John Michalski and Kurt Rhoads in Dracula, 2007. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

Work at the playhouse

The Playhouse offers a competitive salary and benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401(K), paid vacation and much more. The Playhouse is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of its staff. Applicants from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Thank you for your interest.

Employment Opportunities

Job Openings

Position: Content Marketing Manager

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park seeks to hire a strategic, prolific and creative Content Marketing Manager to write, edit and produce marketing content across multiple platforms to drive audience development, engagement, retention and ticket sales. This is a full-time, exempt position.

The Content Marketing Manager reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications. The position collaborates closely with all members of the marketing and communications department, as well as other departments across the institution, including but not limited to ticketing, education, development, artistic and production.

Duties of the Content Marketing Manager include but are not limited to:

• Create, edit and/or manage digital and print content and ensure it is all on-brand and consistent in terms of style, quality and tone of voice for all channels, including website, social media, email, lobby displays, video, publications, advertising and direct mail.
• Create a strategic communications plan and editorial calendars for each season.
• Write show descriptions for main stage and touring productions and concept marketing visuals and season video trailers with Director of Marketing and Communications.
• As part of the social media team, create social media content, maintain and update content calendar, post content, monitor comments/messages and respond appropriately.
• Create and edit most written content for the Playhouse website with an eye to SEO and user experience; create new website pages and make updates to existing content.
• Write copy for Playhouse advertisements and direct mail and produce input documents for Graphic Designer regarding these projects.
• Generate ideas and write copy for Playhouse lobby displays.
• Serve as editor of Prologue, the subscriber newsletter published five times per season, and write several articles for each issue.
• Plan, write and/or produce video b-roll, production trailers and other video content and coordinate shoots with videographer and stage management.
• Write stories for Playhouse programs and blog.
• Serve as the arbiter of best practices in grammar, messaging, writing and AP Style. Copyedit and proofread writing created by other staff content creators and freelancers.
• Monitor and analyze content marketing metrics to optimize and inform content strategy and measure and report on effectiveness.
• Manage any outsourced writers and videographers.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

• A bachelor’s degree, preferably in marketing, journalism, communications or public relations.
• Five+ years of experience in multi-channel content strategy execution and management, including content creation, writing, editing, brand consistency, analytics and social media marketing.
• Exemplary writing and proven editorial skills with the ability to constructively edit, guide and proofread the content of other writers to remain consistent with brand, style and tone and to ensure accuracy. The ability to tell a story through the written word, images and/or video to draw and engage an audience.
• Proven experience in project management demonstrating excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to lead a team of peers in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
• Experience using various social media channels, especially Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, with consistent production of engaging content.
• Knowledge of best practices in grammar, messaging, writing and AP Style.
• Familiarity and/or comfort with website content management systems.
• Aptitude and interest in learning new platforms and technology tools.
• Knowledge of search engine optimization, web analytics and skills in design software programs are a definite plus.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs required.
• Passion for and existing knowledge of theatre and/or the arts is desirable.

Job Requirements:
• Some evening and weekend hours are required.

To apply:
Email a cover letter, resume and at least three representative writing/content samples to:
Kathy Neus
Director of Marketing and Communications
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Deadline to apply: Oct. 21, 2016
No phone calls, please.

Position: Director of Individual Giving and Grants

The Director of Individual Giving and Grants is a critical member of the senior development staff, directing the annual fund, planned giving and grantwriting functions within the department. The Director of Individual Giving and Grants works independently and with executive staff and board-level volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major and planned gifts for the institution. The Director of Individual Giving and Grants is a full-time exempt position with benefits. Evening and weekend hours are sometimes required.

