The Omaha Community Playhouse (OCP) is the nation's largest community theatre as measured by season subscribers, season productions and facility size, among other factors. Established in 1924, OCP provides Omaha and its surrounding communities with high quality, thought-provoking, challenging, and entertaining productions, professional touring, free programming, and educational programming to underserved communities. We are dedicated to improving quality of life through these areas.
OCP produces 10 regular season productions, plus multiple special production events between our two exceptional performance spaces: the 200-seat Howard Drew Black-Box Theatre and the 560-seat Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre. OCP provides affordable access to theatre that demonstrates professional production values and skill.
OCP operates the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy, and education and outreach program that teaches life skills through stage skills to over 4,500 individuals annually and includes:
- On-site camps, classes and workshops for all ages
- Off-site afterschool programs and in-school residencies at local public elementary and middle schools
- Theatre Technology Apprenticeship Program®, a unique workforce development program presented in conjunction with Metropolitan Community College instructing students in technical theatre arts
OCP strives to offer not only affordable access to the arts, but also free arts access through our alternative programming series, which serves over 2,000 individuals annually.
OCP's reach stretches nationwide through the theatre's professional touring wing, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, which brings tours of popular shows such as "A Christmas Carol" to cities across the country, serving over 42,000 individuals annually.
"I'm not exaggerating when I say that OCP is where I was gifted any iota of the confidence I have today. The artistic staff there were the first people to really say "Hey, you're talented". You have no idea what that feeling was like for a 20 year old who had suffered from some pretty significant self-esteem issues and big time introversion. As an actor it was a place to learn and grow in the most loving, supportive environment with incredibly talented teachers. I learn so much from the staff, cast and crew during every single run. There are just so many beautiful friendships that came from that building - it feels like home."
"The people of the Playhouse helped me through some of the hardest times of my life so far. Through the years, everyone has been so supportive and caring. The staff and the volunteers are truly what put the "community" into their name. You won't find this very special community of people anywhere else. I know my Playhouse family will always care for and support me, and I will do the same for them. The Playhouse helped mold me into the young actress I am and, more importantly, helped make me the person I am today. The Omaha Community Playhouse will always be home to me."