The William Inge Theatre Festival welcomes these outstanding artists 

Freddy Acevedo is a Kansas City-based actor and received his MFA in Acting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His Kansas City area roles including the title role in Jack and the Bean Magico! at the Coterie Theatre, as well as Secret Soldiers. At KC Repertory Theatre, Freddy played Jonathan Harker in Dracula, and appeared in King Lear and A Christmas Carol. He holds a dance certificate and BA in Theatre from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.


Liz Duffy Adams' play Or, premiered Off Broadway at WP Theater and has been produced over 60 times since, including at Magic Theatre, Seattle Rep, and Round House Theatre. She’s a New Dramatists alumna and has received a Lillian Hellman Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, MacDowell residencies, and Will Glickman Award. Other plays include Born with Teeth; Dog Act; The Salonniéres; Wonders of the Invisible World; Buccaneers; Wet or, Isabella the Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitude; One Big Lie; and The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It or, The Train Play. Her work has also been produced or developed at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Humana Festival, PlayPenn Conference, Portland Center Stage, Flux Theatre Ensemble, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Cutting Ball, Shotgun Players, and Crowded Fire, among other places. Publications include Dog Act in “Geek Theater: Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Plays” (Underwords Press 2014); Or, in “Best Plays of 2010” (Smith & Kraus); Poodle With Guitar And Dark Glasses in “Best American Short Plays 2000-2001” (Applause Books); and several plays in acting editions by Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatists Play Service. Adams has a BFA from New York University and an MFA from Yale School of Drama, and was the 2012–2013 Briggs-Copeland Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard. She has dual Irish and American citizenship. More at lizduffyadams.com.

Michael Baron is the Producing Artistic Director At Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He directed Bright Star, When We're Gone (world premiere), Freaky FridayFun HomeDisney’s When You Wish, James and the Giant Peach, I Am My Own Wife, Assassins, Fiddler on the Roof, Dreamgirls, Mann…And Wife (world premiere), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (world premiere), Big Fish with David Elder and Tony-nominee Emily Skinner, Oklahoma!, An Inspector Calls, A Little Night Music with Tony-nominee Dee Hoty, Les Misérables, Triangle, Big River, Tarzan, The Glass Menagerie, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Call Me Madam with Tony-winner Beth Leavel, Spring Awakening, Ragtime, Oliver!, Boeing Boeing, Always…Patsy Cline, December Divas, The Rocky Horror Show and the annual production of Lyric’s A Christmas Carol (also adapted). He has directed over 95 productions at theaters across the country including the current production of A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Other regional directing highlights include – ZACH Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher; Signature Theatre: The Little Dog Laughed, Songs for a New World starring Tony-winner Alice Ripley, Tony-nominee Brian D’Arcy James, Emmy-nominee Titus Burgess, and music direction by Jason Robert Brown; Adventure Theatre: James and the Giant Peach (2017 Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Direction) , the world premiere musical Big NateGoodspeed Musicals: Meet John Doe; Trinity Repertory Company: The School for Scandal. La Mama: The Whore of Sheridan Square (wrote and directed, published in anthology Plays and Playwrights 2006). NEA: 2010-2019 Poetry Out Loud National Competition Finals. Teaching: Oklahoma City University, American University, Brown University, Holy Cross College, and Rhode Island College. Michael has been a theatre grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Training: B.A. in Theatre Arts, Wake Forest University; MFA in Directing, Trinity Repertory Conservatory. Michael served as the Associate Director of Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia-winner of the 2009 Regional Theatre TONY Award. Michael received the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Resident Musical in Washington, D.C. for Adventure Theatre’s production of A Year with Frog and Toad, the 2016 Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award, and a special award from Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disabilities Concerns. He is a board member for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.    

Alex Barreto Hathaway earned his BA at the University of Minnesota under former Jeune Lune members and his thesis project exhibited Mask, Puppetry, and Street Theatre practices studied in Pernambuco, Brazil. Barreto Hathaway creates and performs with Twin Cities groups Open Eye, Exposed Brick, Red Bird, WLDRNSS (or Theatre Forever), Sod House, and Children's Theatre, as well as touring summer performances in greater Minnesota. He is drawn to original work, mask and physical theatre, clown, stories that celebrate the Latinx experience, and productions that partner with local communities.  During the day, he works as a Teaching Artist for Multilingual Learning in public schools through the Guthrie Theater, and sustaining an ongoing project that serves artists, farmers, and activists in Puerto Rico, were he is originally from.

Harty Blackert is the Fine Arts Technical Director & Theater Manager at Independence Community College. Aside from teaching Tech Theater classes, he has production designed for such shows as: Les Miserables, Almost Maine, Night of the Living Dead, South Pacific, The Skin Of Our Teeth, TEDx ICC, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Once Upon A Mattress, South Pacific, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Spitfire Grill, Chekov’s Three Sisters, The Nerd, The 24-Hour Plays, etc. He also designed the scenery for Neewollah’s Young Frankenstein, Honk! and Mary Poppins the Musical.

