Omaha Performing Arts 2018/2019 Community Report

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letter from the chair The future of the performing arts shines bright as O-pa continues to grow. Now more than ever, it is evident we are a leading destination for the performing arts. During the 2018/2019 Season, we welcomed more than 500,000 visitors to our events. We inspired patrons through the world’s most celebrated artists and productions, including the much-anticipated Broadway hit, HAMILTON. Our spectacular venues, the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center, ranked high nationally for ticket sales this season. We touched the lives of 102,000 adults and students through our Education and Community Engagement programs, which reach across the state. On behalf of the board of directors, I am grateful to everyone who has attended, performed, volunteered, donated, and worked to contribute to this success. You make these programs and successes possible and we have much more ahead. Going forward, we will continue to expand the reach of our programs, care for the community’s beloved venues, and present top touring talent on our stages and beyond. We look forward to seeing you at our performances and events. Thank you for your support and patronage.

letter from the president The 2018/2019 Season is one to remember. The year was filled with exciting and inspiring performances by today’s most talented artists and ensembles, it concluded with the show we’d all been waiting for – HAMILTON. We launched two new concert series, the Mammel Courtyard Concerts and Summer Sounds at Highlander, to broaden our offerings and audiences. Beyond the stage, the season truly showcased the breadth of our organization’s mission and all we bring to this community. We touch lives through the arts on our stages inside and outside the four walls of the Orpheum Theater and Holland Center. We’ve taken extraordinary experiences that engage, connect and inspire out into the community and across the region. Our Education and Community Engagement activities continue to expand with 10 middle schools added to our Nebraska High School Theater Academy. The program now reaches 8,000 students across the state. We launched a Jazz Academy for middle school students, welcomed Broadway star Ray Mercer as our artist in residence for dance and grew our signature partnerships Disney Musicals in Schools and Musical Explorers. All of this was made possible thanks to our donors, arts partners, resident companies, the community, and most importantly, our board of directors, staff and volunteers. They made the 2018/2019 season a huge success. Join us as we continue to carry our successes into the future!

John Gottschalk, Chair

Joan H. Squires, President

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institutional information performance highlights education highlights community engagement highlights fiscal year 2018/2019 by the numbers donors volunteers & administration


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

Omaha Performing Arts Board of Directors: John Gottschalk (Chair), Joan H. Squires (O-pa President), Carl G. Mammel, Walter Scott, Jr., Row 2: D. David Slosburg, Michael S. Cassling, John K. Boyer (Secretary), Scott C. Heider, Row 3: Michael B. Yanney (OPAS Foundation), Meg Lauritzen Dodge, Jack Koraleski (Vice Chair), Todd L. Johnson, Rodrigo López. Not pictured: Richard R. Bell


Trust • We trust each other to make decisions in the best interest of the organization Team • We value relationship before task • We support each other and are stronger as a team • We embrace change and encourage new ideas Integrity • We are dependable, reliable and responsible in our actions

Joan H. Squires, President

John K. Boyer, Secretary

• We do the right thing and strive for excellence


John Gottschalk, Chairman John K. Boyer, Secretary Jack Koraleski Carl G. Mammel Michael B. Yanney

John Gottschalk, Chair Jack Koraleski, Vice Chair Richard R. Bell Michael S. Cassling Meg Lauritzen Dodge Scott C. Heider Todd L. Johnson Rodrigo López Carl G. Mammel Walter Scott, Jr. D. David Slosburg

• We are open, honest and respectful of each other

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OPAS Foundation Board

Omaha Performing Arts Board of Directors

• Education and Community Engagement programs

Joan H. Squires, President

Institutional Information


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500,000 people attended performances & events



performances & events “COME FROM AWAY was so touching and humorous.” @dchidelf, Twitter “Blown away by the whole experience of the Omaha opening night of @MissSaigon. Thank you @OPerformingArts for bringing this enormously talented cast – and pit – to the Orpheum!!” @JeanneRoubidoux, Twitter

Performance Highlights

“Thank y’all for an amazing show. My 7-year-old son was completely enthralled with the genie” @indigomaja about ALADDIN, Instagram What an unexpected & delightful evening. He’s not always a goofball & that’s a good thing. Loved the show!!! Very talented people. #HollandCenter #Omaha #BillMurray #ClassicalMusic @hoops0926, Twitter 9

Disney's ALADDIN photo by Deen van Meer

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Performance Highlights


Black Violin

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Paul Taylor Dance Company

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Performance Highlights




raise a glass

Hundreds of fans lined up at Ticket Omaha to purchase tickets to the hit musical.

