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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Inge Festival New Play Lab

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The New Play Lab at the annual William Inge Theater Festival is a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the William Inge Center at Independence Community College, Kansas.

The New Play Lab will invite 20-25 playwrights to have their plays included in the Play Lab during the 37th Annual William Inge Theater Festival, May 9-12, 2018. The program is headquartered at The William Inge Center for the Arts, at Independence Community College, Independence, Kansas.

The program seeks to connect emerging playwrights with the national theater community during the William Inge Theater Festival. The playwrights receive feedback of one of their scripts from a panel of theater experts, meet with fine arts professionals across the country, and enjoy intensive playwriting seminars and masterclasses to help them refine their craft.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and training.

Applications are due by November 23, 2017.

The submitted plays will be blind reviewed (the playwright’s name will not be revealed) by a nationwide panel of theater professionals.


Playwrights selected must be able to travel to and attend the annual William Inge Theatre Festival and Conference in Independence, Kansas, Wed. May 9 through Saturday May 12, 2018. 

Transportation costs and logistics, as well as the festival registration fee ($250) will be the responsibility of the playwright. Independence, Kansas, is located 90 miles north of Tulsa, Okla.
During the New Play Lab, each playwright will have a professional public reading of their submitted play. Submitted plays may not be longer than 30 minutes in length. Therefore, short-form one-acts are encouraged.

The William Inge Theatre Festival and Conference fee ($250), includes admission to all Inge Festival events and seminars, including social events and parties with guest artists, as well as some meals.


Play Lab Playwrights will receive a public professional play reading of up to 30 minutes of their short play, as well as feedback from a panel of professional playwrights.

Play Lab Playwrights will receive additional playwriting classes and seminars exclusive to New Play Lab participants, including a masterclass with the William Inge Theater Festival honored playwrights.

Application Guidelines

All applications must be submitted via an online form:

All scripts must be submitted in PDF format.

Your title page may not have any identifying information--no author name or address--or it will be disqualified.

Give your script file the name 2018 + Title (for instance, 2018 Bus Stop.pdf)

The script length should be no longer than 30 minutes of stage time and comprise a maximum of 6 (six) characters.

Applicants must enter a short synopsis of your play as it might appear in the Play Lab program. (Maximum100 words.)

Applicants must also enter a summary s of how you think your play would benefit from a Play Lab reading and panel response. (Maximum 200 words).

If you have any questions about the residency, feel free to email the program directly: playsubmissions@ingecenter.org

You can also learn more on the program website: www.ingecenter.org

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