Visiting Guest Artists, Playwrights and Design Wing
What are the travel dates?
Unless you have made special arrangements with the GPTC staff, travel days will be May 26 (arrival) and June 4 (depature). Playwrights, please only accept our invitation if you can make a firm commitment to attend the entire week.
Who coordinates my travel to Omaha?
If you are a PlayLab playwright, you are responsible for booking and expense of your travel to Omaha. You should begin looking at flights soon after acception the invitation to attend. The airport you will use is Eppley Airfied (OMA), conveniently located just minutes from the GPTC.
If you are a MainStage playwright, Guest Artist or Design Wing participant, you will receive email instructions shortly after your selection about how to book your flight through GPTC’s travel agency. GPTC will cover travel expenses.
Once you arrive in Omaha, we will do the rest! GPTC provides transportation to/from the airport and all Conference activities.
Where do I stay when in Omaha?
PlayLab playwrights will be housed at The Element Hotel Midtown Crossing, conveniently located less than 10 minutes from the GPTC.
MainStage playwrights, Guest Artists and Design Wing participants will stay in either the Guest Housing at MCC’s historic Fort Omaha Campus (where the GPTC is located), or at The Element Hotel Midtown Crossing. You will be notified of your lodging location a few weeks prior to arrival.
For those staying at the Conference Hotel, GPTC will make a reservation for you!
What meals will be provided?
Breakfast will be provided for all participants, either at the hotel (free complimentary hot breakfast), in Guest Housing, or at the SCC. Lunch will be provided at the SCC as part of the Conference. Dinner will be provided for those staying in Guest Housing only. Participants who are staying at the Conference hotel are welcome to enjoy many nearby restaurants in Midtown Crossing. On two or three select evenings, GPTC will provide dinner for all Playwrights, Guest Artists and Design Wing participants. Details for hosted dinners will be provided upon arrival.
I have dietary restrictions, are you able to accommodate this?
Vegetarian and Gluten Free options are always available for meals served on campus. If you have additional dietary concerns, we will do our best to work with you if we are aware of your needs ahead of time. Send us an email to tell us more.
What should I wear?
Nebraska weather is unpredictable! It is typically warm and humid during the week of the Conference, with daytime temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees. GPTC is a casual/professional setting — dress for comfort (including footwear for walking). The SCC building can be chilly, so plan accordingly and dress in layers.
Spring rains are common, and evening thunderstorms are possible. Keep in mind that there may be PlayFest evening performances held outdoors.
The Closing Celebration on the final evening of the GPTC is a dressy event, but not black-tie. This event may be outdoors, weather permitting.
What is a typical day like?
Every day is different. When you arrive, we will provide you with a Program Book containing daily schedules, participant bios, play descriptions, workshop information and much more. The daily schedule will also be posted to our website and updated as the Conference approaches. Readings/workshops typically begin at 10am each day and will end around 5pm. Select evenings will feature GPTC’s PlayFest, or other special GPTC events.
Important note: PlayLab readings are scheduled concurrently, so you will not be able to see all of them.
How do I sign up for a WorkShop?
We will 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 is space is still available.
How is my play cast?
Each director is responsible for casting, with the assistance of the GPTC artistic staff as needed. Omaha’s theatre scene is comprised of large and small community theatres. Our actors offer a wide range of talent, from excited beginners to experienced professionals. Because Omaha is not New York City, our casting choices are not as expansive as you may be accustomed to – although, over 200 extraordinary local theatre artists work on the Conference each year! Many people volunteer their time and talent because of their love of theatre. We ask you to reflect this same spirit of generosity.
Can I make changes to my script?
Yes! But please make sure GPTC has an updated copy. We will be sure to pass the changes along to your director if you have not already done so. We do ask that you refrain from making SIGNIFICANT changes (for example, removing all of Act Two in a two-act play).
I’ve never been to Omaha! What if I need help during the Conference?
We are here for you! GPTC staff is available each day at the registration center in the SCC, or by phone 24/7. Shuttles are available for short trips to the drugstore and other immediate needs. We also ask that all participants keep the highest level of respectful, creative dialogue. If you experience barriers to that, let us know so that we can quickly assist you.