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Through upholding high ethical standards, demonstrating respect for all and consciously working to provide diverse representation, OCP is committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment in which all community members feel a sense of belonging and does not discriminate in casting practices on the basis of an individual’s ethnicity, age, gender, physical and cognitive ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, country of origin or other factors. Omaha Community Playhouse is committed to diverse and inclusive casting.

Artist Stipend Policy

Onstage performers and crew members who work every performance of a production (ages 19 and older) are provided a set fee for each production in which they participate. Fees will vary based on the length of the production’s run and will remain uniform among performers and crew members within a production.

Full Artist Stipend Policy

Background Check Policy

The safety of Omaha Community Playhouse staff, volunteers, students and patrons is a top priority of the organization. To reduce the risk of incidents threatening a person’s safety on the premises, OCP abides by a background check policy. Qualified personnel for background checks includes staff members, teaching artists, artistic personnel, performers, orchestra, backstage crew and dressers, Board of Trustees, box office volunteers, seasonal employees (including but not limited to Caravan performers, road manager, road crew, tour manager, musicians and chaperones) and phone volunteers. All performers offered a role will be expected to complete an authorization for a background check at the time of the offer. Performers will not be asked to complete a background check form at their initial audition or callback. Contracts for each role are pending a background check.

Please note, if the background check authorization is flagged, a committee will convene for discussion on a case-by-case basis, the applicant will be contacted with any additional questions and to be informed of the final decision.

Full Background Check Policy

Audition Requirements

Omaha Community Playhouse is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Those auditioning must submit the following:

  1. Audition Form
    Please complete this form prior to arriving for your audition. Completed forms must be submitted electronically.
  2. Recent Photo
    Please upload a recent photo along with your audition form or bring a printed copy to your audition. Photos do not need to be professional in quality. Printed photos will not be returned.
  3. Availability
    Please be prepared to share your upcoming availability and scheduling conflicts at your audition.

Additional Info

  • The Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays with a 7:30 p.m. curtain and Sundays with a 2:00 p.m. curtain.
  • The Howard Drew Theatre performs Thursdays through Saturdays with a 7:30 p.m. curtain and Sundays with a 2:00 p.m. curtain.
  • Productions run from four to six weeks.
  • Performers and crew who are receiving a stipend will each receive two comp tickets per production. Performers and “full-time” crew 19-and-under who do not qualify for compensation will receive four comp tickets per production. “Part-time” crew will receive two comp tickets per production.
  • OCP offers two to three audition dates for every production. You only need to attend ONE of the audition dates to be considered for the production.

OCP actors over the age of 18 are classified as independent contractors. As an independent contractor, actors are responsible for all employment taxes and withholding requirements. Contractors are responsible for obtaining and paying the premiums and other costs for any type of insurance that Contractor deems necessary, appropriate, and/or advisable while performing this Agreement. Contractors shall not be entitled to receive any employee benefits of any kind that OCP provides for its employees.

The Omaha Community Playhouse is supported in part by the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Established in 1924, the Omaha Community Playhouse is the largest community theatre in the United States based on membership sold and facility size, among other factors.

The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.