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

Caitlin Little
Operations Manager

Caitlin Little is a performance artist and arts advocate, more widely known for her work in the Omaha Karaoke revival. As perpetual collaborator Little is interested in strengthening her community through celebrating diversity, education and non traditional forms of expression.

A modern day renaissance woman, Little has had her hand in a number of artistic start-up’s and helped co-found the now Petshop Gallery.

She currently serves on the Executive board as Director of Development for BFF Omaha, and continues to spend her summers volunteering for Omaha Girls Rock.

She is proud to call Omaha her home and lives in mansion with her two cat-children, Lewis & Lucy.


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

Michael Vann
Vann Reality

Liz Kerrigan
Greater Omaha Chamber

Tower Kountze
Presbyterian Ministry

David Maenner

Carla Patton
Tri-Faith Initiative

Michele Shearer
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

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