2014 DIRECTORS

IMAGE: Stephanie Anderson

Stephanie Anderson


Stephanie Anderson has been involved in the Omaha theater community for over 20 years. As a staff member at the Omaha Theater Company for Young People for fourteen years, she directed dozens of productions, acted in plays, taught classes for children age 3-18, and was one of the founding directors of the Teens N' Theater program.


In January of 2008 Stephanie won the Omaha Entertainment Arts Best Supporting Actress Award for her work in Laundry and Bourbon at the Circle Theatre, and was listed in the Omaha World-Herald as one of Bob Fischbach’s “Best of 2007”.


Stephanie also works with Completely Kids, performing in plays about internet safety and inappropriate sexual touch in local elementary schools and shelters, and with WhyArts?, an organization dedicated to bringing visual and performance arts to people of all ages and abilities.


Stephanie has participated in the GPTC for the last several years, most recently reading the role of the Witch in GLASSHEART for the 2011 festival.



Director: Ugly Lies the Bone






IMAGE: Elena Araoz

Elena Araoz


Elena Araoz directs theater and opera. Recent productions: Mac Wellman’s Wu World Woo and Horrocks (Sleeping Weazel at ArtsEmerson, GPTC), Architecture of Becoming by Kara Corthron, Sarah Gancher, Virginia Grise, Dipika Guha, Lauren Yee (Women’s Project), Natalia Naman’s Lawnpeople (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), La traviata (New York City Opera at BAM), Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera North), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prague Shakespeare), Carl Djerassi’s Phallacy and Three on a Couch (Redshift Productions), Falstaff (Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM), The Price (Northern Stage), Jaclyn Villano’s The Company We Keep (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre) and Unanswered, We Ride (Last Frontier, Edinburgh Fringe), Latin Lovers (Glimmerglass Opera), Li Tong's The Power (Beijing). Workshops include: Christopher Oscar Peña’s Tiny People (Two River Theatre), Sibyl Kempson’s River of Gruel (New Dramatists), Eugenie Chan’s Madame Ho (GPTC), Clinnesha Sibley’s Uprooted (Arkansas Repertory), and Hilary Bettis’ plays Dakota Atoll (New York Theatre Workshop), Mexico (Project Y), Alligator (GPTC). Araoz is a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow and a Time Warner Foundation Women’s Project Lab Director.



Director: Wood Music






IMAGE: Denise Chapman

Denise Chapman


Denise Chapman is very excited to return to Omaha after a five year hiatus to Chicago where she received her M.F.A. from the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. She received her B.A. from Creighton University. She is a founding member for B-Rated Theatre. Chapman´s Chicago credits include Spook from Shoes at Victory Gardens Theatre and two years as an ensemble member with Quest Educational Theatre.



Director: Voices at the Center






IMAGE: Echelle Childers

Echelle Childers


Echelle L. Childers has been performing on community theatre stages since the age of 15. They include, but are not limited to the Omaha Community Playhouse, SNAP! Productions and the now defunct Dundee Dinner Theatre. She is currently on the Board of Directors for SNAP! Productions. Echelle has not only been on stage but also backstage where she has been a stage manager, lighting designer, sound/light operator, set builder, costumer and props mistress. She spent eleven years working at the Dundee Dinner Theatre starting out as an actor/waiter and then moving on to Group Sales Coordinator for 2 years and then General Manager for 7. She is currently the Project Assistant of Student Loans at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Echelle has 4 children, Andrea, Alexia, Ava and Greyson, ages 20, 15, 5, and 2. They are her best production to date!



Director: The Messiah Complex






IMAGE: Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek

Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek


Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek is both an actor and director in the Omaha area. This is Anthony’s sixth year with the Great Plains Theatre Conference as a director and actor. Some of the plays he has directed for GPTC include: SWEET PEA’S MAMA, THE COPPER ANNIVERSARY and MY OCCASION OF SIN. Anthony has directed over 50 plays and musicals for the Omaha stage including TWELFTH NIGHT, MACBETH, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, OF MICE AND MEN, STEPPIN’ OUT, THE NERD and HISTORY OF AMERICA ABRIDGED.

He and his wife, Kimberley, co-founded the Living Picture Project (LPP) Theatre Company. Anthony has a B.A. in Directing from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Masters from the University of Nebraska. Anthony studied theatre and literature at the Royal Shakespeare Center in Stratford on Avon, England and in Japan through the Japan Fulbrght Memorial Fund. His adaptation of Cyrano! and new plays The Storytellers and Finding Hope have all seen successful theatrical productions. He is currently an administrator for Omaha Public Schools. He is the proud father of Stella Daye.



