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.
Board of Directors
Aaron Weiner, Vice President
Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP
Teri Corcoran, Secretary
Kara O’Connor, Treasurer
Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center
Greater Omaha Chamber
CBRE | MEGA
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha
Watie White Studios
University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Amy Ryan, Ex Officio