Connect with the theatre and GPTC Community. Each month a panel of artists discuss a topic and share their personal stories that connect them to theatre, and you are invited to be part of the discussion.

Email to register for the discussion and receive information on how to participate via Zoom. 

This September we’re following up on this 2-part Connect to celebrate Omaha’s rich theatrical history by asking our community leaders to talk about Black Theater History in Omaha and explore the immense contributions made by artists here. Reminisce, learn, and keep an eye on how to build the future.

Join moderator Kathy Tyree and panelists Denise Chapman, Echelle Childers and Zhomontee Watson at 7:00 on Tuesday, September 28th  for a great conversation. 

APRIL 27 7:00PM

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 April, we’re previewing some of the incredible guest artists joining us for Great Plains Theatre Conference. It’s a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ of podcasts and interviews. Panelists include dramaturg extraordinaire Khalid Y. Long, activist and podcaster Katherine MacHolmes, and podcaster/theatre everywoman Daena Schweiger.

Panelists from left to right:

Khalid Y. Long

Katherine MacHolmes

Daena Schweiger


Pick Your Podcast

David Adjmi on The Subtext 1:15minutes

Jaclyn Backhaus on Upstage Left   48 minutes

Eliza Bent on Troubadours and Raconteurs 59 minutes

Kia Corthon and Mashuq Mushtaq Deen (together!) on TalkBack   42 minutes

Lisa D’amour on Write Your Screenplay podcast    41 minutes–Christina-Ham-Hang-and-Focus-Live–with-Sean-Daniels-er9n6r/a-a4pppbc

Christina Ham on Hang and Focus podcast 52 minutes

Tony Meneses on Onstage Colorado  26 minutes

Anne Washburn on Talk of the Hound  27 minutes

The Panelists

Khalid Y. Long, Ph.D., recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award (2020), is an assistant professor of theatre, coordinator of theatre studies, and coordinator of dramaturgy at Columbia College Chicago. His work examines the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality within marginalized and oppressed communities. Khalid’s dramaturgical credits include: Relentless by Tyla Abercrumbie, Native Son by Nambi Kelley, Sunset Baby by Dominique Morisseau, Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home by M.K. Abadoo, Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith, and Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames.

Katherine MacHolmes (she, her) is a native of North Omaha in Nebraska. A biracial Black, queer cis-woman who acknowledges the privileges in all her marginalized identities, an avid reader and writer, sci-fi blerd and community activist, Katherine has facilitated equity and justice training and dialogue series locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  After the surge of energy in the summer of 2020 that was catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the omnipresent pandemic of American racism, Katherine founded the equity and justice consulting firm, k+r strategies with fellow theatre artist and anti racism and anti oppression trainer, Rachel Grossman.  k+r strategies formed to move beyond DEI as it has always been done and to elevate equity, justice and liberation as the means by which we shift culture and radically re-imagine and co-create a new world.

Daena Schweiger was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and has been an active participant in Omaha theatre for over 25 years as a playwright, actor, director, sound designer and stage manager.


March 30 7:00PM

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 March, we’re investigating “We Are Gonna Die” by Young Jean Lee.

This unconventional theatrical performance, presented as a concert might be what we need right now. Young Jean Lee has been described as “The most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times and is the first Asian American woman to have her work on Broadway.

“For me, the theme was always comfort. I was in a terrible place emotionally after my father died, and I felt completely alone. I wanted to make a show that could offer some solace to people who were feeling that way—isolated in their pain. Most of the ways that people try to comfort are not effective when you’re experiencing grief. The only real comfort was that I was going through a human experience that many other people were also going through, and that I was neither cursed nor blessed, just an ordinary person who experienced something terrible.”- Young Jean Lee

Watch the original or the David Byrne version of the show at

and join the following panelists for a rollicking discussion.


Marie Amthor Schuett is an award-winning Brazilian American playwright. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre/Speech Communications from Siena Heights University. When she is not writing plays, she can be found working as the Digital Marketing Specialist for Oxbow Animal Health or hanging out with her wife and son.

Awards and nominations include Neighbors, Lovers and All the Others (OEAA Award), The Other Sewing Circle (TAG Outstanding New Script Award, OEAA Nominee), and L’Chaim co-written with Laura Leininger Campbell (TAG New Script Award, OEAA Nominee). Her play Stuck with Lemons was named a SemiFinalist for the 2019 O’Neill National Playwright Conference. She also wrote the book for her first musical, The Break, with music and lyrics by off-Broadway songwriting duo Amanda DiArchangelis and Sami Horneff as a result of receiving an Amplify Arts Grant.

Her one-act, Coming Up for Air, was featured in the Inge’s Play Lab Series as well as the Great Plains Theatre Conference’s Play Lab Series. It also won 3rd place at the Dubuque Fine Arts Players One-Act Play Contest and Festival. She is currently working on a new piece titled About Time: A Meta Love Story Between 3 People and Sometimes a Goose.


Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, DMA is an Omaha-based soprano, improviser, composer, and organizer. She is the founder of Quince Ensemble, an all-women contemporary vocal group, and Hasco Duo, an experimental improvisation and songwriting project. She is also a member of and program curator for Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based chamber orchestra that commissions and performs the music of living composers.

In 2014 she founded Omaha Under the Radar, an annual four-day experimental performance festival, year-round concert series, and educational program which has presented over 400 individual artists in its first 8 seasons.

DeBoer maintains an active national and international performance schedule. Recent highlights include the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico City, the Kody Festival in Poland, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City, and the Resonant Bodies Festival in Chicago.

Along with her first solo album, DeBoer is featured on albums with Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Ensemble, electronica artist Holly Herndon, the rock band Deerhoof, free jazz musician Timothy Daisy, Hasco Duo, and more. Upcoming recording projects include “love fail” by composer David Lang with Quince Ensemble, an album of original songs with Hasco Duo, and a portrait album of music by composer Erin Gee with Ensemble Dal Niente.

Born and raised in Omaha, NE, DeBoer moved to Chicago to study at DePaul University where she received a Bachelor of Music. She received a Master’s degree from the University at Buffalo, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music from Bowling Green State University.