News Go behind the scenes with Omaha Performing Arts
  • Announcing the 2024 Nebraska High School Theater Academy Awards

    Students with arms up on stage at the 2023 NHSTA Showcase
    Posted on 05.16.2024 by Sarah Kosch
    We're thrilled to announce Nebraska’s theater students who have been named award winners for outstanding performance and technical achievements through the Nebraska High School Theater Academy (NHSTA) program, as well as two students who will compete in New York at the Jimmy Awards®. Read More
  • Arts Advocacy Day: Telling the value of the arts

    Posted on 03.06.2024 by Erica Schumann
    On February 20, 2024, O-pa participated in Arts Advocacy Day at the Nebraska State Capitol. This annual event provides a forum for arts advocates to engage with their elected representatives and discuss the importance of arts access across the state of Nebraska. O-pa President Joan Squires and Capital Campaign and Grants Administrator Erica Schumann led a session on Using Data to Tell Your Story. Read More
  • Entire Freshman Class of Central High School to attend Disney’s THE LION KING

    The Lion King artwork
    Posted on 02.21.2024 by Sarah Kosch
    All 625 students from the freshman class of Omaha’s Central High School will attend a performance of Disney’s TTHE LION KING, while the North American tour of the Broadway spectacular musical plays the Orpheum Theater, Feb. 29–March 24, 2024. Read More
  • O-pa creates new Commercial Entertainment department

    Sold out crowd with Queens of the Stone Age in red light
    Posted on 02.06.2024 by Sarah Kosch
    Omaha Performing Arts (O-pa) has created a specialized Commercial Entertainment department, dedicated to the organization’s ongoing commitment to the live entertainment business. Read More
  • Dancing together with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company & VOX Dance Collective

    Posted on 01.26.2024 by Sarah Kosch
    Last week, we hosted Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in Omaha. Not only did they put on an incredible show at the Orpheum Theater, they also led a community dance workshop at the Nebraska Chinese Association. Plus, local VOX Dance Collective gave attendees a taste of modern dance in the Orpheum lobby before the performance! Read More
  • A FROZEN full-circle experience at Millard West High School

    Millard West High School students at Broadway workshop
    Posted on 12.20.2023 by Sarah Kosch
    Millard West High School staged an inclusive production of Disney's FROZEN starring both students in the Alternate Curriculum Program (ACP) and advanced theater students. Before these students stepped into the spotlight, they experienced a musical theater workshop with touring Broadway cast members and received professional feedback from Nebraska High School Theater Academy adjudicators. Read More
  • Steelhouse Omaha receives construction recognition & prestigious industry nomination

    award-winning venue
    Posted on 12.07.2023 by Sarah Kosch
    Kiewit Buildling Group was recently awarded a 2023 Build Nebraska Award for the construction of Steelhouse Omaha. ​Walter P Moore was awarded a gold medal in the 2024 ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence Awards. And Steelhouse was nominated for "New Concert Venue of the Year" by major industry publication Pollstar! Read More
  • O-pa hosts Executive Leadership in the Performing Arts fellow

    Posted on 10.24.2023 by Sarah Kosch
    O-pa hosted one of seven fellows from the national Executive Leadership in the Performing Arts Program October 4–6. The program is an initiative of Live Arts Centers of North America (LACNA Foundation), a coalition of more than 50 performing arts centers located in the United States and Canada. Read More
  • Omaha Wolf Trap kicks off new program at Omaha Public Schools

    Children and teachers learning through the arts
    Posted on 10.13.2023 by Sarah Kosch
    Omaha Wolf Trap is a new partnership between O-pa and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, bringing arts-based learning to early childhood classrooms in Omaha. The first week-long, in-school residency ran Oct. 2–6 at Kellom and Conestoga Elementary Schools. Read More
  • Announcing the naming of the Tenaska Center for Arts Engagement