Director: We Only Go Home in Retrograde






IMAGE: Mary Beth Easley

Mary Beth Easley


Mary Beth Easley is Artistic Director of the Brooklyn College Department of Theater. She has directed Off-Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the Midwest. Her work has been featured at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Circle Rep, The Women’s Project, and La MaMa ETC, among others. At Theater de la Jeune Lune, Minn., she directed Krasang Tree, an intercultural chamber-opera, developed with Cambodian poet, U Sam Oeur. She directed NYC premieres of Levy Lee Simon’s God, the Crackhouse and the Devil (La MaMa), and Caseload (The Workshop Theatre). With Mr. Simon and composer-lyricist, Mark Bruckner, she created Same Train, a spoken-word musical, produced at Algonquin Theater in NYC, and featured as a main-stage production at the 2011 National Black Theater Festival. In March 2014, she directed the NYC premiere of Jeffrey Sweet’s Court-Martial at Fort Devens for Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre, earning an Audelco Award for Best Direction of a Dramatic Production.



Director: The Cause






IMAGE: Bonnie Gill

Bonnie Gill


Bonnie Gill has worked with the Conference since its inception and looks forward to It each year. In 2008, the GPTC awarded Bonnie and Mark Outstanding Contribution to the Community for their 24 years of dedicated service at The Grande Olde Players.which they co-founded in 1985. This past year Bonnie has been busy traveling for both work and pleasure, both coasts, Europe and Mexico. She has been with AAA magazines for 25 years. Bonnie also spent the last six months putting together a new Jazz group Livin Easy where she plays keyboards.



Director: Twigs and Bone






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D. Scott Glasser


GPTC Director: Young Negress Stepping Out of the River at Dawn, Waaxe’s Law, Walk in the Woods, At the Vanishing Point. Chair, UNO Theatre. Director/playwright/actor/teacher: Guthrie, GeVa (Rochester), Opera Institute (Boston), ACT (Seattle), Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Children's Theater Company (Minneapolis), Skylight, Madison and Minnesota Operas, Utah and Nebraska Shakespeare Festivals, Edinburgh International Fringe, helped create Willamette University’s theater program, co-founded Dakota Theatre Caravan, 10 years The Playwright’s Center and Midwest Playlabs, 10 seasons Artistic Director Madison Repertory Theatre, Actors Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers. Director over 160 productions, including his translation Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, adaptations of Much Ado About Nothing and Aristophanes’ The Birds, premieres of plays by Lee Blessing, Jon Klein, Martha Boesing, and Steven Dietz. Assisted development of many plays, including David Feldshuh’s Miss Ever’s Boys. Recent: Nebraska Repertory, Siauliai University Lithuania, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and Newseum in Washington DC.



Director: Civilizing Lusby






IMAGE: William Grennan

William Grennan


Bill is currently in The Blue Barn Theatre's production of Spring Awakening playing the role of Otto. His other roles include playing Hunter in the hit musical [title of show] with The Candy Project (TAG Award - Best Lead Actor in a Musical). He will receive his MA in Theatre from UNO this year. There he played Nick in dark play or stories for boys (FAUST Award - Best Lead Actor), Sid in Hippie Doctor, Narrator 1 in Gross Indecency and many others. He received a BFA in Performance Theatre from Creighton University in 2008. There he played Biron in Love's Labour's Lost, Amos Hart in Chicago, Skinheadboy in Polaroid Stories among others. At the Omaha Community Playhouse, Bill played Chris in Becky's New Car and Eugene in Biloxi Blues for which he received the Mary Peckham Award. Bill is also an active member of The Blue Barn's Witching Hour.



Director: The Perfect Sameness of Our Days






IMAGE: Matt Gutschick

Matt Gutschick


Matthew is excited to be participating in his second GPTC. He is the Artistic Director of The Rose Theater (Omaha Theater Company), where he recently directed Ramona Quimby and Greg Banks’s Robin Hood. He was previously the Managing Director of the Yale Cabaret where he produced over 14 world premieres. Matthew is the recipient of a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf. He holds a BA in Theater from Wake Forest University and received an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama this past May. His vision for The Rose is to produce new work at the highest level while engaging audiences at several points along the spectrum of audience as observer to audience as participant. His writing on this subject was featured in Howlround.