J.M. Bock is thrilled to return to the William Inge Theatre Festival to stage manage What Are You Worth? by Otis Guernsey Award winner Kara Lee Corthron, as well as to direct five New Play Lab readings! At previous Festivals, she assisted tributes to Paula Vogel, Marsha Norman, David Henry Hwang and Donald Margulies, in addition to stage managing numerous new readings by playwrights including Jen Silverman, Samuel D. Hunter, and a world premier musical by Sheldon Harnick. Also an actor and director, Bock has performed on various St. Louis stages, notably the Repertory Theatre, New Jewish Theatre and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Immediately after the festival, J.M. is excited to stage manage the St. Louis premier of Indecent by Paula Vogel. Thanks and appreciation to Hannah Joyce-Hoven for this opportunity, and to Ken & Becky Brown!

Gigi Bolt is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Theatre Management and Producing Program at Columbia University and a theatre and musical theatre program consultant.  She was Director of Theater and Musical Theater at the National Endowment for the Arts from 1995 till 2006.  In 2006-2007 she served as Interim Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group.  Prior to joining the Endowment, she was Director of the Theater Program at the New York State Council on the Arts.  Her tenure at the Council was preceded by work as an actor including five seasons as a member of the company of the Cleveland Play House.  Current and past consulting projects include work with NAMT’s Frank Young Fund for New Musicals, National New Play Network, New Dramatists, Theatre Development Fund, the Network of Ensemble Theatres, the Mellon Foundation and the Humana Festival.  She serves on the William Inge Festival Foundation Board, Ford’s Theatre’s Advisory Council, the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Sounding Board, and the Emeritus Boards of SITI Company and Theatre Communications Group.  She is the recipient of a Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Lee Reynolds Award, the La MaMa E.T.C. Silver Bell Award, and was inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame.

Hannah Brooks received her degree in Stage Management from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009. She has been avidly working in the Northern Colorado area for many years. Most recently she has worked with OpenStage Theatre and Co. as a Stage Manager and Production Manager. She has worked extensively behind the scenes in other capacities and received the OPUS Award for Best Technical Support for four years. Other credits include Production Manager for Canyon Concert Ballet’s Nutcracker which tours locally, and a founding member of Up in Lights Productions. She is thrilled to be returning to the William Inge Festival for a 10th year.

Jackson R. Bryer is a Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1981, he served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities and for the William Inge Archives at Independence Community College. He is the editor of The Theatre We Worked For: The Letters of Eugene O’Neill to Kenneth MacGowan (1982) and many other publications. In 1988, he published “An Interview with Robert Anderson I Studies in American Drama” and co-edited The Playwright’s Art: Conversations with Contemporary American Dramatists, New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Neglected Stories and The Actor’s Art: Conversations with Contemporary American Stage Performers. Recent publications include The Art of the American Musical: Conversations with the Creators and Conversations with August Wilson. Other publications: as co-editor, The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder (2008) and Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (2009). He received the Inge Festival’s prestigious Jerome Lawrence Award in 2007.

Ai Vy Bui is an actress based in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Her previous roles include Tong inVietgone, Christmas Eve in Avenue Q, Violet in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Girl 5 in Emotional Creature, and Xinh in The Butcher's Son.



Sean Byrd is a Twin Cities based actor/director/teacher. He has appeared on stage through the years with such Twin Cities companies as 15 Head: A Theatre Lab, The Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Fifty Foot Penguin Theatre, Sandbox Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre and DalekoArts. As a director, he has worked with The Duluth Playhouse, Lyric Arts Theatre, DalekoArts and Yellow Tree Theatre among others. Sean has been a professor of Theatre at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota for seventeen years. And he is proud to serve the North Central region of the U.S. as a National Playwriting Programs Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Through this work he gets to champion the work of student playwrights – the future of the American Theatre. Sean is thrilled and honored to be a part of the 2019 Inge Festival. Love to A, T, H & H. ww.seanwbyrd.com

Darren Canady’s work has been produced at the Alliance Theatre, Congo Square Theater, Horizon Theatre, London ’s the Old Vic Theatre, M Ensemble, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, American Blues Theater, and others. His awards include the Alliance Theater's Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award, Chicago ’s Black Excellence Award, the Black Theatre Alliance Award, and the American Theatre Critics Association ’s Osborn Award. His play You ’re Invited appeared in The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011. His work has been developed at the Fremont Centre Theatre, Premiere Stages, and Penumbra Theatre. He is an alum of Carnegie Mellon University, New York University ’s Tisch School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, and is a former member of Primary Stages ’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. He is a Core Writer at the Playwrights' Center and an artistic affiliate with American Blues Theater and Congo Square Theatre. He currently teaches playwriting at the University of Kansas.

