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 4th Annual New Play Lab seeks to connect 20 emerging playwrights with the national theater community through mentorship and learning during the 38th Annual William Inge Theater Festival, May 22-25, 2019.
Selected playwrights receive feedback of their script from a panel of theater experts, meet with fine arts professionals from across the country during the Inge Festival, and enjoy intensive playwriting workshops to help them refine their craft.
This year the festival will honor playwright Octavio Solis with the 2019 Distinguished Achievement in American Theater Award.
Interested playwrights are invited to submit a 10 minute or one-act play (no more than 30 minutes, no more than four actors) to be included in the New Play Lab.
The 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 (including festival honoree Octavio Solis and a Dramatist Guild Fund Traveling Master playwright)
- Opportunities to meet with theater professionals from across the country
- VIP passes to all festival events
Applications are due by midnight on Nov. 22, 2018, with notification by Jan. 18, 2019.
The submitted plays will be blind reviewed (the playwright’s name will not be revealed) by a panel of national theater professionals.
Submit a play
- Playwrights may submit either a 10-minute play or one act play, no more than 30 minutes read-time - not page count. (Plays that are longer than 30 minutes will be disqualified).
- Plays should require no more than 4 actors. The play may be designed to have actors play multiple roles. If that is the case, doubling must be indicated in the character list.
- Plays must be submitted in a PDF format.
- Plays may not include the author’s name or contact information anywhere on the script
- Playwrights may only submit one play per festival.
- Playwrights are required to attend the festival. If you cannot attend, you are ineligible to apply.
- Each playwright is required to attend the Playwright Masterclass with honoree Octavio Solis and the masterclass with the Dramatists Guild Fund Traveling Master playwright. The Masterclasses will take place on Thursday and Friday mornings May 23 and 24.
- Each playwright is required to attend the reading of their play during the Play Lab. The Play Lab readings will take place on Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24.
More details will be sent out to those accepted.
Travel, transportation, and lodging.
- Playwrights who are chosen are required to attend the festival in-person starting Thursday morning, May 23rd through Saturday evening, May 25.
- Each playwright is responsible for their own travel, transportation, and lodging needs. Subsidized housing on-campus at Independence Community College is available upon request. (Complementary transportation to and from the Tulsa Airport is available upon prior arrangement.)
Conference fee is $175 and includes a number of VIP events that are not open to the general audience. Playwrights are responsible for their own conference registration fees.
- Professional Public Reading Playwrights will receive a professional public reading of their play, as well as feedback from national theater artists.
- Exclusive Seminars and Masterclass The Play Lab Playwrights receive at least two exclusive opportunities to take masterclasses from a master playwright, including a masterclass with the 38th William Inge Festival Honoree Octavio Solis.
- Festival Celebration Play Lab Playwrights will have full access to four days of all public and private festival events, including the 2019 award and tribute to the honoree, the other play lab readings, productions, social events, workshops, panels, and much more.
- All applications must be submitted via an online form: https://kansascaic.submittable.com
- All scripts must be submitted in PDF format.
- Your title page may not have any identifying information -- no author name or address -- or it will be disqualified.
- Give your script file the name 2019 + TITLE (for instance, 2018 Bus Stop.pdf).
- The script length should be no longer than 30 minutes of stage time and require a maximum of 4 actors.
- Applicants must enter a short synopsis of their play as it might appear in the Play Lab program. (Maximum 100 words.)
- Applicants must also enter a summary of how they think their play would benefit from a Play Lab reading and panel response. (Maximum 200 words).
If you have any questions about the residency, feel free to email program coordinators directly: firstname.lastname@example.org