Fans sang along to the musical's songs at the Orpheum Theater for Hamiltunes.

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rise up!

Students learned acting and audition techniques from company members at HAMILTON master classes.

Shoba Narayan, Ta'Rea Campbell and Nyla Sostre - HAMILTON National Tour, Photo by Joan Marcus

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HAMILTON Opening Night

Performance Highlights


COME FROM AWAY Photo by Matthew Murphy

Terrace Martin & Friends

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Joseph Morales and Nik Walker - HAMILTON National Tour, Photo by Joan Marcus


Performance Highlights


102,742 students, teachers and community members served in 2018/2019

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Nebraska High School Theater Academy reaches 80 schools Presented in partnership with the Broadway League, this program celebrates theater while connecting schools to Broadway resources. The annual showcase was hosted in 2019 by Omaha native Q. Smith, who is currently in the COME FROM AWAY Broadway company.

Education Highlights


“We love attending (Musical Explorers) with our students. It is neat to see them grow as little musicians and come alive at the concerts with what we have taught them in class.�

Disney Musicals in Schools expands to Council Bluffs The program for grades 3-6 expanded to 15 area elementary schools including Council Bluffs.

Musical Explorers grows to include 3,600 students This program for grades K-2 reached 3,600 students and teachers from Omaha and Council Bluffs.

Debra Benes, teacher at Skinner Magnet Center 2018/2019 Community Report


Education Highlights


Hannah-Kate Kinney watched countless stars perform on the Orpheum Theater stage growing up, and by the time she was 17, she was shining on that very stage herself. Hannah-Kate, a student at Westside High School, worked as a student reporter at this year’s Nebraska High School Theater Academy Showcase and went on to win the Jimmy Awards National Student Reporter search.

individuals reached in the last 14 years

Reporter, Hannah-Kate Kinney.


mission moment To be selected as a national student reporter, candidates were required to film a video for social media, and the one with the most shares would be on their way to the Jimmy Awards! Hannah-Kate received over 25,000 views and was a social media sensation. “Everything that followed was a whirlwind,” she said. Hannah-Kate traveled to New York City for the Jimmy Awards, a dream come true for a student with dual passions for theater and reporting. She met with the director of Social Media and Creative Strategy at Playbill, interviewed Broadway star Ben Platt and held red-carpet conversations with other performers. “I learned so much through NHSTA, and I have been eager to share those reflections through my own social media postings. Students gain so much through involvement with the arts,” Hannah-Kate said. “I hope to inspire other students to get involved. I really believe that there is something for everyone. I will always be grateful for the opportunities that I have gained through Omaha Performing Arts!”

Nearly 3,800 students and adults learned from professional artists Touring artists led workshops and provided preprofessional training in dance, jazz, theater and more. Highlights include a tap dance workshop with Dorrance Dance, a ballet master class with Russian National Ballet and community workshops with Broadway choreographer Ray Mercer.

Hannah-Kate Kinney with Ben Platt, photo provided by The Jimmy Awards

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Education Highlights


Launch of Jazz Academy This free middle school program offers in-school music clinics, teacher jazz education workshops and performance opportunities for students.

Student Matinee Series welcomed more than 12,000 students and teachers

We’re proud to partner with these national organizations!

More than 12,000 students and teachers attended our 2018/2019 Student Matinee Series, which included events with Black Violin, Dorrance Dance, American Midwest Ballet and National Geographic Live.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Carnegie Hall Disney Theatrical Group Broadway League 2018/2019 Community Report

Damien Sneed’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was “super amazing. The singing was phenomenal. Man, that was a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. you guys really opened my heart.”

