Get involved in the arts!

At Omaha Performing Arts, our volunteers help us create extraordinary experiences of Broadway, live music, dance and more for everyone who walks through the doors of the Orpheum Theater, Holland Center and community partner venues. If you're looking for a way to support our mission, explore the volunteer opportunities below.

Omaha Performing Arts is a safe and welcoming environment for all. Everyone of all identities is encouraged to apply to volunteer.


Which volunteer category is right for you?

I'm a high school or college student. 

 I'm a Student volunteer    

I want to volunteer with my corporate or non-profit group.

I'm a V.I.P    

I'm an individual who wants to give my time throughout the year.

I'm an Ambassador  

Current Ambassadors, access the Ambassador Portal

Give back, get involved in the arts, meet new people and experience diverse shows from around the world.

  On average, O-pa volunteer hours are valued at over $1,600,000

  Our volunteers help welcome over 360,000 patrons every year.

  Volunteers support shows presented by Omaha Performing Arts as well as the Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha and American Midwest Ballet.



Student Volunteers

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors and college students can support the arts while gaining valuable experience working alongside our Front of House team at a variety of events in Nebraska's leading arts organization.


The Benefits

Why become a student volunteer?
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  • Complete service hours for school
  • Develop your communication and leadership skills, with opportunities to be placed in leadership roles
  • Access artist workshops throughout the year (high school students can participate and college students can observe)
  • Become eligible for a letter of recommendation after 2 years participation
  • Receive a special O-pa or show merchandise item each season

    The Requirements

    Who can apply?
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    • Must be at least 15 years old
    • Must be a high school sophomore, junior, senior, or enrolled in college either part-time or full-time
    • Volunteer a minimum of 8 shows each season
    • Interview and attend orientation
    • Must receive a guardian's signature to participate in the program if under 18



    Group Volunteers - VIP (Very Important Partners)

    We have opportunities for corporate and non-profit groups to assist with events such as Broadway or our student matinee series. Your group involvement helps Omaha Performing Arts provide exceptional experiences for students and our community. In the 21/22 season we served over 76,000 students and teachers through our student matinee series, engagement programs, and artist workshops. Your group will have a direct hand in making many of our local students’ first time to a performance memorable. 

    How to get involved

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    We release new dates for VIP shifts twice a year. To sign-up your organization for our bi-annual Get Involved updates or to see what opportunities are available right now, email us at Include your name, phone number and email address, group/organization you are reaching out on behalf of, and when you are looking for a volunteer opportunity. 



      Group Volunteering FAQ

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      Ambassadors are our largest group of volunteers. They work alongside our scholars and group volunteers on certain events providing guidance and encouragement. Ambassadors have the chance to sign-up and volunteer for our full list of events throughout the year, with the ease of online scheduling. Our ambassador members also have access to a full list of benefits as a thank you for their outstanding service throughout each season. 


      The Benefits

      Why become an ambassador?
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      • Give back to arts and education programs.
      • Grow your network and social circle.
      • Experience working in a leading performing arts organization.
      • Discover international presenters and shows.
      • Explore Omaha at community events outside the Holland and Orpheum.
      • Support local Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) initiatives.
      • Enjoy our Appreciation Program offerings, free parking when working events and convenient online scheduling.


        The Requirements

        Who can apply?
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        • Be at least 18 years old.
        • Engage positively and professionally with patrons, staff, and performers.
        • Commit to working at least 16 shows every year.
        • Be able to stand for long periods of time and lift at least 35 lbs.*

        *Some roles can be adjusted to meet wheelchair and other accessibility needs.




        For Current Ambassadors

        Log into the Ambassador Portal for parking information, training, scheduling, trainings and discount codes.

        Ambassador portal


        2021 Ambassador Group Photo

        Ambassador group photo at the 2021 Ambassador Appreciation celebration in the Mammel Courtyard