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Scroll below for job listings, auditions, internships and more! 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. 

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.

 

Job Openings

Reports to: Development Director 

Direct Reports: Capital Campaign Manager and Capital Campaign Assistant

Position Overview: The Director of Major Gifts — Capital Campaign is a critical member of the senior development staff, primarily overseeing contributions below $100,000 to the Playhouse’s Directing the Future Capital Campaign. The Director of Major Gifts — Capital Campaign works independently and with the Development Director, executive staff and board-level volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts of all levels for the campaign. They will also work closely with the Development Director, the Director of Individual Giving and the Director of Institutional Giving to ensure that prospect coordination and management is strategic and effective across all of the Playhouse’s fundraising campaigns. The Director will also manage the Capital Campaign Manager and the Capital Campaign assistant in their daily tasks including but not limited to broad-based solicitations, administrative support, and prospect research. The Director is a driven, high-functioning member of the development staff, serving as a leader along with their fellow senior development staff. The Director is a full-time exempt position with benefits. Evening and weekend hours are sometimes required.

Position Responsibilities:

     Fundraising (75%)

  • Manages a portfolio of approximately 200 prospects, both individual and institutional, for the capital campaign with gifts ranging between $10,000-99,999. They will be actively identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors and prospects.
    • Oversees the prospect identification work. Looks to the Playhouse’s substantial patron database to identify key prospects. Will also oversee the large public campaign with mass solicitations that will include direct mail, digital and telefunding solicitation efforts.
    • Develops a written cultivation plan for each donor in Portfolio, setting bench marks for solicitation date and amount.
    • In conjunction with the Capital Campaign Assistant, maintains Plans in Tessitura CRM on each prospect with documentation of active and passive moves on a regular basis for each prospect with the goal of at least one passive move a month for each prospect and one active move a quarter for each prospect.
  • Works with the Board, Executive Staff, Development Director and Campaign Staff to coordinate the large scale solicitation plan for the capital campaign. Oversees the planning, scheduling and solicitations executed by other parties while managing his or her own portfolio.
  • Works with the senior level fundraising team on prospect management and high level strategic planning with the goal of maintaining and growing the annual campaign while successfully completing the capital campaign.
  • With the Director of Institutional Giving and Grants Manager, oversees the submission of proposals to Government and Foundation entities in support of the capital campaign.

     Management (25%)

  • Supervises the Capital Campaign Manager and the Capital Campaign Assistant, ensuring department goals are being achieved and facilitating strong inter-department communications.
  • Provides guidance to the Capital Campaign Manager in the successful cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of his or her own portfolio of prospects.
  • Serves as one of the primary staff liaisons for the Capital Campaign Cabinet in conjunction with the Development Director, the Capital Campaign Manager and the Capital Campaign Assistant.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies:

  • Minimum 5 years experience in development management position.
  • Experience in supervising and motivating staff to achieve high performance goals.
  • Direct experience with annual fund campaigns required. Indirect and/or direct experience with capital campaigns strongly preferred.
  • 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:
Sharon Weber
Human Resources Manager
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle Cincinnati, OH 45202
sharon.weber@cincyplay.com
No phone calls, please.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Reports to: Production Stage Manager and Stage Management Staff

Position Overview: Over-hire Run Crew may work in any department and are responsible for running various technical elements of shows during performance. Physical locations for this job will include the Marx and Shelterhouse Theatres, and the accompanying backstage and support areas. These are temporary positions that will span 5-6 weeks between September, 2019 – June, 2020, depending on the production. These positions will require work outside normal business hours, including, but not limited to, evenings and weekends.

