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Nick Albrecht

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Him - Together We are Making A Poem In Honor Of Life

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Matt Allen

Matt Hugh Allen graduated from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska with a Bachelor’s of Communication in the Creative Arts. Some of his past roles include: Prior, Angels in America 1 & 2, SNAP Theatre; Mason Marzac, Take Me Out, SNAP Theatre; Lord Sedely, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, SNAP Theatre; Canary Jim, Not About Nightingale’s, Omaha Playhouse; Ketch/Robbie Robertson, Our Country’s Good, Omaha Playhouse, Mountain, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Brigit St. Brigit Theatre. Matt also played Bob in the SNAP Productions of Loose Knit and Laertes in Fortinbras for the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Xander - The Feast

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Alex Aspiazu

Alex Aspiazu was thrilled to make her Omaha debut this year as Maid Marian in The Omaha Theater Company's production of Robin Hood. Alex hails from Boston where she performed at The Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain. Her favorite community theater roles include Miss Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Alaura in City of Angels and Giuseppe Zangara in Assassins. Most recently, Alex had the honor of playing Allison in the independent short film False Witness, which was featured at the Cannes Festival..

Waiter - Knock Off
Mari - Skinwalking

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Kevin Barratt

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John Brown - The Cause

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Beaufield Berry

Beaufield Berry is a playwright and actress. This is her fifth GPTC and her favourite time of year! Her previous works for GPTC include 'Ugly Birds' and 'The Waiting Line' which went on to be performed at the Philadelphia SparkFest and also Manhattan Repertory Theatres Summerfest, respectively. She's just wrapped up work on her first full length show 'Physco Ex Girlfriend' and really enjoyed the research process.

Esther / Marina - Daniil Kharms: A Life in One Act and Several Dozen Eggs
Mrs. Izadi - The Perfect Sameness of Our Days

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Ben Birkholtz

Ben Birkholtz is a local amateur actor who works in human services and the grocery business. He last appeared as The Devil in the Omaha Symphony´s production of A Soldier´s Tale. Birkholtz recently was cast as the voice of Jimber the horse in an upcoming CBS cartoon titled Horseland, and his latest theatrical credit was role of Bo Decker in Omaha Community Playhouse´s production of Bus Stop.

Kenny - In the Bones

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Emily Boman

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Andrea Brooks

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Belinda / Ti-ona / Woman on Street - The Messiah Complex

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Carl Brooks

A native of St. Louis Missouri, Carl has lived in Omaha since 2004. He began his acting career at the Beasley Theater in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'. He has performed at the Omaha Community Playhouse in 'You Can't Take It With You', and 'Flyin West'. Carl has also performed at the Blue Barn Theater in its production of 'Minstrel Show or the Lynching of William Brown'. Carl continues to be a regular at the John Beasley Theater, his credits include: 'Of Mice and Men', 'Gem of the Ocean', 'The Colored Museum', 'Fences', and 'Joe Turners Come and Gone', to name a few.

Chris - Leftovers

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Jorden Brooks

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Basimah / Lisha - The Messiah Complex

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Emma Kate Brown

Emma Kate Brown is a 15 year old sophomore from Elkhorn South High School. Some of her past roles include Louisa from The Sound of Music, Tessie in Annie, and Juliette in Madeline's Christmas. Emma Kate enjoys reading and watching Netflix in her free time. This is Emma Kate's first time being a part of the Great Plains Conference and she is so happy to have had this opportunity.

Cicely - The Good Fight

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Matt Burke Brown

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Alexander McCauley / Pastor Paul / Man - You Lost Me

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Grace Bydalek

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Grace Roe - The Good Fight

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Abby Cameron

Abby Cameron is in the 8th grade at Westside Middle School. She has been involved in theatre since she was five years old. Her most recent acting credits include roles in Little Shop of Horrors and M*A*S*H* (Westside Middle School), at the vanishing point (2012 Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayFest); To Kill a Mockingbird (role of Scout, Chanticleer Theatre); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Creighton University); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Miracle Worker (University of Nebraska at Omaha); Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Camp Shakespeare – Nebraska Shakespeare); a reading of Recommended Reading for Girls (Omaha Community Playhouse); Also a playwright, Abby’s short play, The Wolf Was Framed, was incorporated as part of the 2010 Young Artist’s Night at the Holland Performing Arts Center, in which she also performed.

Sandy Fair - Wood Music

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Katie Cameron

Katie has been involved in all aspects of theatre since she was a young girl. She is a seasoned stage directions reader, but wears the actor hat as well, from time to time. Her recent stage work includes readings for the GPTC from 2009-2013, including Waaxe’s Law, which was also performed at multiple venues in Nebraska and at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.; and Tigers Be Still, End Days, and The Room Next Door or The Vibrator Play, Omaha Community Playhouse 21 & Over Series. She is a member of the Shelterbelt Theatre board and the Theatre Arts Guild board in Omaha. She lives in LaVista, NE with her husband, children and furry beasts, and works as a guidance teacher for Benson West Elementary School in OPS.

Greta - Wood Music

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Laura Campbell

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Witch 3 - Witches Vanish
Ann Harvey / White Rock Ann - You Lost Me

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Kim Carlson

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Saslly Jo / The Seer - Birds of America

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Rory Carroll

Rory Carroll was born and raised in Erie, PA. He has performed on many a stage in his hometown as well as in the Columbia, MO and Plattsburgh, NY areas. Currently he is a semi-retired actor who spends his days as a conservation geneticist and Corvid enthusiast.

Dr. Douglas Irene - Birds of America

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Daniel Carroll

Danny Carroll is a writer and theater-artist based in NYC, a recent grad of the New School for Drama MFA Playwriting program, and a full-time member of the St. Fortune Collective. His last performance as an actor was with St. Fortune in COCKSTRONG during the Tom Murrin Full-Moon festival at LaMaMa, and his next performance as a writer will be the summer premier of his newest play WHISKEY JACK, devised in collaboration with St. Fortune. After seven years of higher education, he can successfully twist a perfect balloon dog in under five seconds with his eyes closed.

Wood Music

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Jillian Carter

Jillian Carter is a proud member of Angels Theatre Company in Lincoln, NE. She was lucky enough to find Angels when she wanted to return to the stage after a ten-year hiatus. She has appeared in several Angels productions over the past two years, most recently as Lucha in Las Hermanas Padilla.

