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  • 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
  • Recap: 2022 Broadway Ball

    Broadway Ball
    Posted on 09.14.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    On Sept. 9, 2022, the Presenters Circle hosted the biennial fundraiser Broadway Ball at the Holland Center, bringing nearly 300 attendees to support O-pa's education and engagement programs. Read More
  • Back to school with O-pa - Fall 2022

    Students clapping at the Holland Center
    Posted on 09.14.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    O-pa's education programs continue to grow. New schools are participating in programs like Nebraska High School Theater Academy, Disney Musicals in Schools, Musical Explorers, Student Matinee Series and Jazz Academy — and more are welcome! Read More
  • Three cheers for O-pa's Ambassadors

    Attendees at the 2022 Ambassador Appreciation Event
    Posted on 09.02.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    At the Ambassador Appreciation event on Aug. 26, 2022, we celebrated the hundreds of volunteers that help our patrons have extraordinary experiences at our venues. Read More
  • From the IDEA committee: lgbtqia2s + pride month

    Posted on 06.16.2022 by Alexander Beil
    O-pa Patron Services Supervisor and IDEA committee member Alexander Beil shares his story and why celebrating Pride Month remains so important. Read More
  • Art as a cultural reset: The story behind Omaha’s Forgotten Century

    two figures under a sign post that says 24th Street
    Posted on 06.08.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    Omaha's Forgotten Century is an original dance-theater performance commissioned by O-pa and brought to life by community artists. Read the story behind the story and get ready to attend on June 25! Read More
  • Steelhouse Omaha: One year down, one year to go

    Steelhouse interior view
    Posted on 06.08.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    Steelhouse Omaha, O-pa’s third venue, has come a long way in the year since its groundbreaking on May 20, 2021! Here what makes Steelhouse different from Omaha’s other vibrant venues. Read More
  • From the IDEA committee: Who are you Really? A look into Imposter Syndrome

    Aaron Derell Gregory dancing in a stairwell
    Posted on 06.07.2022 by Aaron Derell Gregory
    IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) Committee member Aaron Derell Gregory talks imposter syndrome during Mental Health Awareness Month. Read More
  • O-pa announces NHSTA winners, hosts Student Share

    Student Share performers
    Posted on 05.26.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    O-pa Education continues its end-of-year celebration of learning through the performing arts. Elementary students from across Omaha performed onstage at the Holland during the Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share, and we announced the 2022 Nebraska High School Theater Academy (NHSTA) Awards, recognizing outstanding performance and technical achievements from students across the state. Read More
  • Read, watch and get ready for Broadway's ANASTASIA!

    Anastasia: the New Broadway Musical
    Posted on 05.23.2022 by James Rich
    ​ANASTASIA plays at The Orpheum Theater from June 7–12, 2022, and we have a lot of great reading and watching recommendations to get you ready for this magical show, including Omaha Picks from the Omaha Public Library! Read More
  • Springing towards Summer with O-pa Education

    Students at Musical Explorers concert
    Posted on 05.12.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    The Holland Center has hosted over 2800 students from 43 schools for the finale of the Musical Explorers program and two WICKED master classes. And there's still more to come! Read More
  • WICKED Reading and Watching Recommendations

    Posted on 04.18.2022 by James Rich
    One of the most popular musicals of all-time, WICKED plays at The Orpheum Theater with a three-week run from April 27 to May 15, 2022. There’s a never-ending amount of books, TV and movies you could consume to get you excited for this show! Check out this Omaha Public Library list or read on for some O-pa favorites! Read More