New 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 for the Arts at Independence Community College. The Annual New Play Lab, now in its fifth year, connects 20 playwrights with the national theater community during the Annual William Inge Theater Festival. Selected playwrights receive a professional public staged reading of their play, feedback from national theater artists on their script, exclusive playwriting masterclasses with master playwrights, and full access to all private and public festival events. 

Selected plays are either 10-minute plays or one-acts (30 minutes or less).

The selected playwrights receive: 

  • A professional staged reading of their play with an audience
  • Feedback on their play facilitated by national theater professionals 
  • Exclusive playwriting masterclasses with master playwrights
  • Opportunities to meet with theater professionals from across the country
  • VIP passes to all festival events
  • A daily meal stipend

2022 New Play Lab Playwrights

PlaywrightPlay title
John AdamsSome Specter
Barbara BlatnerAdvances in Communication
Rick DavisAmid Canyons and Mesas
Blaire M DezielHometown Glory
Jeff DunneOne’s Cup of Tea
Buddy FarmerJoey & Mare
Ron FasslerHaving Words
Franky D GonzalezThe Invention of Time
Diane HightowerHabitat
Julie LindenSymptoms and Their Interpretations
Charles RanumDischarged
Guillermo ReyesWhere’s the Party?
Arianna RoseTouch the Moon
Karen SaariGun Story
Fernando SegalBird of a Feather
Taylor Sklenar500/501
Celeste WalkerThe Red Blood of War
Jonathon WardLiterary Glory
Robert WeibezahlArtifact