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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Advanced Acting Classes For Youth to Begin at Youth Theater Studio Feb. 18; Sign-ups Open

Young performers with onstage experience can explore the craft of acting at an advanced level, as the William Inge Center for the Arts offers an Advanced Acting Class for Youth for the first time in the Youth Theatre Studio at Independence Community College.

The course runs for eight Saturdays, starting Sat. Feb. 18th, from 10:30a.m. to noon in the Black Box Theater in the Fine Arts Building at the ICC campus; classes will be under the direction of Meagan Moore.

“We are fortunate to have many outstanding opportunities for youth to participate in stage events in our region, so this course is designed to investigate higher-level acting skills,” said Ms. Moore “for youth who have had some substantive previous experience on stage, such as summer youth programs, church events, or previous participation in classes offered by the Youth Theatre Studio at the Inge Center.”

“The course will still emphasize theater education in a fun and interactive way, while adding emphasis on applying fundamental theories about acting,” Ms. Moore said.

The age range for students is 9-16.

Meagan Moore has been involved in multiple professional projects with the Inge Center, ICC Theater Department, and Neewollah productions for a number of years. She directed several children's musicals through Four County Mental Health, where she was formerly a children's case manager.

In January 2017, she started a new job as Special Projects Coordinator for the Inge Center.  Ms. Moore is an ICC Theater alumnus, who went on to study theater at Stephens College and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Pittsburg State University. She resides in Cherryvale with her husband, Alex, and daughter, Evie.

The fee is $ 100 for the 8 classes.  Enrollment can be made in person at the Inge Center office, or by contacting Terri Barbera by phone at (620) 332-5491 or via e-mail to

The William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College offers quality year-round educational and artistic programming.  It is best known as sponsor of the annual William Inge Theater Festival, the Official State Theater Festival of Kansas.  The 36th annual Inge Festival will run April 19-22, 2017.

Major supporters of the William Inge Center for the Arts include the William Inge Festival Foundation and Independence Community College.


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!








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