Since October 2002, professional playwrights have lived in the restored Inge Family Home, working on new plays, and enjoying the surroundings that inspired William Inge. The playwrights are invited to Independence for extended nine week residencies. With the support of generous stipends, our playwrights take advantage of this precious time to write.


The Inge Center is gratified by the interest from professional playwrights across the nation. As we have already identified a large number of highly qualified, potential playwrights, we are sorry to report that we are not accepting applications at this time.


Carson Grace Becker Spring 2004 and Spring 2011

  • Her screenplay, Dark Garden won second place in the Los Angeles New Wave Film Festival and was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival
  • She is currently writing a screenplay for Wandering Monk Productions (NYC) and researching her next theater project - a depression-era play based on the political tragedy of the US Bonus Army.
  • She continues to teach Playwriting/Screenwriting at Columbia College, splitting her time between Chicago and California.

Mickey Birnbaum Spring 2006 

  • He is getting his MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at UC Riverside, Palm Desert (December 2013)
  • He is teaching Advanced Screenwriting at Santa Monica College.
  • He is working on new writing projects, and continues to develop material with his two playwriting organizations: Dog Ear Playwrights and the Playwrights' Union.
  • The film he wrote with director Steven Shainberg, The Big Shoe, has been cast - Kristen Stewart, Jim Sturgess, Elizabeth Banks, Glenn Close - and is currently assembling financing. They hope to shoot this year or next.
  • He is a harried parent of two lovely eleven-year-old twins.

Richard Broadhurst Winter 2004

  • Recently opened BENCHED at Avery Schreiber Theatre, presented by The Interact Theatre Company.
  • Is working on two solo piece commissions; one about Ted Kennedy, the other about Lillian Carter.
  • Wrote a short piece for the 2013 Inge Festival, AFTER THE STORM.

Sheila Callaghan Spring 2007

  • She is currently on the faculty at Spalding University's MFA program in creative writing
  • She is a resident artist at HERE Arts Center and a member of the Obie winning playwright's organization 13P
  • She is a resident of New Dramatists
  • Sheila was a writer on the Showtime series The United States of Tara

Marcia Cebulska Fall 2002

  • ROOTED: THE GREENSBURG ODYSSEY produced in May, 2012 as a collaboration between the William Inge Center for the Arts, Cornerstone Theater Company and the Greensburg Arts Center, commissioned to celebrate the post-tornado rebuilding of Greensburg KS as an environmentally innovative town.
  • NOW LET ME FLY excerpted in the French documentary film Barbara Johns: The Making of an Icon which premiered in August, 2012
  • THE BONES OF BUTTERFLIES performed in November, 2012 as a concert reading for the Topeka Day of the Dead Festival.
  • K-SAM, a ten-minute play performed at Warehouse 414 in December, 2012 as part of “Arts and Leisure in Brownbackistan,” in response to the governorship of Sam Brownback.
  • HOWARD AND ROSEMARY GO TO THE OZARKS, written for William Inge’s 100th birthday to be celebrated at the 2013 William Inge Theatre Festival.
  • WATCHING MEN DANCE (working title) of a novel-in-progress, begun in February, 2013.

Kuros Charney Spring 2013

  • Wrote and directed the play SHAME AND DESIRE (Stella Adler Theatre), which was recommended by the LA Weekly for its “delicious script, chock-full of snappy one-liners and Byzantine plot threads that keep the audience guessing right up to the surprise ending.”
  • Has been awarded an Edward Albee fellowship and the Julie Harris Playwriting Award
  • Was a finalist in the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition and for the Princess Grass Award, and a semi-finalist for the Susan Nims Distinguished Playwriting Award

Bryan Davidson Spring 2005 

  • Working as a dramaturg on ETERNAL THOU, by Son of Semele's Matthew McCray, opening in June at South Coast Repertory;
  • Writing an adaptation of HANSEL AND GRETEL for 24th Street Theatre in Los Angeles.  A spine-tingling multi-media version of the Grimm Brothers tale for both kids and adults.
  • Just had WHAT HAPPENED TO US, a "Car Play" close at the Segerstrom Center in Orange County, CA - produced by Moving Arts.  A 10-minute play performed for audiences of two inside a car.
  • In April, had a piece go up with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  "Pictures at an Exhibition" is a dramatized concert featuring the LA Phil and the music of Mussorgsky as part of their Toyota Symphonies for Youth series.
  • Currently working as a Creative Executive for Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios.

Philip Dawkins Fall 2009

  • His play, FAILURE: A LOVE STORY, premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago where he has been named an ensemble playwright.  Further productions of the play are scheduled for Azuka theater in Philly and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival this summer. 
  • His plays for youngsters, EINSTEIN'S BRAINS and RODEO are both now published through Playscripts, Inc. and are available for productions.
  • His play THE HOMOSEXUALS had its sophomore production at The Ringwald in the Detroit area, and is scheduled for further productions at ManBites Dog in NC and more.
  • He is working on commissions from Writers theater in Glencoe, IL and Northlight Theater in Skokie, IL.

