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 3.7 million visitors to our venues in the past 12 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 260,000 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 Theatre Awards program. Omaha Performing Arts provides a $40.6 million annual impact on the local economy.




Our Vision & Mission

Presenting, Stewardship, Education & Community Engagement


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


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

Omaha Performing Arts forms as a nonprofit organization.

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

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

Grand opening of the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Administrative offices in the Holland Center completed.

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

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

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

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

Holland Center kitchen completed.

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

Holland Center Arrival Plaza heating installed.
Digital marquee installed at Orpheum Theater.

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.

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. 

Community Report

Our inaugural Community Report highlights Omaha Performing Arts' performances, education programs and community engagement activities from 2016/2017.

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2016 Economic Impact Study

Omaha Performing Arts continues to grow and significantly contribute to our community and region.
We had a $40.58 million economic impact on Douglas County and a $14.10 million labor impact during fiscal 2016, according to an independent study by Dr. Eric Thompson, professor of economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This is our third study on Omaha Performing Arts' fiscal and economic impact on Douglas County and the city of Omaha.


  • Of the 222,000 tickets sold in 2016, 48%  were purchased by patrons outside Douglas County.
  • 3.3 million people have attended events at the Holland Performing Arts Center and the Orpheum Theater in the past 11 years.
  • Tax revenue was $1.46 million. This compares to $231,200 that OPA received in funding from government sources in 2016.