“The Omaha Community Playhouse is a performing arts organization that enhances quality of life through live theatre, professional touring and arts education. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of audiences and participants through entertainment, thought-provoking stories and first-hand involvement.”

The Omaha Community Playhouse provides services to a variety of the public through three primary components:

  1. Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre and Howard Drew Theatre productions
  2. Education & Outreach
  3. Nebraska Theatre Caravan

OCP offers opportunities in performing, technical work, and support categories to more than 2,000 community volunteers.


Value 1: Inclusivity

Through upholding high ethical standards, demonstrating respect for all and consciously working to provide diverse representation, we are committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment in which ALL community members feel a sense of belonging, regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, country of origin or other factors.

Value 2: Artistic and Educational Impact

We believe that theatre is a communal and educational experience – on stage, behind the scenes and in the classroom. Theatre breaks down barriers, provokes empathy, creates unbreakable bonds and imparts important life skills through stage skills for people of all ages.

Value 3: Excellence

We are committed to achieving the highest standards of production quality through innovation, professional development, community collaborations, and the latest industry standards.

Value 4: Stewardship

We are committed to honoring OCP’s rich institutional history, while evolving and growing in a fiscally responsible way in order to meet the changing needs and interests of the entire community we serve and represent.

Value 5: Community

We believe in creating theatre for the community, by the community and as a representative of the community. We value the contributions of all who dedicate their time to creating quality theatre.


The Playhouse features two state-of-the-art performance spaces – the 558-seat Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre and the intimate Howard Drew Theatre. Added in 1986, the Howard Drew Theatre is a “black box” theatre, which allows for more progressive productions. Depending on the production’s specific scenic/stage requirements, the Howard Drew Theatre’s flexible risers allow for audiences of between 200 and 230.

Each of the five Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre productions run for approximately one month, with six performances per week. The Fonda-McGuire Series productions (in the Howard Drew Theatre) run for approximately one month with four performances per week.


For decades the Omaha Community Playhouse has been committed to providing educational opportunities through the performing arts. We offer a variety of classes for adults and children, plus workshops, residencies, study materials, tours, and special events. Our Education & Outreach Department is constantly working to develop new ways to engage the community in education through the fine arts.


The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Playhouse, has carried the Playhouse banner to over 160 communities in Nebraska and to over 600 communities in 49 US states and four provinces in Canada. The Company has served as arts ambassadors from Omaha to the nation and has gained a national reputation for quality programming for 30 years.


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