Omaha Performing Arts

Omaha Performing Arts is the largest arts institution in Nebraska. Founded in June 2000 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of citizens in Omaha and beyond. In the past decade, more than 3 million visitors have attended world-class performances at our two venues, the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Center. In addition, more than 220,000 students have participated in our education and community engagement programs. Omaha Performing Arts boasts a $40 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 2015/2016.