2013 Convention Keynote Speaker Announced

Dale O’Brien, a native of Nebraska, has been a professional actor/writer for over 35 years.  He will also be the keynote speaker for the 2013 NSCTA convention.  He was educated at various schools in Nebraska and his professional resume includes musical theatre, touring Broadway productions, and various TV credits.

Read on to find out more about this talented Nebraska product.

His education took place in Omaha (Central), North Platte (St. Patrick High School), Kearney (UN-K Bachelors) and the University of Arkansas (Masters Degree in Theatre). His professional career started in Kansas City working in dinner theater and children’s theater. He also acted in industrial, educational films and local commercials. He then spent 14 years in New York City working Off-Broadway in the longest running musical, THE FANTASTICKS. He also appeared in Broadway touring productions of Lincoln Center’s ANYTHING GOES; THE FANTASTICKS; and BYE BYE BIRDIE.

There were also three seasons at The Goodspeed Opera House and one season at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Regional theaters included the Players Theatre in Columbus, Ohio; the Cincinnati Playhouse;the Allenberry Playhouse in Pennsylvania; and the Unicorn Theater in Kansas City. He was fortunate to be able to work with Tony Award winning directors Tommy Tune, Gene Saks, Jerry Zaks. And Broadway directors Tom Gruenwald; Larry Carpenter; and Robert Nigro, He’s been able to share stages with Tommy Tune, Ann Reinking, Robert Goulet, Leslie Uggams, Rip Taylor, Steve Zahn, Rebekah Luker, Faith Prince, Mitzi Gaynor, Jamie Farr, Bill Daily, and Gary Sandy.

His television career included guest shots on SAVED BY THE BELL; SISTERS; RYAN’S HOPE; ANOTHER WORLD; AND SEARCH FOR TOMORROW and THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS. Commercial work includes spots for Old Milwaukee; Hallmark Cards; Cox Cable; Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal; and Godfather’s Pizza.


As a writer he was commissioned to write a one-woman play for the grand re-opening of Kansas City’s Union Station. That play, UNION STATION STORIES ran for over two years. He also wrote the tour guide script for Union Station.

For the past 12 years he’s been the spokesperson for Godfather’s Pizza.