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Ian August is new Inge Playwright-in-Residence

Ian August is new Inge Playwright-in-Residence

New Jersey-based writer Ian August joins the roster of William Inge Center for the Arts playwrights-in-residence at ICC.


Temporarily residing at the historic William Inge family home in the community, August will write his own plays in the same surroundings that inspired a young William Inge to his Pulitzer Prize-winning work. August’s time in Independence will be capped with a professional play development workshop.


The residency is supported by an ArtsWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the William Inge Festival Foundation and Independence Community College. As part of his residency, August will be a guest artist at Coffeyville High School as well as at Independence Community College.

Ian August’s full-length plays include: Brisé (2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference, Finalist 2019 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference); The Excavation of Mary Anning (Powerhouse Theatre Reading Series, 2018 Ashland New Plays Festival); Interviewese (Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Fest); and The Goldilocks Zone, (Passage Theatre Company, Semi-Finalist 2015 O’Neill Conference).

August’s Young Adult play, Parker and the City in the Sea, debuted at the 71st Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in the summer of 2018. Other works have been published by Samuel French, Inc., The Pitkin Review and Smith and Kraus Publishing.

He is a founding member of the Princeton-based playwriting collective, the Witherspoon Circle, and is a graduated member of the PlayPenn’s playwriting workshop, The Foundry. For more information visit