The Show Must Go On
Aug 07, 2020 12:15 PM
Bill Stephen, Lied Center for Performing Arts
The Show Must Go On
Topic: Lincoln South Rotary Club Meeting 2020_0807
Time: Aug 7, 2020 12:15 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 865 1200 2644
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Bill Stephan has been serving as Executive Director at the Lied Center for Performing Arts since 2009.  Prior to that time, he was Director of the Nampa Civic Center in Idaho for ten years and the Managing Director of Idaho Dance Theatre.  Over the past two decades, he has presented hundreds of the greatest artists in the world ranging from Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis to Harry Connick Jr. and American Ballet Theatre. During his career, he has founded several non-profit arts organizations and created major performing arts programs. In 2012, he was recognized as an expert in the public facilities management industry when he was awarded the designation of Certified Venue Executive by the International Association of Venue Managers.  Mr. Stephan is a graduate of Boise State University with a degree in music and business.  Bill is an active member of the Major University Presenters Consortium (MUPS), Broadway League, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, International Association of Venue Managers, Arts Midwest, Rotary Club 14 and is the past President of the Plains Presenters.

Under Stephan’s leadership over the past ten years, the Lied Center has more than doubled ticket sales & contributed income, built the Lied Commons, renovated the Carson Theater, created the Glenn Korff Broadway Series and many other achievements.   The Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska is one of the top 100 theaters in the world (Pollstar Magazine) based on annual tickets sold.  

Bill is the great, great grandson of Adam Hedrick who was a Nebraska Homesteader in 1882 in the area Edgar/Deweese, Nebraska area.