Director: Together We are Making A Poem In Honor Of Life






IMAGE: Greg Harries

Greg Harries


Info to come.



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






IMAGE: Andrea Hart

Andrea Hart


Andrea L. Hart is a writer, director and performer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a writer/director, her productions have been listed as one of the “10 Most Memorable Moments in Art and Entertainment for 2008” and helped garnered a “Best New Theater Company” award for Ragged Wing Ensemble. As a playwright she has received a Puffin Foundation West grant, a Theater Bay Area CA$H Grant, a PlayLabs reading at the 2010 Great Plains Theatre Conference and was a semi-finalist for the 2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference and the 2011 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Most recently she has worked at CounterPulse in San Francisco on her continued collaboration with the UK duo, ActionHero, examining American nostalgia and celebrity. She is in post-production of the short-film version of her play, “dark is a different beast.” She is a two-time fellow at the MacDowell Colony and is co-founder of 6NewPlays, a producing collective of Bay Area playwrights. Find out more at: www.andreaLhart.org.



Director: Goose






IMAGE: Judy Hart

Judy Hart


Judy Hart is an actor who directs, a teaching artist who produces, and a weaver who sews! She lives in Lincoln Nebraska and belongs to both Equity & SAG. She is the co-founder and current executive director of the Angels Theatre Company www.angelscompany.org which strives to create engaging theatre to foster community partnerships, social awareness and change.



Director: Crazy Bitch






IMAGE: Josh Hecht

Josh Hecht


Josh Hecht (director) is a Drama Desk Award-winning director specializing in new work. NYC productions have been seen at The Duke on 42nd Street (Wearing Lorca’s Bowtie), New World Stages (Christine Jorgensen Reveals — Drama Desk Award, GLAAD nomination), Culture Project (Out of Iceland), Theatre at St. Clement’s (The Clearing), Cherry Lane Theatre (girl), 13P (The Penetration Play), Ars Nova (The Gay Agenda), among others. Regional productions at the Humana Festival (Slasher), Guthrie Theatre (Lizards...), Signature/No Rules (DC) (The Personal(s) — “Favorite Director 2014” DCMetroTheatreArts), Boston Center for the Arts (Christine Jorgensen Reveals — IRNE nomination), Berkshire Theatre Festival (Heliantha), Axial Theatre Co, and others. Inside/Out, a docu-theater piece he co-created with Ping Chong and Company was commissioned by the Kennedy Center and played the Flynn Center, the Round House, Ameryllis Theatre and in New York at the 500-seat Times Center Stage. He develops up to two dozen new plays a year in theaters and development centers across the country. NYTW Usual Suspect. He is on the faculty of Fordham University’s MFA Playwriting program and was formerly on the faculty of the New School for Drama, Purchase College, SUNY and has been a guest artist at Julliard, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing, the National Theater Institute, the University of Minnesota BFA Acting program, the Lee Strasberg Institute, Carnegie Melon and others.



Director: Egyptian Song






IMAGE: Julia Hinson

Julia Hinson


Julia Hinson has her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Memphis and will be receiving her MA from UNO this summer. She is currently working on taking her graduate final project Eric Hermannson’s Soul to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. Some of Julia’s directing credits include Falstaff at Large, Eric Hermannson’s Soul, Bit, Crimes of the Heart, Mr. Greenjeans, and last year’s reading of Heteronormativity.



Director: Witches Vanish






IMAGE: Sonia Keffer

Sonia Keffer


Sonia Keffer is an Omaha-based Director, actress, and teacher. A part of the theatrical community in Omaha since the mid-1980’s. She received her B.F.A. in theatre from Creighton University and her M.A. in theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In addition to working with both of the University theatres in Omaha Sonia has had the privilege of being associated with many of the community’s finest theatres, including The Emmy Gifford Children’s Theatre (Currently the Omaha Theatre Company for Young People at the Rose), The Magic Theatre, The Chanticleer Theatre, The Circle Theatre, The Blue Barn, The Living Picture Project, Sixteen Casters Productions, The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Bellevue Little Theater, the Shelterbelt theatre, and the Omaha Community Playhouse. This past fall Sonia began teaching Theatre at Iowa Western Community College. Thanks to all who help me be a better person everyday especially my amazing daughters, Madeline, Joselyn, and Sophie.



