March Editorial: What is a “Professional” Actor?

Copyright © 2017 A.S. Waterman. All rights reserved.

As we are asked to vote in yet another “Best of” competition[1], I’m becoming increasingly irate at the discriminatory circle being drawn around so-called “professional” actors and theatre groups. This pseudo-distinction resulted in a distorted and bizarre array of results at a recent awards ceremony, and it threatens to do so in the future.

Look up “professional” in the dictionary and you’ll see several definitions. At least one will refer to having a permanent career, and one or more will refer to maintaining a high standard of ethics and demeanor. Unfortunately, in the recent award determinations, the definition that was selected basically disqualified all but two or three of Kentuckiana’s more than 60 theatre groups, along with literally hundreds of actors.

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[1] See “The Best of … What” [TheatreLouisville editorial, Nov. 2016]: http://theatrelouisville.org/op-eds/TLeditorial_11-2016.html.

Spring Schedule

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Acting Against Cancer

May 26-June 4: tick…tick…BOOM! (at the MeX)

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Actors Theatre
502-749-5275

March 1 – April 9: 41st Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays

March 1 – April 9: I Now Pronounce

March 7 – April 9: We’re Gonna Be Okay

March 10 – April 9: Cry it Out

March 17 – April 9: Recent Alien Abductions

March 24 – April 9: Airness

March 24 – April 9: The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield

April 8-9: Ten-Minute Plays: The New Line, Home Invasion, Melto Man and Lady Mantis

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The Alley Theater
502-822-5598

March 2-31: Reservoir Dogs / Bitches

April 20 – May 20: Reefer Madness

May 25 – June 3: The Flick

June 15 – July 1: The Trail To Oregon: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Musical

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Bellarmine University
502-272-8431

March 23 – April 31: The Scotian Women

April 21-23: Crooked

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Bunbury Theatre
502-585-5306
(Performances at the Henry Clay)

April 7-23: I Bet On The Nag

June 9-25: Stages of Bloom

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CenterStage
502-459-0660
(Performances at the Jewish Community Center)

March 16-April 2: Mary Poppins

May 11-21: Sondheim on Sondheim

CenterStage Acting Out:

April 9: Elephant & Piggie’s ‘We are in a Play’

April 27-30: Once On This Island

April 27-30: Go Fish

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The Chamber Theatre

Apr. 4: The Proposal – Chekhov’s One Act Comedy
at the Louisville Free Public Library

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Clarksville Little Theatre
812-283-6522

May 12-21: The Drowsy Chaperone

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Commonwealth Theatre Center
502-589-0084

May 11-21: Young American Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry VIII and King John

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Damaged Goods Improv
at the Bard’s Town

April 15: Rum Ham

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Derby Dinner Playhouse
812-288-8281

Feb. 22 – April 9: The Addams Family

April 12 – May 28: Sister Act

Derby Dinner Children’s Theatre:

Feb. 25 – April 1: Stinky Kids the Musical

June 3 – July 8: Fancy Nancy the Musical

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El Delirio Producciones
at the Bard’s Town
502-851-0889

March 17 – April 2: Iceberg

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Floyd Central High School Theatre Department
812-542-2284

May 4-7: Elephant Man

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Frazier Museum
502-753-5663

Live historical interpretations daily

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Hayswood Theatre
812-738-2138

Apr. 14-30: Pride and Prejudice

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Imagine Blind Players
502-619-0980

May 26 – June 23: Lady Anderly’s Rose

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Indiana University Southeast Theatre Department
812-941-2526

March 30 – April 9: Lysistrata

March 30: Adam Trent

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Kentucky Shakespeare
502-574-9900

March-May: Julius Caesar (Parks Tour)

June 3 and 17: Late Night Shakes, Louisville Improvisors (following Kentucky Shakespeare performances)

May 31-July 23: Much Ado About Nothing

June 15-23: Richard II

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The Liminal Playhouse

Mar. 23 – Apr. 2: Time Stands Still

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Little Colonel Playhouse
502-314-4124

Apr. 29: The World of Carl Sandburg

July 13-16: Much Ado Out West

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Louisville Storytellers

April 18: Derby Decadence: Untold tales of high rollers, jockeys and party promoters

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Pandora Productions
502-216-5502

May 11-21: Hedwig and The Angry Inch

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PNC Broadway Across America
502-584-7777, 800-775-7777

April 10-12: Riverdance

May 16-21: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

June 13-18: Kinky Boots

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Sacred Heart School for the Arts
502-896-3910

March 31 – April 1: Through the Looking Glass

May 12-14: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ballet

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Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company

May 12-21: Alice in Wonderland

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Shelby County Theatre
502-633-0242

May 12-21: Clue: The Musical

Upstairs at 801

April 21-30: Of Mice and Men

June 2-11: Wit

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StageOne Family Theatre
502-485-7777

March 25 – April 15: James and the Giant Peach

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Theatre [502]
502-509-1595

April 19-23: Antigone

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TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana

June 1-11: Rumors

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U. of L. Studio Theatre

Mar. 24 – Apr. 2: Spring Awakening

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WhoDunnit Murder Mystery Theater
502-426-7100

Feb. 11 – April 1: Deadly Recursion

May 13 – June 24: Ye Olde Murdyr Mysterie

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(All listings subject to change)

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