PEOPLE

Staff

Amy Ryan
Executive Director

Amy Ryan was raised in North Omaha by her parents, a teacher and a small business owner.  She graduated with honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A. in journalism and English and a minor in African American studies and classical Latin. After college, she volunteered for Global Ministries in urban Kansas City and served as a women’s advocate and director of children’s programs at the Newhouse Shelter for Domestic Violence for two years. She returned to Omaha in 1995 to pursue a graduate degree in counseling psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Prior to beginning her full-time duties as the theatre’s executive director, Ryan owned and operated a successful Benson restaurant, The Pizza Shoppe & Pub, for 22 years. In 2005, she opened the Pizza Shoppe Collective, an event venue connected to the restaurant.

Ryan was named SCORE’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 and received 40 Under 40 recognition from the Midlands Business Journal in 2009. She has two children, Maddie and Tag.

Maggie Weber
Community Outreach/Event Coordinator

Maggie Weber is a professional artist and community organizer. A native of Shenandoah, Iowa, she received her B.A. in studio art and art history from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2014. Weber is interested in working with youth and has collaborated with Project Everlast, the Union for Contemporary Art and The Kent Bellows Mentoring Program to create and execute projects that empower their participants. Her goal as Benson Theatre’s community outreach/event coordinator is to facilitate programming that is community driven and inclusive.

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Board of Directors

Joe DiCostanzo, President
Benson High School

Aaron Weiner, Vice President
Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP

Teri Corcoran, Secretary
Stephen Center

Kara O’Connor, Treasurer
Morgan Stanley

Tower Kountze
Presbyterian Ministry

David Maenner
CBRE | MEGA

Bill Roskens
First Care Companies

Watie White
Watie White Studios

Jack Zerbe
University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media

Amy Ryan, Ex Officio
Benson Theatre