Omaha Performing Arts

Omaha Performing Arts (O-pa) is dedicated to creating a vibrant arts and entertainment experience in Omaha and the region. Since our inception, O-pa has grown to become the largest arts institution in Nebraska. We have had over 5 million visitors to our venues, the Holland Performing Arts Center and Orpheum Theater, over the past 17 years. Our third venue, Steelhouse Omaha, will open May 12, 2023. Annually, O-pa hosts more than 500 events in its facilities and presents world-renowned artists and productions in jazz, dance, touring Broadway, concerts, family shows and more. These activities generate $48M in annual economic impact. O-pa’s venues consistently rank among the top venues in the country and world. With a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA), the organization strives to reach all parts of the community.

O-pa's mission includes enriching the community through education and engagement initiatives. Each year, we involve more than 100,000 students and adults in a variety of programs including student matinees, master classes, Disney Musicals in Schools, Musical Explorers, the Nebraska High School Theater AcademyVoices AMPLIFIED! and more. In the last 17 years, we’ve touched the lives of more than 875,000 students and adults!

Our Vision & Mission

Presenting, Stewardship, Education & Engagement
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Vision

Creating extraordinary experiences that engage, inspire and connect.

Mission

The mission of Omaha Performing Arts is to enrich the community through: 

  • Presentation of the highest quality arts and entertainment experiences
  • Education and community engagement programs
  • Stewardship of world-class venues


Core Values

Team

  • We value relationship before task
  • We support each other and are stronger as a team
  • We embrace change and encourage new ideas

Inclusion

  • We bring diversity of thought, experience and expertise to everything we do
  • We value and support a diverse workforce

Trust

  • We trust each other to make decisions in the best interest of the organization
  • We are open, honest and respectful of each other

Integrity

  • We are dependable, reliable and responsible in our actions
  • We do the right thing and strive for excellence

 

Our History

More than a decade of bringing world-class artistry to Omaha
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Omaha Performing Arts

2000
Omaha Performing Arts forms as a nonprofit organization.

 


 

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Omaha Performing Arts assumes management of the Orpheum Theater and makes a multimillion dollar investment to renovate the Orpheum.

 


 

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Omaha Performing Arts opens Ticket Omaha.
Skylink completed connecting the Orpheum Theater with the Omaha Public Power District parking garage.

 


 

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Grand opening of the Holland Performing Arts Center.

 


 

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Administrative offices in the Holland Center completed.

 


 

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Disney’s THE LION KING breaks Orpheum Theater Box Office records.

 


 

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New stage floor installed at the Orpheum Theater.
Anne Thorne Weaver Lounge opens at the Orpheum Theater.

 


 

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Broadway’s WICKED plays to sold-out audiences in the Orpheum Theater.
Orchestra Gathering Room named for Tim and Teddi Slattery.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs at the Holland Center.
Cassling Education Center opens at the Holland Center.

 


 

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Omaha Performing Arts assumes production and presentation of Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing.

 


 

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Holland Center kitchen completed.

 


 

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New stage rigging installed at the Orpheum Theater.
Grand opening of NRG Energy Ovations bar and lounge at the Holland Center.

 


 

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Digital marquee installed at Orpheum Theater.
Holland Center Arrival Plaza heating installed.
Launch of Nebraska High School Theater Academy in partnership with The Broadway League.

 


 

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Ambassador (ushers) Gathering Room at the Orpheum completed.
Omaha Performing Arts initiates the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards program.
Orpheum Theater Entrance Lobby is named in honor of the Lauritzen family.
New sound system installed in the Kiewit Concert Hall at the Holland Center.

 


 

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Grand opening of Zinc restaurant at the Holland Center.
Refurbishment of the John and Carmen Gottschalk Founder's Room.
Naming of the courtyard in honor of Carl G. Mammel.
Naming of the Star Artist Suite in honor of Sue Morris. 

 


 

WeBop

2016
Dedication of the Carl G. Mammel Courtyard at the Holland Center.
Launch of WeBop program with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

 


 

Disney Musical in Schools

2017
Disney Musicals in Schools program launched in partnership with Disney Theatrical Group.

 


 

Skyview Terrace

2018
Omaha Performing Arts adopts a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan.
Refresh of Orpheum Theater in celebration of 90th Anniversary completed.
Skyview Terrace and Capstan Lounge open at the Holland Center.

 


 

Community Report

Our annual Community Report highlights Omaha Performing Arts' performances, education programs and community engagement activities from 2018/2019
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2018 Economic Impact Study

Omaha Performing Arts continues to grow and significantly contribute to our community and region.
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We had a $47.6 million economic impact during fiscal 2018, a more than 100% increase since 2007, according to an independent study by Dr. Eric Thompson, professor of economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This is our fourth study on Omaha Performing Arts' fiscal and economic impact on Douglas County and the city of Omaha. 

KEY FINDINGS

  • Of the tickets sold in 2018, 30% were purchased by patrons outside Douglas County.
  • 4 million people have attended events at the Holland Performing Arts Center and the Orpheum Theater in the past 13 years.
  • Tax revenue was $1.68 million. This compares to $288,000 that OPA received in funding from government sources in 2018.


REPORT SUMMARY