Juliette Carrillo has been an Octavio fan girl for many years. She helped develop and directed the premiere production of Solis’ Lydia at Denver Theater Center, subsequently performed at Yale Repertory and Mark Taper Forum. Other productions include: Lethe for Cornerstone Theater Company and El Paso Blue for Summer Play Festival in New York. She has also directed numerous readings and workshops across the country, including Mother Road (Goodman, Carnival Latinx New Play Festival, OSF), and Se Llama Cristina (Perry Mansfield, Denver Theater Center). A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Juliette has directed critically-acclaimed premiere and revival productions in theaters across the country including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Yale Repertory, Denver Theater Center and Seattle Repertory. She is also a longtime member of the Cornerstone Theater ensemble. She is on faculty at University of California, Irvine. www.juliettecarrillo.com

Cristina Castro is a playwright/performer based in Minneapolis, MN.  Cristina was a 2017-2018 Ingram New Works Playwright at Nashville Rep., 2015-2016 Many Voices Fellow at the Playwrights' Center, and a Silver Award winner in Playwriting from the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami, Fl.  As a performer she has acted in the Twin Cities with theaters such as Mixed Blood, Park Square, Penumbra Theater, Artistry, Transatlantic Love Affair, and more. Cristina is a teaching artist with Upstream Arts, a non-profit that uses the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities. She is an affiliated playwright at the Playwrights' Center and is a 2011 alumna of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. 

Jeff Church is Producing Artistic Director of The Coterie in Kansas City, which he has moved into a leading theatre company for multigenerational audiences since his arrival in 1990. His Coterie highlights have included producing the Coterie’s Great Books/Banned Books season, and he is known for personally working with Broadway composer teams to create “theatre for young audiences” versions of Seussical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Shrek and many more. Major writing and directing credits include The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. (as playwright-in-residence for youth and family programs), Woolly Mammoth, New York University, Lincoln Center Education, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Unicorn Theatre and Theatre Squared (AR). On the national professional theatre scene, Jeff was a board officer for Theatre Communications Group (TCG), served as Vice-President of TYA/USA, and was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. He is adjunct instructor of text analysis at UMKC.

Maxwell Collyard (Projection Designer/Video Editing) is a theatre artist based in the twin cities. His work as a Projection Designer includes Turtle Theater Collective: Almighty Voice and His Wife; Theatre Novi Most: Dancing on the Edge; Frank Theatre: REVOLT: SHE SAID REVOLT AGAIN; Playwrights’ Center: Molly. He has filmed, directed, and edited several music videos for Twin Cities bands such as Annie and the Bang Bang, Fox & Coyote, & Porno Wolves. Maxwell has assistant directed and/or acted for many twin cities companies including: Park Square Theater, Jungle Theater, Mixed Blood, Arts Center on 7, Frank Theatre, Walking Shadow, and Theater Latté Da. He has written/devised two plays: You Don’t Have To Leave But You Can’t Stay Here and Ferguson, USA. Maxwell holds a B.A. in Physics & Theatre from St. Olaf College.

Walter Coppage has performed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, KC Rep Theatre, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, Coterie Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, KC Actors Theatre, Spinning Tree Theatre and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Past roles include: Charlotte/Mr. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, Gabriel in Fences, MLK in The Mountaintop, Dr. Copeland in The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, the Stage Manager in Our Town, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, Rev. Peters in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime, Rat in Welcome To Fear City, Polonius in Hamlet, Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus, Harmond Wilks in Radio Golf, Chutes and Ladders in Water By The Spoonful, Christian in Ruined; Charles in The Clean House, Pee Wee in Carter’s Way, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Eugene in Yellowman, Jekyll in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Touchstone in As You Like It, Uncle Peck in How I Learned To Drive, and Testifier Polynieces in The Gospel at Colonus. He is a founding member of KC Actors Theatre, the Unicorn Theatre’s Actor Ambassador for the National New Play Network and advisory board member for KC Film Festival International. Awards include: Regional Emmy Award for KCPT’s Meet The Past (Tom Bass), KC Pitch “Critics Choice” for “Best Actor” as the Stage Manager in Our Town (2009) and “Best Portrayal of an Icon” for MLK in The Mountaintop (2013). He made his directorial debut with Spinning Tree Theatre’s Black Pearl Sings, followed by Athol Fugard’s The Island for KC Actors Theatre and the Coterie Theatre’s Hana’s Suitcase, a co-production with Tradewinds Arts Group and UMKC Theatre, with assistance from the Mid-West Holocaust Center. Walter also appears in feature films, including All Creatures Here Below, Goodland, The Profit, Jayhawkers, Destination: Planet Negro, In The Wake Of Ire, James Ellroy’s Stay Clean, The Only Good Indian, Last Ounce of Courage. His TV credits include: Detroiters (Comedy Central Guest Star) Chicago Med (NBC), Gone In The Night (CBS mini series), The Only Witness (Lifetime), All Roads Lead Home (Showtime), A Deadly Vision (ABC), Truman (HBO).

