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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

Director of Information Technology

The Information Technology Director is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all IT functions. This includes directing all IT operations to meet internal and external customer requirements as well as the support and maintenance of existing applications and development of new technical solutions. Provide system-level support of multi-user operating systems, hardware and software tools, including installation, configuration, maintenance, and support of these systems. Identify alternatives for optimizing computer systems resources.

Reports to: Managing Director (primary) and Artistic Director (secondary)
Direct Reports: Network Administrator

Position Responsibilities:

• Oversee and manage all aspects of the IT department including helpdesk, network, telecommunications, infrastructure, application development, and CRM/ticketing application.
• Develop and establish IT Standards, procedures, and policies, including Service Level Agreements.
• Research, plan, install, configure, troubleshoot, maintain and upgrade operating systems.
• Research, plan, install, configure, troubleshoot, maintain and upgrade hardware and software interfaces with the operating system. Analyse and evaluate present or proposed business procedures or problems to define data processing needs.
• Research and recommend hardware and software development, purchase, and use.
• Troubleshoot and resolve hardware, software, and connectivity problems, including user access and component configuration.
• Install, configure, and upgrade server system hardware and peripherals to include: network cards, printers, modems, mice and add-in boards.
• Write and maintain system documentation.
• Conduct technical research on system upgrades to determine feasibility, cost, time required, and compatibility with current system. • Maintain confidentiality with regard to the information being processed, stored or accessed by the network.
• Manage staff and business relationships with third party IT contractors.
• Act as a member of senior staff to aid in strategic planning for the betterment of the Playhouse.
• Develop and maintain the IT budget, including assessing, recommending, and implementing IT purchases.
• Evaluate new technologies that will benefit/streamline workflow of other departments and save on budget expenses.
• Maintain disaster recovery plan.
• Leverage technology in a fiscally responsible manner.

Technical Competencies:

• VMWare environment and VMWare View/UEM required.
• Cisco Networking required.
• Office 365 and Sharepoint Online required.
• Windows Server/Desktop required.
• Dynamics GP; Microsoft SQL; Cisco Unified Communications including CCX; and Microsoft Windows certificates are highly desirable.

Education and Experience:

• Proven experience as an IT Director or similar role – minimum 6 years.
• Experience in analysis, implementation and evaluation of IT systems and their specifications.
• Sound understanding of computer systems (hardware/software), networks etc.
• Good troubleshooting skills.
• Ability to work within tight time constraints while under pressure.
• Experience in controlling an information technology budget.
• Excellent organizational, project management and leadership skills.
• Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
• BSc/BA in computer science, engineering or relevant field or equivalent experience; MSc/MA will be a plus.
• Demonstrated interest in the Theatre/Arts a plus.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
• The employee frequently is required to sit, stand, and walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
• The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

To Apply:
Please send your cover letter, resume, and references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 17, 2017. No phone calls please.

 

Summer Camp Instructor & Choreographer

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park seeks a Choreographer and Instructor to teach dance and improvisation for our 2017 one-week Performance Academy: Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Kids. This one week camp is delivered in three locations over three weeks: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Middletown Arts Center, and Run Jump-n-Play in Mason.

The Instructor is responsible for teaching the basics of dance and improvisation to participants; creating and teaching show choreography; leading a simple craft during the weeks in Mason and Middletown; creating and implementing curriculum; collaborating with Playhouse Education staff and other professional artists. S/he is responsible for creating approved lesson plans and maintaining a positive and exciting camp environment. The ideal candidate has completed or is working towards a college degree, has experience working with children and is enthusiastic about summer camps.

Training/Prep Time: To be arranged with Education staff
Camp Dates: July 10-28
Camp Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Pay Rate: $850/week

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Create and teach choreography for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Kids
• Teach daily dance classes
• Teach Improvisation
• Create and execute a simple craft at Mason and Middletown camp locations
• Prep classrooms as needed
• Trouble shoot challenges as they come up
• Attend meetings conferences and training session 

Competencies:

• Extensive experience in dance and choreography (3 years or more)
• Experience teaching children and/or teenagers
• Energetic, responsive, flexible, creative
• Attentive to details, ability to work independently
• Currently attending college, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree, or commensurate experience
• Good communication skills
• Organized and able to solve problems quickly and positively

Physical Requirements:

• The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, 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 employee must have a reliable means of transportation

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and three references to Daunielle Rasmussen, Director of Education and Community Engagement at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 19, 2017. No calls please.

 

Assistant Camp Coordinator for 2017 Summer Theatre Day Camp

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park seeks an Assistant Camp Coordinator for our 2017 Summer Theatre Day Camp. The Assistant Camp Coordinator assists in facilitation of all aspects of the day to day of camp including; check-in and check-out, parent communication, materials and room prep, implementing the staff break plan, and class rotations. She/he is instrumental in creating and maintaining a positive and exciting camp environment. Ideal candidates have completed or are working towards a college degree, have experience working with children and are enthusiastic about summer camps.

