Actors sought to portray Commonwealth historic figures


March 23, 2014 

The Kentucky Humanities Council’s Chautauqua program boasts actors portraying historic figures from the Commonwealth, from Daniel Boone to Adolph Rupp. But the group thinks there’s room for more and is accepting applications through April 4 from people interested in playing a role in the program.

According to a council statement, “characters do not have to be famous, but their lives should illuminate some part of Kentucky’s history, and their stories should be compelling enough to appeal to audiences in every part of the state. ... The common thread is that they all have great stories to tell.”

All characters must be deceased.

Portrayals should be about 45 minutes and are usually followed by a question-and-answer session. Chautauqua performers will receive a $1,000 honorarium for script development, $350 plus lodging for performances, and the council provides drama, scholarly and costume consultants to ensure the historical accuracy as well as a costume allowance.

Applications must include “a two- to three-page description of your proposed character, including why his or her story is of interest and importance to Kentuckians.”

For complete application information, visit and look for the application link under the Chautauqua tab, or call (859) 257-5932.

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