Amy Ryan
Executive Director

Amy Ryan was raised in North Omaha by her parents, a teacher and a small business owner. 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.

Andrew Bailie
Program Director

Andrew Bailie is an American songwriter, singer, guitarist and educator who’s dedicated his life to music. His intricate songs are crafted with raw emotion, fierce guitar work and an unmistakable, soaring voice.

After extensive touring across the United States and Europe with legendary gospel and funk organist Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy/Funk Apostles), Bailie relocated from New York City to Omaha (where he grew up) to pursue a new project with jazz great and sensei Dana Murray (Wynton Marsalis/Jimmy Witherspoon/Norah Jones).

He is best known locally for past projects the Jazzwholes and It’s True. Bailie also has worked with platinum recording artist Aloe Blacc, members of Snarky Puppy, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mononeon and Marcus Lewis, and has shared the stage with Res, Talib Kweli, Lalah Hathaway, George Clinton, Marcus Miller and others. He has performed at the Monaco, North Sea, Vienne, Sète and Umbria Jazz Festivals across Europe.

To book B Side, contact him at

Aly Peeler
Artistic Liaison

Aly Peeler is a ukulele player, singer/songwriter, mother of two, mentor and event organizer from Omaha, Neb. She has degrees in history and anthropology from Iowa State University, where she focused on archaeology and middle eastern studies.

Aly loves promoting the creative community and has hosted a diverse and talent-filled open mic every Wednesday for the past seven years. She is currently working on a lullaby album inspired by her amazing sons, Asher and Otto. You can find her teaching ukulele at Arts for All as well as co-hosting a weeklong ukulele summer camp in conjunction with School of Rock.

She is also master of ceremonies and talent coordinator of Benson Theatre’s monthly vaudeville frolics. If you’re interested in performing at an upcoming frolic, contact her at


Board of Directors

Aaron Weiner, Vice President
Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP

Teri Corcoran, Secretary
Stephen Center

Kara O’Connor, Treasurer
Morgan Stanley

BC Clark
Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center

Liz Kerrigan
Greater Omaha Chamber

Tower Kountze
Presbyterian Ministry

David Maenner

Dominique Morgan

Michele Shearer
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

Watie White
Watie White Studios

Tyler Wilcox

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

Amy Ryan, Ex Officio
Benson Theatre