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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: Assistant House Manager/House Assistant

Assistant House Managers must be self-motivated individuals who are capable of working in a fast-paced, exciting entertainment environment and communicating effectively with patrons, volunteers and in-house staff while positively representing the face of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Reports to: House Managers

Position Responsibilities:

• Preshow set up
• Coordinating ticket takers
• Troubleshooting seating and parking issues
• Coordinating with stage management curtain time and intermissions
• Tabulating house counts
• Completing appropriate forms
• Collecting and reporting transient parking revenue
• Additional duties as deemed necessary for individual productions

Additionally, this position will be required to work as a House Assistant with Playhouse’s House Managers/other Assistant House Managers and as a Parking Assistant if needed. This position will require the successful candidate to participate in safety training including but not limited to First Aid, CPR/AED, BBP and Fire Extinguisher.

This is a seasonal, part-time position in which candidates will be required to work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends.

Skills needed:
An ideal candidate has excellent people skills with strong leadership and organizational skills, possesses solid interpersonal/communication skills, is able to handle stress well and is a team player.

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to handle light physical labor (lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 25 lbs.). Candidate will be required to stand and walk and occasionally stoop, kneel or crouch. Candidate must be able to negotiate stairs (up and down) without assistance.

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:
Suann Pollock
General Manager
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or to the same c/o Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Deadline for applications: Aug. 8, 2016

Position: House Assistant/Parking Attendants

House Assistants/Parking Attendants must be self-motivated individuals who are capable of working in a fast-paced, exciting entertainment environment and communicating effectively with patrons, volunteers and in-house staff while positively representing the face of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Reports to: House Managers

Position Responsibilities:
• Preshow set up
• Coordinating ticket takers
• Troubleshooting seating and parking issues
• Tabulating house counts
• Completing appropriate forms
• Collecting and reporting transient parking revenue
• Additional duties as deemed necessary for individual productions.

This is a seasonal, part-time position in which candidates will be required to work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends.

Skills needed:
An ideal candidate has excellent people skills with strong organizational skills, possesses solid interpersonal/communication skills, is a team player and is able to handle the stress of customer service well.

Physical Requirements:
Able to handle light physical labor (lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 25 lbs.). Candidate will be required to stand and walk and occasionally stoop, knee or crouch. Must be able to negotiate stairs (up and down) without assistance.

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:
Suann Pollock
General Manager
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or to the same c/o Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Deadline for applications: Aug. 8, 2016

Position: Director of Individual Giving & Grants

The Director of Individual Giving & 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 & 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 & 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 the 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 & Proposal Writer/Development Editor 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 and co-lead staff liaison (with Development Director) for the Planned/Board Giving Committee.

Competencies:
• Minimum three 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. Deadline for applications: Aug. 1, 2016

Position: Development Assistant

The Development Assistant serves as the gift recorder for the Playhouse, ensuring that all donations are accurately processed and donors are properly recognized and acknowledged for their support on a timely basis. The Development Assistant also serves as key staff support for department events, working closely with the Director of Donor Engagement to ensure a high quality event experience for all involved. Finally, the Development Assistant provides critical administrative support to other department team members, including serving as the back-up Donor Concierge. The Development Assistant is a full-time non-exempt position with benefits. Evening and weekend hours are sometimes required.

Reports to: Director of Donor Engagement and Individual Giving/Stewardship Manager

Position Responsibilities:

Gift Recorder Responsibilities (50%)
• Manage the department’s donation process, including: accurately process all daily gift receipts including contributions and pledges; prepare deposit batches of gifts for business office; prepare gift acknowledgments (daily) and pledge invoices (monthly); maintain accurate documentation of gifts of securities and outstanding pledges.
• Prepare the program donor listings.

Event Responsibilities (35%)
• Assist the Director of Donor Engagement with department events, including: printing and mailing invitations; managing reservations; and event logistics, including catering, entertainment and venue preparation.

Administrative Support (15%)
• Serve as the back-up Donor Concierge.
• Prepare department mailings and provide administrative support for Development staff.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Competencies:
• Strong organizational skills including careful attention to detail.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Strong computer skills including high proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook required.
• Experience with development software, database programs and/or Tessitura highly desirable.
• Experience working on special events for nonprofit organizations highly desirable.
• Bookkeeping or accounting experience preferred.
• A desire to work in a fast-paced environment and the ability to successfully manage several priorities on a regular basis.
• A desire to be an integral member of a high-functioning development team.
• A passion for theatre and/or the arts is highly desirable.
• Minimum associate’s degree or equivalent experience required.

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.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:
Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
Jay B. Kalagayan
Associate Director of Development
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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No phone calls, please. Deadline for applications: July 28, 2016

Position: Carpenter Artisan

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, a two time Tony Award-winning LORT B theatre with a $10 million+ operating budget, seeks a motivated, talented and dynamic individual to join our scenic fabrication team producing high quality scenery for internationally famous designers and directors.

The successful candidate will possess the following minimum qualifications:

• Self-motivated team player who handles pressure well while working in a deadline-oriented industry and embracing a safety-oriented work environment.
• Ability to self-critique and correct work while maintaining sensitivity to the overall artistic vision is paramount.
• A BFA in technical production or equivalent experience, with three years additional professional experience.
• A documented ability to produce high quality finished scenery from theatrical construction prints using a variety of materials including wood, steel, aluminum, foam, plastics and fabric.
• Proficient in steel MIG welding.
• Experience with CNC and vacuform machinery, as well construction techniques.
• Experience with stage rigging, both counterweight and chain motor.
• Familiarity with installation, operation and maintenance of stage and scenery equipment such as winches, pneumatics and hydraulic actuators, and motion control systems.
• Familiarity with basic electrical principals and safety, including basic troubleshooting and reading of schematics.
• Ability to lift 50 lbs.
• Ability to climb and perform work on ladders. 
• A valid driver’s license.

This is a full-time, seasonal position and is represented by IATSE Local 5. Current IATSE membership is not a prerequisite. Benefits include health insurance and paid vacation.

Please email application letter and resume with references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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: 

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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