The Caught Woman - Crazy Bitch

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Michael Castillo

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Gardener - The Perfect Sameness of Our Days

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Nathan Cech

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Junior / Chorus - The Route 19 Roadside Choir Of Dead Babies Invites You To Visit "The Fountain of Youth" Museum & Gift Shop

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Alexia Childers

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Shipwreck Ann / Edna / Sid the American - You Lost Me

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Erin Clark

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Kimberly Clark-Kaczmerek

Kim Clark-Kaczmarek possesses a B.A. in theatre from Nebraska Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She was most recently seen in Emma at Nebraska Repertory Theatre and directed Two Minute Shakespeare for Nebraska Shakespeare this past summer. She is very involved in the Omaha theatre community including working with the Living Picture Project, Nebraska Shakespeare, Omaha Theatre Company for Young People, Omaha Community Playhouse and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. She is on the artist roster for the Nebraska Arts Council Artists in Schools program, teaches acting with Performer’s Edge and is a Teaching Artist for Dancing Classrooms with The Artery. She and her husband, Anthony, are proud parents of little Stella.

Her - Together We are Making A Poem In Honor Of Life
Voice of Deborah - We Only Go Home in Retrograde

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Karen Cordes

Karen Cordes is a consummate actress who has done numerous roles with many area community theaters including Baby D Productions, Bellevue Little Theatre, the Grande Olde Players, and Gretna Community Theatre. One of her most memorable roles was as Ouiser in Steel Magnolias both on the Gretna stage and at the Grande Olde Players. Not only consistently good onstage, she is the one who will help out backstage, paint sets, sew costumes, whatever is needed. She comments, “ I’ve done a lot of shows, and it has never ever failed to be huge fun and totally worth doing.” Karen has done many readings for the Conference over the years and won best actress for her reading of Indiscretion. Retired from UNMC in the research department, Karen wonders how she ever had time to work.

Bonnie Lane - Twigs and Bone

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Roderick Cotten

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Maybelline Champagne / Girl 1 - The Messiah Complex

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Devel Crisp

Devel Crisp is an Omaha, NE writer/spoken word artist who recently tried his hand at acting in the premiere of Warpaint (Shelterbelt Theatre/Omaha,NE/2010.) Since then, he has performed in Shelterskelters XV and XVI (Shelterbelt Theatre/Omaha,NE/2010&2011,) and even a commercial spot. He emphatically looks forward to expanding his acting experience.

Chris - Knock Off

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Noah Diaz

Noah Diaz is an Omaha-based actor. Past credits include The Battle of Battles and Nobody Gets Paid (Theatre Arts Guild nomination, Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award nomination) with the Shelterbelt Theatre; Juno and the Paycock, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, and An Enemy of the People with Brigit Saint Brigit; Tribes, Clybourne Park (TAG award, OEAA nomination), The Paris Letter (TAG nomination, OEAA nomination), and Speech and Debate (TAG award, OEAA award) with SNAP! Productions; Sirens, The Wizard of Oz (Barbara Ford award, TAG nomination, OEAA nomination), Legally Blonde: The Musical, Lend Me a Tenor (TAG award, OEAA award), and The Awesome 80s Prom (TAG nomination, OEAA nomination) at the Omaha Community Playhouse; and Zoo Story (TAG nomination, OEAA nomination) with F-Troupe Collaborative. He is currently studying American Sign Language at the University of Nebraska–Omaha.

The Workman / The Secret Police / The Night - Daniil Kharms: A Life in One Act and Several Dozen Eggs
Officer - The Perfect Sameness of Our Days
Ben - In the Bones

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John Dittrick

John was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he performed many times with the Omaha Community Playhouse and the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, most memorably as Puck in NSF’s 2011 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. John attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and minored in English and Dance. While attending LMU, John studied theatre abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre in Moscow and at the British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford. Favorite LMU productions include The Odd Couple (Felix), Kiss Me Kate (Bill), and The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Matt). In Los Angeles, John has performed with Will & Company and at Pacific Resident Theatre, where favorite productions include Suburbia (Pony) and The Foreigner (Ellard).

Goldsborough - Civilizing Lusby
Inspector Grey / First Constable / Mr. Dickinson / Charlie - The Good Fight

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Dana Donlan

Dana Donlan is a locally trained opera singer and stress of stage and screen. She has appeared in television shows such as Strawberry Shortcake, Dino Squad and Horseland, and her performance in the Omaha Community Playhouse’s “Over the Tavern” in 2005 left her with a TAG nomination.

Miriam - Skinwalking

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Mary Douglass

Mary has acted and directed in many productions in many different places. She is a proud member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA is very happy that she lives in a country that recognizes union status. Mary has three daughters, is continually striving for excellence and is engages in a constant search for the sun.

The Insistent Woman - Crazy Bitch

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Kevin Ehrhart

Kevin Ehrhart has been a member of the Omaha Theater Company staff since 1988. While at the Theater, he has directed mainstage, studio theater and national touring productions. His directing credits include Jack Frost, Charlotte's Web, Scraps...The Patchwork Girl of OZ, Marine Brat, Richard Scarry's Busytown, Amelia Bedelia and Treasure Island. Kevin directed The Bully Show at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' New Visions New Voices program. Most recently Kevin directed A Year with Frog and Toad the Musical at The Rose Theater.

As a professional actor at the Theater, Kevin has performed as George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, Rooster in Annie, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Cat in the Hat in Seussical - The Musical , George in George and Martha: Tons of Fun and recently as Dad in Jackie & Me.

As an educator, Kevin has been involved in teaching students from preschool age through high school. He has developed creative drama curriculum surrounding improvisation, movement, directing, playwriting and audition preparation. Kevin has also been a member of the Arts Are Basic program in Lincoln Nebraska from its inception. He has now achieved the status of Master Teacher. As a Master Teacher, Kevin has developed two separate arts-in-education courses of study for elementary teachers. As a teaching artist with the program he has co-taught with teachers at nearly every elementary school in Lincoln Nebraska. Kevin has also attended teacher-training workshops in New York at the Lincoln Center Institute for Esthetic Education.

Edgar - We Only Go Home in Retrograde

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Eva Ellefson

Eva is excited to return to the Great Plains Theatre Conference after appearing with The Movement Wing under the direction of Jeanette Plourde in 2012. Her performance experience includes work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Omaha Community Playhouse. Eva recently completed third grade at Holy Cross School. She likes to play soccer and is learning division facts.

