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Cast Announced for THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE at Falcon Theatre


Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying dénouement.

Directed by Ed Cohen


  • Tracy M. Schoster
  • Tara Williams
  • Simon Powell
  • Craig Branch

Performance Dates: March 18-April 2, 2016. For more information visit


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Associate Artistic Director Position Available at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati



Position Overview:

The Associate Artistic Director will assist the organization in fulfilling its mission of educating, entertaining and engaging our young audiences through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. The Associate Artistic Director assists in the productions and administration of all TCTC productions, and maintains the artistic integrity and educational value of each production.

The Associate Artistic Director of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCTC) reports directly to the Producing Artistic Director.

Required Knowledge/Skills for Application

  • Has the skills required to maintain vision and artistic integrity of the show once the production has opened
  • Has the capacity to problem-solve and engage in creative thinking to overcome challenges.
  • Possesses well-developed communication skills
  • Carries themselves with a mature understanding of the artistic process and excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and diplomacy skills
  • Is an experienced musical theatre choreographer
  • Has experience in grand-scale musical and new-work conception
  • Has a strong understanding of costume design, wig design, prosthetics, and stage make-up
  • Understands how to light a big cast on a large stage
  • Comprehends the sound design process, and had a good ear
  • Has a background in puppetry, or a strong understanding of puppetry
  • Reads music and comprehends different musical theatre styles
  • Possesses knowledge of touring productions, stagecraft, playwriting, arts integration, arts administration, and budget management
  • Works well in a stressful environment, managing many people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Holds strong understanding of Microsoft Office

Education Level – Bachelor’s degree in theater or related field, or equivalent work experience

Main Responsibilities:

The Associate Artistic Director’s duties include but are not limited to:


  • Reading, researching and editing scripts with the creative team
  • Attend production meetings
    • Creative input on scenic design, script needs, costumes
  • Assist Producing Artistic Director and Artistic Director of Education and Outreach in deciding the season programming
    • Seek new script ideas, research the popularity of past productions
  • Attend all assigned rehearsals, and performances unless otherwise excused
  • Train and direct Touring actors to be excellent communicators, performers and working professionals in the field of theater for young audiences
  • Assist the director with conception, creative ideas, blocking, scene study, and sight-lines
  • Problem solving: bring up issues and discover solutions that may go unnoticed to the director and stage manager
  • Direct or Assistant Direct assigned Mainstage or Touring Productions
  • Choreograph or Assistant Choreograph assigned MainStage or Touring Productions
  • Taking notes for the Director, and giving out notes after rehearsals and performances
  • Work closely with the Producing Artistic Director and the Artistic Director of Education and Outreach to compose Touring and MainStage rehearsal calendars, schedules, costume and set breakdowns, and sound cues in advance of rehearsal periods


  • Program Director for the STAR Season
  • Mailing of Scholarship Letters for STAR
  • Mailing for Acceptance/Decline letters for STAR
  • Coordinate STAR Program Schedule with Producing Artistic Director and Program Coordinator
  • Direct Assigned STAR Program Productions
  • Research and locate sheet music and scenes with STAR Program Coordinator
  • Copy and bind STAR Program musical folders with STAR Program Coordinator
  • Choreograph assigned STAR Program productions
  • Serve as a Teaching Artist for Learning the Craft, stARTS, STAR, and Workshops
  • Lead scheduled STAR rehearsals, appearances, and trips


  • Attend all auditions and callbacks
  • Organize headshots and resume’s post auditions
  • Season casting with Producing Artistic Director
  • Organize and review audition submissions via internet and mail

Load In / Load Out

  • Driving the touring van, making last minute alterations, changes, buying, etc.
  • Issues and problem solving during tech rehearsals
  • Pick-up rented or borrowed items
  • Unloading the truck after load out from The Taft Theatre
  • Unloading costumes after load out from The Taft Theatre
  • Return rented or borrowed items
  • Oversee strike of all tours


  • Health, vision and dental benefits available, partially subsidized by employer contributions, after a waiting period
  • 403(b) retirement plan participation available, after a waiting period, with eligibility for an employer match after one year of credited service
  • Generous PTO based on years of service
  • Generous paid holiday schedule

How to Apply:

  • Send cover letter, resume, and at least one letter of reference to:
  • Application deadline: December 14, 2015
  • Start Date: March – April 2016

Organizational Overview:

TCTC’s mission is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. We fulfill our mission through three primary programs:

  • MainStage at the Taft Theatre – We welcome 90,000 children, teachers, and family members from across the Tri-State, to one of our four family-friendly and professional musical theater productions at the historic Taft.
  • ArtReach – We see over 90,000 children and their families at one of our touring performances or during an arts-integration workshop or residency.
  • Learning The Craft – Over 300 children will be provided fine arts instruction, including the group that participates in the four-week intensive STAR summer program where we offer professional musical theatre training to some of the region’s most talented youth.


  • Create smiles, open minds, and touch hearts.
  • Harness theater experiences and the arts as forces for education and understanding.
  • Create meaningful shared arts experiences.
  • Present award winning and nationally recognized productions and arts education programming.
  • Foster a work environment of excellence, creativity, and innovation.

Core Beliefs:

  • We believe in the power of theater to enrich lives and create deeper understandings of people, cultures, and perspectives.
  • We believe that our audiences deserve high quality experiences that are rich with wonder, honesty, compassion, joy, and wisdom.
  • We believe that the arts and education are not mutually exclusive.
  • We believe that the art we create must respect the diversity of our community.
  • We believe in the power of integrated arts education to enrich our lives and our communities.