Training/Prep Time: May 29-June 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Camp dates: June 12-July 1 and July 10-28
Mid camp prep week: July 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Off July 3-6)
Camp Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
Pay Rate: $10/hour

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Maintain all paperwork including check-in/out sheets, name tags and group rosters for each week
• Direct parent communication during camp
• Assist daily check-in/out process
• Process and turn in all injury reports
• Prep classrooms each week
• Implement break and class rotation schedule
• Trouble shoot challenges as they come up

Camper Supervision:

• Supervise students in the after-care program
• Oversee camper check-out every day
• Lead afternoon assembly with counselors
• Provide supervision during snack, breaks and lunch
• Assess behavioral issues and alert the appropriate staff member to get involved
• Cover in classes as needed
• Maintain a positive and team-focused atmosphere

Camp Coordination:

• Close the building and rooms each evening
• Assist with lunch area set up each day and tear down
• Assist with staff and class rotation schedule
• Maintain parent communication throughout each week
• Clean up rooms at end of each day
• Organize the front of house logistics for showcase performances
• Create name tags, group rosters, group signs, etc. for each week
• Ensure check-in is ready for the next day’s camp
• Prep supplies for classes each week
• Oversee room turn over for each week
• Maintain daily schedule and camp staff board updates
• Other tasks as assigned

Safety:

• Write up injury reports for students and turn in to the Education Coordinator
• Manage basic injury and ailment needs
• Clean up spills and mitigate any safety concerns as they arise
• Report potential issues to the Summer Camp Program Manager

Competencies:

• Experience working with children
• Experience with administrative processes preferred
• Currently attending college, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree, or commensurate experience.
• Good email communication skills
• Experience with customer service
• Organized and able to solve problems quickly and positively

Physical Requirements:

• The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, 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.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and three references to Daunielle Rasmussen, Director of Education and Community Engagement at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 19, 2017. No calls please.

 

Summer Camp Counselors

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park seeks camp counselors for our 2017 Summer Theatre Day Camp. Counselors help facilitate all aspects of camp, including serving as role models who assist and motivate campers. Throughout the day counselors facilitate their group's activities including check-in and check-out, proctor student breaks, and support Teaching Artists as teaching assistants during classes. Ideal candidates have completed or are working towards a college degree, have experience working with children and are enthusiastic about teaching theatre to youth.

Orientation/Prep Week: May 30-June 2, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Camp dates: June 12-July 28 (Off July 3-7)
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday
Pay Rate: $10/hour

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Group Leader for one group each week
• Lead morning warm-up and afternoon group activities
• Escort students to each class & assist Teaching Artists during classes
• Proctor all student breaks and lunch
• Provide assistance with room and administrative prep
• Coach students one-on-one

Camper Supervision:

• Check campers in and out every day
• Lead morning warm-up with assigned group
• Facilitate afternoon assembly each afternoon
• Provide supervision during snack, breaks and lunch
• Coach students one-on-one or in small groups as needed
• Demonstrate for students and support them during classes
• Maintain a positive and team-focused atmosphere

Camp Support:

• Set up lunch area each day and tear down
• Provide breaks for other counselors as assigned
• Clean up rooms at end of each day
• Demo Day presentation support
• Prep supplies as needed

Safety:

• Write up injury reports for students
• Manage basic injury and ailment needs
• Report all injuries and issues to the Camp Coordinator

General Tasks:

• Other tasks as assigned

Competencies:

• Experience working with children, working in a large group setting preferred
• Experience with administrative processes preferred
• Currently attending college, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree, or commensurate experience.
• Good email communication skills
• Experience with customer service
• Organized and able to solve problems quickly and positively

Physical Requirements:

• The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, 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.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and three references to Lauren Carr, Education Associate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 19, 2017. No calls please.

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)

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

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will be holding their Local Equity Principal Auditions on March 27, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. We will be seeing Equity members and Equity Membership Candidates. Non-union/Non-EMC actors are asked to submit their photo and resume for consideration.

To schedule an appointment, contact Playhouse at 513-345-2242 during the hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will be scheduling appointments by phone only during these stated hours.

One or two (contrasting) monologue(s) not to exceed three minutes, OR, for musical audition, one monologue and one song not to exceed three minutes. If interested in a musical audition, please schedule an afternoon audition slot. An accompanist will be provided between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Clearly marked music will be required for the accompanist. No pre-recorded music please. Please bring a headshot and resume.

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.

TRAINING:

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.

PARTICIPATION:

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.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

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.

2017-18 AUDITION INFORMATION: 

There is a two-step process for auditions (General Auditions and Call Backs). Candidates must be able to attend an in-person Call Back to be considered for the program.

Audition Schedule: 

In Cincinnati, Ohio, at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park on Dec. 4, 2016, (General Audition) and Jan. 14, 2017 (Call Back)

In New York City, New York, (Stella Adler Studio of Acting & Ripley Grier Studios, 820 8th Ave.), on Jan. 24 and 25, 2017, (General Audition) and Jan. 27, 2017 (Call Back)

In San Francisco, California, (Location TBD) on Feb. 3, 2017, (General Audition) and Feb. 6, 2017 (Call Back)

GENERAL AUDITIONS
There are two ways to do a general audition for the Bruce E. Coyle Acting Internship Program:

  1. In person auditions. You must bring a current headshot and resume with you to the auditions. To sign up for an in-person General Audition slot, CLICK HERE.

  2. Submit a video audition. Video auditions must be a link to YouTube or Vimeo submitted through the link below no later than Dec. 11, 2016. To submit a video audition, please CLICK HERE.

AUDITION MATERIAL
Please prepare two contrasting, contemporary monologues and one 16-bar musical theatre piece to be sung acapella. The audition should be no longer than three minutes total. Bring headshots and resumes with you or submit with video link online. Please no calls or materials submitted through mail.

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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