Gillabreth - Wood Music

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Quincy Ellefson

Quincy is thrilled to return for a second season with the Great Plains Theatre Conference. His performance experience includes roles with the Omaha Community Playhouse as well as independent films and commercial video work. In 2013, he performed with Opera Omaha as Young Escamillo in Georges Bizet’s Carmen and with Nebraska Shakespeare as Young Lucius in Titus Andronicus. Quincy recently completed eighth grade at Holy Cross School in Omaha.

Jeremy - Drown
Stout - Permission

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Aaron Ellis

Born and raised in Omaha, Aaron attended and graduated from Northwest High School in 2007. He pursued an education in Theatre Performance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he graduated with his B.A. in Theatre with a focus in acting. Aaron has been involved in several productions around the Omaha metro including Hairspray and All Night Strut at the Omaha Community Playhouse, as well as, Big Nate and Jackie & Me at The Omaha Rose Theatre. Aaron is an Actor-Education for the R.E.S.P.E.C.T organization. He participates in many side projects such as the Red Theater Omaha Collective which he artistic directed from 2012-2013 and coaches a competitive dance team at Dance Inspiration dance studio in Omaha.

Ra / Rafik / Boy - The Messiah Complex

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Sherry Josand Fletcher

Sherry has performed at all previous Great Plains Theatre Conferences. She is a life member and two-time past president of the metro’s Theatre Arts Guild. Sherry has performed with numerous local theatres over the 35 years she has lived in Omaha. Recent roles include Melissa in “Love Letters,” Hilary in “Sex Please We’re 60,” an ovary in “Hot Flashes” and Mercedes in “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Presents a Christmas Carol.” Favorite roles include Sally in “Tally’s Folly,” Lettice in “Lettice & Lovage” and Arlene in “Baby.”

Blessed Mother Mary Full of Grace - Skinwalking

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Louisa Foster

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Emma Phelps - Two Degrees

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Jack Frederick

Jack Frederick is writer, director and actor in the St. Fortune Collective. His plays (ARRYOYA, I Wouldn’t Piss Down Your Throat If Your Lungs Were On Fire, Unloaded For Bear and others) have been performed in Omaha, New York City, Rochester, and New Orleans. As an actor he has performed at St. Mark's Church, La Mama, the Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, The Eugene O’Neil Theater Center, New Dramatists, The Prelude Festival and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. www.StFortune.com

Wood Music

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Kim Gambino

Kim Gambino graduated from Performing Arts High School and Purchase College. Since 1997, Kim has worked with The Talking Band in The Black Milk Quartet (La Mama e.t.c.), Delicious Rivers, and Imminence to name a few. Kim worked at length with playwright Ruth Margraff and director Tim Maner including The Hawthorne Trilogy (The Ohio Theatre), Night Vision by jazz composer Fred Ho (HERE),The Cry Pitch Carrolls, The Elektra Fugues, and The Centaur Battle of San Jacinto (Dixon Place). She has worked intensively with Puppeteer Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theatre Company including The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Brecht and Peace by Aristophanes (St.John's Cathedral, Lincoln Center). Other theater credits include Still by David Neumann, Hair (European Tour), Singing in the Womb of Angels by Carl Hancock Rux, and Hot Mouth (PS 122). Kim recently performed at the Bluebarn Theatre in Omaha in Bug by Tracey Letts and has been a guest artist teaching and performing at the Great Plains Theatre Conference for the last 2 years. Film: Laws of Gravity, When It’s Over. TV: Officer Larson on Law and Order.

Zahia - Egyptian Song
Wood Music

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Garett Garniss

Garett Garniss is a UNO Sophomore majoring in Theatre with a focus in acting/directing and tech. Born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska. His most recent role was Eric in “Death by Design” by Rob Urbinati. Past roles include Cinderella’s Father and The Mysterious Man in “Into the Woods”. Garett plans on graduating in the year 2017, and wants to pursue a career in theatre.

Toni - The Third Thing

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John Gasper

JOHN GASPER is an actor, playwright, musician, designer and gallivant-er. He is a founding member of Saint Fortune, and performs with the bands Black Elk Speaks (rock and roll everything), Tender (improv synth explorations), Major Magics (dream folk), and Czech Neck (noise explosions). His work has been seen at the Incubator Arts Project, Dixon Place, JACK, The Brick, the Great Plains Theater Conference, La Mama E.T.C., and others. He has collaborated with numerous artists including Sibyl Kempson, Richard Maxwell, Exploding Moment, Designated Movement, and JV Squad, with whom he will perform “Party in the USA” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. More info here: stfortune.com.

Wood Music

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Eden Ginsberg

Eden is a recent Westside High School graduate. She was an active member of the International Thespian Society and her school’s theater department. She began acting at The Rose Theater and performed in four shows including Peter Pan in 2010. She also performed in five Westside Productions. Most recently, she played “The Witch” in the spring musical Into the Woods. Eden also earned a superior monologue rating at the 2014 International Thespian Festival and four superior vocal ratings at the Nebraska Federation of Music Awards. When Eden is not performing, she spends her time doing schoolwork and attending dance class. Eden will continue to act in the Los Angeles area next year.

Juniper - We Only Go Home in Retrograde
Reporter - Wood Music

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Thomas Gjere

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Soldier - The Perfect Sameness of Our Days

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Eric Grant-Leanna

Eric is very excited to be a part of the Great Plains Theatre Conference for his fourth year. After graduating from Dana College in 2005 with a major in biology and a minor in theatre, Eric has been heavily involved in Omaha area theatres ever since. He's performed a wide variety of roles including his recent truns as The Man in Skullduggery Theatre's regional premiere of Neil LaBute's This Is How It Goes, and Frank Gardiner in Mrs. Warren's Profession with Brigit St. Brigit Theatre. Other favorite roles include Laertes in Hamlet, Rodolpho in A View From the Bridge, Captain Lancey in Translations, John in My Night With Reg, Laurence in Shining City, Donal O'Davoren in Shadow of a Gunman, and just about anything he's ever done in Shelterskelter, the Shelterbelt Theatre's annual showcase of original Halloween plays.