Lisa Dillman Spring 2005 & Spring 2012

  • One of four playwrights selected for the 2012 Women Playwrights Festival, Hedgebrook-ACT Theatre
  • AMERICAN WEE-PIE produced to critical and popular acclaim at Chicago's Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (2013)
  • Monologue "Story of a House" presented as part of the My America Project at Baltimore's Centerstage (2012-2013)
  • THE WALLS, produced by Philadelphia's University of the Arts and later selected for the Region II American College Theatre Festival (September 2012 and January 2013, respectively) 

Larissa FastHorse Spring 2013

  • Is both a playwright and a choreographer, from the Sicangu Lacota Nation.
  • Currently under commission with the Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, Cornerstone Theatre Company, and AlterTheater.
  • A member of the Center Theatre Group Writer's Workshop 2011-12

Catherine Filloux Spring 2006

  • Her new play LUZ recently premiered at La MaMa in NYC where she is a Resident Artist, directed by José Zayas.
  • She has been commissioned to write a one-woman play for the actress Marietta Hedges surrounding the civil rights movement and the KKK, which will premiere at La MaMa in 2013.
  • Her libretto, NEW ARRIVALS also recently premiered at Houston Grand Opera, Song of Houston (Composer John Glover).

David Scott Hay Spring 2003 and Fall 2006 

  • He has been busy on many fronts. In the last couple of years, he has published two novels with Arson Books, the postmodern satire FOUNTAIN and the Amazon best-selling  literary fantasy FALL: The Last Testament of Lucifer Morning Star.
  • His screenplay Straight Razor Jazz was a finalist in both Scriptalooza 2012 and Final Draft's Big Break 2012 screenplay competitions. He currently has three film projects in active development.
  • He is a Contributing Editor for Digital Americana Magazine.
  • He Co-Wrote the Civil Rights play THE MARKER with Dave Barr III and Glen Jeffers, which premiered last year.
  • He still drinks scotch. The good stuff.

Richard Hellesen Spring 2009 & Spring 2012 

  • He is an Associate Artist at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC.
  • His play NECESSARY SACRIFICES, about Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, had a series of readings across Kansas in March 2012, under the sponsorship of the William Inge Center for the Arts.

Julianne Homokay Fall 2007

  • Co-founded and became Managing Director of North By South Theatre Los Angeles
  • Wrote a piece and performed in "Revolutions Of The Heart", an oral history and social justice project commissioned by the Center for Reconciliation and Justice at Loyola Marymount University
  • Her one-man show "EUDOXUS" was produced in Solofest at Whitefire Theatre here in Los Angeles

Chisa Hutchinson Spring 2010

  • Won a New York Innovative Theater Award for her play THIS IS NOT THE PLAY
  • Became a Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center
  • Working on adapting her play, THE SUBJECT, for the screen for Pinger Media
  • Self-producing for the first time; the project's called ALONDRA WAS HERE-- opens in May at the Wild Project in NYC
  • Is now a staff writer for the Blue Man Group

Arlene Hutton Spring 2009 

  • PARHELIA, which was read at the Inge Center, was selected for the 2012 Lark Winter Writers' Retreat and recently received a workshop at PURE Theatre in Charleston, SC
  • Hutton was named a MacDowell Fellow last year and is the keynote speaker at the Kentucky Playwrights Conference this spring.
  • LETTERS TO SALA, partly written during her Inge residency, is being published by Dramatists Play Service in 2013. HAPPY WORST DAY EVER, commissioned by Cincinnati Playhouse and winner of the Macy's New Play Prize, and RUNNING, a hit at FringeNYC, were both published in 2012.

Jeremy Kareken Spring 2004 

  • Won Guthrie/Playwrights Center fellowship for new play, subsequently produced in New York City
  • Wrote the book to a new musical which opened in Chicago last April
  • Sold three screenplays, one an adaptation of a popular crime novel
  • Teaches writing at NYU 

Lynne Kaufman Fall 2010 

  • Her play ACID TEST: THE MANY INCARNATIONS OF RAM DASS (which was developed at the Inge Center when she was resident playwright) opens in October 2012 at the      Marsh (Berkley, CA) for an eight-week run
  • Her play MAGICIAN'S CHOICE (which had a staged reading at the Inge Festival in 2005) will have a staged reading at the Thickhouse Theatre, San Francisco in March
  • Her play THE GREATER GOOD will have a staged reading at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA in May  

Robert Koon Fall 2007

  • Appeared in Andrew Hinderaker's I AM GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD at Chicago Dramatists and as a featured storyteller in CHOOSING TO BE HERE at the side project in Chicago.
  • His play ODIN'S HORSE was produced by Mirror Stage in Seattle; and his play HOMECOMING 1972 will premiere in May at Chicago Dramatists, where his newest play, CYCLIST ATTACKED BY MOUNTAIN LION recently had a public reading.
  • He has continued to teach in The Playwrights Studio at Chicago Dramatists.

