Scholars’ Conference Call for Papers

The 39th Annual William Inge Theatre Festival and Scholars’ Conference, April 21-23, 2022


The Scholars’ Conference at the William Inge Theatre Festival offers a welcoming forum for researchers at any career stage to present their scholarly work. For the 2022 Scholars’ Conference, we invite submissions that engage with one or more of the following areas:

  • The works of the Festival’s namesake, William Inge
  • The works of the Festival’s 2022 honoree, Lynn Nottage
  • Theater traditions and/or institutions of the U.S. Midwest, particularly those with a connection to Black, Latinx, Native, or other historically marginalized communities

Historical, literary/textual, and social scientific approaches are all welcome, as is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and engaged or public scholarship.

To submit a paper for consideration, please send the title, an abstract of not more than 250 words, and a brief author bio to Scholars’ Conference Co-Directors Jackson Bryer <> and Marcel LaFlamme <> no later than February 7, 2022.

Notifications of acceptance will follow by the end of February. Presubmission of a full paper is not required, but full papers (normally, 3000-6000 words) deposited in the Festival’s online repository by April 1 will be eligible to be considered for a best paper prize. Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present their work at the Scholars’ Conference.

The William Inge Theatre Festival is in its fourth decade of honoring major living playwrights through a wide range of performances, readings, seminars, workshops, lectures, panel discussions and historical activities. For three days each year, the small city of Independence, Kansas, becomes the theatrical center of the universe, with visits from some of the nation’s finest playwrights, directors, actors and theatre practitioners, who all meet to honor a distinguished playwright in a playwright’s town. The 39th Annual festival will be held April 21-23, 2022.

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