Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces 2024 New Play Lab


The New Play Lab at the annual William Inge Theater Festival is accepting playwright applicants to have their new scripts presented as readings as part of the Inge Festival April 18-20, 2024.

The New Play Lab. is a partnership between the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College., Independence, Kansas.

The 7th annual New Play Lab connects emerging playwrights with members of the national and regional theatre Community during the 41st annual William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, KS.

The selected New Play Lab playwrights receive:

  • A professional staged reading of their play with an audience
  • Feedback on their play was facilitated by national theatre professionals.
  • Additional playwriting classes and seminars exclusive to New Play Lab participants, including a masterclass with William Inge Theatre Festival guest playwrights.
  • Opportunities to meet with theatre professionals from across the country.
  • VIP passes to all festival events.
  • Meal vouchers to enjoy local restaurants in William Inge’s Hometown of Independence.

Kansas proudly celebrates William Inge, the Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning playwright born and raised in Independence. The Festival was created to recognize William Inge and his accomplishments while also celebrating contemporary living playwrights. This year the festival is proud to continue our tradition of honoring playwrights in a playwright’s hometown. National playwrights and theatre professionals gather together for three days of play readings, workshops and panel discussions, celebrating the world of theatre.

Application Period

Applications open Monday, October 16 and are due no later than midnight CST on November 16, 2023, with notification by Jan. 16, 2024. Note: the receipt of applications will be limited to the first 150 to apply. Only the first 150 applications will be reviewed. Therefore, applicants are urged to submit early, as the number of applicants may reach its limit before the final due date.

Please Visit https://www.kansascommerce.gov/program/kcaic/new-play-lab/ to Apply.