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.
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.
Joe DiCostanzo, President
Benson High School
Aaron Weiner, Vice President
Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP
Teri Corcoran, Secretary
Kara O’Connor, Treasurer
CBRE | MEGA
First Care Companies
Watie White Studios
University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Amy Ryan, Ex Officio