Image of Bill Stephan sitting in the iconic red seats of the Lied Center auditorium


No matter how you look at it, the 2020-2021 season is going to be unlike any other in the Lied Center’s 30-year history. We face unprecedented challenges, but there is also so much reason for hope and optimism. The arts bring joy and inspiration into our lives, and we need that now more than ever. Regardless of the circumstances, the Lied Center is committed to fulfilling our mission to educate, inspire, and entertain the people of Nebraska.

It’s difficult to overstate the effects of COVID-19 on the arts industry, and this year will be the most difficult financial period the Lied Center has ever faced. I would like to express my deep appreciation to all the individuals who have maintained their donations during this time, and extend a special thanks to those who have increased their gifts. Private donations are keeping the lights on at the Lied Center, and we are able to keep moving forward because of you. Even more than in normal circumstances, your gifts at this time demonstrate your deep belief in the power and importance of the arts in all our lives.

While the theater was dark, we were working tirelessly to ensure that we can welcome audiences back to the Lied in the safest way possible. We have designed a new socially distanced seating map, invested in state-of-the-art disinfecting products, and upgraded our air filters. Our restrooms are now completely touchless, and masks are required at all times inside the building. In addition, we have adopted the most flexible ticketing policy in our history, allowing free refunds or exchanges on all tickets right up until show time. We want you to return to the Lied Center with the confidence that your health and safety is our top priority. At the same time, we realize that not all audiences will be able to join us in person yet, and we will continue to bring you top-notch online programming as well. We will bring the arts to you. 

But here’s the best part-- when the curtain rises on each show, you won’t be thinking about masks, social distancing, or disinfectant. For ninety minutes or so, you get to escape. Studies show that during live performances, the heartbeats of people in the audience actually synch up… in this time of isolation, how beautiful will it be for our hearts to beat as one?  

I can’t wait to see you back at the Lied!

Bill Stephan, CVE
Executive Director, Lied Center for Performing Arts

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Mission, Vision & Goals

Our mission is to educate, inspire and entertain the people of Nebraska through the performing arts.

    Vision 2020 Goals

    • Building Artistic Programs 
    • Providing a Superior Venue and Patron Experience
    • Increasing Student Involvement
    • Enhancing Technology at Lied Center
    • Maximizing Success of Lied Center Staff
    • Enhancing Financial Health of Lied Center

      Our vision is to transform the lives of the people of Nebraska through the performing arts by:

      • Expanding the presentations of artists of great distinction representing all art forms and genres—both from Nebraska and around the world.
      • Engaging people and communities from across Nebraska with exceptional experiences
      • Providing first-hand experiences for youth and college students
      • Revitalizing our facility and investing in our human resources to take the Lied to new stages of excellence.
      • Creating new artistic works which contribute to the diverse culture of Nebraska and the world. 
      • Serving the state as an arts leader and collaborator to celebrate creativity, discovery and diversity.

      Board Members
      & Staff

      Image of one of the members of Black Violin playing his violin