A STRONG AND DISTINCT PRESENCE IN LINCOLN
The mission of OmniArts Nebraska is centered on three forms of community interaction, all of equal importance, and inextricably intertwined.
Enrich and foster creativity in the community and the region through collaboration with young, aspiring, and established artists, artisans, performers, and organizations by creating fully-integrated pieces of art.
Foster local and regional artists as they realize and share their unique, authentic vision as it relates to the region, and the world at large.
OmniArts Nebraska seeks to utilize four main artistic disciplines: Literature, Visual Art, Music, and Performance. Through the use of these disciplines, working interdependently toward a unified goal, OmniArts Nebraska can create work that makes an impact; that more deeply explores and illuminates the issues within, as they relate to art, artists, and humanity universally.
Provide viable income to local and regional artists, artisans, and performers, and to promote their professional interests.
Stimulate and contribute to the local economy through performances, collaborations, and striving to aid in the promotion and retention of local businesses.
Encourage a sense of pride and generosity in the community and the region, regarding commerce and social acceptance.
Enlighten, educate, and inspire empathy, and open-heartedness in the community and region by creating performances where audiences have a shared, communal, and cathartic experience.
Encourage artists to re-examine how their art affects the community and to be mindful of the potentially positive social effects.
Acknowledge and celebrate the diverse elements that unite to create a miraculous whole.
OmniArts Nebraska is a 501(c) 3 non-profit company.
Dustin Witte, Managing Artistic Director, Co-Founder
Dustin T. Witte was born in 1983 in Kearney, Nebraska. After graduating from Kearney Catholic High School in 2001, he attended Doane University in Crete, NE, where he studied English and theater and participated in Vocal music. While in college, Dustin was an avid writer, publishing poems in the school's literary publication. He also learned to weave baskets from mentor and theater director, Judith K. Hart. In 2002, he became a company member at the Theater of the American West in Republican City, NE, where he moved upon graduating from Doane with B.A.'s in English and Theater, in 2005.
While in Rep. City, Dustin performed in more than 100 productions, as well as building and painting scenery, creating props, writing scenes, and making ice cream. He was an apprentice to versatile theater artist, Charles Davies, who founded Theatre of the American West, until Davies died in 2006. Dustin remained at the theater for two more seasons, assuming more roles and responsibilities along the way. He was the resident Technical Director and Company Manager from 2006-2008. It was at this time that he began developing his skills as a scenic designer.
He left the theater in 2008 and moved to Lincoln, where he currently resides. In Lincoln, Dustin has worked as a freelance scenic designer, props artisan, performer, painter, basket weaver, baker, director, and teacher. In 2010, he met Daniel Kubert, and the two were married in November of that year. Immediately they began collaborating on theatrical work, and after a short time, realized their shared dream of creating a performing arts production company that would help them to achieve their goals. Dustin and Daniel co-founded OmniArts Nebraska in 2011 as Executive Director and Artistic Director, respectively, and produced plays, musicals, dance, and original work for eight years together. After nine years of marriage, Dustin and Daniel's relationship came to an end, but the two remain close. Daniel decided to end his tenure with OmniArts Nebraska in 2019 to pursue new artistic endeavors, and he is still active in the Lincoln performing arts community.
Dustin is now Managing Artistic Director and is gratified to be at the center of so much creative energy. He has designed, built, and painted scenery for all the company's productions to date, and is also a frequent performer. Dustin has directed OmniArts shows such as Pippin, Next Fall, Sweeney Todd, Bell, Book & Candle, and No Exit. As a writer, he adapted scripts for productions of The Everyman Project, Lifeboat, and Earth Sky Tomes, and updated classic myth for the original production, Icarus & the Phoenix. It is this interdisciplinary work that truly inspires Dustin, and when he feels he thrives as an individual artist. He looks forward to many more years of art.
Board of Directors
Sarah Zulkoski, President
Erin Mundus, Treasurer
Jillian Carter, Secretary
Jason St. Sauver
Bonnie Sand Whittier
Daniel Kubert, Former Artistic Director and Co-Founder
Daniel Kubert is a Lincoln native, born in 1971, who attended Lincoln East High School and Lincoln High School. Kubert’s remarkable and distinguished career as a performance artist includes more than a decade of work with the incomparable Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, work with numerous repertory theatre companies around the country, and Artist in Residence and Artistic Director positions with organizations such as the Chicago Arts Council and the Without Shoes Dance Collective. Daniel studied at the New School University, in New York City, and studied philosophy, psychology, and play writing. During this time, he honed his skill of choreographic storytelling and movement theatre. As a co-founder of OmniArts Nebraska and Artistic Director of the company from 2010 to 2019, he created 22 original performance pieces, and directed and/or choreographed a dozen plays, musicals, and concerts with Dustin Witte. Kubert was awarded the honor of Distinguished Alumni at Lincoln High and received the 2019 Lincoln Arts Council Mayor's Arts Artistic Achievement Award in Performing Arts.
OmniArts Nebraska is grateful for his vision, leadership, and artistic talent and contributions.