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Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing More than 53,300 people attended Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing, our six-week free outdoor concert series.

Kids’ Night on Broadway at SCHOOL OF ROCK Children experienced the magic of live theater during Kids’ Night on Broadway. Before the performance, they made crafts and explored instruments with our community partners, Omaha Girls Rock and Omaha School of Rock.

Cultural Inclusion Summit with Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY Community members across industries participated in professional development sessions exploring topics such as intentional inclusion and multiculturalism in the workplace.

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Community Engagement Highlights

Heroes’ Night at Disney’s ALADDIN We provided tickets for more than 200 community members from Blue Star families, Gold Star families, and TAPS, and recognized active military and veterans at the show.


Jazz Summit connects students with touring artists Middle and high school jazz musicians honed their skills with Jamison Ross and Bria Skonberg of Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour. In a hands-on workshop, the artists gave tips on focus and building relationships within a band.

“We took our niece to WeBop® and she had a glorious time. …This program allowed her to be able to learn more about it, express herself, nurture her love of Jazz and to give us a chance to share with her a love of ours.”

WeBop® This season, 144 children ages 2-5 and their parents or guardians explored jazz music together. Off-site classes were also held in partnership with Seventy Five North and Gomez Heritage Elementary School.

Arts Access

Other Highlights:

Through this program we provided 902 free tickets to organizations serving populations who lack access to the arts.

Artist Residency with Paul Taylor Dance Company Singer/Songwriter Competition Rusty Musician Experience Family Activity Hour Band Day at the Holland Choir Day at the Holland

Susan and Steve Dolezal, WeBop® participants 2018/2019 Community Report


Community Engagement Highlights


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Omaha Performing Arts Budget:



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Fundraising 3%

General & Administration 11%

Contributed revenue 24%


Earned revenue 76%

Sources of Revenue Earned Ticket sales Facility rentals Special events


Contributed Individuals Corporate sponsorships Foundations Public funding Volunteers

Programs 86%

By the Numbers


Events & Amenities

$47.6 million 44,147

annual economic impact

calls answered by Ticket Omaha representatives

8,464 people enjoyed catering services

3,811 people

48% visitors

dined in our restaurant, Zinc

from outside Douglas County

Holland Center

4.5 million

No. 162 worldwide in ticket sales among similar venues*

Orpheum Theater

No. 41

worldwide in ticket sales among similar venues*

have visited in the last 14 years

*Source: Pollstar magazine 2018/2019 Community Report


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Circles of Giving



“We are happy to support the important community programs offered by O-pa and we look forward to the new theater season as members of the Circles of Giving.” Dan and Tina Lonergan, Circles of Giving donors 2018/2019 Community Report


Directors Circle ($25,000+) Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Bell The John K. and Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation Michael Cassling Family Sunny Durham Family Foundation John and Carmen Gottschalk Dr. Amy Haddad and Mr. Steven Martin Scott and Cindy Heider Todd and Susan Johnson Jack and Stephanie Koraleski Carl and Marilyn Mammel The Thomas F. McGowan Family Omaha Performing Arts Staff Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation Martha and David Slosburg Fellows Circle ($10,000+) Amis Family Foundation Mogens and Cindy Bay Pat and Michele Dees Debby Durham Family Foundation Carol and Howard Hahn Carey and Brian Hamilton Howard and Rhonda Hawks Fran and Rich Juro Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Kelley Rodrigo and Mary López James and Kathy Simpson Anne Thorne Weaver Mr. and Mrs. J. William Scott Donors

Amy Haddad and Steve Martin at Broadway Ball

Benefactors Circle ($6,000+) Anonymous Jack and Judy Baker Susan and Bill Cutler Mr. and Mrs. J. Timothy Daugherty Mr. and Mrs. Nathan P. Dodge Jr. Mike Erftmier Todd and Amy Foje Friedland Family Foundation Dr. Devin Fox Kathy and Gary Gates Jeff and Danielle Gordman Curt and Beth Greiner Dan Hamann Lee Harlan Guillermo and Pamela Huerta Robert and Myrna Krohn Bruce and Gerry Lauritzen George and Anna Little Dan and Tina Lonergan Robert and Cynthia Milligan Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Neary Sharee and Murray Newman Mrs. Nancy F. Noddle 35

