Ingram New Works Festival

Dates and Times:

May 6-16 at 7:00 PM


Nashville Public Television's Studio A (161 Rains Avenue, Nashville TN 37203)

The Ingram New Works Festival is a celebration of new plays born and fostered each year in the Ingram New Works Project. Staged readings of new plays by our Ingram Lab Playwrights are presented during the festival and the festival culminates in a staged reading of the new play by the recipient of the Ingram New Works Fellowship. The festival is a launching pad for terrific new work for the American theatre and your participation as audience member is an exciting and important part of the process.

If you missed the Ingram New Works Festival you are in luck! Archival video of the 4 playwright's Festival plays is available now.

The Ice Treatment

Ingram New Works Playwright Nate Eppler

The world’s most infamous Olympic Figure Skater reinvents herself as a screenwriter by pitching the blockbuster screenplay of her own life story. It might not be factual, but it’s all true.

About the Playwright

Nate Eppler currently serves as Playwright-in-Residence for Nashville Repertory Theatre. His plays include Long Way Down (3Ps Productions, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award semi-finalist 2011), Larries (Nashville Repertory Theatre 2013), and Sextape & Other Stories (Playhouse Nashville 2013). Mr. Eppler is one of the curators of The Ten Minute Playhouse, a quarterly festival of new plays by Tennessee Playwrights, and is co-founder of Playhouse Nashville, an organization devoted to producing new works for the stage and elevating the voices of playwrights in the south. Mr. Eppler is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. For more information visit


Ingram New Works Playwright Gabrielle Sinclair

Today is the gender reveal party for Tracy's baby, but when she discovers there may be something wrong with her pregnancy, this cute and fun event with a cake filled with blue or pink frosting becomes for her a ritual with the power to reveal the future, to cleanse her past, to make her a good mother, and to keep her child safe.

About the Playwright

Gabrielle Sinclair is a playwright and teaching artist based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her plays have been developed or presented through the Actors Studio Playwright-Directors Workshop, The Annoyance Theater, the chashama Performance Series, the Sweat Shop at The Paradise Factory, Horse & Cart’s PlayOffs, The Metropolitan Playhouse Living Literature Festival, as a fellow with America-In-Play, and as resident playwright of Lonesome George Productions. Gabrielle is also an improviser and sketch writer, and performed with The Annoyance in Chicago, iOWest in Los Angeles, and in festivals around the country. She’s a graduate of The Second City writing program, and also studied devised theatre and Lecoq at the Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine. Gabrielle is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild. BA – University of South Carolina. MFA Playwriting – Actors Studio Drama School.

Simply Bess

Ingram New Works Playwright Bianca Sams

Simply Bess follows a young African American actress trying to make a name for herself. We see her backstage trials and tribulations on the 1950s European tour of Porgy and Bess, sponsored by the American State Department as a way to combat communist propaganda about racial problems in the United States.

About the Playwright

Bianca Sams is an Actor/Writer hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her plays are lyrical investigations of found stories out of today's headlines or the pages of history, that ask audiences to face their own complex love affair with misery. She recently finished her MFA in playwriting at Ohio University. She received her BFA from New York University's Tisch School, where she earned the distinction of being Tisch's first ever Triple Major (Acting, Dramatic Writing, Africana Studies). Awards and honors include KCACTF Lorraine Hansberry (2nd place), Rosa Parks Award (2nd place), Kennedy Center/Eugene O’Neill New Play Conference fellow, Jane Chambers Student Playwright Award/Athe (2nd Place 2013 & 2014), Scott McPherson Award, The Playwright Center Core Apprentice (2014), Playwright Foundation BAPF (finalist), Eugene O’Neill NPC (semi-finalist), TRI Research Fellowship at Ohio State University, and T. S. Eliot Acting Fellowship. For more information and samples of her work, please visit

Air Space

Ingram New Works Playwright Tori Keenan-Zelt

A young couple buys a $500 foreclosure in a small Rust Belt city. As they try to flip the house, they discover that the couple who built it never left and has been secretly living in the walls. A darkly surreal comedy about weird smells, lost things, family, and what we hold on to when nothing that we do is enough.

About the Playwright

Tori is an internationally-produced playwright from Pittsburgh, by way of Singapore, Virginia, and New York. She writes question-based plays. Recent work includes The Egypt Play (Lark, WTF, Somersault, Sanctuary), Truth Dare... (Best Ensemble, Pittsburgh Fringe), Everything You Were Looking For (NYMadness), Beautiful Tomorrow (5D), Burning Lines (Cold Basement), Times Square Tango (Arthur Seelen Theatre), I Didn’t Know I Was the Antichrist (#serials@theflea), and others. She writes for Colonial Williamsburg’s Emmy Award-winning series and was recently a Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice, Lark Dramaturgy Fellow, Jerome Finalist, PoNY Nominee, Kilroys List Nominee, Lark Playwrights Week Finalist, Princess Grace Semifinalist, and two-time O’Neill Semifinalist. She is a proud member of Bastard Playground, Part-Time Box, Propulsion Lab & the Dramatists Guild. Currently, she is developing an original web series with Stage17TV and is a 2014-2015 member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. Several of her short plays are published by Next Stage Press. Tori is also founding Co-Artistic Director of Panglossian Productions, a non-profit developing new work in Williamsburg, VA. BA, Harvard. MFA, NYU Tisch.

Ingram New Works Fellow Donald Margules

Donald Margulies' plays include Brooklyn Boy, Time Stands Still, Dinner with Friends, Sight Unseen, Collected Stories, The Loman Family Picnic, God Of Vengeance, The Model Apartment, What's Wrong with this Picture?, and Found a Peanut.

He has won a Lucille Lortel Award, an American Theatre Critics Award, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, two OBIE Awards, two Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Awards, five Drama Desk Award nominations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations and one Pulitzer Prize. In 2005 he was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature and by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture with its Cultural Achievement Award, and was the recipient of the 2000 Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright.

Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.

Ingram New Works Festival Pass

1 pass. 5 shows. Just $35.
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