Kara Lee Corthron's (New Voices Award winner) plays include Welcome to Fear City (CATF, Kansas City Rep), AliceGraceAnon (New Georges), Holly Down in Heaven (Forum Theatre, DC), Listen for the Light (Know Theatre of Cincinnati), and What Are You Worth? She’s the author of the young-adult novel, The Truth of Right Now from Simon & Schuster. Awards: Parents’ Choice Gold Award for The Truth of Right Now, proud member of New Dramatists, 2018 Cultural Diaspora Creative Residency (France), Finalist for the 2018 McKnight National Residency and Commission, Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Princess Grace Award, Helen Merrill Award, Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize (three-time recipient), four MacDowell fellowships, residencies at Bogliasco (Italy), Skriðuklaustur (Iceland), Hawthornden (Scotland), and the Millay Colony. Her work has been produced and developed at Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, BAPF, Berkeley Rep, CenterStage (Baltimore), EST, Horizon Theatre (Atlanta), LAByrinth, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, New Georges, The Orchard Project, P73, PlayPenn, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (Guest Artist, 2012), South Coast Rep, TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), the Vineyard Theatre, and WP Theater among others. Currently under commission from La Jolla Playhouse and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Kara currently writes for the Netflix drama You. Juilliard alumna.  www.karaleecorthron.com.

José Faus is a writer, artist, and performer based in Kansas City, Missouri. He has performed in a variety of settings from a defunct swimming pool to an airstream trailer. His credits include Stanya Kahn’s film Don’t go Back to Sleep 2014; Actor Wiccans in the Hood Unicorn Theater Fringe Festival 2014; Jewish Community Center Fellows Performance 2014; Art in the Loop Performance 2014; ToT Group Performance TEDX Kansas City 2015; Actor Coterie production (Papa Grande) Tomas and the Library Lady 2016; Actor Unicorn premiere (El Matador) Ghosts of Lotte Bravo 2016; Actor Metropolitan Ensemble Theater production Anna in the Tropics; ToT Group Performance Rocket Grant Project 2019; Performer Monologue Fire in the Heart Jewish Community Center 2019.

Chuma Gault is a Los Angeles based theater artist. In 2011 he came to Independence as part of the original cast to develop EM Lewis' new play Magellanica, a five-hour epic which had its world premiere last season at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR. Chuma has been involved as a director/guest artist for the Carlyle Brown, Beth Henley, Arthur Kopit, and William Inge tribute festivals. For the 35th annual festival, he starred in the 50th anniversary production of Where's Daddy? by William Inge. In 2018, Chuma was the assistant director of BLISS: or Emily Post is Dead by Jami Brandli (Moving Arts). Acting awards: Los Angeles Stage Raw Awards (outstanding solo performance) nominee for The Gun Show by EM Lewis (Moving Arts); LA WEEKLY Awards (Best Male Performance) nominee for Freedom Summer by Stephen Sachs (Fountain Theater), (Best Male Performance) for Tree by Julie Hébert (Ensemble Studio Theatre - Los Angeles) which also garnered a LA Drama Critics Circle nomination for Best Male Performance.  Directing credits include: scenes from Pure ConfidenceThe African Company Presents...Dartmoor Prison by Carlyle Brown for 2018 Inge Fest; Abundance by Beth Henley for the 2017 Inge Festival, 2018 Kilroy's List play Hang Man (workshop) by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, Party Girls by Tira Palmquist (Moving Arts' The Car Plays/Segerstrom Center for the Arts), Phenom by Charlayne Woodard (The Car Plays/La Jolla Playhouse), The Guard Will Escort You to Ruff-Ruff by Carole Real (Ensemble Studio Theatre - Los Angeles) Film credits: Chuma plays Nina Simone's husband Andrew in the Cynthia Mort-directed biopic Nina. TV: Chuma recently starred in the drama Game of Silence (NBC) and was last seen piloting the Millennium Jalapeno through the Salsa-Run in less than seven parsecs. 

Katie Gilchrist is thrilled to return to the Inge Festival. A proud Kansas Citian, she has been fortunate enough to appear on almost every stage in the city. She is the curator of programming for The Black Box/Fishtank Theatre, the Director of KC Strips, a member of the Bloom Committee, and an educator with Crossroads High. Performance Credits include: The Nance (Spinning Tree Theatre); Mamma Mia (New Theatre Restaurant); Heartbroken: A Tribute to Tom Petty (Record Bar); Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Arts Asylum/Egads); Chainsaw: The Musical (Kokopelli); Stupid Fucking Bird, Men on Boats, Everyday Rapture (Unicorn Theatre); Three Viewings, Translations (KCAT); Carousel, Betrayal, (The Living Room); Dykes of Hazzard, A Very Betty White Christmas (Late Night Theatre), Carousel, Pippin, Guys and Dolls (KC Rep). Upcoming: KC STRIPS: PLAY BALL: a fundraiser for AIDS WALK KC (Director/Producer), Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod/Arts Asylum).