Reports to: Development Director
Direct Reports: Individual Giving/Stewardship Manager; Grants & Proposal Writer/Development Editor

Position Responsibilities:
Fundraising (75%)
• Manages a major and planned gift portfolio, actively identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors and prospects.
• Develops a written cultivation plan for each donor in Portfolio, setting benchmarks for solicitation date and amount.
• Writes and appropriately files electronic donor and prospect contact reports within three days of donor contact.
• Provides support and direction to the annual fund program, including lead senior development management with telefunding firm.
• Works with the Development Director on the annual board campaign and manages the Board’s ArtsWave special gifts campaign.
• Provides support and direction to the grant program, including identification and cultivation of new prospects and overseeing grant and proposal writing, reporting and grant fulfillment for all Playhouse grants and proposals (foundation, government, corporate and ArtsWave).
• Directs the Planned Giving program, including creating and implementing an annual plan and interface with Stelter to maximize website usage and communications vehicles.

Management (25%)
• Supervises the Grants and Proposal Writer/Development Editor and the Individual Giving/Stewardship Manager, ensuring department goals are being achieved and facilitating strong interdepartment communications.
• Serves as the lead staff liaison for the Individual Giving Committee and co-lead staff liaison (with Development Director) for the Planned/Board Giving Committee.

• Minimum three years experience in a development management position.
• Experience in supervising and motivating staff to achieve high performance goals.
• Direct experience with annual fund campaigns and grantwriting.
• Proven track record in solicitation and securing major gifts.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Experience in working with board members and other high level volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors.
• Willingness and ability to learn donor software and utilize the system for moves management, report preparation and other data needs.
• A desire to work in a fast-paced environment and the ability to successfully manage several priorities on a regular basis.
• Desire to be an integral leader of a high functioning development team.
• A passion for theatre and/or the arts is highly desirable.
• Bachelor’s degree required. CFRE and/or master’s degree preferred.

Physical Demands:
• The employee is frequently required to stand and walk and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
• The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.
• This position is partially sedentary, and the employee is required to regularly talk and hear.

To apply:
Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
M. Patricia Rosely
Development Director
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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No phone calls, please. Applicants will be reviewed upon receipt of resume.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is an equal opportunity employer and encourages inquiries about positions from a broad spectrum of candidates reflecting the diversity of the community we serve.


Equity Actors (Members of Actors' Equity Association)

Actors Equity Casting
The majority of casting takes place in New York City through Stephanie Klapper Casting. However, local Equity performers may send a picture and resume to:

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Attn: Casting
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Alternatively, submissions can be sent electronically via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your resume should be either in a Word or a PDF format and your headshot should be saved as a JPEG or TIF file.

Annual Local Equity Principal Auditions
Each spring, after our season announcement, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park holds its Equity Principal Auditions (EPAs). At that time we see Equity members, Equity Membership Candidates and non-union actors upon submission of materials. Non-union actors are asked to submit their photo and resume. Please check this website and the Actors' Equity Association website (www.actorsequity.org) for audition dates. Once dates are announced, contact the Playhouse at 513-345-2242 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an appointment and check audition preparation requirements.

Non-Equity Actors

Non-Equity actors are asked to submit photos and resumes via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your resume should be in either a Word or PDF format and your headshot should be saved as a JPEG or TIF file.

Acting Internships

The Bruce E. Coyle Internship Program

The Playhouse's Bruce E. Coyle Acting Internship Program is committed to fostering the development of emerging actors in order to help them create a solid foundation on which to build a sustainable career as an artist. The acting internship supports young artists as they learn to acclimate to the world of professional theatre and the approach necessary when choosing to make acting a job versus an enrichment experience.

By the end of the season, interns will experience a range of acting opportunities from performing children's theatre and understudying to performing main stage ensemble roles and experimental theatre for Millennial professionals. They will also develop supplemental job skills, produce enough resume work to qualify for immediate employment and develop a personal career plan for launching their careers in a specific market.

The internship is comprised of three components: Training, Participation and Practical Application.


Professional Development: Working within a large regional institution can be an adjustment for interns coming straight from an academic environment or independent theatre. Training focuses on communication, conflict management and etiquette in both the rehearsal room and office.

Strategic Career Planning: Through workshops and mentoring, interns will be guided toward identifying the market in which they want to work post-internship. They'll understand how to negotiate necessary logistics, including graduate school, regional general auditions and all possible ways to make a living as an actor on and off the stage in the selected region.