Adam Kraar Fall 2004 and Spring 2008

  • His play, THE KARPOVSKY VARIATIONS was part of the Ruth Easton New Plays Series at The Playwrights' Center. The play is also currently a finalist for the JPP's Jewish Playwriting Contest.
  • DREAM OF A DEER AT DUSK was recently workshopped at the Lark Play Development Center and Boomerang Theater.
  • DANCING ON THE EDGE, commissioned by Theatre Novi Most, had a workshop presentation in Minneapolis.

E.M. Lewis Fall 2011

  • In 2012, GOODBYE, RUBY TUESDAY had its world premiere at HotCity Theater in St. Louis. 2012 also included college productions of plays SONG OF EXTINCTION (CUNY Hostos) and HEADS (Missouri Valley College) and a high school production of INFINITE BLACK SUITCASE.
  • TALKING TO WESTFIELD, her first commissioned play, was produced at Premiere Stages, and BACK TO THE DOLLHOUSE was adapted for young performers and performed in London.
  • She was playwright-in-residence for the New Voices for the Theater program in Richmond, host playwright for the Ashland New Plays Festival, and Dramatists Guild Representative from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In 2013, she will participate in Page 73's Interstate 73 playwriting workshop in New York City.

Sean Christopher Lewis Fall 2009

  • He was recently awarded the National New Play Network's New Play Commission to create a play about the American education system.
  • His play MANNING UP had a rolling world premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company, Riverside Theatre, and Actor's Summit.

Patricia Loughrey Fall 2008

  • DEAR HARVEY (workshopped at The Inge Center) has toured to San Diego high schools for the past three years, produced by San Diego State University. It had its San Francisco Premiere this year, running for six weeks as part of the season at New Conservatory Theatre. It will be performed in Milan, Italy on Harvey Milk's birthday this year: May 17th, to raise support and awareness for LGBT rights. Since it premiered in San Diego at the Diversionary Theatre in April 2009, it has had over a dozen productions nationwide. 

Melanie Marnich’s Spring 2003 

  • She has moved to the West Coast with her husband, the playwright Lee Blessing.
  • She recently completed a new play, THE BRIDESMAIDS.
  • After several seasons on the Showtime comedy, The Big C, she has begun work on Low Winter Sun, a new show for AMC.
  • She remains close friends with her former Inge House roommate and fellow fellow, David Scott Hay.

Dominic Orlando Spring 2007 

  • Co-wrote an Actor's Theatre of Louisville piece FISSURES (LOST & FOUND) that premiered at Humana Festival 2010
  • In 2009 he worked on commissions for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkley Repertory Theatre, Teatro Del Pueblo, The Red Eye Collaboration, and Nautilus Music-Theatre
  • His play, DANNY CASOLAR DIED FOR YOU was featured in the National New Play Network's Showcase of New American Plays 

Kristen Palmer Fall 2008

  • Awards include a Jerome Fellowship, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and Connecticut State Artist Grant.
  • Her plays have been developed with New Georges, Circle X Theatre, The Playwrights' Center, Soho Rep (writer/director Lab Alumna), P73 and The Women's Project (Lab Alumna) among others.
  • She will earn her MFA from Hunter College in Spring 2013, where her newest play, WESTWARD MUTATIONS will premiere.

Anne Phelan Fall 2003 & Fall 2012

  • THE NEW YORK PLAY was a Finalist in the Tuscon Alliance of Dramatic Artists Contest, as was THE SEARCH FOR EILEEN SULLIVAN in the Nor'easter Play Writing Contest.
  • She had her first Texas production, at Mildred's Umbrella Theatre in Houston (JEANINE WAITS FOR THE TRAIN), and her one-act about cultural dislocation (THEY ALL KNOW ME) was performed at Thespian Productions in New York City.
  • Most exciting were her two collaborations with director Tamara Fisch: a staged reading of THE TIGER PLAY at Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn, and workshopping THE BENDERS at the Inge, nine years after Andy Taylor lent her a book about them.

Mary Sue Price Fall 2014 

  • BILLY THE BOMBER semi-finalist O'Neil Playwrights Conference.
  • Two Emmys and WGA Award, on General Hospital writing team.
  • STREETS OF GOLD (music and lyrics by Robin and Linda Williams), produced in 2007
  • Daytime Emmy Awards:   Won in 2009 and 2003 as a scriptwriter on the “General Hospital” writing team. Multiple nominations from 1999 through 2012.  

