DECEMBER 29 7:30 pm

Connect with the theatre and GPTC Community. Each month a panel of artists examines a theatrical work and shares their personal stories that connect them to the art, and you are invited to be part of the discussion.

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This December, our panelists will share experience of plays/events/streams that they have seen and recommend to keep us connected to theatre. There is so much work out there and we’d love to hear from you too about what you may be seeing that is fueling your love for performance and ideas about theater. It’s a “best of” list we all build together!


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The Panelists


Denise Chapman

graduated from Creighton University with a BA in theatre. She went on to receive her MFA in theatre from the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. After graduation she performed with Qwest Educational Programs (now B.O.O.M) touring elementary and middle schools in the greater Chicago land area andworked as a solo performing artist. She returned to Omaha in 2006 and worked with Blue Barn’s Witching hour for three years as a director/ensemble member and at the Omaha Community Playhouse as the director of education and outreach.  Currently she is the Associate Director of the Performing Arts Collective at the Union for Contemporary Art and an adjunct professor at Metropolitan Community College.  Past Directing Credits include The Crowd You’re in WithVoices from the Center – GPTC, Withlove Felicia, Love is not AbuseHouse of Blue LeavesWho’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, The Good DoctorSand MountainBrighton Beach MemoirsSweet, Tell Martha Not to MoanMarvelous CountryTurpentine JakeThe Nightshade TapesHello MadnessIf, and Hysterical Blindness.


Colleen O’Doherty

is a writer, educator, director and actor.Her short plays have been produced nationwide. She holds an MFA in Play and Screenwriting from the University of Nebraska, an MA in Teaching from the College of Saint Mary, and a BA in Spanish from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

She has acted in many theaters around Omaha. She works annually with the Great Plains Theater Conference as a director and actor. She is half of TheAnastasis Theater Company.




Ron Zank

has been involved with the Great Plains Theatre Conference since the beginning, directing readings, acting, reading script submissions, responding to plays, and moderating lunchtime panels. He finally completed his PhD in 2016 (Hooray!). He has taught at Monmouth College, and is currently part of the Theatre faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He teaches Acting, Directing, and Children’s Theatre. His research focuses on stage musical adaptations of films. Recent directing projects include Saving Toyland, adapted from Herbert and McDonough’s Babes in Toyland.




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