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

Marketing Administrative Assistant

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park seeks a Marketing Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support, coordinate the flow of marketing tactics through the department and provide some basic writing and proofreading assistance. This is a full-time, non-exempt position with benefits. The position reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications but works closely with and assists all members of the department.

Duties include but are not limited to:

• Maintain department files (electronic and physical) and perform other administrative tasks to support the marketing department.
• Track and manage the direct mail schedule.
• Fill out purchase orders for invoices and record expenses in Excel spreadsheets.
• Coordinate and send traffic instructions and promotional needs for advertising schedules.
• Produce and post in-house lobby signage for each show.
• Track media coverage and maintain media coverage log.
• Write photo cut-lines, fact sheets and schedules of run for each production.
• Size production photos and headshots.
• Keep headshot and bio roster up-to-date and assist with the collection and approval process of artist bios and headshots.
• Assist with administrative and editorial collection needs for show programs.
• Write and distribute weekly in-house newsletter.
• Assist with proofreading publications and marketing materials.
• Keep information on various community calendars up-to-date annually.
• Update various marketing Excel spreadsheets as directed.
• Write and distribute marketing memos.
• Collate and organize sponsorship results data.
• Assist with engagement activities and special events as needed.
• Other duties as assigned.


• A strong work ethic that demonstrates initiative, organization and attention to detail, while being flexible and adaptable to change.
• Excellent communication, business writing and editing skills.
• Ability to juggle and track multiple projects and work with deadlines.
• Interest in theatre and the arts is desirable.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
• Experience with Photoshop and/or InDesign a plus.
• An associate or bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred.
• Ability to lift and carry 15-20 lbs. 

Job Requirements:

• Ability to work 35 hours per week, normally between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with a one-hour, unpaid lunch.
• The ability to work some periodic evening or weekend hours is preferred.

To apply:

Provide a cover letter and resume. Cover letter should summarize your qualifications for this position and why you are interested in working at the Playhouse. Send to Kathy Neus, Director of Marketing and Communications, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline to apply is May 23, 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: A Christmas Carol 2017

General Auditions: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Callback Auditions: Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will hold auditions on Saturday, June 24, with callbacks on Sunday, June 25, for children interested in performing in the theatre’s 2017 production of the annual holiday favorite A Christmas Carol. Nine area children will be cast to fill speaking and non-speaking parts in the show. Roles are available for boys and girls 8 to 13 years old. Additionally, the part of Tiny Tim requires a boy 6 to 8 years of age. To be eligible, children must not turn 14 before Dec. 30, 2017. Children of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

Children should provide a resume of any experience to the Playhouse, along with a photograph (a good quality school or family photo is acceptable). The resume and photo must be submitted again even if they have been sent in the past. The resume must include exact birth date and height, as well as an email address and telephone number. At the audition, children will be asked to share a one-minute monologue, story or poem and to demonstrate a British accent.

Interested children must be available for all rehearsals of the production, most of which are scheduled around school hours. Children must also be available for all performances, which are scheduled Tuesdays through Sundays and include some weekday student and public matinees. A Christmas Carol will be performed from Nov. 22 through Dec. 30, 2017, in the Playhouse’s Marx Theatre. For further information and performance dates visit the production detail page.

If the child has been in A Christmas Carol before at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, please sign up for the 12 p.m. audition slot. If the child is a boy interested in the role of Tiny Tim between the ages of 5 and 8 years old, please sign up for the 12:30 p.m. audition slot. All others should sign up for a slot between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. that afternoon. Please sign up for the earliest slot possible between these times.

Submissions are now being accepted: https://form.jotform.us/71223598737162
Deadline for consideration is June 9.


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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