Jill and Terry Petersen Smith Kroeger Marketing Communications Kathryn Weil Simon Annette and Paul Smith Charitable Fund Joan H. Squires Tonniges Family Foundation Webster Family Foundation Tim and Beth Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Eric Vacanti Associates Circle ($3,000+) Anonymous Scott and Jacquelyn Alexander Bob and Judy Bates Gary and Kathy Ensz Barbara Fitzgerald Karen and Kim Hawkins The Bill Kernen Family Kathryn Koslosky Kacey and Joe Lempka Ms. Jennifer Maassen Bill and Jodie Mackintosh Family Charitable Fund Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Miller Raymond Pape Carl and Zoe Riekes H. Douglas Riley John and Dianne Scott Richard and Ellen Slosburg Del and Phyllis Toebben Jim and Susan Tracy Dr. James and Carole Tremain Dr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Truhlsen James R. Vanhauer Anne and Arnie Weitz

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Super Subscriber lunch with cast of COME FROM AWAY

Sustainer ($1,500+) Anonymous (4) Frosty and DeEtte Anderson Mrs. Jane Alseth Ed and Bev BurchďŹ eld Bruce and Rkachea Carpenter Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Connolly Mrs. Beth Eliason Mr. David Wiesman and Ms. Cynthia Epstein Michael L. Faust Shane and Gail Graeve James and Dawn Hammel John and Ibby Hancock Terry and Judy Haney Mr. Wood Hull and Dr. Susan Sucha Dean and Maria Jacobsen Jim and Diny Landen Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Leitner Larry and Karen Nelsen Joe and Kathy O’Connor Mrs. Susan Presler Theresa and Arnold Reeves


Dr. Michael Sesemann and Barbara Ruser Molly and Tobin Schropp Danyel and Jonathan Siler Eve Simon Delwin and Vicki Smeal Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Stinson Bob and Chris Turner Mrs. Christine Vollertsen Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Walker Dian and Jim Warren Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Weiss Kristin Williams and Roxanne Wiles Mike and Meaghen Wostoupal Supporter ($600+) Mr. and Mrs. John L. Adler Ms. Heather Adams Anonymous (3) Nicole Anderson Ericksen Mr. Murray D. Backhaus Backer Family Charitable Trust Kelly P. Bartnick Chad and Katie Bauerly Clare and Duane Baylor Sally Bekins and the Bekins Foundation Susan M. Burkhard Tina and John Cherica Kevin and Kimara Clark Hal and Mary Daub Mr. James Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Roy Dinsdale William and Beverly Donaldson Walter and Linda Duda Toni and Art Estes Bill and Deanne Fairfield Korene Erickson Fehringer Julie and Lance Fritz Alan and Terri Gangestad Donors

Dr. and Mrs. Kevin L. Garvin Joan L. Gibson and Donald F. Wurster Joseph and Polly Goecke Ellyn Grant David and Barbara Haggart Dr. John and Janis Haggstrom David and Juliana Hefflinger Terri and Dennis C. Hirschbrunner Cookie and Jerry Hoberman John and Karen Hovanec Dr. and Mrs. Donald Igel Beth Jensen Mr. and Mrs. Lance C. Jones Laura and Jeremy Kendall Steven and Julia Kenney Mrs. Cecilia Knight Elwin and Mary Jane Larson Philip and Cynthia Lee Deborah Macdonald Courtney and Mitch Mattern Senator and Mrs. E. Benjamin Nelson Richard and Joan O'Brien