Khalif J. Gillet is a proud Afro-Latinx actor originally from Los Angeles, CA. Growing up he split home between Las Vegas and Southern California. He received his B.A. in Theatre, Film, and Digital Production from the University of California, Riverside. Khalif has a passion for classical and musical theatre and has enriched his training by singing in the shower for over a decade. In his free time he is a freelance photographer, graphic designer and playwright. His writings include poetry, as well as stories involving mental health for people of color. In Kansas City he has played Edmund in King Lear, Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar, Conrade in Much Ado About Nothing, The Waphuri inPachakutec, Quincy P. Morris in Dracula: A Song of Love and Death and will be playing Willie in Athol Fugard’s Master Harold...and the Boys this fall. 

Allison Gold is the Program Coordinator for the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) and a freelance theater director. As the Program Coordinator at DGF, Allison aides in building and implementing all of DGF’s educational and financial services programs. Allison comes to DGF with a background in directing and artistic programming. Her directing work has been seen in New York at The Annoyance Theater, The Players Theater, and the Brooklyn Comedy Collective. She is a native of New York City and holds a degree in American Studies from Stanford University. 

Gabrieal Griego In addition to sound design, Gabrieal is a producer, projections designer, and director. Currently producing for Padua Playwrights & The Matrix Theatre, her recent projections designs include Newsies w/dir Jane McEneaney, Martians - An Evening With Ray Bradbury w/dir Jeff Rack, and 26 Pebbles w/dir Jules Aaron. Sound designs include Mr. Pim Passes By w/dir Jules Aaron, BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) w/dir Darin Anthony, and INKfest 2018, which consists of 22 different plays by female playwrights, w/various directors, for 2Cents Theatre Group. Recent directing work includes Jihan Crowther’s Lions for new works program MADlab & Deb Heitt’s Escape Room Thingy for the workshop program Season’s Readings, both with Moving Arts. Gabrieal is also a playwright and puppeteer. To Boss Man Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski - thank you for your super sonic support, and continuing to be your awesome and amazing self - I love you!

Michael "Hawkeye" Herman  is internationally recognized as one of America's finest blues musicians, composers/songwriters, and educators. Hawkeye actively tours worldwide performing at music festivals, concert venues, and music/guitar instructional workshops. He is the recipient of the International Blues Foundation's "Keeping The Blues Alive Award." Hawkeye was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Internet Blues Hall of Fame in 2016. He has composed music for numerous successful theatrical productions and film/video documentaries and dramas. Hawkeye is the composer/musical director/musician for the play El Paso Blue by Octavio Solis. He has participated in the production and performance of that play in theatres across the USA since its premier in San Francisco in 1994. In 2000, he received the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia's "Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre," (Philadelphia's version of the Tony Award), for "Best Original Music In A Theatrical Production."

Cynthia Hyer is an actress, playwright, director and fight choreographer from Kansas City. She has had the pleasure of working with the William Inge Theatre Festival for the last decade, working with amazing theatre professionals. She looks forward to another exciting season of celebrating theatrical creativity.




Allison Jones is thrilled to debut with this bold and worthy team at the Inge Festival. Regional Credits: School Girls; or The African Mean Girls Play and A Christmas Carol (KCRep). Emotional Creature and Once On This Island (Spinning Tree Theatre). My Fair Lady (Musical Theater Heritage). Sister Act (Barn Players Community Theatre). Sondheim on Sondheim (Summit Theatre Group). Allison received her B.S. in Biology from Alabama A&M University. All her gratitude and love to family, friends and Big G! 

Therese (Tess) Jones is Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with major emphases in American literature, modern and contemporary drama, and gender studies and completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in medical humanities. She has published and presented extensively on HIV/AIDS and the arts; literature, film and medicine; and medical education and is the editor of the Journal of Medical Humanities and lead editor for the Health Humanities Reader published by Rutgers University Press. Her teaching includes both required and elective courses in the humanities and arts for health professions students; co-directing the Health Humanities Minor for undergraduate students at the University of Colorado Denver; and directing the Graduate Certificate in Health Humanities and Ethics. 

Cynthia Levin is in her 39th season as Producing Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City. Over the years she has served as a director, actor, designer or producer for over 300 productions.  At the Unicorn, she recently directed Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (co-directed with Missy Koonce), Eclipsed, Hand to God, Heathers: The Musical (again, with Missy), The Oldest Boy, Women Playing Hamlet (world premiere), Bad Jews, Grounded, Venus in Fur, My Name is Asher Lev, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Soul Collector (world premiere), Hungry (world premiere), Red, Two Jews Walk Into A War…, Distracted, Green Whales (world premiere), Miss Witherspoon, My First Time, The Clean House, Mauritius, 9 Parts of Desire, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Bat Boy: The Musical and additionally the world premieres of rightnextto me (both at the Unicorn and Geva Theatre Center, Rochester, NY), How His Bride Came to Abraham, Light:Damage, Mercy Killing, Innocent Thoughts and Jack and Jill. At Coterie Theatre, she has directed Number the Stars, And Then They Came for Me, Frankenstein, Gatherings in Graveyards (I and II), Valley Song and To Kill A Mockingbird. At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., she directed readings of Occupants, In The Belly Of The Whale, The Friendship Of Her Thighs, The Last Pair Of Earlies, Tigers Be Still and White Devil and Loving Mother for the MFA Playwright’s Workshop. Cynthia is a graduate of Park University which also awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in 2002. She is a founding board member of the National New Play Network, an organization dedicated to the development and production of new works. She has been honored with the Pinnacle Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award. She shares her home with Zia (the beagle), Dodger (the cat) and the spirit of the big red dog, Sylvia.