Rose Portillo Winter 2004 

  • In May 2012, EVANGELINE, THE QUEEN OF MAKE-BELIEVE premiered, co-written with Theresa Chavez, in collaboration with Louie Perez of Los Lobos, featuring the songbook of Perez and David Hadalgo, directed by Chavez and Portillo. Rose also portrayed Evangeline’s mother.
  • EVANGELINE, THE QUEEN OF MAKE-BELIEVE ~ REMIXED is now preparing to tour, featuring live performances by David Hidalgo and Louie Perez, having received a “sneak peek” in LA this past March and April.
  • Rose is also Founder and Director of About Productions’ Young Theaterworks. Under Rose’s direction, this year’s culmination, “These Walls Tell Stories”, performed in Feb. ’13 was featured in the LA Times.   

Elaine Romero Fall 2003

  • Current member of the Goodman Theatre’s Playwright’s Unit (commission for A WORK OF ART)
  • PONZI won an Edgerton Fund for New American Play Award, and premiered at Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas
  • WETBACK received readings at Urban Stages, Queens Theatre, and Arizona Theatre Company
  • GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (Chicago) 

David Rush Spring 2010

  • He has retired from teaching and is now writing full time.
  • His newest play, NUREYEV'S EYES, won several major national awards this year - Great Plains, Phoenix New Play Festival, DAyton FutureFest, Firehouse Theater Project, and is scheduled for several productions next season.
  • His third playwriting text, called The Playwright in the Room; The collaborative Process and the New Play is in the publication pipeline.
  • He is currently seeking a composer to collaborate on a musical project.

Evan Smith Fall 2005 

  • His play SERVICEMEN was produced by New York Stage and Film in Poughkeepsie and the New Group in New York, NY, the latter also producing a workshop of his play RICH BOYFRIEND.
  • THE UNEASY CHAIR was recently revived in a new and improved version by the Writers' Theatre in Chicago, and also by 1812 Productions in Philadelphia, who also produced the world premiere of his DAUGHTERS OF GENIUS.
  • His play THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION was premiered by the Writers' Theatre in the fall of 2007 and subsequently premiered in New York at Playwrights Horizons in 2009, and at various theatres across the country and Canada, including The Old Globe in San Diego.
  • His TV pilot Debs was produced onstage in Los Angeles by NAKED TV, a joint venture of Fox TV and Naked Angels.

Lydia Stryk Fall 2006

  • Visit the link above for a selection of her produced plays.

Caridad Svich Fall 2004

  • Received a 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement.
  • THE TROPIC OF X ran through March 6, 2013 at Single Carrot Theatre in Baltimore Maryland. LA CASA DE LOS ESPIRITUS/THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, based on the Isabel Allende novel, played until March 10, 2013 at Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington D.C.
  • IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES, based on the Julia Alvarez novel, workshop production opened on March 8, 2013 at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe, New Mexico. THE WAY OF WATER was presented at Welsh Fargo Stage Company in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport Wales from March 19-21st, 2013. GUAPA opened at Miracle Theatre in Portland, Oregon on March 21st, 2013. LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA was read at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis on March 23rd, 2013.

C. Denby Swanson Fall 2002 

  • Her new one-act play for young actors, RELATIVE, about the daughter of a mathematician who invokes Albert Einstein to help her come up with a theory of divorce, will be published by this spring.
  • Her ‘strong, bitter’ comedy, THE NORWEGIANS, about super nice Midwestern hit men, was produced in NYC by The Drilling Company, and monologues from it will be included in a new collection published by Smith & Kraus.
  • She recently co-directed Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Plays/365 Days at Southwestern University, where she is on the theater faculty.

 Adam Szymkowicz Fall 2010 & Fall 2012

  • About to have his fourth show of the season in New York.
  • HEARTS LIKE FISTS, his most recently produced show, was a Critics' Choice in the New York Times.

Adrienne Thompson Spring 2011

  • Taught for twelve years at the Department of Dramatic Writing, NYU
  • Founding member of the Signature Theatre Company, NYC
  • As a ten-year volunteer for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival she served as the Playwriting Chair for Region II and on the National Selection Team 

Alice Tuan Fall 2005 and Spring 2008

  • Alice Tuan is the Head of Writing for Performance at Cal Arts.
  • Received a large commission from Yale Rep's Center for New Theater to write a new play.
  • Received funding from Cal Arts Faculty Development Grant to write a  riff on Noel Coward's Private Lives in Shanghai June 2011

Rhiana Yazzie Fall of 2014

The Playwrights’ Center 2010/2011

  • Two-time Playwrights' Jerome Fellow.
  • Matchanna commisison to write for American Revolutions: the US History Cycle.
  • Chile Pod, commisioned by La Jolla Playwhouse, toured 18,000 calfironia schools.
  • Created New native Theatre in the Twin Cities