We are thrilled to announce an incredible $3 million pledge from Digi and Mike Schueler to help construct our new mainstage theatre complex and to support our artistic programming for the next five years!
“Digi and Mike’s extraordinary gift leads us into the homestretch of our capital campaign,” said Blake Robison, artistic director. “And making a five-year commitment to our future artistic programming speaks volumes about their
love of the Playhouse and the confidence they have in work we put onstage for the community. We can’t thank them enough.”
Included in the pledge is a capital campaign gift of $1.75 million that gives the Schuelers naming rights to the lobby of the new facility. We now have $41.5 million in funds committed toward the project total of $49.5 million. The Schuelers join Moe and Jack Rouse and the Rosenthal Family as the lead donors of our capital campaign.
“Digi and I hope our gift inspires others to join us in helping deliver this project to the community,” said Mike, who is Chairman and CEO of The Schueler Group, a real estate, development and construction company located in Warren County.
The Schuelers are active throughout Greater Cincinnati with numerous social service and arts organizations. Digi has been a member of the Playhouse Board of Trustees for 16 years and has filled a variety of leadership positions during that time. She also
currently serves on the boards of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Every Child Succeeds, 4C for Children and East End Adult Education.
Caroline Hewitt, Grant Goodman and Annie Fitzpatrick in the 2019-20 production of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, which was sponsored by Digi and Mike Schueler. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.
“The Playhouse is a national treasure right here in Cincinnati,” said Digi. “We are so pleased to play our part in securing its future for generations to come.”
With the other $1.25 million of their pledge, the Schuelers have committed to continue their season sponsorship of the mainstage series in the current Marx Theatre and future Rouse Theatre as well as a select production sponsorship in the Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre through the 2025-26 Season.
The Playhouse began site preparation work for the building construction in the spring to move utilities, change traffic patterns and create the staging area for the new theatre. That work is on track to be completed by the end of the summer. Ground-breaking for the new theatre is slated for late fall 2020, assuming no delays related to COVID-19 issues. Projected opening of the new theatre complex remains late 2022.
To learn more about the Playhouse's project to build a new mainstage theatre complex, visit A New Stage.