The Business of Being an Artist: Being an artist is a business and a lifestyle. It is vital to understand networking and how to have an active presence both online and within the community, including materials needed for self promotion.

Job Skills: As a professional actor, there will be pockets of time when supplemental work will be required between projects. It is important to build work experience in fields that offer flexibility while simultaneously establishing a presence within a theatre community. Acting interns will be given training in teaching artistry — including extensive training in classroom management, curriculum execution and lesson planning — and basic administrative skills.

Vocal Health and Sustainability: As an actor, the voice and body are your two most valuable tools. It is important to monitor vocal health early in an artist's career to ensure longevity as an actor. The Playhouse takes this seriously and provides workshops and professional support.

Mentorship: Working closely with the Director of Education, each intern will identify goals for the year and assess progress and challenges. Feedback and evaluation of the intern's development will be given with support involving solutions-based counsel.


Through guided participation, interns work side by side with professional directors, actors, education and artistic staff. Interns will learn by observing skilled artists and implementing their craft at a heightened level of professionalism. Managing multiple projects at once will require interns to fine tune time management and communication. Between acting assignments, participants will be assigned teaching and office duties.

Main Stage Ensemble: Acting interns join the ensemble of A Christmas Carol and other shows in our Marx Theatre based on the needs of each season.

Understudying: Interns understudy multiple roles in A Christmas Carol and a role in at least one other show during the season. Understudy assignments are always age appropriate given that interns who pass the understudy rehearsal successfully will be asked to go on for an actor should the need arise.

Stage Crew: Understanding the process of a large-scale production from behind the scenes is vital for building an appreciation for the artists that actors rely upon during performances. Acting interns will be assigned up to two shows of crew support, including but not limited to props, follow spot and costumes.

Assistant Teaching: Working with master teaching artists, interns will observe different teaching styles, learn methodologies for implementing drama and lead games/activities with support and immediate feedback.

Office/Engagement Support: Working with the education and engagement teams, interns will provide administrative and event support for public and donor events, data entry, research and lobby display assembly. Interns will be exposed to a wide variety of constituents and learn to communicate with all of the stakeholders that we serve.


To complement the experience of observing professional artists, undertaking ensemble and understudy roles and assisting master teaching artists, interns will implement their skills as principal performers and lead teachers through the Playhouse's outreach programs. Interns will play roles in one to three productions throughout the season for youth and families that tour to schools and community centers throughout the region. As a member of the tour troupe, actors are responsible for transporting the set, loading it in and out of venues and managing activities at community centers. Interns also will be instrumental in collaborating on experimental projects geared toward young professionals that are performed in unconventional venues and teaching pre-show workshops for both touring productions and student matinee performances of main stage productions.

COMPENSATION: Compensation includes a monthly stipend and health benefits, as well as Actors' Equity (EMC) points for ensemble and understudy roles. Housing is not included.

CONTRACT DATES: August 2017 through May 2018. Exact start and end dates to be determined based on the needs of the season.


Audition information for the 2017-18 Bruce E. Coyle Acting Internship Program will be released in October 2016. Please check back then.

The internship program is named in honor of Bruce E. Coyle, a production stage manager and essential member of the Playhouse family for more than 20 years.

Stage Management Internships

The Bruce E. Coyle Internship Program

In order to further the development of the next generation of American stage managers, the Tony Award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park supports one of the nation's most respected internship programs. The program is named in honor of Bruce E. Coyle, a production stage manager and essential member of the Playhouse family for more than 20 years.

The Playhouse will accept applications between Feb. 1, 2017, and March 31, 2017, for stage management interns for its 2017-18 season. Contracts are for the entire production season but vary from the end of July 2017 through early June 2018. Interns work with AEA stage managers to prepare for and run rehearsals and performances. A weekly salary, but no housing, is provided.

EMC points are available for some assignments. Candidates must have good knowledge of stage management techniques and rehearsal/performance processes and have a positive work attitude. A degree in stage management is preferable.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three referral letters or references (with email addresses) to:

Jenifer Morrow

Production Stage Manager

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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