 Chip Miller is a director and producer, currently in the role of Associate Producer at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. He was previously the Assistant Artistic Director at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Directing: School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls PlayWelcome to Fear City, Sex With Strangers, A Raisin in the Sun, (KCRep); Becoming Martin by Kevin Willmott (world premiere, The Coterie); 4:48 Psychosis (The Buffalo Room). Chip has developed work with playwrights including Kevin Wilmott, Kara Lee Corthron, Brittany Allen, Catherine Trieschmann, Darren Canady, Michelle T. Johnson, and Michael Finke. Education: BFA: New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Upcoming: The world premiere of Redwood by Brittany K. Allen at Portland Center Stage.

Nora Montañez is a Minneapolis-based, Peruvian-born actress, singer, educator, playwright and community advocate. Nora was raised in Paterson, NJ and holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. In Minneapolis Nora has worked with The Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Jungle Theater, Park Square Theater, The Playwrights’ Center, Mu Performing Arts, Mixed Blood Theatre, and many others. In Chicago, Nora has worked with Congo Square, Chicago Dramatist, The Revival, Something Marvelous, Teatro Vista and Court Theatre. Nora is a Breaking Ice Company Member with Pillsbury House Theatre, a teaching artist with Interact Center as well as a board member for Theater 45°. She was a 2018 Next Step Grant recipient as well as an Artist in Resident with Catalyst Arts and Center for the Performing Arts. Nora is the Founder of the Alliance of Latinx Minnesota Artists (ALMA), which facilitates alliances among the spectrum of Minnesotan Latinx artists.

Yumarie Morales works as an artist and actress in Los Angeles. Her filmography includes the movies, Lift, Ashes, and Killer Therapy. More recent television credits include: Kensingon and S.W.A.T. on CBS. You may have also see her curls and freckles in a variety of commercials both on tv and online and heard her voice on radio. Originally from Panama City, Panama (an army brat), Yumarie has had the privilege of studying abroad and honing her theatre skills along side different cultures around the globe. She is a theatre graduate from the University of Northern Colorado. 

Xavi Moreno is a native Angelino - born, raised, and staged in the historic neighborhood of Boyle Heights. He was most recently seen in Latino Theater Company's production of The Mother of Henry by Evelina Fernández, Directed by José Luis Valenzuela. Theatre: 10 Seasons with Independent Shakespeare Company, Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film: The Devil Has a Name (Directed by Edward James Olmos), Carne y Arena (Written & Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu), Variedades: Olvera Street (KCET+Artbound), Say When (Cornerstone), Poet vs. Puppet (Viva La Puppet), Shy (Chandola Productions). Recognized as a Young Leader of Color by Theatre Communications Group, Xavi is Marketing Director for The Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center and also serves as Producing Director for Company of Angels. Xavi is a member of Independent Shakespeare Co, Hero Theater and Company of Angels. iamxavi.com

 Aubrey Near is an Independence native, and is thrilled to be back for this year’s Inge Festival. Aubrey has just finished her MFA in Stage Management at the University of Iowa. Some of her favorite credits include: Sunday in the Park with George, Fun Home, Quiz Out, and serving as the PSM of the Iowa New Play Festival. Before graduate school, Aubrey lived and worked in New York City. NYC credits include: Being Flynn and All We Have Left.  


Dr. Page Petrucka is the acting and playwriting professor at Independence Community College. She received her PhD in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and her Master's from Utah State University. She is an actress of the stage and screen, and has performed nationally and internationally. Some of her favorite stage performances include Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (Northampton, England), Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town (Texas Tech University), and Dotty/Mrs. Clackett in Noises Off (Mercury Theatre). Much of her film work can be seen during the Christmas season on both the Lifetime and Hallmark channels. Dr. Petrucka has written and produced several of her own plays in both the United States and the Czech Republic. Her play Return to Roswell is currently being published by Next Stage Press. She has directed two productions here at ICC. Those include the comedy/drama Dead Man’s Cell Phone and the musical comedy [title of show]

Aaron Michael Scully, Ph. D. is a teacher, scholar, playwright, director and actor. Aaron received his PhD from the University of Missouri in May of 2018. He is currently an instructor at the University of Central Missouri. Aaron teaches playwriting, screen writing, acting, directing, theatre history and general theatre education classes. Aaron's plays have been performed in Washington D.C., Alexandria, VA, Seattle, Minneapolis, Des Moines, and Columbia, MO. He is the 2017 recipient of the Planet Earth Playwriting Award and has been a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. He is the Vice-Chair for the National Playwriting Program through KCACTF and was the Graduate Liaison for the Playwriting Symposium for the Mid-America Theatre Conference. In the summer of 2017, Aaron played the role of Father Flynn in a production of Doubt: A Parable for Crane River Theatre in Kearney, NE. His scholarly interests are in Playwriting and Playwriting Pedagogy, Theatre History and Theatre for Social Change. Aaron's dissertation examines how playwriting techniques and dramatic works can be used to understand and treat the disease of alcoholism.