Luke - In the Bones

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Japrice Green

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Kwamaine - Leftovers

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Nils Haaland

Nils Haaaland is from Dutchess County, New York. He became a member of Actors Equity at the age of ten when he performed the Role of “Douglas Spaulding” in the play “Dandelion Wine” base on the novel by Ray Bradbury. Nils received his BFA from the Acting Conservatory at State University of New York at Purchase and moved to Omaha to co-found the Blue Barn Theater where he has directed and performed in an abundance of plays. He has also performed in plays with the Omaha Community Playhouse, The National Institute for the Lost, The Jungle Theater in Minneapolis and the ELAN theatre in Italy. Nils has directed voices for the Cartoon “Strawberry Shortcake” and has voiced many characters in the Cartoons “Liberty’s Kids”, “Dino-Squad” and “Horse-Land”. Nils received his MFA from UNL and currently works for Heartland Scenic Studios and Why Arts? Nils is grateful to be back performing at the Rose theatre.

Henry - Drown

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Jesse Hapke

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Nahal - Egyptian Song

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Max Hauze

Max Hauze, 17, appeared as Billy Ray (TAG award) in On Golden Pond at OCP and Benjamin (TAG award) in Joseph… at the Rose. He spent four seasons touring with the Nebraska Theater Caravan’s A Christmas Carol. At the Bellevue Little Theater, he played the title role in Oliver! (TAG nominated). Max spent 10 days in NYC last summer filming Choreography DVDs with Music Theater International. Max is a junior at Papillion La Vista South High School and attended his third year of camp at Stagedoor Manor in New York this past summer.

Zane - Permission

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Nick Herink

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Second Constable / Mr. Hunt / Speaker of House / Prison Guard / Jujitsu Demonstrator - The Good Fight

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Simon Irvin

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Andrew - Wood Music

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Stephanie Jacobson

Stephanie Jacobson is a full time Teaching Artist, Director, Actor, and Director of Youth Production at The Rose Theater. She previously directed The Rose Theater’s World Premieres of both The Misfits and The Grocer’s Goblin and The Little Mermaid. She has appeared most recently on The Rose stage as the Mother in Pinkalicious; Arrietty in The Borrowers; Frog in Frog & Toad; and Gina in Big Nate-The Musical. Next year she will perform in The Rose’s World Premiere of Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band by Max Sparber. Stephanie has her MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa, is a certified yoga instructor, participated in The Diavolo Project: Nabraska and is a trained puppeteer specializing in Bunraku and Shadow Puppetry. Before moving to Omaha she lived in NYC where she worked with Liz Swados, Lee Bruer’s Mabou Mines, Taylor Mac, and The Jim Henson Company.

Jess - Ugly Lies the Bone

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Noah Jeffery

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Boy - Goose

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Reo Jones

I fell in love with the performing arts via the Omaha Theater Company for Young People. Since age five, I have been active in theater, dance, and music. I hold a degree in Performing Arts & Social Justice and Psychology from The University of San Francisco. I’ve also studied theater at Sarah Lawrence College, the New Actors Workshop NY, with Teatro Yuyachkani in Lima, Peru, and several other regional and national workshops. I pursue the performing arts with a penchant for community engagement within critically relevant social contexts. I’m currently working towards a career in nursing, with the aim of integrating performing arts into the healthcare arena.


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Jaqueline Kappes

Jackie currently works as a full time teaching artist and actress with the Omaha Theater Company at The Rose Performing Arts Center for Children and Families. Jackie has also had the privilege of working with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Lexington Children’s Theatre, 7 Stages, Ensemble Theatre Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. She has been lucky enough to teach, direct, act, stage manage and create original plays with some stellar young people all over the country. She originally comes from Georgia, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education of Theater. While in Georgia she was selected to take part in the New South Young Playwrights Festival and thoroughly enjoys developing new theatre works. She is particularly passionate about using theatre as a means of empowering young people to connect to their world and express themselves, while becoming more dynamic members of their communities. Visit her theater artist website at http://jackiekappes.weebly.com

Kate - IHOP Is No Rent-A-Center

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Mary Kelly

Mary is happy to return to the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Last year, Mary appeared as Marilynn in the premier production of Ellen Struve’s Recommended Reading for Girls at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Mary has performed at various theaters in the Omaha area. One of the highlights of her theater career was performing the role of Grandmother in “The Sandbox” for Edward Albee as part of the Great Plains Theatre Conference in 2007. Awards she’s received include a TAG Award for Best Actress for her performance in BLUEBARN’s Night of the Iguana and a TAG Award for the role of Manny in BLUEBARN’s Poseidon Adventure: An Upside-Down Musical. Mary has appeared in the film In Silence and in Tears, a Hunger Artist Films production, as well as numerous training films and videos. She is a member and past president of Omaha’s Theatre Arts Guild. Currently, Mary is appearing as Gertie in BLUEBARN Theatre’s production of 33 Variations.

Mary Lyons - Civilizing Lusby
Ignavia - Daniil Kharms: A Life in One Act and Several Dozen Eggs

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Malik Kelly

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Dijon - Leftovers

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Mark Kocsis

Mark is an Omaha native and has appeared in local and area theatres including Bellevue Little Theatre’s production of Leaving Iowa, the Omaha Community Playhouse’s Mr. Roberts and The Odd Couple, the Shelterbelt Theatre, Joslyn Castle, SNAP! Productions’ Come Back, Little Sheba, the John Beasley Theatre’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next, Lincoln Community Playhouse’s Lend Me A Tenor, and the Riverfront Theatre murder mysteries. He has also appeared in film, web series, and local and national commercials.

Hardy - Permission

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Andrea Lang

Andrea Lang has been active in dance and theatre for most of her life and has performed on a number of local stages. Some of her favorite roles include Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2003 Theatre Arts Guild Award), L’il Bit in How I Learned To Drive, Connie in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding (1997 Theatre Arts Guild Award), Kathy in Company, Susan Shelby in Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical, and various roles in The Exonerated. Andrea is a full-time member of the English and Humanities faculty at Metropolitan Community College and has been active in various roles at the conference since its inception, participating as an actor, moderator, play lab panelist, submissions reader, and planning committee member.

Guidance Counselor - IHOP Is No Rent-A-Center
Ana - Skinwalking

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Katherine Lessor

Kat Lessor grew up in Hastings, NE where she attended T’Dance School of Performing Arts from age 6 to 18. She studied ballet, pointe, modern, tap, and jazz and attended workshops such as the Manhattan Dance Project, Tremaine Dance Convention, and classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City.


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Cameron Logsdon

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Tezcatlipoca / The Landlord / Chorus - The Route 19 Roadside Choir Of Dead Babies Invites You To Visit "The Fountain of Youth" Museum & Gift Shop

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Simon Lovell

Extremely well-traveled, experienced in living in diverse countries and communities, and with a good many years on this planet Mr. Lovell is able to draw upon a vast knowledge base of people – their actions, reactions, style, culture and behavior.

