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NKU School of the Arts Announces Promotions to Leadership Team

NKU_SOTA logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University has appointed new directors and program heads for its School of the Arts (SOTA).

Matthew Albritton has been appointed as the next Director of the School of the Arts, previously held by Ken Jones. Albritton served as the Visual Arts Program Head for the past two years and brings 17 years of experience at NKU to his new position. He began his teaching career at NKU in 2001 as a temporary lecturer followed by a tenure track appointment and promotion to associate professor. Matt earned his B.A. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his M.F.A. in Photography from the University of Texas at Austin. He has won faculty awards at NKU for outstanding non-tenure track teaching and excellence in outreach and public engagement. His research and teaching interests include service learning, community engagement through documentary photography, and a long-term commitment to a project photographing the birthplaces of all the US presidents.

Ron Shaw has been named the next Associate Director of the School of the Arts, previously held by Thomas McGovern. Ron brings 29 years of teaching experience at NKU with a long track-record of engagement in university service including 8 years as University Curriculum Committee (UCC) chair, 16 years on faculty senate, and 5 years on the general education committee in addition to his involvement in the last two general education realignments and program reviews for Theatre + Dance. Ron holds a B.A. in music, speech and theatre from Heidelberg College, an M.A. in theatre from Bowling Green State University, and an M.F.A. in design from Northwestern University. He has worked as a set, lighting, and costume designer for such theatres as: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, ArtReach Touring Theatre, Blowing Rock Playhouse, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. He has designed a great number of world premieres and is currently the Production Manager and Stage Manager for the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus. Ron has designed scenery for many shows at Northern in addition to teaching Scene Design, Comparative Arts, Scene Painting, Properties Construction, and Rendering and Model Building.

Michael Hatton will serve as the Program Head for Theatre + Dance. Michael received his M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy and Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University and his B.F.A. in Theatre Management from Northern Kentucky University and has been a full-time faculty since 2005. He has served in various forms of university governance and service, including general education, university and college curriculum, e-learning, master advising, international education, and planning committees, and currently serves on the executive board of the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA). Additionally, Michael has won awards for teaching, including from the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and University as well as the NKU Michael C.C. and Susan S. Adams Outstanding Non-Tenure Track Faculty award. He is a freelance director and stage manager having worked with numerous regional theatre companies.

Lisa Jameson will serve as the Program Head for Visual Arts. Lisa has been the area coordinator for Art Education at Northern Kentucky University since 1996. She received her M.F.A. in drawing and M.A. in Art Education with teacher certification from the University of Cincinnati. She works regularly with area P-12 teachers, museum educators and local schools on collaborative projects involving university students. Lisa is a past- president of the Kentucky Art Education Association, which provides professional development opportunities for art educators at all levels. In addition, Lisa is a visual artist who has been exhibiting for over 20 years. Her work is included in many collections, including the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Brad McCombs will serve as the Program Head for Music. Brad received a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. Brad’s interest in leadership of the arts rests in the power of the arts to transform individuals and communities that both inspires and provokes thought. His research focuses on creating powerful connections with an audience whether they are physical, virtual or somewhere in-between. His role as an artist is comprehensive and embraces activism, anthropology, ecology, and sociology. His regional public art project, the Driftwood Institute, engages students to help educate the community about our watershed. Brad has shown his work both nationally and internationally including a recent project in collaboration with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra where he created visuals to accompany the live performance of Darius Milhaud’s “La Création du Monde”.

Created in 2015, the School of the Arts is the creative engine of NKU, showcasing dance, music, theatre, and visual arts and preparing students to be creative trailblazers in the Arts and in their careers. With 33 degree options, SOTA students find creative intersections that reflect their passion and their career goals. Additionally, minors within SOTA come from every college on campus from Nursing to Mathematics, Political Science to Construction Management, bringing varied viewpoints into each classroom and fueling creativity and collaboration campus-wide. SOTA’s Prep programs, including the nationally recognized String Project, engage students from children to adults annually, engaging the community and creating the musicians and performers of the future. To learn more, please visit

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Volunteers Readers Needed by Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

CABVI_logoCincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has many volunteer opportunities currently available.  Volunteers are needed to read for Radio Reading Services or the Personalized Talking Print program which is a telephone information retrieval system.  Also needed are one on one volunteers who read mail for clients.