Director: Two Degrees






IMAGE: Krystal Kelly

Krystal Kelly


Krystal is happy to be attending the GPTC again. It just keeps on getting better and better! She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Department of Theatre in 2011 and presently is employed there as Adjunct Faculty. She also is the House Manger for the BLUEBARN Theatre and this is her 3rd season with them. In the past Krystal has been nominated for OEA’s and TAG Awards for acting as well as for her directing thesis project Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. Krystal was recently nominated for an OEA for Best Supporting Actress in a play for her role as Nance in Female Transport at UNO. Have fun at the conference!



Director: Bathroom Hate






IMAGE: Doug Marr

Doug Marr


Doug is the Writer-in-residence and Artistic Director for the Circle Theatre and has been for the last 29 years. Over the past 30 years he has written over eighty plays including the first dramatizations of the children’s classics Curious George and Are You My Mother. Other plays written by Doug are Starkweather, Back at the Blue Dolphin Saloon, Voices and Tiny’s. Doug’s plays have been produced in about every theatre in the metro area and around the country. In 1994 he received the Governor’s Arts Award/Nebraska Arts Council - Artist of the Year. Mr. Marr finds inspiration by just looking out the door of his house into the strange and crazy world we live in. Doug also tours as an actor in area schools through the Prevention Education program with Completely Kids. He finds peace and contentment with the love of his life Laura Marr and his two amazing children Emma and Dylan.



Director: The Feast






IMAGE: Lara Marsh

Lara Marsh


For the conference this year, Lara is directing the play reading Permission, and Stage Managing the Wednesday evening Kia Corthron tribute at the Malcolm X Center.


Lara is busy Directing and Stage Managing throughout the metro area. Directing credits include: An Enemy of the People; Stop Kiss; A Winter Beauty; Mother, Tree, Cat; The Bear; Camelot; She was also Assistant Director and Assistant Stage Manager on the Omaha Community Playhouse production of Les Miserables. Staged reading directing credits include The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler and August: Osage County (co-director with Amy Lane); GPTC directing credits include: American Plaza; The Cell; Great Falls; Two Rooms; Boy Gets Girl, Losing Father’s Body, and Kill Floor. Stage Management credits include: The GPTC eight years (2006-2013), including the Le Chat Noir evening of 2011, Rabbit Hole in ’10, Theresa Rebeck scene collaboration in ’09, I Can’t Remember Anything performance with Tammy Grimes in ’08 and the Horton Foote Trip to Bountiful evening in ‘07; Also Mister Roberts; 12 Angry Men; The Crucible; The Sound of Music; Visiting Mr. Green; Always…Patsy Cline; Communicating Doors; The Dark of the Top of the Stairs; Wit; Seascape; The Santaland Diaries; Six Degrees of Separation; The Pillowman; Rabbit Hole; The Complete Works…; Othello; Richard III; Antony and Cleopatra; The Grass Harp; and the Aksarben Coronation Ball 2002-2013.



Director: Permission






IMAGE: Jody McAuliffe

Jody McAuliffe


Jody McAuliffe is a director and writer. Directing: Marlane Meyer’s The Mystery of Attraction, Pacific Playwrights Festival, South Coast Repertory; Neal Bell's Shadow of Himself, New Play Summit, Denver Center Theater; Now You See Me, Somewhere in the Pacific, Manbites Dog Theater; Sleeping Dogs, Mark Taper Forum; Heiner Muller’s Philoctetes, Off-Off Broadway; Allan Havis’ Haut Gout, South Coast Repertory; Nilo Cruz’s Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams, Don DeLillo’s Mao II (my adaptation), with Fred Neumann, Duke Previews; Virginia Stage Company; North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; L.A. Theatre Center; Bay Area Playwrights Festival; Burning Coal. Dramaturg: Sibyl Kempson’s Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag, Duke Previews; Sundance Institute. Adaptations: The Italian Actress; My Lovely Suicides (Semi-Finalist, Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Center National Playwrights Conference), Other Voices Series, Manbites Dog. Publications: The Mythical Bill, A Neurological Memoir; My Lovely Suicides; Crimes of Art and Terror; Mysterious Actions: New American Drama; Plays, Movies, and Critics. Directing Workshop for Women, AFI; NEA Directing Fellow, Mark Taper Forum; member SDC, Pen American Center; graduate, Yale School of Drama; professor at Duke.



