I was incredibly honored to win the Lin Wright Award from American Alliance for Theater and Education this past summer which honors those in the field who establish special programs, developed experimental work, made a distinctive educational contribution or provided meritorious service thus furthering theatre and drama for young people. The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) is one of the most prominent organizations nationally who connect and inspire a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.
My parents and I at the AATE Awards Ceremony
This award honored my work as a playwright for young audiences, my work at the Omaha Theater Company, and the establishment and leadership with my Pride Players teen theater group. A humongous thank you to my friend Kati Koerner who nominated me for this award and gathered all the materials necessary for the process. It was such a treat to share the moment with my partner Michael, my graduate school friends Kati and Lynne, and my parents who came to D.C. for the awards ceremony.
An audience interactive play introducing audience members to holiday stories from Germany, Israel, Africa, Mexico, China and Russia
2011 Main-stage professional production Omaha Theater Company, 2007 Touring production CATS Theater in Arlington Texas, 2005 & 2006 Main-Stage professional production Omaha Theater Company, 2002-2004 Black Box Main Stage professional production Omaha Theater Company
Cast Size: for a minimum of 2 actors (1m/1f), a 4 person version is available, could be adapted for a large youth production
Laura gives her new Cat a cupcake. The Cat is so excited and happy, but he then asks for sprinkles. Laura gives him sprinkles, but the Cat makes a huge mess. Cleaning up the mess will get him wet, so Laura gives him a bathing suit….which leads to crazy adventures to the beach, the gym, a mountain, a lake, and a museum..
2010 Omaha Theater Company Main-stage Production; 2010-2011 National Tour
World premiere stage adaptation of the Newberry Award winning book about a 13 year old Inupiat Eskimo girl who gets lost on the Alaskan tundra and must befriend a wolf pack for survival. Production is a heavily movement based show.
2000 Omaha Theater Company (Professional production on Mainstage)
Robin Hood uses many disguises to continually trick the Sherrif of Nottingham, his daughter Luciana, and Prince John. Robin Hood eventually needs HER merry band of outlaws and her childhood friend, the brave Maid Marian, to save her from the gallows.
2009 Omaha Theater Company Youth Production; 2003 Omaha Theater Company (Youth production) 2002 Papillion La Vista Arts Network Youth production
Pride Players (recently honored by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards for best production for young audiences) was selected to be a special event performance at the national American Alliance for Theater and Education Conference this August in Lexington, KY. Eight alums (Nik, Colleen, Brandi Lynne, Dan, Amanda, Maggie, Annah, and Steph) are joining Amanda and I to present at the end of the Dramatic Change pre-conference to kick off the conference.
A collection of skits, parodies, scenes and monologues exploring created by teens exploring the challenges and successes of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or straight allied teens
1999-present Omaha Theater Company (Teen productions)
2006 National Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award Winner; 2011 Heartland Pride Parade Grand Marshalls; 2011 Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards winner for best performance for young audiences; 2012 American Alliance for Theater and Education Featured Conference Performance;
Go to the contact page to receive a perusal script or to inquire about royalties (no royalties are charged if young actors are performing these skits for free. Otherwise royalties go towards the Tracy Iwersen Pride Player college scholarship fund)
Jane is a 14 year old who is dragged along on a family road trip following the route of the Corps of Discovery led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. History comes to life for her though when the family reaches Ft. Mandan, South Dakota, where Sacagawea, a 16 year old Shoshoni Native American, joined the 1804 expedition.
2003 Omaha Theater Company professional Black Box production and local tour; 2002 Omaha Theater Company Black Box professional production
Adaptation of two classic Sherlock Holmes short stories: The League of Red Headed Gentlemen and The Adventure of the Blue Carbunkle told through the frame of how Sherlock Holmes first started working with Wiggins and the Baker Street Irregular street kids.
November 2015 Omaha Theater Company (professional mainstage production)
Cast Size: For a minimum of 12 actors (7m/5f) can easily be expanded to 20+
When reading plays for the 2014-15 season at the Omaha Theater Company, the artistic director Matt Guttschick was looking for an adventurous story for upper elementary school students and middle school students that would appeal to boys and girls. He was interested in producing a play about Sherlock Holmes for this slot, but was struggling to find an adaptation that had a strong young protagonist. Being a HUGE mystery fan, I immediately said that Sherlock Holmes used street kids in London as a spy network to help with some of his cases. If one of those kids told the story of Sherlock Holmes, it would solve the challenge of how to engage young audiences into these classic stories.
So that began one of the most fun research periods I have had in preparing a new play. How cool is it that I got to reread so many original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as part of my job? I took copious notes about the characters, the appearances by the Baker Street Irregulars, and which cases might be a good fit for our stage. We did a few script development sessions with the company in the fall of 2014. I even taught a drama class on Sherlock Holmes in the winter of 2015 to explore these stories and some of the early pages with upper elementary drama students.
This adaptation includes the mysteries of The Blue Carbuncle and The Red Headed League and moments from A Study in Scarlet and the Sign of Four. I am very excited about this new adaptation. We open in November of 2015!
A beautiful, but pampered princess publicly humiliates all of her suitors, including a kind young prince. Then the princess is given a gift of a minstrel from an anonymous prince, she dismisses the minstrel and sends him to sing to the pigs. However, the minstrel eventually tricks the princess into kissing him. When her father catches them, the princess is forced to marry this poor minstrel. When she must work in the kitchen for the kind young prince whom she rejected earlier, her humiliation is complete. The humbled princess, though, still has one more surprise in store for her.
2007 Summer Camp Youth Production, Papillion NE
Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett from Omaha Theater Company Afterschool Drama final performance
An 1880’s medicine show sells its strength elixir by entertaining the crowd with tales of strong women who drank the elixir including Slue Foot Sue (the cowgirl); Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett (the Tennessee frontier gal) and Annie Christmas (New Orleans Keelboater).
2006 Papillion Arts Camp (youth production), 2011 Omaha Theater Company (youth production)
Cast Size: 12-40+ actors (a professional cast of 6-8 actors draft is being developed)
The Super Adventures of Nutrition Man & Dr. Exercise begins with the invited audience getting to see Nutrition Man’s top secret hideaway. Unfortunately, the Super Sickly Slug has also infiltrated the secret lair. When the villain eventually removes the memory of Nutrition Man and his partner Dr. Exercise, the audience has to help the superheroes remember the importance of healthy choices before its too late!
2010 American Alliance for Theater Education (AATE) Unpublished Play Reading Winner
2008-current Professional Touring Production Omaha Theater Company (touring into the schools for 60 performances a year), 2010 Imagination Stage professional production
Cast Size: for a minimum of 3 actors (2m/1f or 2f/1m) with doubling can be easily expanded to 10
A puppetry production for young audiences brings two Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales to life. When a student rents a room in a grocery store, the protective goblin spies on him. The goblin is introduced to art and stories for the first time when the Little Mermaid story bursts to life with shadow puppetry as the student reads the story.