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VIDEO: Fall Play Preview: FATHER OF THE BRIDE at Cedarville University

A romantic comedy set in the ‘50s, was later made into a movie with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. It all starts when Stanley Banks first hears that his daughter, Kay, is engaged. Everyone else is happy—they like Kay’s football-playing fiancé—but the news is a shock to Stanley.  He struggles not only with the chaos of a growing guest list, and florists and furniture movers taking over the house, but with the realization that his little girl has grown up.

Performances run Oct. 1-11.

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Presents A Captivating and Crowd-Pleasing Comedy with The Regional Premiere of BUYER AND CELLAR

Nick Cearley in BUYER AND CELLAR at the B Street Theatre.

Nick Cearley in BUYER AND CELLAR at the B Street Theatre.

(Cincinnati, OH) Grab your shopping bags! You won’t want to miss the regional premiere of BUYER AND CELLAR, the hit comedy by Jonathan Tolins. This outrageous one-man play takes us to the lavish home (well…basement) of Barbra Streisand, where we attempt to navigate this leading lady’s personal shopping mall through the eyes of her salesclerk, or the keeper of all things Barbra. BUYER AND CELLAR will star ETC veteran Nick Cearley (Next to Normal, The Great American Trailer Park Musical) and plays October 13 and runs through November 1, 2015. Directed by D. Lynn Meyers.

What’s a renowned diva to do with decades of memories? And where to put the acres of memorabilia bursting the seams of her lavish Malibu estate? If you’re Barbra Streisand, you enshrine them in a mini-mall in your basement where you can pretend to go shopping! Out-of-work actor Alex More can’t pass up an offer to play shopkeeper for one tough customer who doesn’t let anyone rain on her parade. Soon it begins to take a toll on his patience, his love life, and his view of people (who need people).

“I’m not a big fan of plays about actors talking about acting and the business, but I am a fan of plays that celebrate an actor’s life and some of the amazing journeys that they get to go on,” explains Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers. “I just love that Jonathan Tolins wrote this fantasy, and in a way a coming-of-age story, that allows an actor to embody so many great characters. From the moment I heard about BUYER AND CELLAR, all I could think of was Nick Cearley. He is someone I adore working with and it’s great to have him back to celebrate our thirtieth anniversary season.”

About the Cast
Nick Cearley (Alex More) was last seen at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati as Henry in Next to Normal, 25 The Musical, and Duke in The Great American Trailer Park Musical. As a musician, he is one-half of the “undie-rock,” comedy- pop duo known as The Skivvies, which he co-created with Lauren Molina, and has been critically acclaimed by such publications as People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Out Magazine, The Advocate, NY POST, NY Daily News, and Wall Street Journal. He was also recently honored on the prestigious OUT 100 list of most “influential and compelling LGBT actors of the year.” His credits include the first national tour of All Shook Up. He was most recently seen Off-Broadway as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pageant: The Musical (also Original Cast Album on Jay Records). His favorite regional credits include Buyer & Cellar (Sacramento’s B Street Theatre), William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (dir. Scott Schwartz) …And Then I Wrote a Song About It (Best Lead Actor in a Musical/The Star Ledger, NJ), …Spelling Bee, Altar Boyz, Plaid Tidings (dir. Gordon Greenberg), and The Rocky Horror Show (dir. Hunter Foster). His other credits include: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Luna Stage, Diversionary Theatre, Rubicon Theatre, American Stage Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, York Theatre, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, City Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Center, Provincetown Theatre, The Smith Center, Red Barn Theatre, The Tampa Theatre, and Bucks County Playhouse. He has also shot TV pilots for Fox, WE, and A&E.

Production team includes Brian c. Mehring (Resident Scenic & Lighting Designer), Jack Murphy (Technical Director), Matthew Hollstegge (Production Manager & Master Electrician), Shannon Rae Lutz (Properties Master & Design Assistant), Matt Callahan (Sound Designer), and Reba Senske (Costume Designer). Production Stage Manager is Brandon T. Holmes. Assistant Stage Manager is Elizabeth Freyman.

Performance Information
Performances run Tuesday through Sunday. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm; and Sunday, 7:00 pm. A complete calendar of performances is available online at

Ticket Prices
Ticket prices range from $28 to $44 for adults; student tickets are $25; and children are $18. For the 2015-2016 season, ETC continues its popular $15 student and half-price rush tickets for all performances, which are available two hours prior to show time and may be purchased by phone or in person at the box office.

Available Discounts
Military, Educator, Public Radio Perks Card, ArtsWave FunCard, AAA, Senior, and Enjoy the Arts discounts available; tickets and seating are subject to availability.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2015-2016 Season Presenting Sponsor is the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Garfield Suites Hotel, the Shubert Foundation, and PNC.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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ANDY’S HOUSE OF [BLANK] Runs Oct. 30-Nov. 14

KTC_Andys House of Blank logoANDY’S HOUSE OF [BLANK]
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Oct. 30-Nov. 14
The Underground at Know [Over-the-Rhine]

Directed by Bridget Leak

Cast: Erika Kate MacDonald as Sadie, Christopher Richardson as Andy, Paul Strickland as Paul & Trey Tatum as Trey

Andy always was an unusual man, running a store that was part ever-changing emporium of oddities, part Museum of Unmailed Loveletters. When Sadie, his old school crush, comes back to town for her father’s funeral, she shows up at the store with a mysterious machine…over and over and over again. Paul and Trey recount the strange events of the summer they met, working in Andy’s House of [blank]. This small town, mystery-spot musical graduates from Serials! Thunderdome to become a full length show about unrequited love, second chances, and what it means to change your world.

  • Fri-Sat, Oct. 30-31 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 1 at 3pm
  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 5-7 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 8 at 3pm
  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 12-14 at 8pm

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