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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: Capital Campaign Director

The Capital Campaign Director will lead the successful promotion, management and day-to-day operations of the Playhouse’s upcoming Capital Campaign. The Campaign Director works collaboratively with the Development Director, the Campaign Chair(s), and the President of the Playhouse’s Board of Trustees. The Campaign Director is a full-time exempt position with benefits. Evening and weekend hours are sometimes required.

Reports to: Managing Director and Artistic Director

Position Responsibilities:
• Direct the implementation of all aspects of the Capital Campaign, including the execution of the fundraising operating plan, timeline, and achievement of clearly defined benchmarks and goals.
• Serve as the primary contact for Campaign Counsel in the day-to-day management of the campaign.
• Establish solicitation priorities, manage prospect lists and research, develop and execute targeted cultivation plans and solicitation strategies for a select group of high-potential prospects.
• Work closely with the Campaign Cabinet Chair(s) regarding the strategy and cultivation of the highest net-worth donor prospects.
• Manage the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a personal portfolio of Campaign prospects.
• Work with Individual Giving/Stewardship Manager to capture patron information and movement in Tessitura, the Playhouse’s database.
• Implement a communications plan to enhance the visibility and appreciation of the Playhouse in the context of the quiet phase of the Campaign.
• Create and manage cultivation events and other engagement opportunities to build and enhance relationships with prospective major donors.
• Maintain an active Campaign calendar (for solicitations, cultivation events, follow-up actions, etc.) and manage the tracking system for a moves management pipeline.
• Create and write Campaign print and electronic collateral materials including the case statement and pledge cards, working with the Playhouse marketing team to ensure all materials fit within the new organizational branding. Coordinate the design and production of all Campaign materials.
• Create and write other Campaign documents, including Campaign Cabinet and Board presentations, solicitation materials, acknowledgements and gift agreement letters.
• Serve as the primary liaison with the Campaign Cabinet including coordination of regular meetings and management of Cabinet members’ cultivation and solicitation activities.
• Provide weekly/monthly analysis and progress reports to Campaign Cabinet, Board, Development Director and Playhouse Leadership.
• Serve as a member of the Playhouse’s senior management team, working cohesively with staff in all departments within the Playhouse.

Competencies:
• Minimum five years of progressive experience in fundraising, with a track record of success in meeting fundraising goals.
• A detailed knowledge of major gifts fundraising, as well as capital campaign strategy and implementation.
• Superb interpersonal skills that empower the candidate to be as comfortable in a private conversation as she/he is networking at a cocktail party.
• Superb verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to develop written reports and deliver presentations communicating Campaign progress to multiple constituents.
• Ability to successfully manage and build relationships with individuals, corporate donors, foundation representatives, government officials, Board leadership, and Playhouse staff.
• Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative to meet goals in a time sensitive environment with impeccable attention to detail and accuracy.
• Energetic, flexible and adaptable, and able to multi-task and work independently in an environment with competing deadlines.
• Ability to work as an effective team member in a fast-paced environment.
• A strong ethical character and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, and donor software -Tessitura preferred.
• Appreciation for the performing arts and theater in particular.
• Familiarity with major arts and culture funders in the Greater Cincinnati area is preferred.

Physical Demands:
• The employee is frequently required to stand and walk, and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
• The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 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:
Buzz Ward, Managing Director and Blake Robison, Artistic Director
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Applicants will be reviewed upon receipt of resume. No phone calls, please.

Position: Director of Individual Giving and Grants

The Director of Individual Giving & Grants is a critical member of the senior development staff, directing the annual fund and grantwriting functions within the department. The Director of Individual Giving & Grants works independently and with executive staff and board-level volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major and planned gifts for annual budget and the Capital Campaign. The Director of Individual Giving & 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; Grant Writer

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 bench marks for solicitation date and amount.
• Writes and appropriately files electronic donor and prospect Contact Reports within three days of donor contact.
• Manages a key group of donors to fill the Campaign pipeline ($25,000 - $50,000 asks), actively identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding these donors and prospects.
• 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 direction and support to the grant program, including identification and cultivation of new prospects and overseeing grant and proposal writing, reporting and grant fulfillment for all Playhouse operational grants and proposals (foundation, government, corporate and ArtsWave).
• Prepares monthly ArtsWave Report
• Writes grants and reports as needed
• Works with the Development Director and Campaign Director to manage the Campaign grantwriting needs.
• Assists in writing proposals as needed

Management (25%)
• Supervises the Grants & Proposal Writer and the Individual Giving/Stewardship Manager, ensuring department goals are being achieved and facilitating strong inter-department communications.
• Serves as the Lead Staff liaison for the Individual Giving Committee.

Competencies:
• Minimum 3 years experience in 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.

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
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.

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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