Great Plains Theatre Conference
The Great Plains Theatre Conference, entering its fourth year, is recognized nationally as a premier opportunity for emerging playwrights to develop their art and hone their craft.
The weeklong conference, held at Metropolitan Community College’s historic Fort Omaha Campus and local Omaha theatre venues, revolves around the works of
playwrights selected through a highly competitive selection process. Playwrights have the opportunity to have their works read by local and regional theatre companies in front of live audiences in daily play labs and interactively critiqued by some of the nation’s top scholars and theatre professionals. This critical process helps the playwrights refine their work and moves them to a higher level of creativity and productivity.
Evening events are held at local theatre venues for the duration of the conference and complement the learning environment of the daily play labs. Featuring the works of the Conference’s Honored Playwright, the evening performances bring the conference’s educational activities to their ultimate testing grounds — the community audience. Past honored playwrights have included Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright and Pulitzer Prize nominated and Tony Award winning playwright, Arthur Kopit.
One past participant writes:
“The conference helped me to realize that being in company with other playwrights (peers and people you want to be your peers) always creates something, and the
knowledge you gain pushes you like the wind in fall. My life has changed forever.”
More than 500 people attend the conference each year — and nearly half of the selected playwrights come from U.S. locations outside Nebraska and from other points on the globe. By hosting the evening events at local theatre venues, the City of Omaha itself is showcased and benefits from the positive exposure and tourism interest generated.
Volunteer assistance is welcome throughout all stages of the Conference. Your financial support helps us produce and present the evening performances, bring in prominent
theatre professionals to instruct emerging playwrights, provide meals for local theatre
actors and directors who present the chosen plays, and host the Conference celebration honoring the featured playwrights.