Laura Shatkus, Artistic Director of ArkansasStaged, is thrilled to return to The Inge Fest after appearing in a staged reading of Mary Sue Price’s Chat Rats: Oronogo in January. As the Artistic Director for ArkansasStaged, Laura directed Natural Shocks and Grounded, devised Merci, Maurer for Crystal Bridges, performed in Gertrude Stein Plays Paris, Picasso At The Lapine Agile and Love Song and Produced/Artistic Directed Field Notes From Mother Earth, Natural Shocks, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Dear Elizabeth, Collected Stories, The Taming, Craving Gravy, Art, Venus In Fur, and Veils. Most recently, she directed Oliver Caplan’s Symposium and Tom Cipullo’s Lucy for Opera Fayetteville’s Opera In Bloom festival and Shakespeare in Love at UAFS. Chicago and Regional Theatre credits include work with TheatreSquared, Trike Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, The Hippodrome Theatre, North Dakota Shakespeare Theatre, The Gift Theatre, Collaboraction, Mary-Arrchie, Muse of Fire, and 16th Street Theatre among others. In 2017, she was named a “Visionary Arkansan” by The Arkansas Times. www.laurashatkus.com

Octavio Solis (Playwright Honoree) is a playwright and director living in Oregon. His works Mother Road, Hole in the Sky, Quixote Nuevo, Alicia’s Miracle, Se Llama Cristina, John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The Seven Visions of Encarnación, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, La Posada Mágica, and Man of the Flesh have been mounted across the country at companies such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Center Theatre Group, the Theatre @ Boston Court, California Shakespeare Theatre, the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, INTAR, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Dallas Theater Center, the Magic Theatre SF, South Coast Repertory Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the Marin Theatre Company, Cornerstone Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, Working Classroom, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Circle X Theatre Company, El Teatro Campesino, Teatro Vista, Teatro Dallas, Teatro Visión, Thick Description and Campo Santo at Intersection for the Arts. His collaborative works include Cloudlands, a musical co-written with Adam Gown and Shiner, co-written with Erik Ehn. Solis has received the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Texas State University Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, the 2014 Pen Center Literary Award for Drama (for Se Llama Cristina), the United States Artists Fellowship for 2012, the 2003 National Latino Playwriting Award, the 2000-2001 National Theatre Artists Residency from TCG and the Pew Charitable Trust, the 1998 TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the 1998 McKnight Fellowship grant from the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, the 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Roger L. Stevens award from the Kennedy Center, the 1994 Will Glickman Playwright Award, and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays production grant. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists alum and member of the Dramatists Guild. NoPassPort Press has published The River Plays, an anthology of three of his El Paso works. Many of his other plays are published by Samuel French, Inc. He is working on commissions for Yale Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, South Coast Repertory and The Arena Stage. His new book, Retablos: Stories From A Life Lived Along The Border, is published by City Lights Publishers in San Francisco, CA 

Cece Tio is a Los Angeles-based independent producer who primarily works on new plays. She is the Producer for the theatre company Moving Arts and for the Playwrights Union. She is a member of The Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles. With Moving Arts: World premiere Song of Extinction by EM Lewis at [Inside] the Ford (LA Weekly Theater Awards - Winner Best Production); World premiere BURNERS by Terence Anthony (LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards - 5 Nominations, Winner Best Sound Design); World premiere Blood and Thunder by Terence Anthony (LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards - Nominee Sound Design, LA Weekly Theater Awards - Winner One-Act Performance); Joint World premiere of BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) by Jami Brandli (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards - Winner Costume Design); West Coast premiere The Gun Show by EM Lewis (Stage Raw Awards - Nominee Best Actor); Fathers at a Game by Trey Nichols; The Car Plays at La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Series and WoW Festival, RADAR L.A., Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Off Center Festival; West Coast premiere VIRAL by Mac Rogers in co-production with Bootleg Theater. As an Independent Producer: Bootleg Theater: Rolling World premiere/Los Angeles I Carry Your Heart by Georgette Kelly (Hope On Stage Award winner; Stage Raw Awards - Nominee Best Sound Design); World premiere S.O.E. by Jami Brandli. 