Brad and Kate Grabill at Broadway Ball


Stephanie O'Keefe and Erin Busch Tom and Jennifer Pansing Dr. Dennis and Jeanne Pestal Ronald and Teri Quinn John and Kitty Ransom Mr. John Rebrovic and Mrs. Linda Burt Rebrovic Louise Rinn Edward and Lida Robinson Charitable Trust Connie Ryan Carol and Richard Russell Gennean M. Scott Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swartzbaugh Jeff and Becky Sharp Vibhu and Julia Sharma Dr. Tyrus and Mrs. Jean Soares Drs. Jon and Ann Taylor Mr. Vance Taylor Dennis and Sherry Thompson Dr. Terry Tomcsik Randy and Barbara Tripp Irving and Gail Veitzer Gordon and Joy Watanabe Dr. and Mrs. Michael Zlomke Mark and Kelli Zieg Contributor ($300+) Charles M. Adams and Susan Devroy Adams Peggy Reinecke and Dean Arkfeld Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Albaum Anonymous Bruce and France Blanchard Lyn and Stephen Bouma Dr. and Dr. Bradley Britigan Dr. Douglas and Karen Brouillette Bobbie and Holly Carlson Ryan and Michelle Clark Gil Cohen 2018/2019 Community Report

William and Kathleen Corcoran Mary Anne Dworak Malakhi RL Eason II Grant and Melissa Ericksen Michael and Jill Erman Joni Fuchs Curt and Jeanne Glasford Michael and Wanda Gottschalk R. Michael and M. Kathlyn Gross Mr. Robert Greene Dominic Green and Michael Meriwether Cassandra Hays Lucas D. Hadenfeldt Mr. and Mrs. William Hanley Robert and Carolyn Hansen Stan and Donna Haynes Gerald and Leslie Hoberman Lee Turkovich and Max Holmquist Walter and Marilyn Horner Mr. Alan Horstman David and Ellen Hughes Mark and Alice Jaksich Judy Jones Ken Jordan Molly Junge Drs. Jeff and Jennifer King Mr. Mike Klug

Andy Holland with Jay Leno at meet and greet for donors


Ken and Annie Bird, Brian d'Arcy James, Mary and Rodrigo Lรณpez, Jack Koraleski

Dr. Merlyn Knudson and James Davis Alyssa and Don Kohler Shane and C. David Kotok Dr. Leland F. Lamberty Annette J. LeRoy Dr. M. Patricia Leuschen Bill and Tara Lienemann Jay and Ann Matzke Victoria and Brennan McGiffin Mr. and Mrs. Jerry W. Mez Vaughn and LaNae Minton Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Morgan Ms. Lynne Mytty Ms. Diana Nevins Mr. Jerry M. O'Doherty Christopher and Kathleen Olson Mr. Stanford OIson Mr. Robert L. Otis Natalie Pearson Lynn and Jeff Pirruccello Ken and Linda Pohlman Hobson and Denise Powell Andy Raffel Mr. and Mrs. Martin P. Reagan Donors

Merlyn and Carol Rees Rosalee Roberts Debra Romberger Lee and Carol Rowe Ed Schneider Jerry and Patricia Schomers Mark Howard Schulze Sissy Katelman Silber Robert J. Smith Bob and Paula Singleton Drs. James E. and Pamela S. Specht Mr. Robert and Dr. Kimberley A. Stafford Paul and Robin Stoupa John and Shirley Thorogood Scott and Jennifer Tricker Richard and Jennifer Tritz Ashley Voorhees Dr. Timothy and Mrs. Mary Wahl Ronald and Linda Wax Verne A. Weber Gary and Sharon Welna Casey Wood Dennis and Mary Ellen Wychulis 39

Broadway Ball Sponsors


The Presenters' fundraiser celebrated SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL and benefited O-pa's education and community engagement programs.

