Inge Center News


Octavio Solis in the news

City Lights Publishers have recently released Octavio Solis' new memoir Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border. Retablos was just included in the "Best Reviewed Books of the Week" list by Literary Hub. And an interview with Octavio discussing the book was also featured this week on the PBS NewsHour


2018 Inge Festival Photos

Visit the photo gallery to see pictures from the 2018 William Inge Theater Festival honoring playwright Carlyle Brown:



Inge Festival to partner with KCACTF, Region V

The William Inge Center for the Arts will partner with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region V to offer scholarship awards to four student playwrights whose plays will be featured in the 2019 festival New Play Lab. 

Producing director Hannah Joyce-Hoven and associate producer Chuma Gault have been invited to the Region V Festival in Sioux Falls, SD in January 2019 to present the awards as well as to offer theater workshops and respond to performances and plays. 

Two one-act plays and two 10-minute plays will be selected.

Theater students and faculty from hundreds of colleges across KS, MO, IA, MN, NE, ND, and SD will be in attendance. This partnership has the potential to boost the Inge Festival attendance of college theater students and faculty from across the region.


Chuma Gault will direct festival Tribute

Associate Festival Producer Chuma Gault will direct the William Inge Theater Festival Tribute to Octavio Solis. Chuma has been involved with the Inge Center as a guest artist/director for festival tributes to Carlyle Brown, Beth Henley, and Arthur Kopit. For the 35th Inge Festival, he starred in the 50th anniversary production of "Where's Daddy?" by William Inge. 

Inge Center producing director Hannah Joyce-Hoven says, "Chuma is a deeply intuitive and multi-talented theater artist. I have worked with him on a number of projects and every time I appreciate his perspective and thoughtful approach. He loves Independence - its residents and its landscape. I am so happy to bring him back as a creative partner to celebrate Octavio and his work."

Chuma is a Los Angeles based theater artist. He first came to Independence in 2011 as an actor in 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.

Acting awards: Los Angeles Stage Raw Awards for "The Gun Show" by EM Lewis (Moving Arts) outstanding solo performance nomination (2015); LA WEEKLY Awards (Best Male Performance) nominee for "Freedom Summer" by Stephen Sachs (Fountain Theater), (Best Male Performance) "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 "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)


2019 Inge Festival Scholars' Conference Call for Papers

Papers are invited on the films and plays of William Inge, and/or the works of our 2019 honoree Octavio Solis, designed for a 20-minute oral presentation at the conference. A wide variety of perspectives and themes are encouraged.  Papers selected for presentation at the conference will be deposited in the William Inge Collection at Independence Community College, the major repository of Inge manuscripts, letters, and memorabilia. An online archive of papers is also currently under development.

The William Inge Theatre Festival and Conference is in its fourth decade of honoring major living playwrights through a wide range of performances, readings, seminars, workshops, lectures, panel discussions and historical activities.  For four days this year, the small city of Independence, Kansas, becomes the theatrical center of the universe, with visits from the nation’s greatest playwrights, directors, actors and other theatre practitioners, who all meet to honor a distinguished playwright in a playwright’s town.  The 38th Annual festival will be held May 22-25, 2019

Past recipients are: Edward Albee,  Robert Anderson, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, Carlyle Brown, Betty Comden & Adolph Green,  Christopher Durang, Horton Foote,  William Gibson,  John Guare,  A. R. Gurney,  Tina Howe,  David Henry Hwang, Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt,  John Kander & Fred Ebb,  Garson Kanin,  Sidney Kingsley, Arthur Kopit, Robert E. Lee, Arthur Laurents,  Jerome Lawrence, Romulus Linney,  Terrence McNally,  Arthur Miller,  Marsha Norman,  John Patrick,  Sir Peter Shaffer,  Neil Simon, Stephen Sondheim,  Paula Vogel,  Wendy Wasserstein,  August Wilson, and Lanford Wilson.  We are proud to add Octavio Solis to this list of Honorees.

Persons interested in submitting a paper should submit a copy (maximum of twenty-minutes reading time and designed for oral presentation to a general audience) or a substantial abstract with title, by February 28th, 2019; early submissions are encouraged.  Please email to:

We encourage you to forward this message to anyone, or any list, you think might be interested.

Hannah Joyce-Hoven

Producing Director

William Inge Center of the Arts