Submissions Begin: Saturday, September, 1, 2012
Submission Deadline: Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Great Plains Theatre Conference is a powerful combination of training, performances
and community building, making it one of the top gatherings in the country for new and
emerging playwrights, actors, directors, designers, technicians, dramaturgs, scholars
and new theatre enthusiasts.
To learn more about the GPTC visit www.mccneb.edu/gptc
Plays submitted will be considered for the following categories:
The MainStage series features the top five plays submitted to the GPTC, selected via a “blind”
reading process. Mainstage scripts are rehearsed by local and national directors and actors,
and receive dedicated readings throughout the week in a public format. A panel made up of the
Honored and Featured playwrights serve as respondents to the MainStage work. All 2013 MainStage
plays will be published in The GPTC Reader, 2013 MainStage- an anthology of plays to be used as a
classroom text and available for sale to the general public. MainStage playwrights will also receive
a $500 honorarium, travel, room and board, conference registration and are recognized with the
Holland New Voices Award.
The PlayLabs are the heart of the GPTC.
Thirty plays will be chosen for the 2013 PlayLabs by a “blind” reading process.
PlayLab scripts are rehearsed by local and national directors and actors and read concurrently
in a public format. A panel of select theater professionals will serve as respondents to the work.
PlayLab playwrights receive room and board and conference registration.
One play, by an emerging woman playwright, is chosen from the pool of 2013 PlayLab playwrights for the
StageWrite Emerging Playwright Scholarship. The playwright receives a $500 scholarship to offset
conference expenses. The selected playwright also receives room and board and conference registration.
* The StageWrite Women’s Initiative is a year-round program bringing together women playwrights and their
supporters to recognize and raise funds to directly benefit women playwrights participating in the GPTC and
within the Omaha community.
Playwrights whose scripts are chosen for the MainStage, PlayLab or
StageWrite must attend the entire conference.
Please submit TWO separate documents:
Submissions will only be accepted electronically in MS Word or PDF. Do not use zip files.
* The playwrights name must not appear on the pages of the play. If there is
identifying information on the play pages, the play will not be considered.
** The synopsis and teaser will be used as an introduction during the blind read
process and for publicity purposes and for use in the GPTC program, if play is selected.
*** For submissions from countries other than United States, please contact us at