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Foundation Dillon Foundation Disney Jetton Charitable Fund Kimmel Foundation Midlands Community Foundation Pacific Life Foundation Peter Kiewit Foundation Richard Brooke Foundation Sunderland Foundation The Sherwood Foundation U.S. Bank Foundation Weitz Family Foundation Woods Charitable Fund

Chairs: Cindy and Scott Heider Rockstar CQuence Health Group Heider Family Foundation Holland Foundation First National Bank Carmen and John Gottschalk Foundation Heider Family Foundation Stephanie and Jack Koraleski Mutual of Omaha Slosburg Family Charitable Trust Valmont Guitar Rhonda and Howard Hawks Heritage Services Union Pacific

Drums American National Bank Paula and James Blackledge Borsheims Fine Jewelry & Gifts Burlington Capital Group, LLC Creighton University D.A. Davidson & Co. Frontier Bank John K. and Lynne D. Boyer Family Foundation Omaha World-Herald Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc. Security National Bank The Lebens Family Philanthropy Fund Travelers US Bank Weitz Family Foundation

Kristin Williams and Roxanne Wiles at Broadway Ball

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Keyboard Annette and Paul Smith Charitable Foundation Dundee Bank Holland Basham Architects Renaissance Financial Seline Family Foundation, Inc. Standard Nutrition Company Union Bank and Trust Vocals C&A Industries, Inc. Kate and Brad Grabill McCarthy Capital Pella Windows and Doors of Omaha and Lincoln Pinnacle Bank Mary and John Schuele Ruth and Jim Smith Travel and Transport, Inc.

Corporate Circles of Giving Brase Electrical Contracting Corporation Centaur Electric Inc. CleanWash Laundry Systems Inc. Control Services, Inc. Dingman’s Collision Center E & A Consulting Group, Inc. eCreamery Government Systems, Software & Services, Inc. Granstan Services Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc. Legacy Preservation Mausbach Grounds Maintenance Max I. Walker Omaha Track, Inc. Pinnacle Bank

Scheels Streck, Inc. United Rent All Wood Specialties, Inc. XP Merch

Restaurant Partners Clearway Energy Ovations Foodies Hiro 88 J. Gilbert’s Liberty Tavern Meadowlark Management Monarch Saigon Surface Spaghetti Works Zinc

Sponsors Beardmore Subaru Blues Society of Omaha, Inc. Broadway Across America C&A Industries, Inc. Children's Hospital & Medical Center Conagra Brands Foundation First National Bank Great Plains Communications HDR Lincoln Financial Group Midlands Choice Mutual of Omaha Olsson Omaha Steaks SilverStone Group Robert H. Storz Foundation Valmont Industries, Inc. Wells Fargo Bank Wiesman Development

David and Sue Morris at Broadway Ball




Public Partners Douglas County Visitor Improvement Fund Nebraska Arts Council Nebraska Cultural Endowment In-Kind Hilton Omaha Hotel Deco David M. Mangelsen’s Omaha Marriott Downtown

Legacy Circle Anonymous H. Robert and Marilyn Cassling Marianne K. Festersen Carmen and John Gottschalk Darrald B. Harsh Richard D. Holland Nancy R. Johnson Todd L. and Susan Johnson Fran and Rich Juro Helen and Richard Kelley Carl G. Mammel Chad and Jennifer Rutar Martha and David Slosburg Anne Thorne Weaver

Honor & Memorial Gifts In Honor of John and Carmen Gottschalk Dan Hamann Joan H. Squires In Memory of Timothy Sherwood Dunning Marty K. Massey Ali Slosburg Stanley “Bud” Slosburg Philip Thorne Weaver

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& s r n e o e i t t n a u r l t o s v mini d a “I can’t tell you how fortunate I feel to be part of such a wonderful organization. You all go above and beyond! The night we attended ALADDIN truly was a ‘magic carpet ride!’

O-pa's volunteer guild hosted Broadway Ball, in celebration of SCHOOL OF ROCK, and was chaired by Scott and Cindy Heider. With more than 325 guests, the event raised $401,600 for our Education and Community Engagement programs.

Presenters president Chad Rutar, Scott Heider, president-elect Rachel Stricklett and Cindy Heider present a check to O-pa.

Paula Blackledge, Presenters Board Member 2018/2019 Community Report


Volunteers & Administration


40 Below

O-pa's young professionals group helped promote our mission through volunteering at Jazz on the Green and launched their signature event, Twilight on the Terrace.

Lunch and Learn with cast from Disney's ALADDIN.

