I left a short note thanking you all for an experience that I think could well be the gold-standard for the United States. Since leaving Omaha, I have had several more thoughts to add.The conference serves as a great boost to those of us who hold drama in high estimation. It was wonderfully fulfilling to see so many eager and talented writers, actors, and directors, working to make the conference such a success. By making us aware of the enthusiasm brought to and excited by the conference, I am sure the artistic morale of every participant is boosted. That is an important contribution to the country at this difficult time in our history.

Thanks again to you and the whole contingent of theatre enthusiasts who call Omaha home.

Jim Marlow - Playlab Playwright

I had a profoundly meaningful experience at the conference and will always return for as long as you'll have me, a westward migrating bird. I didn't really know what I was getting into but you all have really got something special going on out there. I've written and called Mac several times to thank him. For me I feel like it got me back on a track from which I had strayed. Or been pulled. I really appreciate it.

Sibyl Kempson – Performer, Teacher, Panelist, and Respondent

A week filled with great minds, brilliant classes, thrilling theater, and wonderful connections. It is one of the best experiences I've had a playwright.

Jennifer Berry – Playlab Playwright

My son, Sam Colwell, participated in the reading for "Pigcat". After the reading, Sam (I) was contacted by a casting director from Paramount Studios in L.A. Her friend had seen the reading and recommended Sam for a part in a film she is casting. So, now it's just a wait and see if anything happens, but still very exciting for Sam.

THANKS to the conference!!

Darlene Colwell

I really feel that attending the 2010 Great Plains Theatre Conference is the best thing I've done for my career thus far. The amount of contacts and real, lasting friendships I made with other playwrights around the country couldn't have happened anywhere else. The warmth and intimacy of the conference lends itself to really getting to know the other attendees. And the staff of the conference assembled a diverse and amazingly talented group not only through the plays they selected, but the panelists who were drawn from every type of theater background. I personally found it so validating to hear ensemble based and generated theater being spoken about on the same level as the more mainstream theatrical model. Thank you guys for a mind-blowing week. It'll take me months to process everything that I learned!

Andrea Hart – Playlab Playwright

Thanks so much to you and all of your GPTC colleagues for the splendid collaboration! It was a treat to work with a group of professionals; everything went smoothly (the only glitches were mine!) and the event was a wonderful success for KANEKO. Many thanks for suggesting the partnership.

Warm Regards,


Jacqueline E. Scoones, Ph.D. Associate Director KANEKO

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