President's Message

Joan_Portrait_150x200Dear friends, 

At Omaha Performing Arts, we are deeply grateful for the dedication of our volunteer groups: the Ambassadors, The Presenters and 40 Below. Their participation and contributions support our mission each and every day. 

We celebrated our Ambassadors in August during Ambassador Appreciation Night at the Holland Center. Comprised of almost 500 volunteers, the Ambassadors provide patrons with quality service, filling many roles such as scanning tickets, assisting at Will Call, helping you find your seat, answering questions, locating lost items and even snapping a photo for your family. Their smiles welcome you to our venues and they truly serve as goodwill Ambassadors to everyone!  

Last season, these extraordinary volunteers worked 440 events, including shows for Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha and private events such as weddings. More than 41 individuals worked a minimum of 40 events last year, and some worked 90 or 100! During appreciation night, we recognized Jim Condon as Ambassador of the Year for his dedication to Omaha Performing Arts and providing top-notch service. We also recognized Katie Dodge as Rookie of the Year and Dennis and Heather Adams as Co-Floor Captains of the Year. Congratulations to all our Ambassadors for an incredible year of service!

The Presenters, another devoted group of volunteers at Omaha Performing Arts, is preparing to host its biennial fundraiser – the 2018 Broadway Ball which celebrates our Broadway Season and supports our education and engagement activities.  This year the theme is based on the upcoming touring Broadway show SCHOOL OF ROCK and promises to be a fun-filled evening! It’s scheduled for September 7 at the Holland Center and will feature three-time Tony Award® nominee Brian d’Arcy James, who will share the stage with students from our Education and Community Engagement programs.  

Meanwhile, our new young professionals group 40 Below celebrated its first anniversary. Members volunteered at a Jazz on the Green concert in July and are now gearing up for a season of behind-the-scenes events at Omaha Performing Arts. You can learn more on the group’s Facebook page

The efforts of all of our volunteers play a major role in our ability to serve you – our patrons. They’re all committed to helping us present some of the best entertainment in Broadway, family, jazz, dance and more. And with what we have planned for our 2018/2019 season, you shouldn’t miss it! Tickets for many of our shows are now on sale. Check to see what’s coming up. 

We hope to share extraordinary experiences with you this season!  


Joan H. Squires 
President, Omaha Performing Arts

P.S. If you haven’t visited Skyview Terrace at the Holland Center, there’s still time. Our new rooftop bar is open Monday-Thursday, 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM until September 27. The views of downtown Omaha are amazing – you’ll want to bring all your friends. Enjoy deals on drinks, delicious snacks and great company!