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Theatre on the Fort: The Third Annual Great Plains Theatre Conference

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GPTC Playwrights, actors, directors and theatre enthusiasts from all across the nation gathered the last week of May at MCC´s Fort Omaha Campus for the third annual Great Plains Theatre Conference.

The Conference began with a revamped Writer´s Workshop to enhance playwriting skills from several different viewpoints and expertise areas to allow for a well-rounded instruction base. A series of Play Labs took place during the day at the Fort Omaha Campus where emerging playwrights had their works read and critiqued. Panel discussions rounded out daytime activity.

The theatre continued after dark, with four evening performances and a conference gala. The gala on May 31 included a video tribute to honored playwright Doug Wright. The Pulitzer Prize winner was presented with the Great Plains Playwright Award for his works including I Am My Own Wife, Quills, Grey Gardens and the Broadway adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The gala also included a new component to the Conference: playwright and acting awards. These were voted upon during the Conference by the attendees and the playwright panelists met to select their top writers and performers.

MCC´s Theatre Program played an integral role in the Conference with a performance of Javon Johnson´s Breathe on Monday, May 26, faculty leadership in the Writer´s Workshop and participation in Play Lab panels. Ellen Struve, an MCC playwriting student, was one of eight playwrights selected for the Featured Play Lab, and MCC instructor Annette Murrell and student Stacey Jamieson were chosen for the Concurrent Play Lab.

With the College´s participation and the support of the Omaha community, the Conference further integrated itself into the arts and education scene, locally and nationally.

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