Jeffrey Phelps - Two Degrees

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Rebecca Lowry

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Chorus Leader - The Route 19 Roadside Choir Of Dead Babies Invites You To Visit "The Fountain of Youth" Museum & Gift Shop

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Kristin Lubbert

Kristin was born and raised in Omaha. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nebraska Methodist College. She has experimented with performance art and enjoys exploring movement of all kinds. Someday she would like to learn how to play the cello.


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Victoria Luther

Victoria Luther is a Junior at UNO majoring in theatre performance. She has had multiple roles at UNO including Lavinia in William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Nell Gywnn in Or, and most recently as Sorel Bennett in Death by Design: A Comedy with Songs and Murder. You may have also seen her in Bellevue Little Theater’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show as Mary Hatch and Shelterbelt Theatre’s production of V of Geese as Joan. Victoria is also the Production manager of Red Theatre Omaha She will graduate from UNO with her Bacherlor's of Arts in Theatre Performance in December 2014.

Kate Lyons - Civilizing Lusby
Lola Hayward - The Third Thing

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Mark Manhart

Fifty-six years ago Mark served time as a prisoner in ""Stalag 17"" and still loves the stage. He and wife Bonnie Gill founded and ran the Grande Olde Players Theatre for 23 years as manager, staging, actor, director, techie, playwright, etc... Mark has held drama classes for teens, and the last few years he directed or had his own plays read at the Great Plains Theatre Conferences. Recently, Mark was invited to the Chanticleer Theater to direct ""Love, Sex and the IRS"" and ""To Kill a Mockingbird."" In January he played in ""What the Butler Saw"" as Dr. Rance, an arrogant British government psychiatrist, a half bubble off center. A great experience for him! Dr. Manhart still practices dentistry in Omaha and conducts dental education around the world. His new book, of course, is titled ""Open Wide."" From a large family that so far comprises 18 grandchildren, Mark enjoys doing root canals, travel, theatre, writing and the garden.

William Lane - Twigs and Bone

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Michael Markey

Michael Markey recently appeared as Walter in the Omaha Community Playhouse production of Becky’s New Car. Other recent roles include Roy in The Odd Couple and Juror #10 in Twelve Angry Men at the Playhouse and Clyde in Hot ‘N’ Throbbing at Omaha’s Blue Barn Theatre. For eighteen years, Michael served as Managing Director of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. Before that he helped found Omaha’s Circle Theatre where he played Phil in the long-running Phil’s Diner series. Currently, Michael is the Arts Industry Manager for the Nebraska Arts Council. This spring, Michael will run his second marathon.

Declan Lyons - Civilizing Lusby

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Laura Marr

Laura, a founding member of the Circle Theatre, has been the Executive Director for the theatre for the past thirty-one years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from the University of Nebraska/Omaha in 1985. She also studied with Brian Way (World renowned Creative Dramatist) at UNO to become a Creative Drama Specialist. Laura was a staff member of the Omaha Theatre Company for Young People for seventeen years as a performer and educator. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 2005 and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011. In 2012, Laura and her husband Doug were honored with the Theatre Arts Guild Lifetime Achievement Award for their work in arts education and production in the Omaha community. In 2013, Laura won the Omaha Entertainment Best Actress Award for her role of Alice B. Toklas in Gertrude Stein and a Companion.

Sam - The Feast

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Dylan Marr

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Francis - The Feast

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Queño Martinez

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Juan Ponce De Leon - The Route 19 Roadside Choir Of Dead Babies Invites You To Visit "The Fountain of Youth" Museum & Gift Shop

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Lindsay Masin

Lindsay Masin is from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is a recent graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a B.S. Theatre Performance degree. Lindsay is the current Education Director at Lincoln Community Playhouse. She is also an Ongoing Adaptation Consultant for Theatrical Rights Worldwide, working on premiere productions of The Addams Family: A New Musical and Spamalot!

The Jellyfish - Crazy Bitch

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Kaitlyn McClincy

Kaitlyn McClincy is an Omaha theatre actress. Some of her favorite roles include Grace in“Tigers, Be Still” (Omaha Community Playhouse), Cathleen in “Long Days Journey Into Night” (Brigit St. Brigit Theatre Company, TAG award nominee Best Featured Actress) Vern in “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” (Shelterbelt Theatre, Kansas City Fringe Festival) Ruth in “Tribes” (Snap! Productions) and Marilyn in “A Behanding In Spokane” (Omaha Community Playhouse).This is Kaitlyn’s first Great Plain Theatre Conference performance.

Chloe - In the Bones

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Ernesto Medina

Ernesto is an Episcopal Priest serving a parish in Papillion. He loves drama at most any level. He is well accustomed to public speaking, having preached for over 20 years. He is been active with the Great Plains Theater Conference for 2 years, having read for both MainStage and PlayLab plays, Fight, The Victims, and Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo. In his younger years he performed in front of 1000’s as a Whale Trainer at Sea World in San Diego. He was also the official photographer for his children’s musicals back in California when they were in Junior and High School. Bring on LIFE!!!

Eugene - Skinwalking

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Shawna Mefferd Carroll

Originally from Nebraska, Shawna teaches directing, theatre history, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, and performance at SUNY Plattsburgh. She is the cofounder of Independent Actors Theatre (www.iatheatre.org) in Columbia, MO and is also the founder of its short Women’s Play Festival, which celebrates women’s work in the theatre on the page and the stage. As its misnomer denotes, it’s the plays that are short, not necessarily the women. As a performer, director, and educator, Shawna is deeply invested in new play development. Shawna’s performance credits include: Gertrude (Alice in Black and White), Evelyn (Book of Adam), Jean (Dead Man’s Cell Phone), Squeaky Fromme (Heigh Ho, Skelter), Jacqueline (Don’t Dress for Dinner), Charlotte (Moon Over Buffalo), and from the classical oeuvre: Elmire, Rosalind, Beatrice, Kate, and Emilia. Her recent directing credits include: At Delphi by Aoise Stratford, Can You Hear the Mermaids Singing? by Rachel Atkins, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Winter’s Tale (directed and adapted), and Mary Zimmerman’s The Odyssey.