Director: Drown






IMAGE: Mia Lynn Morris

Mia Lynn Morris


After attending the Professional Theater Training Program at the State University of New York at Purchase, Mia Morris worked in New York City and New England. She then moved to Seattle to co-found Open Circle Theater Company. She still lives in Seattle with her family, where she teaches acting and continues working as both an actor and director.



Director: You Lost Me






IMAGE: Doug Paterson

Doug Paterson


Info to come.



Director: The Third Thing






IMAGE: M. Michele Phillips

M. Michele Phillips


M. Michele has been a contributor to the GPTC since it’s inaugural year. She has acted and/or directed in nearly every theatrical venue in the metro. Directorial efforts include award-winning productions of CLYBOURNE PARK, DOUBT, COMPLETE FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY and ANGELS IN AMERICA/PERESTROIKA. She has appeared in over 50 theatrical productions, as well as commercials, industrials, TV and film, and has provided character voices for DIC Productions’ nationally syndicated cartoons. She is proud to be in the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools program, an ensemble member of the Completely Kids acting troupe and a WHY ARTS? artist. Michele is a freelance writer/producer for her company, City Desk Arts. A graduate of UNO with a Bachelor of Arts/Dramatic Arts degree, she currently teaches TV Screenwriting there. Michele also serves as the Associate Artistic Director of SNAP! Productions.



Director: In the Bones






IMAGE: Jeanette Plourde

Jeanette Plourde


Jeanette Plourde creates physically-based theatre and performance as a director, performer, and devisor. Based in Brooklyn, she has studied at the Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, with SITI Company in New York, and at the La MaMa International Directors Symposium in Umbria. Jeanette is delighted to return to Omaha and GPTC, where she directed the devised site-specific work YOU’RE LOOKING GOOD (Cabin Pressure) on the roof of the Omaha Park One parking garage. Her other devised theatre and puppetry performance have been shown in venues throughout New York, Los Angeles, and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Previously Jeanette was a member of the artistic staff of Long Wharf Theatre for three seasons, as literary associate, assistant director, and dramaturg to Doug Hughes. Recent performance includes Erik Ehn’s The Architecture of Great Cathedrals and readings of Erik’s 10K Things and Ringo Starr. Recent directing and devising includes Voyage (Un)taken and Aftermath, Maine, inspired by her hometown in southern Maine.



Director: We're Almost Here: High Viscosity






IMAGE: Amy Elizabeth Schweid

Amy Elizabeth Schweid


Amy Elizabeth is a performance artist in the Omaha area. She works as a fire and hula hoop dancer for various events and parties, an actor, a director, and a musician with The Ragabonds. As an actor, she was most recently seen in Recommended Reading for Girls and boom! at the Omaha Community Playhouse, and she just finished up directing alongside Julia Hinson and Beth Thompson for their most recent installment of From Shelterbelt with Love. She is very excited to be returning to the theater conference this year and looks forward to much inspiration and many new faces!



Director: Sea Change






IMAGE: Deana Schweiger

Deana Schweiger


Daena is a veteran director of both stage plays and musicals, having directed 20+ productions since February 2002. Her work has been seen at The Circle Theater, The Shelterbelt Theatre, SNAP! Productions, Bellevue Little Theater, Little Apple Productions, BroadStreet Theatre Company, The Candy Project, and Chanticleer Theater (Council Bluffs, IA). She has garnered awards for directing from both the Theatre Arts Guild (Six Women with Brain Death – 2005; Eating Raoul – 2007, Avenue Q - 2013) and The Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards (Eating Raoul – 2007; The Great American Trailer Park Musical – 2009). In 1994 Daena was the Assistant Director for Opera Omaha’s world premiere production of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem/Variations. Daena is also an accomplished playwright. Her full length play Love is Strange received the Theatre Arts Guild award for Outstanding New Script in 2002. In May her newest play Voices from the Closet will premiere at SNAP! Productions.



Director: Knock Off






IMAGE: Levy Lee Simon

Levy Lee Simon


Originally from Harlem, writer, actor and director Levy Lee Simon is a graduate of the prestigious University of Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. He is an Audelco Award Winner, Lorraine Hansberry Award winner, Eugene O’Neill Fellow, two-time NAACP Best Playwright Nominee, an Ovation Nominee, and a Cosby Screenwriting Fellow. He is best known for his For the Love of Freedom trilogy, The Bow Wow Club, The Guest at Central Park West, The Stuttering Preacher, Same Train, and God the Crackhouse and the Devil. New plays include: Smell the Power, Pitbulls and Daffodils, and The Last Revolutionary. As an actor, Levy Lee was a cast member of the Pulitzer Prize winning, Tony nominated, The Kentucky Cycle, the England production of Ms. Evers’ Boys plus over fifty plays Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and in regional theatres. He’s directed several of his own works and is looking forward to adding more directing credits to his list of accomplishments.



