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All events are located at the Historic Fort Omaha Campus unless otherwise stated.


The foundation of the Conference is the daily PlayLab. For the 2013 GPTC, twenty-six new works have been selected from over 550 submitted. They will be rehearsed by local and national directors and actors, and performed in staged readings. Playwrights will hear their play and receive feedback from master playwrights, theater scholars, directors and the public, in a guided response setting. The daily PlayLabs are free and open to the public.

Concurrent PlayLab Panelists

Elena Araoz, Bostin Christopher, Mary Beth Easley,  Kim Gambino,  Matt Gutschick,  Josh Hecht, Sibyl Kempson,  Mia Morris, David Neumann, Gail Renardson, Max  Sparber,  Justin Townsend,  Lee  Wochner,  Ron Zank

MainStage SERIES

The MainStage Series is comprised of the five top-rated plays of those submitted. These plays receive special recognition through selection for the MainStage Series. Throughout the Conference, staged readings of the MainStage scripts are presented; after which a panel of top theatre professionals serve as respondents to the work. The MainStage Series is free and open to the public.

MainStage Series Panelists:

Constance Congdon, Erik Ehn, Ruth Margraff, Kate Snodgrass


The Theatre Workshop is a series of hands-on playwriting and performance-related classes designed and led by talented theatre professionals. Scheduled throughout the Conference, they provide educational opportunities for playwrights, actors, directors and the community. A wide variety of techniques and approaches are offered. Non-Conference registrants may attend workshops for an individual session fee.

Theatre Workshop Schedule

Theatre Workshop Instructors:

Elena Araoz, Eliza Bent, Mark Bruckner, Bostin Christopher, Constance Congdon, Mary Beth Easley, Eric Ehn, Josh Hecht, Sibyl Kempson, Ruth Margraff, David Neumann, Kate Snodgrass, Justin Townsend, Lee Wochner

Theatre Workshop Coordinator: Scott Working



Priority registration for participating playwrights (PlayLab and MainStage) is through May 25.

After May 25 registration will be open to all.

Seating is limited.


To Registeremail Scott Working.

Indicate your first and second preference for each session.



Individuals participating in conference readings or productions may attend workshops free of charge.

The general public may attend for $15 per worhsop, payable at the Conference Info Desk, May 25-June 1, 1st floor Swanson Conference Center, Fort Omaha Campus (check or cash only). 

Registration is required for all workshops.



PlayFest 2013

Evening performances are held throughout the week of the Conference in venues and cultural sites across Omaha. The performances and readings highlighting the work of the Honored Playwright and other distinguished playwrights are followed by question and answer sessions with the playwright and directors. The PlayFest is free and open to the public.