Margaret - Birds of America

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Dana Mike

Dana has performed with Ætherplough several times over the past few years. She enjoys many forms of artistic expression but most of all, performance and dance. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration with a focus in Health Education. She spends her free time surrounded by friends and her favorite human in the universe, Carter. Although she longs to play all day, she hasn’t yet quit her day job and works as a planner assistant at FW Investment Centre. “But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” Khalil Gibran


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Kevin Mikuls

My name is Kevin Mikuls, and I am 15 years old and a sophomore at Creighton Prep in Omaha. I have previously done shows at Marian High School, The Rose Theater, and The Omaha Community Playhouse. My most recent roles have been Peter Pevensie in Narnia: the Musical at The Rose, Prince Chulalonghorn in The King and I at Marian High School, and Mayor of Munchkinland at The Omaha Community Playhouse.

Joe-L - You Lost Me

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Kim Mitchell

Kim Mitchell has a BFA in Theatre, emphasis in Directing from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She has performed in, directed and produced play independently around the area. She has also worked on developing plays with her husband, Will Mitchell and works with him in the summer with his Creative Drama and Radio Drama Camps for area youth at the historic Fremont Opera House.

Ella - We Only Go Home in Retrograde

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Joshua Mullady

Joshua has been a part of the Omaha theatre scene since 2008. After graduation from the University of Northern Iowa and a third summer with the Texas Shakespeare Festival, he moved here as Technical Director with the Omaha Theater Company (The Rose). Since then he’s worked on over 45 productions with various companies in Omaha. He’s worked as TD, Scenic and Lighting Designer, Actor, Director, or whatever else is needed. He was recently nominated for a TAG award for his co-lighting design of “Next to Normal” with SNAP! Productions. Favorite roles/positions include: “Bobby Goodspeed” in World Premiere The Misfits at The Rose; “Aaron/Male Ensemble” in Chicago at OCP; Director, Red Light Winter with Skullduggery Productions, Scenic Designer, Bridge to Terabithia at The Rose, and Peter in The Zoo Story with F-Troupe Collaborative. During the day he’s an Artist with WhyArts? Inc. providing workshops to under-served communities. In his spare time, he is a karaoke DJ and just started his own Wedding DJ business, 31st Productions (www.31stProductions.com). It’s a good life.

Stevie - Ugly Lies the Bone

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Lucy Myrtue

LUCY MYRTUE is a Performance Graduate of The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Most recently she played Cynthia in The Maiden’s Prayer, the Widow in Taming of the Shrew, Rosencrantz in Hamlet, and Joan in Melancholy Play. Her other UNL credits include Sharla in Killer Joe, Estela in Agravio, Joan in Love Song, Helsa in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Lady Plymdale in Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Marianne in Tartuffe. Lucy continues her love for the Arts everyday and looks with bright eyes towards what the future brings her.

The Observant Woman - Crazy Bitch

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Maribel Navarrete-Hernandez

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Coatlicue - The Route 19 Roadside Choir Of Dead Babies Invites You To Visit "The Fountain of Youth" Museum & Gift Shop

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Zoey Newman

Zoey Newman is a middle school student who loves theatre. She participated in the GPTC in 2012 and has appeared on stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse in Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific and A Christmas Carol. She was Tiny Tim on the 2011 NTC East Coast Tour of A Christmas Carol.

Alison - Drown

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Paris Newton

Young actress Paris Newton, is a first-timer to the Great Plains Theater Conference. She is involved in community theater including the dynamic group Red Theater Omaha, who she is currently in a show with. Her most recent credit was of Chrysothemis in the Greek tragedy Elektra. She is not very good at bios.

Anne - The Third Thing

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Andy Niess

Andy Niess' most recent appearances on stage were in Nobody Gets Paid at the Shelterbelt Theatre, and Leading Ladies at Bellevue Little Theatre. He's also performed in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Velvet, and The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (Baby D, Inc.); Shelterskelter 9-15 and From Shelterbelt With Love 5, 6, 8 and 9 for the Shelterbelt; and Mr. Roberts for Bellevue Little Theatre. He's participated in readings for the last 4 Great Plains Theatre Conferences.

Wellhouse - IHOP Is No Rent-A-Center

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Lorie Obradovich

Lorie Obradovich is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of Baby D Theatre Incorporated. Both a director and actor, she has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of theatrical production. Locally, Lorie has directed not only for Baby D, but also: the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Bellevue Little Theatre, the Circle Theatre, the Chanticleer Theatre, the Shelterbelt Theatre, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. This past summer, Lorie was lucky enough to direct “Devil Sedan”, a wonderful piece from a previous GPTC, at Studio Roanoke in Roanoke, VA.

Mother - IHOP Is No Rent-A-Center

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Colleen O'Doherty

Colleen is from Omaha, NE and has had the honor of being in many shows around town and involved with GPTC for several years. Her stage credits include Doubt, Speech and Debate, Clybourne Park and many more. She is studying for her Masters in education and dabbles in many hobbies.

Edith Garrud / Harriet Kerr - The Good Fight

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Regina Palmer

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Messiah - The Messiah Complex

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Doug Paterson

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The Third Thing

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Analisa Peyton

Analisa has been blessed to have performed on stages across the United States, as well as abroad in Germany and Japan. Some of her favorite credits include Ilse in Spring Awakening at the Blue Barn (OEA and TAG nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at OCP, and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at The Lofte. Her New York credits include soloist with the Broadway Dreams Foundation at the New World Stages, as well as at Celsius, for their annual Christmas benefit and Champagne and Caroling Gala. She currently works as Associate Director/Office Manager at BravO! National Dance and Talent Competition. While she loves being on the stage, her favorite new role is wife to her husband, Josh Peyton.

Sammy Fiorelli - Bathroom Hate
Nikita - Wood Music

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Andrew Prescott

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Shelley - Sea Change

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Mathew Pyle

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Preston - Civilizing Lusby
Kelvin - Ugly Lies the Bone

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Katya Reason

Katya began performing since birth when her mother would tickle the back of her neck to get her to smile on cue at people. She has a passion for acting and enjoys spending her time taking classes from local theatres and organizations. Her most recent role was Lizbeth in Bang, Zoom to the Moon at The Circle Theatre.

Lauderdale - Wood Music

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Brendan Reilly

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Daniil Kharms - Daniil Kharms: A Life in One Act and Several Dozen Eggs

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Dara Rosenberg

Dara Rosenberg is excited to be part of the Great Plains Theater Conference. She currently teaches science at Buffet Magnet Middle School and was awarded the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award in 2013 by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. With a love of theater, she has been involved in many aspects of stage production including: directing, script adaptation, costuming, set design, scenic painting, acting, dancing, and choreography. One of her most memorable experiences includes being a part of Footloose (chorus/dancer) at the Chanticleer Theater. With 22 years of experience in dance and 3 black-belts in Jujitsu and Judo, she was able to choreograph the fight scene for this weekend’s performance. She would like to mention that her avid appreciation for British history and television and the support of pal Tom Miller brought her to this performance today. “I travel. I teach. I experience.”

