Commons Programs

Great Plains Theatre Commons programs are developed with the understanding that stories are at the heart of our development as individuals and a society. The “Commons” means that everyone has a story to share and a part to play in building a world that is more loving, diverse and equitable.

Our programming strives to be community responsive and to sustain and deepen relationships across the city and country. In an effort to increase access to, and diversity within, the arts, we continue to offer all of our programs for free.




Anastasis Theatre Company/Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim/Creighton University/Metropolitan Community College/Union for Contemporary Art/University of Nebraska Omaha/Nebraska Warrior Writers



This public program invites a panel of artists to share personal stories connected to a contemporary work of American theatre and opens discussion to community participation. Learn More

Story Circles and Workshops

In collaboration with community partners, GPTC encourages everyone (especially individuals who may not identify as artists) to tell their stories.

Neighborhood Tapestries

A blend of story circles, commissions and PlayFest, this program weaves together GTPC’s efforts for multifaceted experiences dedicated to exploring the ways story creates community.


Plays developed through Great Plains Theatre Conference are produced and performed across the city. Learn More


Create: New Works and Artists


This is a two-year residency for Omaha and Omaha-adjacent playwrights to grow the support, community and connection they need to launch their stories into the world. Learn More

First First Draft

This program supports individuals who are committing to writing a full-length play for the first time. Learn More


GPTC works with nationally renowned artists to bring world-premiere scripts to life.

Young Dramatists

Working to support and develop high school playwrights with mentoring, workshops, meetings with professionals and guided access to the GPTC Conference. Learn More

Great Plains Theatre Conference

Combining local and national theatre artists to develop plays from across the country, partake in workshops and panels and share stories with the Omaha community. Learn More