Position Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Props Run Crew:
    • Preparing the stage for rehearsal and performance, according to instructions from Stage Management, and Props Run Crew Chief.
    • Presetting and tracking set pieces or props during rehearsals and performances, making sure items are in proper position, at the proper times.
    • Moving set pieces and handing off both props and set pieces during rehearsals and performances.
    • Cleaning up onstage and backstage as needed after rehearsal and performance.
    • Making crew chiefs aware of needed updates to paperwork.
    • Additional specific duties as assigned.
  • Wardrobe Run Crew:
    • Assisting the actors with dressing pre- and post-show. This may include assisting with hair styling and/or prepping and securing wigs.
    • Presetting and tracking costume pieces before, during and after rehearsals and performances.
    • Executing costume changes throughout the performance, as assigned.
    • Repairs and maintenance to costume pieces that may include hand sewing, machine sewing, as well as painting and/or polishing and other “touch-ups” as needed.
    • Nightly laundry, including ironing, steaming, de-linting, and distributing costumes.
    • Minor touch-up to existing wig styles.
    • Create wardrobe track paperwork as needed.
  • Electrics Run Crew (Marx Theatre Only):
    • Preparing the stage for rehearsal and performance, including sweeping and mopping as needed.
    • Operation of a Lycian Follow Spot.
    • Creation of Follow Spot paperwork as needed.
    • Cleaning up onstage and backstage as needed after rehearsal and performance.

Competencies (all positions) include:

  • 1-2 years’ experience in technical theatre or entertainment industry equivalent.
  • Good communication skills.
  • A basic knowledge of technical theatre terms.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • For Wardrobe Positions – Basic Sewing Skills.
  • Demonstrated interest or related experience in theatre preferred.

Physical Demands (all positions):

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk (sometimes quickly), talk, hear, and speak.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Work is often performed in dimly lit areas.
  • Ability to lift and carry 20-30 lbs.

To Apply:
All interested candidates should submit a resume and 2 references to:
Jessica Lucas, Assistant Production Manager
jessica.lucas@cincyplay.com
No phone calls please.

Deadline to Apply: Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

 

Auditions

Child Actor Auditions

A Christmas Carol
Once on This Island

Auditions: June 29, 2019
Callback Auditions: June 30, 2019

Each year we hold auditions for children interested in performing in our production of A Christmas Carol, presented by First Financial Bank. Nine area children are 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 who is 6 to 8 years old. To be eligible, children must not turn 14 before Dec. 31 of that year. Children of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Children are asked to prepare very short 30-second or one-minute long monologue, poem or story with a British accent. Callbacks occur the next day with readings from the play.

For Once on This Island, we will audition girls for Little Ti Moune. The role calls for a young actress of Black/African descent, who is 9 to 12 years old and is energetic, confident, funny and sweet. She must have a strong vocal range of E Flat above C to D Flat 2 above C. Auditioners should prepare a short 1-minute monologue or poem and a short 16-32 measure song to sing. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring in sheet music.

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. Performance dates are available for A Christmas Carol and for Once on This Island. All roles receive compensation. All auditions will be held at the Playhouse, located in Eden Park at the edge of Mt. Adams.

2019-20 Annual Local Equity Principal Auditions

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will be holding Equity Principal Auditions onsite on Monday, March 18, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 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. No video submissions accepted.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the Playhouse at 513-345-2242 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will be scheduling appointments by phone only during these stated hours.

For auditions, please prepare 1 or 2 (contrasting) monologue(s) not to exceed three minutes OR for musical auditions, 1 monologue and one song not to exceed three minutes. If interested in a musical audition, an accompanist will be provided between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. only. Clearly marked music will be required for the accompanist.  No pre-recorded music please. Please bring a current headshot and resume.

Equity Actors (Members of Actors' Equity Association)

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 auditions@cincyplay.com. 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 auditions@cincyplay.com. Your resume should be in either a Word or PDF format and your headshot should be saved as a JPEG or TIF file.

 

Internships

The Bruce E. Coyle Stage Management 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, 2019, and March 31, 2019, for stage management interns for its 2019-20 season. Contracts are for the entire production season but vary from the end of July 2019 through early June 2020. 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 letters of recommendation or references (with email addresses) to jenifer.morrow@cincyplay.com or send by mail to:

Jenifer Morrow, Production Stage Manager
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Bruce E. Coyle Acting 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.

To learn more about this program, visit the Acting Internship Program page.

 

For information on our script submission policy, visit this page.

 

Gina Milo and Nick Cearley in Little Shop of Horrors. The cast of In the Heights. The cast of A Christmas Carol, presented by First Financial Bank. Photos by Mikki Schaffner.