Catherine Trieschmann's plays include How the World Began, Crooked, The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, Hot Georgia Sunday, The Most Deserving, Holy Laughter, and One House Over. The Most Deserving premiered at the Denver Theater Center in 2013, then opened Off-Broadway with Women's Project Theater in 2014. How the World Began premiered at South Coast Repertory in 2011, then enjoyed a European premiere by Out of Joint at the Arcola Theatre, before opening Off-Broadway with Women's Project, where it was granted an Edgerton New Play Award. Crooked premiered at the Bush Theatre in London in 2006 and then opened Off-Broadway with the Women's Project in 2008. It has been produced internationally in Edinburgh, Belfast, and Sydney, as well as all over the United States. The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, her MFA thesis project at the University of Georgia, was awarded the 2001 L. Arnold Weissberger Award and premiered professionally at Florida Stage in 2009. Her plays have also appeared at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Summer Play Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Theatre Company (Chicago), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival, Theatre in the Square (Atlanta), the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the Pacific Playwrights Festival, and Manhattan Theatre Club's 7 at 7 reading series. She has received commissions from South Coast Repertory, the Denver Theatre Center, and Manhattan Theatre Club. She is a recipient of a mid-career artist grant from the Kansas Arts Council, which will hopefully rise again, and the very proud recipient of the 2012 Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award from the William Inge Theatre Festival. She wrote the screenplay for the film, ANGEL'S CREST, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festical and was released by Magnolia Pictures in 2011. Originally from Athens, GA, she currently lives in Hays, Kansas.

Mark Valdez is an artist, cultural organizer, and consultant who partners with communities, organizations, civic institutions, and others, using theater and creative tools to address community needs and to lift up community voices. Current directing projects include Roe by Lisa Loomer and Evita, by Rice/Weber. Upcoming projects for which Mark is both the writer and director include: Exiled in America (a 5-city, devised performance piece exploring life in resident motels); Chato’s Kitchen, based on Gary Soto’s book for children, co-commissioned by Child’s Play Theatre and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; and #latinxox, a Trinity Rep commission to create a performance piece with and for Rhode Island’s Latinx community. Mark is the recipient of various awards and prizes, including the 2019 Johnson Fellowship for Community Transformation awarded by Americans for the Arts.

Lizi Watt works as a director, educator, performer and writer, based in Los Angeles. She has taught at New York University’s Experimental Theater Wing, Naropa University, Rhodes College, and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers: Teacher Development Program. She is currently a member of the faculty at Marlborough School. As a mother of three young children, Lizi is dedicated to investigating the intersection of parenthood and artistry. She has spoken on the topic at “Adventuring Together: Ensembles, Collectives, Laboratories & Networks,” a weekend-long gathering of performance artists and scholars from across the U.S. and Europe. Some performance credits include Daedalus’ Daughter at REDCAT Studio, Hamlet with Prison Performing Arts (featured on This American Life), Weetzie Bat at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2.5 years touring with Metro Theatre Company (US and Taiwan), The Lysistrata Project (part of the Global Peace Initiative) and Big Love and Midsummer Night’s Dream with Boulder/Denver- based theatre, Band of Toughs.

Amanda White is honored to return to Independence for the 2019 William Inge Theatre Festival, and for the opportunity to honor Octavio Solis. In addition to being an actor and director based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Amanda is founding Artistic Director at DalekoArts, an ensemble theatre company in New Prague, MN. Amanda is a member of the Theatre performance faculty at Normandale Community College, and most recently, she served as the Managing Director at Mixed Blood Theatre Company in Minneapolis. She is a graduate of Columbia University's Program in Arts Administration, Minnesota State University's MFA in Theatre Performance, and the School at Steppenwolf at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Philip Middleton Williams is an award-winning playwright and theatre scholar. He has a BFA from the University of Miami, an MFA from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder. His play All Together Now won first place in the 2016 Playgroup LLC playwriting contest. Can’t Live Without You was his first play to receive a New York production off-off-Broadway in January 2008. Other works include Ask Me Anything, Last Exit, A Life Enriching Community, and Which Way to The Beach. A Moment of Clarity was a 2017 finalist in the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. He has been a participant in the William Inge Theatre Festival since 1991. He has written numerous articles on the works of Inge and Lanford Wilson and contributed to The Facts on File Companion to American Drama edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Mary C. Hartig. His doctoral thesis, A Comfortable House – Lanford Wilson, Marshall W. Mason and the Circle Repertory Theatre, was published by McFarland and Company in 1993.

Erick Wolfe, who has been training and directing professional actors and performers for over 15 years, continues to work with top rated performers and directors from all around the world. Working as a Director, Assistant Director, Stage Manager, Stunt Coordinator, Stuntman, Movement Coach, Intimacy Designer, and Fight Director, his credits include Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Commercials, Television, and Film. Erick’s an Internationally Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and the Academy of Performance Combat, and received his B.F.A. in performance from the University of Central Oklahoma, and received his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of New Orleans.

Viviane Wolfe is a certified yoga teacher that specializes in sharing movement as a way to connect to the self. Using multiple disciplines, she helps her students feel movement from the inside out rather than from the outside in. Viviane also has a BFA in Theatre Performance and has been a featured actor and dancer in productions in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and New Orleans, where she has also taught yoga for more than 7 years. She currently lives and teaches in Southeast Kansas.