Omaha Performing Arts

Omaha Performing Arts is dedicated to creating a vibrant arts and entertainment experience in Omaha and the region. We have had more than 4 million visitors to our venues in the past 13 years. Since our inception, Omaha Performing Arts has grown to become the largest arts institution in Nebraska, dedicated to the mission to present the highest level of performing arts – the best of touring artists and productions in jazz, dance, Broadway, blues, speakers, family and popular performers at the Orpheum Theater, Holland Performing Arts Center and beyond.

Our mission also includes a broad range of education and community engagement activities that reach a wide and diverse audience across the entire state. More than 300,000 students have participated in our Education and Community Engagement programs such as student matinees, master classes, Disney Musicals in Schools, Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s WeBop® and the Nebraska High School Theater Academy. Omaha Performing Arts provides an almost $48 million annual impact on the local economy.


Our Vision & Mission

Presenting, Stewardship, Education & Community Engagement

Vision

A vibrant destination for extraordinary experiences that engage, inspire and connect.

Mission

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

  • The presentation of the highest quality arts and entertainment experiences
  • The stewardship of the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center
  • Education and community engagement programs


Our History

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

 

 


 

Omaha Performing Arts

2000
Omaha Performing Arts forms as a nonprofit organization.

 


 

Orpheum_HistoryImage_125px2002
Omaha Performing Arts assumes management of the Orpheum Theater and makes a multimillion dollar investment to renovate the Orpheum.

 


 

2004
Omaha Performing Arts opens Ticket Omaha.
Skylink completed connecting the Orpheum Theater with the Omaha Public Power District parking garage.

 


 

2005
Grand opening of the Holland Performing Arts Center.

 


 

HollandFront_HistoryImage_125px2006
Administrative offices in the Holland Center completed.

 


 

2007
Disney’s THE LION KING breaks Orpheum Theater Box Office records.

 


 

06Weaver_HistoryImage_125px2008
New stage floor installed at the Orpheum Theater.
Anne Thorne Weaver Lounge opens at the Orpheum Theater.

 


 

05WIcked_HistoryImage_125px2009
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.

 


 

2013
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.

 


 

11NHSTA_HistoryImage_125px2014
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.

 


 

ZincPhoto_HistoryImage_125px2015
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 inaugural Community Report highlights Omaha Performing Arts' performances, education programs and community engagement activities from 2017/2018.

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2018 Economic Impact Study

Omaha Performing Arts continues to grow and significantly contribute to our community and region.
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