Great Plains Theatre Conference
This May, the Great Plains Theatre Conference is proud to host the fourth annual installation of the GPTC Design Wing.
This groundbreaking program challenges traditional design modes and virtually upends the creative process—often beginning before there is even a script in hand. Through this process, the participants of the Design Wing are afforded the rare opportunity to contribute creatively to the concept itself.
From the time they arrive at the Conference, five emerging designers are immersed in a daily round of activities that support, enliven and enhance creativity—GPTC events, research, workshops, script analysis, field trips, play readings and more. In addition, each is assigned to work extensively with one of the five playwrights chosen for the Conference’s MainStage readings. At the end of the week, the designers create concepts for their respective plays and present them in a public forum.
The GPTC Design Wing not only generates goodwill and productivity among those visiting the conference, it also strengthens the cultural fabric of local performing arts by making the ideology visible and accessible to the community.
This year, Design Wing is headed by Award-winning, New York based, national designer Justin Townsend.
“With a broad range of backgrounds, we learned from each-others process and encouraged the writers and ourselves to splendor in the exciting and sometimes surprising kinship of image and words. Beyond the great intellectual inspiration of this week, the conference is downright fun.”
- Kate Fry, Design Wing 2013
“As a direct result of attending the conference last year, I designed the set and lighting for Sara Farrington's Mickey and Sage at Incubator Arts Space in New York City and will be designing Requiem for Black Marie for her this coming summer.”
- Cecilia Durbin, Design Wing 2012