What is Shoestring?

Shoestring Theatre is an independent company based in Omaha, Nebraska, that has created, adapted, and performed various pieces of theatre art, every summer, since 2018.

How did it happen?

The origins of Shoestring can be "tied" back to the Summer of 2018, when three high-schoolers were attending The Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) at the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, Nebraska. This conference aims to bring Omaha playwrights to the public view, and the three were a part of a Young Playwrights group accepted to attend the conference. After viewing a reading of newly written play, the three were discussing with an individual about community theatre. He began to tell them his philosophy on the art-form: theatre can be done anywhere, any time, and any place, just as long as you have passion and grit.

Discussing what they heard, they concluded that they wanted to independently make theatre art. Coming from the same high school theatre program, and two who would be attending the same college for theatre (in some degree), there were no qualms with continuing to do theatre during the span of their newly freed summer. With no funds, the three regularly joked about being on a shoestring budget (hence, the name). Because of the budget, one of their homes would also be the venue, and costumes came from the cast's closets.

Thus, Shoestring was born, and with it: Almost, Maine.

What's happening now?

With the current production team consisting of Shannon Chinn and Kate Stacy, Shoestring Theatre is in rehearsals for this summer's upcoming production of 'Lest Faith Turn': An Immersive 'Romeo & Juliet'.

Pictures from Previous Productions