If you would like more information, please visit to view CABVI’s volunteer opportunities and to fill out a volunteer application.  You can also email Jennifer Holladay at or call 513.487.4237.

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Operations Administrative Assistant Sought by Cincinnati Arts Association

caa_logoThe Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is seeking a detail-oriented individual to fill this full-time position at our Aronoff Center for the Arts location. The Operations Administrative Assistant will be primarily responsible for providing day-to-day administrative and clerical support to the Operations departments.

Responsibilities: General responsibilities include but are not limited to: assist in daily office needs and managing the department’s general administrative activities; serve as a central clearing point for information on operations; answer phones and provide general service to clients regarding use of facility and spaces; organize, maintain, and assume custodial responsibilities for all operation department files; record and distribute minutes of operations department meetings and other meetings; order office supplies for operations/volunteer departments; assist Rentals Manager with touring prospective clients and supplying them with necessary information; utilize event scheduling software to assist with bookings; coordinate preparation and distribution of all materials for clients; assist with distribution of information to volunteers throughout the year including newsletter; assist with special activities for volunteers; provide switchboard relief when needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate must possess strong written, verbal, interpersonal and customer service skills; strong organization skills with attention to detail. Must be able to function in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment with a positive attitude. Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines. Proficiency in computers including database management, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook required. A general knowledge of office practices and procedures. Basic bookkeeping skills a plus. High school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of three years’ related experience; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

To Apply:
Interested candidates may complete an application at/or send resume by 8/10/18 to:
Cincinnati Arts Association
Attn: Human Resources
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Or email:

No phone calls please.
EOE/M/F/D/V/SO Employer

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Violin and Clarinet Players Needed for HORIZONS OF GOLD at Merit Theatre Company

MTC_logoSeeking two skilled violinists and one clarinet player to join the Merit Company Orchestra in the pit for Horizons of Gold August 24-September 2, 2018, in Cincinnati, OH.

Paid positions.

Contact us at if interested.

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Auditions Announced for WHITE CHRISTMAS at La Comedia Dinner Theatre

LAC_logoLa Comedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro, Ohio, is holding auditions for its upcoming production of WHITE CHRISTMAS on at 10am Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio.

SEEKING: 10:00 A.M.
Bob Wallace – (28-35) Good actor (gruff & deeply kind)
Good dancer (jazz, some tap)
Singer (baritone, crooner)

Phil Davis – (28-35) Excellent Dancer (ballroom, jazz, tap)
Good actor/singer (baritenor)
Charming, fun-loving

Betty Hayes – (25-29) Good actor/singer
Rich chest with soprano extension

Judy Hayes – (early 20s) Excellent Dancer (ballroom, jazz, tap)
Good singer (chest mix), flirty

Martha – (40-60) Excellent actor/singer (mid-range belt/chest mix)

General Waverly – (55-65) Retired U.S. Army General

Rita & Rhoda – (18-35) Brash, sexy star chorus pals

Susan Waverly – (9-12) The General’s granddaughter. She is lovable and outgoing.

Dancers and Ensemble – Strong in ballroom, jazz, & tap. Good singers.
Men and Women – jazz and tap shoes

Prepare 16 bars of a standard musical theatre song. Please provide a current headshot and resume.

Director/Choreographer is Chris Beiser
Rehearsals begin October 15, 2018. Performances November 1 – December 31, 2018.
4 days off for Thanksgiving and 4 days off for Christmas.
Questions call Kris Byerly @ 937-746-4554 ext 241.

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