Guest Artists

2019 Guest Artists

Freddy Acevedo

Freddy Acevedo

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,... Read more
Liz Duffy Adams

Liz Duffy Adams

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... Read more
Michael Baron

Michael Baron

Michael Baron is the Producing Artistic Director At Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He directed Bright Star, When We’re Gone (world premiere), Freaky Friday, Fun Home, Disney’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... Read more
Harty Blackert 

Harty Blackert

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... Read more
J.M. Bock

J.M. Bock

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... Read more
Gigi Bolt

Gigi Bolt

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... Read more
Hannah Brooks

Hannah Brooks

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... Read more
Jackson R. Bryer 

Jackson R. Bryer

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... Read more
Ai Vy Bui

Ai Vy Bui

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... Read more
Sean Byrd

Sean Byrd

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... Read more
Darren Canady

Darren Canady

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... Read more
Juliette Carrillo

Juliette Carrillo

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... Read more
Cristina Castro

Cristina Castro

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... Read more
Jeff Church

Jeff Church

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... Read more
Maxwell Collyard

Maxwell Collyard

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;... Read more
Walter Coppage

Walter Coppage

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... Read more
Kara Lee Corthron

Kara Lee Corthron

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... Read more
José Faus

José Faus

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... Read more
Chuma Gault

Chuma Gault

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... Read more
Katie Gilchrist

Katie Gilchrist

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... Read more
Khalif J. Gillet

Khalif J. Gillet

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... Read more
Allison Gold

Allison Gold

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... Read more
Gabrieal Griego

Gabrieal Griego

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... Read more
Alex Barreto Hathaway

Alex Barreto Hathaway

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... Read more
Michael "Hawkeye" Herman

Michael “Hawkeye” Herman

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... Read more
Cynthia Hyer

Cynthia Hyer

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... Read more
Allison Jones

Allison Jones

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... Read more
Therese (Tess) Jones

Therese (Tess) Jones

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... Read more
Cynthia Levin

Cynthia Levin

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... Read more
Chip Miller

Chip Miller

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,... Read more
Nora Montañez

Nora Montañez

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,... Read more
Yumarie Morales

Yumarie Morales

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... Read more
Xavi Moreno

Xavi Moreno

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... Read more
Aubrey Near

Aubrey Near

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... Read more
Dr. Page Petrucka

Dr. Page Petrucka

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... Read more
Aaron Michael Scully, Ph. D.

Aaron Michael Scully, Ph. D.

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... Read more
Laura Shatkus

Laura Shatkus

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,... Read more

Octavio Solis

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... Read more
Playwriting credits: Mother Road, Hole In The Sky, Quixote Nuevo, Alicia’s Miracle, Se Llama Cristina, Cloudlands, The Pastures Of Heaven, Ghosts Of The River, Quixote, Lydia, June In A Box, Lethe, The Ballad Of Pancho And Lucy,... Read more
Cece Tio

Cece Tio

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... Read more
Catherine Trieschmann

Catherine Trieschmann

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... Read more
Mark Valdez

Mark Valdez

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... Read more
Lizi Watt

Lizi Watt

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... Read more
Amanda White

Amanda White

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... Read more
Philip Middleton Williams

Philip Middleton Williams

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... Read more
Erick Wolfe

Erick Wolfe

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... Read more
Viviane Wolfe

Viviane Wolfe

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... Read more