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New Play Lab welcomes submissions from playwrights nationwide





Call For Plays: William Inge Theater Festival Play Lab

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 at Independence Community College.

The New Play Lab invites 20-25 playwrights to have their plays included in the Play Lab during the 37th Annual William Inge Theater Festival, May 9-12, 2018, honoring playwright Carlyle Brown. The festival takes place in Independence, Kansas.

The Inge Play Lab seeks to connect emerging playwrights with the national theater community during the William Inge Theater Festival. The playwrights receive; feedback of their selected submitted play from a panel of theater experts, meet with fine arts professionals across the country, attend intensive playwriting seminars and a masterclass from the honoree to help them refine their craft, while enjoying the delightful enriching small-town hospitality of William Inge’s hometown of Independence Kansas.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and training.

Applications are due by midnight on Nov. 23, 2017, with notification by Jan. 8, 2018. 

The submitted plays will be blind reviewed (the playwright’s name will not be revealed) by a nationwide panel of theater professionals.



Submit a play.  The play submitted must be your play. Plays having had an Equity production and musicals cannot be submitted.  Playwrights may only submit one play per festival. The submitted play (or segment of play) is limited to a 30 minutes. Submissions over the allotted minutes will be rejected. See Application Guidelines for further submission information and link to application.

Travel, transportation, and lodging. Each playwright is responsible for their own travel, transportation and lodging needs. We will provide information for assistance to those accepted, by January 8, 2018.

Conference Fees. Each playwright is responsible their conference fee of $250. The amount can be paid in two installments.  Additional payment information will be sent out to those accepted, by January 8, 2018.

Attend Exclusive Seminars, Masterclass & reading of your submitted play. Each playwright is required to attend the two Play Lab Playwright seminars, Playwright Masterclass with Honoree Carlyle Brown and the reading of their play. The exclusive package activity begins Wednesday morning May 9, 2018.


Professional Public Reading.  Playwrights will receive a public play reading of up to 30 minutes of their play, as well as feedback from professional panelists.

Exclusive Seminars and Masterclass.  The Play Lab Playwrights receive two exclusive seminars with professional playwrights and a Masterclass with the 37th William Inge Festival Honoree Carlyle Brown.

Festival Celebration. Play Lab Playwrights have full access to four days to all public festival events, including all other play readings, full production of Honorees play, social events, workshops, Inge scenes, and much more.

Application Guidelines

All applications must be submitted via an online form:

All scripts must be submitted in PDF format.

Your title page may not have any identifying information -- no author name or address -- or it will be disqualified.

Give your script file the name 2018 + TITLE (for instance, 2018 Bus Stop.pdf).

The script length should be no longer than 30 minutes of stage time and include a maximum of 6 characters.

Applicants must enter a short synopsis of your play as it might appear in the Play Lab program. (Maximum100 words.)

Applicants must also enter a summary of how you think your play would benefit from a Play Lab reading and panel response. (Maximum 200 words).


If you have any questions about the residency, feel free to email the program directly:


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