New Play Lab

Celebrating emerging playwrights in the hometown of William Inge

Peter Jasso, Director, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission

(785) 296-2178


Kate Van Steenhuyse, KCAIC Chief Programs Officer


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 for the Arts at Independence Community College.

Selected playwrights receive a professional public staged reading of their play, feedback from national theater artists regarding their submitted and selected script, exclusive playwriting masterclasses with master playwrights and full access to all private and public festival events.

This year, the festival is proud to honor the two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage with the 2020 Distinguished Achievement in American Theater Award.

Application Period
Applications for 2020 are currently closed.

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