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.

Subscription Telemarketing Sales Representatives

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park seeks reliable, out-going arts lovers to join the ranks of our highly-trained sales team and help spread the word about its blockbuster 2017-2018 subscription season!

You can expect:

• A professional, comfortable and fun work environment
• Flexible hours
• Convenient, accessible work location
• Hourly base + commission + cash bonuses


• High energy and a great attitude
• Excellent telephone manner
• Minimum of 20 hours (eve and weekend shifts)
• Ability to meet and exceed sales goals

A love of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park a plus! Reps also get complimentary tickets to Playhouse shows.

Contact Lisa at 513-977-2076. Please call and leave a clear, detailed message, including your name, phone number, the reason for your interest and the best time to call back.

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


Child Actor Auditions: Shakespeare in Love

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Playhouse is casting a male, juvenile actor between 10 and 13 years old with strong language skills to play John Webster in the upcoming production of Shakespeare in Love. The character is described as a street urchin who aspires to be an actor, loves blood and gore and will grow up to be an accomplished and gruesome Jacobean playwright.

The young actor must be available for all rehearsals of this production, most of which are scheduled around school hours. Rehearsals begin Aug. 4. He must also be available for all performances of the show, which are scheduled Tuesdays through Sundays and include some weekday student and public matinees. Shakespeare in Love will be performed in the Marx Theatre Sept. 2 through 30, 2017. For further information, visit the Playhouse production detail page.

The resume and photo must be emailed again even if they have been sent in the past. A good quality school or family photograph is acceptable. The resume must include exact birth date and height, as well as an email address and telephone number. Those selected to audition will be contacted by telephone or email to schedule specific times and will receive scenes to prepare for the audition. Audition location and other details will be provided when appointments are made.

Interested children should email a resume of any experience and a photograph to Assistant Director Cait Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for consideration is May 3.


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.


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.


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)

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.

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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