Great Plains Theatre Commons Announces 2024 Playwrights
Headshots of 2024 GPTC playwrights

Omaha, NE – The Great Plains Theatre Commons’ (GPTC) 19th annual New Play Conference will take place May 26 – June 1 at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus. 

GPTC will host distinguished and nationally known playwrights, directors, actors, and theatre practitioners in an immersive series of workshops, readings, and performances designed to cultivate new talent and develop new works of theatre. GPTC selected a group of 22 guest artists, dramaturgs, and Design Wing Fellows to mentor 10 playwrights from across country as they develop their plays, selected from over 600 submissions.

2024 GPTC Playwrights
[* denotes Dramatists Guild member]

Ian August*

Vinecia Coleman*

Adrienne Dawes*

Kendra Ann Flournoy

Chloé Hung*

Alex Lunischer

Melissa Maney*

Kate Mickere*

Regan Moro

Patrick Vermillion*

“We are excited and honored to host this talented, inspiring group of artists at this year’s New Play Conference,” said Kevin Lawler, GPTC’s Director. “The community and mentorship that they share is critical to creating the nurturing environment necessary for new work to move into our local and national, cultural conversation.” 

Since its inception, the conference has helped to develop over 700 new plays. Plays developed at the Conference have gone on to award-winning, acclaimed national and international productions. Playwrights from the New Play Conference have had plays produced in New York, London, and on stages across the country. They are writing for shows on all the major streaming services, and have been nominated for Academy Awards and Pulitzer Prizes.

The Conference requires the work of nearly 100 artists—all compensated for their time and talent. Every aspect of theatre production is represented: lighting, set design, music, costumes, actors, directors, and so much more. “Providing professional opportunities for our local creative class is a critical part of our work,” said Lawler. “Made even more important given the long-lasting economic impact of the pandemic.”

All Theatre Conference readings and events are free and open to the public. To register for the Conference, visit , call 402-205-4882, or email