors Theatre of Louisville!  Located in the Old Bank of Louisville building, a National Historic Landmark, Actors Theatre has been providing Louisville with award-winning theatre in its three-theatre complex for over fifty years. Actors has held the National Ten-Minute Play Contest since 1989 and conducts an annual New Voices Young Playwrights Contest and Festival featuring full productions of short plays written by area students.   

 The Humana Festival of New American Plays! Originated in 1976, The Humana Festival of New American Plays is an internationally renowned festival that celebrates the contemporary American playwright. Actors Theatre typically mounts seven full productions of new works during the festival. More than 400 Humana Festival plays have been produced. Approximately 2,000 scripts are received annually for consideration with nearly 75,000 scripts submitted since 1976. Some of the plays that found their start at the Humana Festival include Marsha Norman’s Getting Out, Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart, D.L. Coburn’s The Gin Game, William Mastrosimone’s Extremities, John Pielmeier’s Agnes of  God, Jane Martin’s Keely and Du, Donald Margulies’ Dinner With Friends, and Lucas Hnath’s The Christians. The Humana Foundation’s support of Actors Theatre and the Humana Festival of New American Plays since 1980 represents the longest, continuous and current partnership between a corporation and a theatre in the county. 

Conference registrants will see three Humana Festival plays – all world premieres – with their registration.  They will attend the gala opening night for one of the Humana Festival plays.

 During the conference, participants will get a peek behind the curtain to learn how Actors Theatre mounts full productions of multiple new plays during each Humana Festival. They will further have the opportunity to learn about the page-to-the-stage process that is the cornerstone of the Humana Festival.

 Network with other volunteers! Conferees will have the chance to network with their counterparts from theatres across the United States and Canada throughout the conference. They will be able to interact with other volunteers to discover what services they provide for their theatres and how they go about performing them.

 An extended roundtable experience will give participants a chance to learn how volunteers at numerous theatres handle everything from recruitment to rewards and lots of interests in between.  Roundtable topics will include volunteer matters such as starting and managing a volunteer program, recruitment and retention of volunteers, theatre services provided by volunteers, communication with and among volunteers.

 Volunteer sessions will address fundraising, the advocacy role of volunteers, volunteering for student performances, accessibility, and engaging millennials.  Many of the sessions will feature panels with representatives from different theatres sharing their strategies as well as providing the audience with a chance to “pick their brains.” 

Theatres are invited to submit Bright Ideas of their latest successes for judging.  Perhaps even more valuable than the competition, a printed collection of all Bright Ideas submissions will be available for registered conference participants.

 Theatres will also be invited to request a table on which they can mount a display to share information about their theatre and their volunteer program. 

Southern Hospitality!  Nothing matches Southern hospitality and Actors Theatre and its volunteer organization, Actors Associates, have made it their mission to extend the welcome mat for CAVORT visitors.