President's Message

Dear friends of Omaha Performing Arts, 

Caps and gowns, blushing brides and their grooms, troupes of tiny dancers and proud parents – spring brings many sights of celebration to our venues. In between performances, the Holland Performing Arts Center and Orpheum Theater are home to several community events. 

Each spring, we host graduations including Marian High School, Gross Catholic High School and Skutt Catholic High School as well as hoodings for UNMC and Creighton. We also greet more than 10,000 visitors for local dance recitals. Some studios have been performing at the Orpheum for 30 years! We’ve also welcomed more than 200 couples and their guests over the last 13 years for weddings, showers and rehearsal dinners. It’s heart-warming to watch so many special memories being made as I walk throughout our buildings. 

During the summer months, we also make memories at incredible shows on our stages and we’re constantly adding new entertainment to our calendar of events. From comedians to popular artists, our shows provide the perfect opportunity to escape the heat and have fun. Be sure to check our upcoming show listings on to see all the shows headed to Omaha. 

Later this month, I will be cheering for the future of Broadway in New York City. Two talented Nebraska students will be selected on June 8 at the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase to represent our state. Sierra Lancaster from Millard North High School and Nathan Bonsall from Kearney High School will join more than 70 students from across that U.S for the Broadway League’s National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards. They’ll spend a week at NYU’S Tisch School of the arts learning from Broadway professionals and rehearsing for the awards showcase hosted by Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti at the famous Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. 

You can join me in celebrating Sierra and Nathan by tuning into the livestream of the Jimmy Awards on Monday, June 25, at 6:30 PM CT at It’s going to be an inspiring celebration of young talent!


Joan H. Squires 
President, Omaha Performing Arts