[ MainStage Playwright ]

You have been selected to participate in the Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) as a MainStage Playwright. We are excited to have you aboard!

Please carefully read through all of the information below.

I accepted the GPTC’s invitation. Now what?

When you accepted our invitation you also completed the GPTC registration process. This means that you’ve made a firm commitment to attend the GPTC for the entire week. And that is our cue! We begin to make arrangements for your housing, travel and other logistics. Additionally, we book a director (we make email introductions soon thereafter) who schedules rehearsal space and casts the reading of your script.

Travel Dates

The conference begins May 24 and ends May 31, 2014. Travel dates are May 23 and June 1.

Where is Metropolitan Community College (MCC), Fort Omaha Campus?

We are located at 32nd Avenue and Sorensen Parkway. Note the Institute for Culinary Arts (ICA) building, also known as building 22; this is where all of the readings take place (rehearsal locations may vary). The ICA/building 22 can be found near the bottom of our campus map. This map is included in the conference program you receive upon arrival.

I am not a local. Who coordinates my travel plans to Omaha?

Wade Standifer, who is part of the MCC events staff, is your contact for travel arrangements. Look for an email from Wade in the next few weeks so you can begin to discuss your travel details.

What airport should I use?

Guests fly to Omaha’s Eppley Airfield (OMA). It is conveniently located just minutes from MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus where the GPTC takes place.

What should I wear?

We recommend summer clothing appropriate for a casual-professional setting. The weather is typically sunny and humid during the week of the conference, with daytime temperatures in the 70s to 90s.

Comfortable footwear is a must for walking to different locations on campus.

Evening thunderstorms are possible and tend to bring cooler temperatures best suited for jeans and light sweaters or jackets. On some evenings temperatures have fallen to 40 degrees. Keep in mind that some evening PlayFest performances are outdoors.

The Closing Celebration on the final evening of the conference is a dressy event, but not black-tie. This event may also be held outdoors, weather permitting.

I have arrived in Omaha. Now what?

Transportation is provided by the GPTC from the airport/bus station/train station to and from your designated lodging location and to all conference activities throughout the week.

Where do I stay when I’m in Omaha?

MainStage playwrights are housed on MCC’s Fort Omaha campus unless otherwise coordinated with GPTC staff. Your accommodations include a private room in one of our historic housing units. We provide all bed linens, blankets and towels. Each housing unit has a fully-functional kitchen. The bathroom on each floor is shared space. The campus housing is within walking distance to all daytime conference activities.

What am I going to eat? I have dietary restrictions!

MCC’s Institute for Culinary Arts serves lunch, snacks and dinner to MainStage playwrights during the conference. If you have dietary restrictions, please send us an email with the subject line Dietary Restrictions and tell us what your particular needs are, such as “I am a vegetarian” or “I am gluten-free.”

Who communicates with me?

We keep in touch via email (theatreconference@mccneb.edu). You may also receive emails from Kevin Lawler, the Producing Artistic Director of the GPTC; Scott Working, the WorkShop/PlayLab Coordinator; and your director. Now is the time to begin regularly checking your email for important information from the GPTC and your director regarding your rehearsal schedule. Please respond to these emails in a timely manner.

Internet Access

A computer lounge is located in the ICA and MCC guest wireless Internet is available on campus. Internet login information is available at the registration desk in the ICA.

What should I do every day? How long is a typical day at the GPTC?

Each day is a little different. We provide a program that includes building and campus maps, daily schedules, and other information to help you plan your days. The program is also posted on the GPTC website and updated as details come into place during the conference. A typical GPTC day begins with readings at 9:00 a.m., continues with rehearsals, readings and WorkShops, and ends with an evening PlayFest performance. Some days you may have time to relax and other days you may participate in WorkShops. Note: Because three PlayLab readings are scheduled simultaneously each day, you won’t be able to see all of them.

What supplies should I keep with me during the day?

We provide a book bag, notebook and conference program. We also suggest writing utensils, a sweater to wear in air-conditioned rooms, a water bottle and maybe a few snacks.

How do I sign up for WorkShops?

We contact you about the opportunity to sign up for WorkShops prior to your arrival. You may also sign up for workshops when you arrive at the GPTC if space is still available. Contact Scott Working at saworking@mccneb.edu with questions.

Help! I forgot my toothbrush/socks/etc.

GPTC staff are available daily for short as-necessary trips to the pharmacy, grocery store, etc.

Who is cast in my play?

Omaha’s theatre scene is comprised mainly of community theatres. Our actors offer a wide range of talent, from excited beginners to experienced professionals. Because Omaha is a smaller metropolitan area, our casting choices are not as expansive as those in larger cities; though, close to 200 local theatre artists work on the conference each year. Many people volunteer their time and talent because of their love of theatre and the opportunities presented at the GPTC. We ask you to reflect this same spirit of generosity.

What if I want to make changes to my script?

We know that as an artist you may want to make changes and enhancements to your script before the GPTC begins. We ask that you do not change it significantly from the version you originally submitted to us.

Should I send my bio and headshot?

If you did not send us your headshot and bio of no more than 150 words, please do so at your earliest convenience, but no later than February 28, 2014. If you send a bio that is longer than 150 words, we may edit it for the correct word count.

I remember writing a play synopsis to include with my submission. What are you doing with that?

We list the full synopsis of your play on our website and in the conference program. If you send a synopsis that is longer than 150 words, we may contact you for an edited version with the correct word count.

What if I need help during the conference?

We ask that everyone attending the conference keep the highest level of respectful, creative dialogue. If you experience any barriers to that, please let us know so that we can quickly assist you. In a separate email closer to conference time, we provide you with direct email addresses and phone numbers to contact GPTC staff. Additionally, there are staff at the conference registration desk located in the ICA/building 22 to assist you. The conference registration desk is open daily during the conference.

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