Namesake of the University of Kansas Department of Theatre and Film's William Inge Memorial Theatre, a 50' square "black box" that seats 135. It is used primarily for student productions.
An annual festival, the William Inge Theatre Festival, is held each year in his hometown of Independence, KS. The Festival honors playwrights and brings national and international theatre artists to this small rural town each spring. America's finest playwrights have all made the pilgrimmage to the Festival. www.ingefestival.org
Was nominated for two Tony Awards as the author of Best Play nominees: in 1956 for "Bus Stop" and in 1958 for "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs."
William Inge won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Picnic".
His play, "Come Back, Little Sheba," in a Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of a Center Theatre Group production on Broadway in New York City was nominated for a 2007-2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play.
In the early 1970's he was teaching playwriting at the University of California - Irvine.