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

There are no open positions at this time.

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.


Equity Actors (Members of Actors' Equity Association)

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.

Additional 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.

Children's Auditions for Mothers and Sons

The Playhouse will hold auditions on Monday, Jan. 18, for the young boy’s role in Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons. The Playhouse is seeking a 6 to 10-year-old male Caucasian actor who can convincingly (physically) play the 6-year old Bud, who is the son of two gay dads. All three are in a loving, stable and committed relationship. Bud is sharp and has a naturally outgoing personality.

Though the actor playing Bud will not be required to engage in dialogue or stage business that would be inappropriate for a 6-year old, the show does contain some basic information about AIDS, as well as mortality, that is appropriate to the maturity level of a precocious 6-year old child.

Parents/guardians should email 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 emailed 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. Cold readings will be available.

Interested children must be available for all rehearsals of this production, most of which are scheduled around school hours. Children must also be available for all performances of the show, which are scheduled Tuesdays through Sundays from March 18 to April 17, including one weekday public matinee.

Photographs and resumes should be emailed to the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for consideration is Jan. 12, 2016. Those selected to audition will be contacted by telephone to schedule specific times. Audition location and other details will be provided when appointments are made.

Acting Internships

The Bruce E. Coyle Internship Program

Going into its 20th season, 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 2016 through May 2017. Exact start and end dates to be determined based on the needs of the season.


There is a two-step process for auditions that includes general auditions and call backs. Candidates must be able to attend an in-person call back to be considered for the program.

Audition Schedule

Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
General Audition Date: Dec. 28, 2015
Call-Back Audition Date: Feb. 13, 2016

Los Angeles, California/Location TBD
General Audition Dates: Jan. 27 and 28, 2016
Call-Back Audition Date: Jan. 28, 2016

San Francisco, California/Custom Made Theater
General Audition Date: Feb. 1, 2016
Call-Back Audition Date: Feb. 1, 2016

New York City, New York/Location TBD
General Audition Dates: Feb. 3, 4 and 5, 2016
Call-Back Audition Date: Feb. 6, 2016

General Auditions
There are two options for general auditions:

1. Audition in person. You must bring a current headshot and resume to the audition. Sign up for an in-person general audition.
2. Submit a video audition. Video auditions must be a link to YouTube or Vimeo submitted no later than Jan. 8, 2016. Submit a video audition. 

Audition Material
Please prepare two contrasting, contemporary monologues and one 16-bar musical theatre piece to be sung a cappella. The audition should be no longer than three minutes total. Bring headshots and resumes with you or submit with the video link online.

Please no calls or materials submitted through the 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, 2016, and March 31, 2016, for stage management interns for its 2016-17 season. Contracts are for the entire production season but vary from the end of July 2016 through early June 2017. 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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