    Tenaska Center for Arts Engagement connects to the Holland Center
    Posted on 09.13.2023 by Sarah Kosch
    The newest addition to O-pa’s campus will be named the Tenaska Center for Arts Engagement in recognition of a principal gift from Tenaska, a leading U.S. company founded and based in Omaha. Read More
  • Honoring Carl G. Mammel for an extraordinary tenure on the O-pa Board

    Carl Mammel poses in the courtyard dedicated in his honor
    Posted on 07.19.2023 by Sarah Kosch
    Community leader and arts advocate Carl G. Mammel has retired from the Omaha Performing Arts Board of Directors after decades of guiding the growth of the organization. Read More
  • Hip Hop Lab Dance Battle Finalists Selected

    hip hop lab dance finalist
    Posted on 04.26.2023 by Lee Turkovich
    For the past two months, we have partnered with Rayneesha Yvonne of BeAmbi & Company and Leo Louis II to seek out the best dancers in Omaha to compete in an All-styles Dance Battle Royale. After two battles, hosted at BeAmbi & Co Creative Studios, we have found the 6 finalists for the Championship Battle on May 19 at Steelhouse Read More
  • True Tickets - An Easier Way to Mobile Ticketing

    true tickets
    Posted on 04.26.2023 by Lee Turkovich
    True Tickets is a company that specializes in providing secure, digital ticketing solutions for various industries. One of the great things about True Tickets is how easy it is to use. Whether you're a tech-savvy millennial or a non-digital native, True Tickets' intuitive platform makes managing your tickets a breeze. Read More
  • Learning with UNO Jazz, Disney Musicals & LES MIZ

    Regan Elementary students
    Posted on 03.08.2023 by Sarah Kosch
    O-pa’s Education department has been busy with exciting learning events including partnering with UNO for the UNO Jazz Festival, Disney Musicals in Schools and backstage and audition workshops with the Broadway tour of LES MISÉRABLES. Read More
  • Ballet Hispánico visits Omaha

    Ballet Hispánico dancers perform Doña Perón
    Posted on 01.31.2023 by Sarah Kosch
    For over 50 years, the renowned New York-based dance organization Ballet Hispánico has been bringing people together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance. This week, O-pa is bringing them to Omaha for an artistic residency of community events and a performance of their newest work, Doña Perón. Read More
  • Living the Dream celebrates MLK’s vision

    Posted on 01.18.2023 by Sarah Kosch
    The Living the Dream competition is a long-time partnership between the City of Omaha and O-pa. 7-12th graders from across the metro performed original poetry, song, dance and more to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Holland Center. Read More
  • Omaha Performing Arts Celebrates 20th Anniversary of President Joan Squires

    Posted on 11.15.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    Congratulations to O-pa president Joan H. Squires on 20 years of transforming Omaha through the performing arts! Read More
  • NHSTA Workshop Tour takes the show on the road

    2022 NHSTA workshop tour - Scottsbluff
    Posted on 10.26.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    1,008 miles, 12 Nebraska schools and that’s a wrap on the 2022 Nebraska High School Theater Academy (NHSTA) workshop tour with Elizabeth Earley! Read More
  • Performing arts organizations talk inclusion, learn from each other

    (L to R) Aaron Gregory with panelists Coco Killingsworth, Marisol Sanchez Best, and Donna Walker-Khune
    Posted on 10.26.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    Aaron Gregory, Community Engagement Specialist and IDEA committee co-chair, recently shared O-pa’s inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) efforts at the third annual Performing Arts Center Consortium (PACC) Education & Community Engagement Conference. Read More
  • LACNA fellow Achia Floyd visits Omaha for BIPOC Executive Leadership in the Arts Program

    Posted on 10.12.2022 by Ciara Lee
    Live Arts Centers of North America (LACNA), a coalition of more than 50 performing arts centers located in the United States and Canada, launched the BIPOC Executive Leadership in the Arts Program, which supports the advancement of future C-suite executives. O-pa hosted fellow Achia Floyd, Associate Director of Development at Sphinx in Atlanta, Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, 2022. Read More