Twin Rivers Playwright in Residence Program is designed to inspire emerging artists and stimulate established artists from a variety of creative pursuits.

The Playwright in Residence Program supports a local artist as they develop, present, and evaluate new work and in return, the Playwright in Residence teaches and inspires other artists through workshops, guest speakers, and hands on learning.

2016-2017 Playwright in Residence

Read a sample of the new play, Inherent Within Us, written by Tom Barna during his residency at Twin Rivers.

Playwright and lyricist, Tom David Barna - Author of twenty-three full length plays and twenty-four short plays, 13-part radio drama (co-author), one screenplay and recipient of more than twenty-six regional non-equity and or festival productions and/or staged readings and published author of five books for children (Cantata Publishing available on His work has twice been selected and showcased at the Last Frontier Theatre National Conference (2013, 2015).  A military veteran, his most recent play, The Bunker , debuted at The Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis on July 31, 2015.  For more information, visit

Playwriting Workshops & Series

As Resident Artist Barna will be leading three interactive literary series to provide opportunities for local writers, actors, and artists to learn and work on their craft. These series include:

All events are free and open to the public.