Erin Keane

Erin Keane covers Louisville's vibrant arts and humanities scene for WFPL. She also offers commentary on the latest in pop culture news for WFPK's The Weekly Feed. 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. 

Dairy goats and blueberry pies aren’t the only champions at this year’s Kentucky State Fair. The commonwealth’s playwrights also compete to show their works on the fair stage. Founded by Corinth-based playwright William McCann in 2012, the Kentucky New Play Series selects six short plays written by Kentuckians from an open competition to premiere at the state fair. This year, two of the six winning works are written by Louisville playwrights, Brian Walker and Nancy Gall-Clayton.

In the annual Kentucky Writers' Day program at the Capitol, Governor Steve Beshear inducted poet Frank X Walker as the state's new poet laureate. Walker is the first African American to hold the post, and at 53 years old, the University of Kentucky professor is also the youngest. The Kentucky Arts Council announced Walker's appointment in February.

Ashland native Steve Kazee picked up a Tony Award last night for Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Guy in "Once," the Broadway adaptation of the 2006 film an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant who spend a week together writing and playing music. "Once" won eight Tony awards this year, including Best Musical.

Kazee graduated from Morehead State University and has appeared in many television and stage productions, including a run as Sir Lancelot in "Spamalot."