Amy Ryan
Executive Director |

Amy Ryan was raised in North Omaha. After college, she served as a women’s advocate and director of children’s programs at the Newhouse Shelter for Domestic Violence. 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.

Parker Brown
Executive Assistant |

Michal Simpson
Programming |

Michal began performing at the age of 4. As a founder and longtime board member of SNAP! Productions, Michal served as Artistic Director for 26 seasons; directing, choreographing, staffing, designing and overseeing show and season selection.

Michal has appeared in numerous theatrical productions, cabarets, films, commercials, and training films as well as voice work for local and regional distribution. He has acted, designed, directed and/or choreographed in multiple professional and amateur theatrical venues in the area, as well as local and regional High School productions and show choirs.

A long time Theatre Arts Guild (TAG) member, he has been the recipient of multiple TAG Awards for directing, choreography and performance. He has been honored with the Norm & Louise Filbert TAG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Caitlin Little
Operations |

Caitlin Little is a performance artist, musician and arts advocate. A true renaissance person, Little’s artistic outlets span across genre and often push traditional structural conventions-most recently they were featured in Omaha Magazine for their work with non-traditional mediums. 

Little is passionate about the Omaha Community and continuously strives to create positive contentedness through their various volunteer efforts including Omaha Girls Rock and The National T.T.T Society.

Little is a co-founder of the now, Petshop Gallery and currently serves on the Executive board as Director of Development for BFF Omaha.


Board of Directors

Lenli Corbett, Board Chair
Home Instead Senior Care Foundation

Aaron Weiner, Vice President
Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP

Tyler Wilcox, CPA, Treasurer

Teri Corcoran, Secretary
Stephen Center

Kara O’Connor
Morgan Stanley

Michael Vann
Vann Reality

Liz Kerrigan
Greater Omaha Chamber

Tower Kountze
Presbyterian Ministry

David Maenner

Michele Shearer
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

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

Amy Ryan, Ex Officio
Benson Theatre