Beth Henley is 2017 William Inge
Theater Festival Honoree 

Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Beth Henley will be honored with the William Inge Distinguished Achievement in American Theater Award at the 36th William Inge Theater Festival at Independence Community College, Kansas, April 19-22, 2017.

Henley joins the roster of renowned playwrights who have traveled to our small Kansas town, where we honor homegrown writer William Inge with a four-day theatrical celebration each spring.  Henley, a 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winner, joins a select company of acclaimed writers we’ve honored.

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Inge Festival Invites Volunteers to Annual Dinner  

The Inge Center welcomes returning and prospective new volunteers to our annual Inge Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017.

The dinner takes place at the Independence Historical Museum. The evening will begin with a group photo at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend. 

All prospective and present volunteers who wish to attend the dinner are urged to contact Meagan Moore at the Inge Center by February 21st to make reservations, via phone: 620-332-5491, or e-mail:  No reservations are needed to be included in the 6 p.m. photo shoot.

The 2017 Inge Festival, April 19-22, will celebrate the legacy of the great American playwright and screenwriter, Beth Henley.

Our volunteers help the festival produce a lifetime achievement tribute to our Honoree, scores of intriguing workshops, new play readings for the Play Lab, short scenes performed at the William Inge House, a gala, and more.

Information regarding each Inge Festival committee will be provided to all volunteers. 

The William Inge Center for the Arts is named for the late playwright William Inge, an Independence native who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (“Picnic”) and Oscar for Best Screenplay (“Splendor in the Grass”).

For more information on volunteering at the William Inge Center for the Arts or its activities, visit Thank you!








The Inge Newsletter
The Prompter






Introducing the Inge Center Newsletter The Prompter, with all the upcoming events as well as the doings of our Inge Center family of artists. Check out the issues below! And you can always contact us at (620) 332-5492 or



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"Inge Festival Brings the Theatre World to Independence"



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