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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: Associate Director of Development
Reports to: Development Director

The associate director of development serves as a critical member of the senior development staff, directing the annual fund, stewardship and grantwriting functions within the department. The associate director 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 associate director supervises the grants and stewardship manager, the individual giving manager and the development assistant. The associate director of development is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. Evening and weekend hours are sometimes required.

Position Responsibilities:

• Manages a major and planned gift portfolio, actively identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors and prospects.

• Provides support and direction to the Annual Fund program, including serving as the lead senior development management interface with TRG Arts and telefunding firm.

• Provides support and direction to the grant program, including identification and cultivation of new prospects and overseeing grant writing, reporting and grant fulfillment for all Playhouse grants (foundation, government and ArtsWave).

• Provides support and direction to the Stewardship program, including communications and events. • Works with the Individual Giving and Planned Giving Committee members and other board members in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects and donors.

• Manages the ArtsWave Special Gifts Campaign, serving as the staff committee liaison.

• Writes and appropriately files electronic donor and prospect Contact Reports within three days of donor contact.

• Supervises the grants manager/writer/researcher, the individual giving/stewardship manager and the events/administrative manager, ensuring department goals are being achieved and facilitating strong inter-department communications.

• Conducts other duties as assigned by the development director.

Skills and Education Required:

• Minimum three years experience in development management position.

• Experience supervising and motivating staff to achieve high performance goals.

• Direct experience with annual fund campaigns, grantwriting and stewardship activities.

• Proven track record in solicitation and securing major and planned gifts.

• Strong written and verbal communication skills.

• Experience working with board members and other high level volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors.

• Willingness to learn donor software and utilize the system for 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.

To apply, submit your resume with three references to:
Patty Rosely
Development Director
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Deadline to apply is May 6, 2014. 

Position: Grants Manager/Editor/Researcher
Reports to: Associate Director of Development

The grants manager/editor/researcher is the lead writer for the development department, including grantwriting, donor communication publications, acknowledgement letters and solicitations. She/he manages the grants calendar and ensures all deadlines are met. Additionally, she/he conducts prospect research and develops Prospect Profiles on foundations, corporations, individuals and government sources of funding. The grants manager/editor/researcher is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. Evening and weekend hours are sometimes required. 

Position Responsibilities:

• Manages the bi-annual ArtsWave proposal process and off-year report, including coordinating reporting and surveying needs with marketing, education, production, finance and other departments to ensure successful data tracking of ArtsWave Outcome priorities and writing the proposal and creating appropriate charts and infographics that strengthen and support the argument.

• Manages the Foundation and Government grant program, including identification and cultivation of new prospects, grant writing, reporting and grant fulfillment. Specific proposals include the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, among others.

• Cultivates and stewards new and current grant funders.

• Works with the major gifts director to write sponsorship proposals for production and education sponsorships.

• Works with the individual giving/stewardship manager to write donor communications including acknowledgement and solicitation letters, BOY Cards, Centerstage Newsletter, the Annual Report and others.

• Serves as the department’s lead researcher, utilizing Wealth Engine Online, Guidestar and other resources to gather intelligence and prepare Profile Reports on previously identified individual and corporate prospects.

• Develops an ongoing qualified prospect list of foundation and government funders through appropriate research.

• Conducts other duties as assigned by the associate development director.

Skills Required:

• Exceptional writing skills required.

• Grant writing experience required, preferably in an arts environment. Minimum requirement: one year, preferably three or more years.

• Strong organizational skills including careful attention to detail.

• Strong verbal communication skills and project management skills.

• Strong research skills and an inquisitive nature preferred.

• Ability to manage large amounts of information and keep accurate and well-organized records and files.

• Strong computer skills, including high proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and Outlook required.

• Professionalism to work successfully with board level volunteers and high-level donors.

• A desire to work in a fast-paced environment and the ability to manage successfully several priorities on a regular basis.

• Desire to be an integral member of a high functioning development team.

• A passion for theatre and/or the arts is highly desirable.

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.

