Omaha Performing Arts Nebraska High School Theater


About the Program

The Nebraska High School Theater Academy (or NHSTA for short) supports, celebrates and advocates for theater education in middle and high schools across the state. It was launched in 2013 with just 22 schools in the Omaha area. Now nearing its tenth anniversary, the program supports more than 85 schools and 9,000 students each year. Developed by O-pa's education team in partnership with the Broadway League's national Jimmy Awards, this comprehensive education program opens doors for Nebraska teachers and students, provides practical and equitable pathways to careers in the arts, builds life skills and fosters a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

Serving more than 85 schools
and 9,000 students each year
One of the largest programs in the U.S.,
reaching over 455 miles across Nebraska and Eastern Iowa

Developed in partnership with the Broadway League's national Jimmy Awards


Throughout the school year, participating NHSTA schools can attend master classes and workshops with touring Broadway artists. Schools have access to professional feedback and recommendations on their theater productions and have the opportunity to participate in a Tony Awards®-inspired showcase at the end of the year. In collaboration with the Broadway League's national Jimmy Awards®, two students will be selected as finalists to represent Nebraska in New York City.

Ultimately, NHSTA supports professional development for educators, provides recognition for the value of arts education and creates a network of support and resources for students — no matter what career path they take.

NHSTA News  
  • NHSTA Workshop Tour takes the show on the road

    Oct 26, 2022, 16:09 PM 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!
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  • O-pa announces NHSTA winners, hosts Student Share

    May 26, 2022, 10:02 AM 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.
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