Director: Leftovers






IMAGE: Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith


When I began my graduate collegiate career in 2004, my sole focus was to become a professional in theatre and make a difference in the lives of others by bringing innovative projects alive on stage. Previously, I had been a part of three universities in the United States. I had toured with two children's companies and had taught English as a Second Language in Korea, and Canada. I had done Americorps for a year in Minnesota. As a graduate, I have worked for the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival for 3 years. I have progressed in gaining a wealth of experience and knowledge in the American Theatre, American Musical Theatre and the theorists, prominent European innovators that inspired American Theatre.



Director: The Good Fight






IMAGE: Susann Suprenant

Susann Suprenant


Susann is Artistic Director of ætherplough and has been creating contemporary performance in Omaha for nearly 15 years. Her work focuses on movement-based collaboratively-created performance. Susann most recently wrote and directed ætherplough’s The Archeology of Birdsong and has worked with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange to create community-based performance. She co-founded Blue Barn’s Witching Hour in 2004 and helped facilitate the founding of the Great Plains Theatre Conference in 2006.

Susann’s most recent directing work of scripted theatre has been at The Rose including Knuffle Bunny and James and the Giant Peach (OEAA for Best Production for a Young Audience, 2014). Since arriving in Omaha in 2000, Susann has directed at Blue Barn Theatre, Brownville Theatre, UNO, Metropolitan Community College, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Susann has degrees from San Francisco State (B.A., Communications); University of Nevada, Reno (M.A., English); and University of Oregon (Ph.D., Theatre).



Director: We're Almost Here: High Viscosity






IMAGE: Judy Hart

Beth Thompson


Beth Thompson is a recent UNO graduate in the theatre department with a concentration on acting and directing. Favorite roles include Dale Prist in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Shelterbelt), Mom/Ms. Speigel in Dark Play or Stories for Boys (UNO), and Mrs. Hermannson in Eric Hermannson’s Soul which toured to both the Kansas City and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals in 2011. Beth is currently directing at the Omaha Community Playhouse under Dr. Amy Lane for the 21 and Over program and has served as an assistant director for both UNO and Nebraska Shakespeare. Beth was awarded “Best Concert Reading” for directing at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2011. This will mark Beth’s third year participating in the conference and as always she is excited and proud to be a part of this remarkable group of artists!



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






IMAGE: Roxanne Wach

Roxanne Wach


Roxanne Wach (director) A multifaceted artist, Roxanne has directed, designed and performed for many Omaha arts groups over the past 40 years, including BroadStreet Theatre Co., Chanticleer, Omaha Community Playhouse, Dundee Dinner Theatre, Little Apple Productions, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, Quincy Productions and SNAP! Productions. She has been involved with Great Plains Theatre Conference since 2006, when she directed and adapted the Kopit/Yeston musical, “Nine.” A long time Theatre Arts Guild (TAG) member and past-President, she has been the recipient of multiple TAG Awards for writing, production and performance. Roxanne was honored with the Master Teacher Alumni Award from Midland College for her work in theatre, as well as recipient of Bob Roberts TAG Board Recognition Award and Norm & Louise Filbert TAG Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of International Centre for Women Playwrights and Nebraska Women's Caucus for Art.



Director: Skinwalking






IMAGE: Jonathan Wilhoft

Jonathan Wilhoft


Info to come.



Director: IHOP Is No Rent-A-Center






IMAGE: Ron Zank

Ron Zank


Ron Zank directed The Victims for last year´s Great Plains Theatre Conference. Other works directed for the Conference include Crash! Boom! Pow!, Christmas Cookies, Dialogue Heard on a Flooded River, St. Jude and the Hopeless Cause, and A Kiss for Death. A visiting instructor at Lamar University, he recently directed A Lesson Before Dying and Beaumont’s Babe: A Sportrait of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. His play, Heigh-Ho, Skelter! was part of the University of Missouri Comedies-in-Concert Series in 2008. His dissertation focuses on stage adaptations of the 1939 The Wizard Of Oz film .



Director: Birds of America