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The mission of the Great Plains Theatre Conference is to enable playwrights and theatre artists to share time, energy and talent in the service of developing craft, creating new work and strengthening community on a local and national scale.

The nationally recognized Conference produced by Metropolitan Community College offers extensive opportunities for top emerging playwrights to learn and grow. Through the Conference, playwrights connect with one another in a supportive and encouraging environment to critique one another’s work, develop work together, form creative alliances and share vital contacts and resources.

The Great Plains Theatre Conference serves as an avenue to:

  • Introduce new theatrical work into the American theatre scene
  • Premier the works of new and emerging playwrights
  • Explore and strengthen the connection between the community and the arts
  • Provide avenues for works produced beyond the Conference
  • Connect local and national actors, directors, designers and technical theatre personnel


The GPTC provides opportunities for participants to interact with and have their work seen by a host of national theatre professionals and scholars.  Theatre WorkShops, Luncheon Panels and daily PlayLab and MainStage Series readings comprise the foundation of the Conference.  PlayFest is an evening theatre festival for the community and seeks to give voice to the stories that have the power to unite and inspire diverse audiences. GPTC invites and welcomes a number of distinguished and nationally known playwrights, directors and actors each year. These guest artists are in place to nurture and mentor new and emerging playwrights and Conference attendees through various workshops, MainStage and PlayLab feedback sessions and seminars. Each year, the Conference also hosts an honored playwright who is featured throughout the week and recognized for their body of work during PlayFest.

Past GPTC guest artists include:

  • Edward Albee
  • Lee Blessing
  • Constance Congdon
  • Kia Corthron  
  • Erik Ehn
  • Will Eno
  • Michael John Garces
  • Rebecca Gilman  
  • Sibyl Kempson
  • Arthur Kopit
  • David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Ruth Margraff  
  • Kira Obolensky
  • Theresa Rebeck
  • Kate Snodgrass
  • Caridad Svich
  • Justin Townsend
  • Mac Wellman
  • Doug Wright



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