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  • 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
  • From the IDEA committee: Autism Awareness Month

    Autism Acceptance
    Posted on 04.07.2022 by Pam Hansen
    O-pa IDEA committee member Pam Hansen shares a reminder about Autism acceptance. Read More
  • Las Cafeteras teaches the power of storytelling

    Posted on 03.31.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    The band members of Las Cafeteras say they are storytellers first, musicians second. The combination of both made them impactful teachers for students and community members on their first visit to Omaha March 29-31, 2022. Read More
  • HADESTOWN Reading & Watching Recommendations

    Posted on 03.21.2022 by James Rich
    Based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and set in New Orleans, there’s plenty to read and watch to get you excited for the Broadway musical HADESTOWN. You can even check out this list curated by the Omaha Public Library! Read More
  • Voices AMPLIFIED! connects global talent with local community

    Sankofa Danzafro leads dance workshop
    Posted on 03.17.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    Besides performing at the Orpheum March 4, Colombian dance troupe Sankofa Danzafro also taught salsa choque to community members as part of the Voices AMPLIFIED! series. Read More
  • MEAN GIRLS Reading & Watching Recommendations

    Posted on 02.24.2022 by James Rich
    The hilarious hit musical Mean Girls plays at The Orpheum Theater from March 8th to March 13th and there’s no shortage of fantastic books to read and movies to watch to get you excited to see this show. Read More
  • From the IDEA Committee: February is Rare Disease Month

    VP of Programming & Education Andy Cassano and family
    Posted on 02.21.2022 by Andy Cassano
    In addition to celebrating Black History month, February is also Rare Disease Month, with the day falling on February 29 — the rarest of all days — as well as February 28 on non-leap years. Read More
  • O-pa staff members receive local and national recognition

    Posted on 02.03.2022 by Sarah Kosch
    Congratulations to Victoria Ortega, Donor Relations Senior Manager at O-pa, and Ashley Voorhees, O-pa's Associate Vice President of Administrative Services, for being recognized for outstanding work in their fields! Read More
  • FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Reading & Watching Recommendations

    Posted on 01.31.2022 by James Rich
    Before (or after) you come watch this classic, all-time great Broadway musical, check out these books and movies to enhance your experience! Read More
  • Why Group Sales? Patron Engagement Manager James Rich has the story

    James Rich
    Posted on 01.19.2022 by James Rich
    As Patron Engagement Manager at Omaha Performing Arts, I handle group sales for all O-pa shows. I love helping groups of 10 or more people organize a day trip or a night out to experience something extraordinary at the Holland Center and Orpheum Theater. Read More
  • From O-pa’s IDEA Committee: December Celebrations from Around the World

    Family eats holiday food around the table.
    Posted on 12.09.2021 by Sarah Kosch
    In preparation for our Dec. 15 Voices AMPLIFIED! event Celebrating the Food of Navidad and Kwanzaa, O-pa's IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) committee dives into some of the food, music and other traditions that connect us across cultures and around the globe this holiday season. Read More
  • Steelhouse Omaha: A new standard for the live music experience

    Person in hard hat surveys inside progress of Steelhouse Omaha
    Posted on 12.09.2021 by Bev Carlson
    With each new beam and concrete pour, you can begin to imagine what the completed Steelhouse Omaha will look like. See the first peek inside the new live music venue and look forward to "Steelhouse Monday" updates on our social channels every other Monday starting next week. Read More