Wardress / Hilda - The Good Fight

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Barb Ross

Barb has been involved in Omaha theatre since the 1950s and has had the pleasure of performing at many of the metropolitan area venues. She has a BA in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She continues to be an eager cheerleader for the Omaha theatre community.

Voice / Their Mom - Ugly Lies the Bone

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Olivia Sather

Olivia Sather is very excited to be apart of Great Plain’s Theater Conference for the fourth year. She has been seen in many readings at the Conference over the years and last year played Anne Shirley in Recommended Reading for Girls at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Olivia has a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Theater Performance from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is currently an Actor Educator working for the non-profit R.E.S.P.E.C.T who uses interactive theater role-plays to teach kids about healthy relationships.

Karsyn - Permission

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Patrick Sather

Patrick Sather is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he majored in English. Patrick competed on the college speech circuit for four years, and received numerous awards at local, state, and national competitions. He enjoys writing and reading poetry, and was a coach for Millard North’s 2013-2014 Louder Than a Bomb High School Poetry Slam Team. He most recently appeared in Red Theater Omaha’s production of Feliz NaviRed, and is ecstatic to be a part of the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Puppeteers - Sea Change
Inspector McBrien / Home Secretary McKenna / Bill - The Good Fight

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Sally Scamfer

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Dee - In the Bones

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Samantha Shatley

A Memphis, TN native, Samantha has been active in Omaha theatre since 2003, performing for young audiences at The Rose. Favorite roles there include Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Junie B. in Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business; and Peter Pan in Peter Pan, the Musical, just to name a few. She also performed with SNAP! Productions’ presentation of Avenue Q as Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut. Samantha has also been seen at The Circle Theatre as Corinna Stroller in House of Blue Leaves, and as Valerie in The Weir. Samantha lived and worked in New York for three years, where her favorite roles included Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Viola in Twelfth Night; and Ophelia in Hamlet. She also portrayed Marilyn Monroe in productions with Kill-Her Entertainment, a murder mystery company. "I'd like to thank my friends and family for all their love and support, Mom for all she does, and my husband Walter for being my favorite leading man on and off-stage."

Wendy - The Feast

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Michal Simpson

Michal has appeared in numerous theatrical productions, commercials, and training films as well as voice work for local and regional distribution. He has acted, directed and/or choreographed in numerous theatrical venues in the area. He is a long time board member and Artistic Director for SNAP! Productions, having directed Falsettos, Christmas with the Crawford’s, The rise and fall of Little Voice, Kiss of the Spider Woman, last season’s award winning Next to Normal and most recently Tribes. He appeared in SNAP’s productions of The Paris Letter, Autistic License, Valley of the Dolls, Cabaret, Visiting Mr. Green, The Lisbon Traviata, Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,Corpus Christi, The Laramie Project, Falsettos, Torch Song Trilogy, and Boys in the Band. A long time Theatre Arts Guild (TAG) member, he has been the recipient of multiple TAG Awards for directing, choreography and performance. He has been honored with the Norm & Louise Filbert TAG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tom Stephens - Knock Off

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David Sindelar

David Sindelar has a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Mathematics from Wayne State College. He moved to Omaha in 1981, and began acting in 1985. He has performed in more than 100 plays during his time here, including memorable roles in ANNA CHRISTIE and AN INSPECTOR CALLS. He has also done some writing and directing during that time.

Rhett - The Feast

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Timothy Siragusa

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Jaseph - Wood Music

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Mary Beth Slater

Mary Beth Slater is a 25 year old graduate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with her BA in Theatre. She also holds two AA’s from Iowa Western Community College in Theatre and Technical Theatre. She loves all aspects of theatre! Most recently she has been seen as Joanne in “Vanities” at the Chanticleer. She was seen (heard) screaming her heart out as Sarah (and Jamie) in Shelterskelter XVIII. Some of her favorite roles include various characters in “Grass So Tall, Sky So Black” [Blue Barn’s Witching Hour], Provoloney in “Psycho Beach Party” [Lone Tree Productions], and CB’s Sister in “Dog Sees God” [Iowa Western CC].

M - Sea Change

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Kathryn Stahl

Kathryn Stahl was born and raised in Auburn, WA and recently made the move to Nebraska for the opportunity to use her passion of the arts to empower and inspire others to follow their dreams. Children's Theatre became part of Kathryn's life through two projects in college. She was fortunate to be part of a touring cast, visiting elementary schools all over Washington. Also, she was part of a group that collected middle school writings and turned them into scenes and monologues to be performed for the young playwrights. While living in Washington, Kathryn worked as an actor and director with several theatre companies in the South Puget Sound area.

In 2010, Kathryn earned her BFA in Performance Theatre from Central Washington University. In 2012 she ventured back to school and earned her Teaching Theatre K-12 certificate. Kathryn was named as one of the Top 10 Student Teachers of the year from Central Washington University.

She is currently working with the Omaha Theater Company at the Rose Theater as a teaching artist. She is blessed with the opportunities to act, direct, devise, teach and learn while working at The Rose.

Kacie - Ugly Lies the Bone
Wendy - Wood Music

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Kershaun Stewart

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Jalil - Leftovers

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Jacob Thomas

Jacob Thomas is a current student at Westside High School. He has recently started performing on stage where he was casted in his schools spring musical “Into the Woods”, playing the roll of Jack. This was his first performance on stage and loved working with the other performers. He is excited to engage in more plays inside and outside of his school. Jacob has acquired a talent for acting and performing on stage, even though he has only been casted in two shows thus far. He also has a strong music background and was selected for the Nebraska All State Choir this previous year. He is looking forward to the future roles that he may play.