Natalie Bass and Morgan Thomsen at O-pa’s Season Reveal

Morgan Thomsen

Twilight on the Terrace

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“40 Below, Omaha Performing Arts’ new young professionals group, has offered some incredible experiences this year. A highlight of this year was having a lunch and learn with a few performers from ALADDIN! My expectations were exceeded as I made friends, met performers and gave back to my community.”


Volunteers & Administration


The Ambassadors


More than 500 volunteers 61,846 hours volunteered $680,306 value contributed by volunteers

Executive Joan H. Squires, President Andrea Purdy, Special Projects Manager Pamela Hansen, Executive Assistant Development Sabrina Weiss, Vice President of Development Alyssa Kohler, Associate Director of Development Victoria McGiffin, Donor Relations Manager Molly Junge, Development Projects Assistant Manager

“I can easily say that working with patrons is why I am an Ambassador. A patron that is all smiles is my goal.� David Sanderson, Ambassador 2018/2019 Community Report


Ricardo Berry, Director of Information Services Curt Glasford, IT Applications Manager Karina Ibarra, Systems Administrator Casey Wood, Service Desk Manager Cynthia Vanek, Office Coordinator

Facilities and Operations Caitlin Knopik, Event Manager Amber Green, Assistant Event Manager Ryan Murray, Production Manager Jeff Brown, Assistant Production Manager Finance and Administration Michael Trifillis, Assistant Arnold Reeves, Senior Production Manager Vice President and CFO Connie Powell, Event Gennean Scott, Director of Conversion Process Human Resources Manager Jennifer Tritz, Employee Ken Jordan, Facilities Relations Specialist Supervisor Aletha Kuhn, HR Coordinator Chris Chamberlin, HVAC Alyssa Stieren, Director of Facilities Technician Finance Zach Purchase, Facilities Steven Mohr, Controller Technician II Brian Burns, Controller Juana Alvarado-Salvador, Tina Shogrin, Accounting Facilities Technician I Specialist

Volunteers & Administration


Chris Cummins, Facilities Technician I W. Scott McCloud, Housekeeping/ Event Conversion Lead Robert Smith, Housekeeping/Event Conversion Craig Johnson, Housekeeping/Event Conversion Persha Cooper, Housekeeping/Event Conversion Marketing and Public Relations Danyel Siler, Vice President of Marketing and Communications Rosalee Robert's, Institutional Public Relations Director Lee Turkovich, Associate Director of Marketing and Digital Kelly Bartnick, Associate Public Relations Director Kelli Zieg, Marketing Project Manager Gabriella Roenfeld, Marketing Manager Ben Samson, Sales Manager

Suzanne Diefenbaugh, Creative Designer Dara Hogan, Public Relations Coordinator Isaac Neiman, Marketing Coordinator Jordan Willis, Marketing Assistant Patron Services and Ticket Omaha Ashley Voorhees, Associate Vice President of Administrative Services Kevin Nelson, Director of Patron Services Stephen B. Martin, Ticketing Systems Senior Manager Joni Fuchs, Front of House Manager Cydnea Hoff, Patron Services Manager Robert Bass, Patron Services Supervisor Mel Godoy, Front of House Coordinator Echelle Childers, Ticketing Systems Assistant Danielle Cleveland, Patron Services Team Lead

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Programming and Education Laura Kendall, Vice President of Programming and Education Kathleen Lawler Hustead, Associate Director of Education Elly Whaley, Performance Booking Manager Koryn Belfonti, Booking Manager Dominic Green, Community Engagement Manager Malakhi Eason, Programming Manager Bill Grennan, Education Manager Taylor Wyatt, Education Coordinator Grace Frahm, Community Engagement Assistant


Holland Center House Crew Jake Saner, Carpenter Anne Scheer, Electrician Ezekiel Metcalf, Audio Engineer Orpheum Theater House Crew Al Dusek, Carpenter Collie MacCardell, Electrician Dan Newburn, Audio Engineer Exclusive Food Service Provider for the Orpheum Theater and Holland Center - Guckenheimer Emily King, General Manager Diana Browder, Executive Chef Chuck Shanahan, Guest Services Manager

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