Mark your calendars  for the PlayFest production of Michael Yichao’s GOOSE!

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And while your calendar is out –

save the date for

the 2023 GPTC New Play Conference!

May 28 – June 3 at the Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College.

Below are some artists and highlights from past GPTC programs.

The Commoners on retreat at the Cather Second Home Guest House in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

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Laura Leininger-Campbell, Marie Amthor-Schuett, Kim Louise and Peggy Jones (missing from the photo is Fly Jamerson).

“Thank you again for nurturing our writing. For allowing us to be free and unencumbered by life. For supporting us with a creative space to both hunker down and let go. To dream new projects. To finish current projects. I’m honored to be part of an organization that sees the value in the development of artists/playwrights. That says, in every way possible, our artistic practice is important–so important that it will support our art in a way that is no-cost and full-investment.” 

Kim Louise – First cohort Commoner


Thank you! To the creative team, all of our partners and everyone who came together for Stories: On the Brink!

Feedback from our audience survey:
“Great cast, great story line, easy to follow. Educational. Empowering. Inspiring. Heartbreaking. Eye-opening. AMAZING.”
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“It was such an eye-opening play. I have never seen a play like this before but I’d rather see more educational plays like this. I had a revelation after the play & it makes me want to be a better human. Thank you for such a wonderful play.”
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“I was so moved and educated by all that I saw and heard. I hope there might be a way to sponsor a performance on the UNO campus where I teach. I know we have folx in our community who have/are dealing with being unhoused. This would be an EXCELLENT way to educate in an extremely entertaining and emotionally connecting way.”

The Stories: On the Brink cast at the Stephen Center performance.


And from the 2021 New Play Conference:

Thanks to everyone who made the 15th GPTC New Play Conference such a wonderful week!

Feedback from 2021 PlayLab Playwrights –

Thank YOU all! It’s been a wonderful week, so lovely to refill my heart and mind with play worlds and art.

The reading of Practice House is/was stellar. I’m grateful for the whole experience!

 Rachael Carnes


thank you so much! deeply grateful to you both for welcoming me into this process and community.

natyna bean


As a playwright working on a new play, it’s so vital to be in a space with thoughtful, sensitive people who get theater. Great Plains provides such a space. Whether it was in rehearsal with my talented crew of Omaha collaborators, in discussion with a professional dramaturg, in workshops with a collection of leading literary voices, in the audience for the work of my diverse peers, or receiving feedback following my own play’s reading, I was learning and growing as a writer. I so appreciated being in such a space for a week and I know my work was made better for it.

Daniel Hirsch


All the thanks should flow from me. I thought the reading was wonderfully insightful. I look forward to returning to the page with the notes I received.

Vincent Terrell Durham


All photos are by Thomas Grady Photography