Indiana Playwrights Circle

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Purpose of the Indiana Playwrights Circle

The purpose of the Indiana Playwrights Circle (IPC) is to encourage and develop playwrights, and to promote script writing, audience development, and related arts.  


In 2012, Andy Black moved to Indianapolis with a freshly minted MFA in Playwriting in his hand. Entrepreneurial in spirit, Andy was looking for opportunities and began teaching playwriting at the Indiana Writers Center (IWC). One thing led to another, and the playwriting program there has expanded significantly, and the IWC now offers a full playwriting curriculum (taught by others, including Andy).

In the meantime, a community of playwrights sprang up, spurred by these educational programs, and many different kinds of creative activities have been taking place. Established in September of 2019, the Indiana Playwrights Circle is dedicated to creating community for playwrights and opportunities for them to develop their skills and get their work out.


Key activities sponsored by the IPC include:

  • Open Scene Nights: Up to six playwrights can bring in pages to hear them read by local actors and receive feedback. Each playwright gets about 20 minutes and the discussions are facilitated by an IPC member.  (Note: Writers are responsible for providing one script per actor part and one for a stage directions reader. Non-members must pay a $10 fee for pages to be read. Audience observers do not pay to attend scene night.)

  • Table Reads: When a play is ready to be read all the way through, a table read may be scheduled. The IPC Table Read Coordinator finds a space, identifies appropriate actors, invites IPC members and facilitates a discussion after the reading.
    • Non-members: For Table Reads, non-members must have the script reviewed by an IPC Officer to ensure readiness for a table read. Non-members will also have to pay a $50 fee to have a table read organized through IPC. 

  • Bi-monthly Programs: Every other month, the group convenes in a large group format for networking and some type of program of interest to playwrights. These programs are free for everyone in the community.
  • Coaching: Playwrights who are interested in receiving coaching or dramaturgical support on a specific project are referred to a coach who can work with them privately. All the coaches are experienced playwrights themselves with production credits. 


    Membership includes a membership for the Indiana Writers Center which entitles the member to discounted rates for writing classes and workshops, free scene nights, one free table read per year, access to playwriting coaches, and more!  Still have questions? Email Indiana Playwrights Circle at


    If you are an actor who is interested in being involved in IPC events such as scene nights or table readings, please click here to enter your name into our actors database! Actors in our database will be contacted for both scene nights and table reading opportunities. Please include a headshot! Networking with IPC can lead to many more opportunities as well! If you are already in our database and would like to update your availability for Scene Nights and Table Reads, please fill out an actor availability form. We look forward to working with you!


    Steering Committee

    Steering committee members are listed below:

    Andy Black  Chair
    Marcia Eppich-Harris Media/website, Discussion leader at Scene Nights
    Ashley Chase Elliott Scene Nights coordinator and actor co-scheduler
    Megan Ann Jacobs Table Readings coordinator, actor co-scheduler, and IndyFringe liaison
    Enid Cokinos Membership, email
    June McCarty Clair Monthly Program, Carmel Theater Company 
    Celeste Williams IWC liaison, IWC Board President
    Mary Karty IWC liaison and board member
    John Clair Treasury Advising 
    Sondra Hayes

    Playwright Coaching, Classes and Workshops

    Nicole Amsler Marketing, IWC liaison and board member 


    Our proposed calendar of events for 2020 are below:

    Activity Date and time
    Open Scene Nights  Every Wednesday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
    • Location: Broadway United Methodist Church
    • (Note: There are no open scene nights during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Day, in observance of the holidays.)
    Table Reads Last Sunday of the month. The dates below are for Table Reads in 2020. All Table Reads are at 6:30 unless otherwise noted. 
    • January 26
    • February 23
    • March 29
    • April 26
    • May 31
    • June 28
    • July 26
    • August 30
    • September 27
    • October 25
    • November 22 (Note - this date is prior to Thanksgiving, not the last Sunday of the month.) 
    • December 20 (Note - this date is prior to Christmas, not the last Sunday of the month.)
    • Location: Indiana Writers Center Conference Room, Circle City Industrial Complex
    Member Meetings First Sunday of every other month. The dates below are the meetings for 2020: 
    • January 5, 5:00 p.m.
    • March 1, 5:00 p.m.
    • May 3, 5:00 p.m. ZOOM
    • July 5, 5:00 p.m.
    • September 6, 5:00 p.m.
    • November 1, 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: Zoom, until further notice

    Join IPC here

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    Questions? Email Indiana Playwrights Circle at

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