Benjamin - We Only Go Home in Retrograde

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Jason Thomas

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Kabin Thomas

Kabin Thomas is from Detroit Michigan. He is a tuba player and actor, soloing with such orchestras as the Detroit and Arkansas Symphony, as well as acting in such theaters as Theatricum Botanicum and A Noise Within. Kabin studied acting and music at the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin. He is honored to have studied with: Acting: Philip Kerr, Sarah Jane Gwillim, Richard and Anne Klautch, Ellen Geer, Bryan Rasmussen, Killian McHugh, Brian Reise, Holly Powell, Caroline Liem. Tuba: Oscar LeGasse, Mitch Gershenfeld, John Stevens, Ron Bishop, Wesley Jacobs Conducting: Donald Schliecher, David Itkin He has served his country as a US Marine, with Helicopter Squadron HML-776 at NAS Glenview, and as a Sailor at the United States Naval Academy, in the USNA Band. Kabin hosted the game show Fast Lane, in the United Arab Emirates for a year and lives in the United States with the love of his life, Mary Bort and Kira, the Cat. Kabin has been a proud friend of Bill W for a few years now and is grateful.

Man in White / Cliff Huxtable - Leftovers

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Amber Tischer

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Emily Wilding Davidson - The Good Fight

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Britta Tollefsrud

Britta, an Omaha native, is so excited to be apart of High Viscosity. Previously, she has worked with Anamotion, an original work performed at UNO. However, the forte of her experience is in theater. She was Louisa in Fantasticks at UNO as well as Ann in Cheaper by the Dozen and a chorus girl in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat both at the Omaha Community Playhouse. When living in Germany, she performed in Kimberly Akimbo as Debora in the Black Box Theater Co. She is currently studying vocal performance at UNO as well as nonprofit management. She’s a big fan of Woody Allen movies and gardening her windowsill hodgepodge of plants.


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Kristin Tripe

Kristin recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a BA in Theatre and is currently working toward her MFA in Acting at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California. At UNO, she acted in many productions including Female Transport (Charlotte), Mirror of the Invisible World (Turkish Princess), 12 Ophelias (Ophelia), Noises Off (Belinda Blair), and Hippie Doctor (Rachel). She is a veteran member of Red Theater Omaha, a local collective with which she wrote and acted in many shows. She loves physical theatre, dance, improv, guitar, and interdisciplinary art. She is grateful to be back in Omaha participating in the unique and inspiring artistic environment of the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Crystal Andersen - Bathroom Hate
Patricia Hayward - The Third Thing
Witch 1 - Witches Vanish

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Devin Tumpkin

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Jess Clark - Bathroom Hate

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Audrey Wardian

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Patrick Hayward - The Third Thing

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Vernon Wheeler

Vernon R. Wheeler is a Russian trained physical actor. He has done theatre and film all over the world. He played Dorn in The Seagull in Boston, MA, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Moscow, Russia, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in Toledo, OH, and Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in Omaha, NE. He has also appeared in films along side such actors as Michael York, Nick Moran, Louise Lombard, and Norman Reedus. He received an MFA from the Schukin School of the Vahktanghov theatre and also studied with the faculty of the Moscow Art Theatre. He is happy to be on stage at GPTC again and looks forward to acting in a feature length film and a web-series later this year.

Sergeant / Crown - The Perfect Sameness of Our Days

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Michael Wiener

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Philipe de Savon - Wood Music

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Jenna Williams

Jenna M. Williams graduated from Dillard University in July 2006, in New Orleans, LA with her B.A. in Theatre Art/Speech Communication. She has participated in numerous plays, television, and film around New Orleans, Omaha, and Los Angeles. She is currently the Front Desk Supervisor at the Sheraton Omaha Hotel.

Sarah Howard - Knock Off

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D Kevin Williams

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Clay Simposon - Two Degrees

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Charleen Willoughby

Charleen Willoughby teaches Stage Makeup, Stage Costume, and Introduction to Theatre at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she received her BS in Sec Ed and her MA in Dramatic Arts. She is a long time company member of the Brigit St Brigit Theatre Company where she has performed such roles as Arkadina in The Seagull, Mad Margaret in Richard III, and the title character in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Charleen has also performed with the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival as Goneril in King Lear, the Omaha Community Playhouse as Ouiser in Steel Magnolias, the Bellevue Little Theatre as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Ernest, and the Dundee Dinner Theatre as Lettice in Lettice and Lovage. In addition to acting, Charleen also designs costumes for Brigit St Brigit and UNO.

Mary Hayward - The Third Thing

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Suzanne Withem

Suzanne Withem earned her master’s degree in English at the University of Nebraska, Omaha where she also received her BA in Theatre in 2004. Between her periods of academic pursuit, she spent five years teaching, acting, and stage managing at The Rose Theater. Her favorite roles include Duckling Smith in Our Country’s Good at The Omaha Community Playhouse, Pentheus in Dionysus in ’99 with the BlueBarn’s Witching Hour, and Joan of Arc in The Lark and Nina in The Seagull with the Bridget St. Bridget Theatre Company. Equally adept back stage, Suzanne has stage managed a wide range of shows from The BlueBarn’s edgy and dramatic Hot ‘N’ Throbbing to the youth opera production of Brundibar in coordination with Opera Omaha and the Institute for Holocaust Education. Most recently, Suzanne received a nomination for the Barbara Ford Best Supporting Actress Award in the regional premier of A Night With the Family at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

Mary McCauley / Reika - You Lost Me

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Scott Working

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Dad - Goose

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L. James Wright

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Curtis / Pipe / Newscaster - The Messiah Complex

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Wai Yim

Wai Yim (Actor/ Choreographer/ Director) A Hong Kong naïve graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha with a B.A. in Theater-Acting/Directing. Theatre credits: Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake (Goodman Theatre, McCarter Theatre); James and the Giant Peach, Narnia and Frederick (The Rose); Archeology of Birdsong, full circle, Knives Out (aetherplough); Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nebraska Shakespeare) and A Christmas Carol (Nebraska Theatre Caravan). Yim is the resident choreographer for aetherplough productions.

The Skinwalker - Skinwalking

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Katlynn Yost

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Witch 2 - Witches Vanish

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Nick Zadina

BioInfo Nick is originally from Columbus, Nebraska where he graduated from Scotus Central Catholic High School. He then went onto Creighton where he received his BFA in Theatre and then to UNO to receive his MA in Theatre. He is currently attending UNO again working towards a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Nick is a training specialist at Project Harmony, which is a Child Advocacy Center serving several counties in Nebraska and Iowa. In his position, Nick utilizes theatre to train professionals about how child abuse investigations are conducted, how to respond to suspicions of child abuse and neglect, and how to work with families who are at risk to abuse their children. Nick has acted and directed at many theatres in the Omaha community in the past 15 years.

Steve - IHOP Is No Rent-A-Center
S - Sea Change
Franklin Sanborn - The Cause