September 5, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Executive Director, Office of Public Affairs
Great Plains Theatre Conference announces 2013 Call for Plays
Omaha, Neb.―Metropolitan Community College’s Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) announces
the Call for Plays for the eighth annual conference scheduled for May 25 through June 1, 2013 at MCC.
Submissions will be accepted online at www.mccneb.edu/gptc beginning Saturday, Sept. 1 and ending
Thursday, Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
GPTC’s mission 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.
Through the conference, playwrights connect with guest artists and one another, and in a supporting and
encouraging environment, critique one another’s work, develop work together, and form future creative
alliances. All conference readings are free and open to the public. Past panelists, workshop leaders, and
respondents include David Lindsay-Abaire, Rebecca Gilman, Kira Obolensky, Edward Albee, Doug
Wright, Emily Mann, Mac Wellman, Theresa Rebeck, and Erik Ehn among others.
The 2013 Great Plains Theatre Conference Honored Playwright is critically-acclaimed playwright
Plays will be chosen for the following categories:
The MainStage series features the top five plays submitted to the GPTC. Scripts are rehearsed by local
and national directors and actors, and receive dedicated readings throughout the week in a public format.
A panel made up of the honored and featured playwrights will serve as respondents to the MainStage
work. MainStage playwrights will receive a $500 honorarium, travel, room and board, conference
registration and are recognized with the Holland New Voices Award.
The PlayLabs are the heart of the GPTC. Thirty plays will be chosen for the 2013 PlayLabs. Scripts are
rehearsed by local and national directors and actors and read concurrently in a public format. A panel of
select theater professionals will serve as respondents to the work. PlayLab playwrights receive room and
board and conference registration.
One play by an emerging woman playwright is chosen from the pool of 2013 PlayLab playwrights for the
StageWrite Emerging Playwright Scholarship. The playwright receives a $500 scholarship to offset
conference expenses as well as room and board and conference registration.
Notification to playwrights on the status of their plays will begin mid-January 2013. All selections are
finalized by March 15, 2013.
For submission guidelines and more information about the Call for Plays, visit www.mccneb.edu/gptc or
contact (402) 457-2618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central
Association, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable and quality education to
all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest
enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution
in the state. MCC serves more than 50,000 students annually.