In 2015, I Dream: Omaha was launched in collaboration with the Rose Theater. Omaha has a long-standing problem with gangs and youth on youth violence and it is one of the most dangerous cities to live in for African American youth. The initial work of I Dream: Omaha was a collaborative project involving former gang members and people who have been affected by gangs. Groups of individuals participated in intensive workshops facilitated by Daniel Beaty, and generated a play utilizing the transcripts of these workshops. The play was performed at the Rose Theater and the process was documented through a video series, ‘I DREAM OF AN OMAHA WHERE…’ which has been shared throughout the US and abroad. In the second year, the project focused on two community challenges, teen pregnancy and youth incarceration.  In 2017, the project will focus on the foster care system.

Omaha World Herald feature: Young inmates see some of themselves on stage at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility; 'It was a powerful play'



The Rose Theater is committed to enriching the lives of children and families through live theater and arts education.

The Rose Theater is home to the Omaha Theater Company – the only resident, touring, professional theater company in Omaha and one of the largest in the country!

The Rose is accessible to all children. No child is ever turned away for economic reasons. “Pay-what-you-can” evenings are offered for most productions. Thousands of tickets are given to area youth-serving charities year after year.

Live performances are shared from two stages at The Rose Theater: the main stage and the intimate Hitchcock Theater.



I Dream of an Omaha Where...

I Dream of an Omaha Where… Trailer

I Dream of an Omaha Where… Extended Trailer



 Participants delivered public performances of three theatrical social justice projects during the I Dream experience on themes of gang violence, teen pregnancy and juvenile detention. 

Partners created three documentaries that broadcast on major local television stations on the issues highlighted in participant social justice projects. Of these, one documentary

(I Dream of An Omaha Where...) has won numerous awards and been selected for 16 film festivals in the United States and abroad.

One of the social justice projects has been integrated into the Omaha Public Schools curriculum about gang violence.

The performances were held at a professional theatre, a school, and a youth detention center and performed for community members, activists and policy makers.

I Dream is made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, The Barr Foundation & The Sherwood Foundation.

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