To apply, submit your resume with three references to:
Patty Rosely
Development Director
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Deadline for applications: June 1, 2014

Position: Subscription Sales Representatives
Reports to: Telemarketing Manager

Play a part in our upcoming season! Seeking articulate, enthusiastic motivated achievers for long term phone campaign. In your role you’ll promote a great season of great plays to great leads. Work Sunday through Thursday, 5:15 to 9:15 p.m., 20 hours per week. Earn base PLUS commission PLUS bonuses. Positive atmosphere. Convenient off-site location.

To apply, call and leave a message at 513-977-2076. Please do not call any other Playhouse telephone number.

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.

Auditions

Equity Actors (Members of Actors' Equity Association)

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
P.O. Box 6537
Cincinnati, OH 45206

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.

Non-Equity Actors

Non-Equity actors can participate in the annual auditions organized by the League of Cincinnati Theatres. Visit www.cinstages.com for more information.

Children's Auditions for A Christmas Carol

The Playhouse will hold auditions on Saturday, June 7, for children interested in performing in the 2014 production of A Christmas Carol, presented by U.S. Bank. An annual holiday favorite, the show returns for its 24th season Nov. 26 to Dec. 28.

Nine area children are cast each year to fill speaking and non-speaking parts in the show. Roles are available for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. Additionally, the part of Tiny Tim requires a boy 6 to 8 years old. Those cast in previous productions of the show will need to audition again to be considered. To be eligible, children must not turn 14 before Dec. 28, 2014.

Children should submit a photograph (a good quality school or family photo is acceptable) and resume of any experience to the Playhouse. A resume and photo must be submitted again even if they have been sent in the past. The resume must indicate exact birth date and height. Applicants must include an email address, and email submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are preferred. At the audition, children will be asked to share a one-minute monologue, story or poem with an English accent.

Interested children must be available for all rehearsals, most of which are scheduled around school hours. Rehearsals for A Christmas Carol begin in mid-November.

Children also must be available for all performances of the show, which are scheduled Tuesdays through Sundays and include some weekday student and public matinees.

Those selected to audition will be contacted to schedule specific times. All auditions will be held at the Playhouse.

The deadline for consideration is June 1.  

Acting Internships

The Bruce E. Coyle Internship Program

In order to further the development of the next generation of American actors, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has supported one of the nation's most respected internship programs since 1996. Named in honor of Bruce E. Coyle, a production stage manager and essential member of the Playhouse family for more than 20 years, the internship runs the full length of the season, from August to May.

All Interns

• Work side by side with professional directors and actors.
• Perform in the annual production of A Christmas Carol.
• May have the opportunity to play other minor main stage roles.
• Have the opportunity to understudy significant main stage roles.
• Gain EMC points whenever involved in an Equity production.
• Tour to schools and community centers with commissioned premieres and other challenging works by contemporary writers.
• Participate in workshops with the Playhouse artistic director, artistic associates and other professionals.
• Are assigned to running crews for a maximum of two main stage productions. Ninety percent of an intern's time is spent acting.
• Appear in a Playhouse-organized New York City showcase.
• Receive a stipend. The Playhouse does not provide housing.

Audition for the Program

Consideration for this internship is by audition. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park prefers actors who have graduated from training programs and have spent a couple of years working in the field; however, we will consider recent graduates from both undergraduate and graduate training programs.

All acting internship positions have been filled for the 2014-15 season. Please check back in the fall for updated information regarding auditions for the 2015-16 season.

Download a brochure with more information.

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, 2014, and March 31, 2014, for stage management interns for its 2014-15 season. Contracts are for the entire production season but vary from the end of July 2014 through early June 2015. 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

PO Box 6537, Cincinnati, OH 45206-0537

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Directing Internship

Directing Internship

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, a LORT B theatre offering 14 productions per season, is offering a full-season, paid internship for an early-career director in the upcoming 2014-15 season. Opportunities include:

• Assisting a variety of directors throughout the season, including the artistic director, associate artists and guest directors;
• Conducting audience discussions;
• Giving educational tours;
• Participating in community outreach events;
• Providing literary management; and
• Participating in season planning and other artistic initiatives.

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced, ambitious director looking to learn the operations of a large institutional theatre. August 2014 – May 2015.

Application deadline: March 1, 2014. No calls please. Email cover letter and resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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