Monthly Archives: February 2019

Part-Time Program Director Sought by Educational Theatre Foundation

ETF_logoJob Description:  The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) has a unique opportunity for a part-time Program Director to lead multiple programs with national scope – specifically, JumpStart Theatre (JST) and educational theatre grant programs administered by ETF. Responsibilities include: strategic and executional leadership, process definition, analysis, communication of programs, budgeting, and business model definition.

Schedule: The work requires approximately 2 days/week of effort. While much of it can be independently managed, it is helpful to work at least one day/week from the ETF main office to ensure optimum awareness of goals and objectives, and to enable effective collaboration.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. JumpStart Theatre (JST)
    • Defines the transferable elements of the JST program, identifies potential partner candidates, negotiates partner agreements, and helps partner get program initiated.
    • Provides ongoing mentoring to regional JST partners, helps them problem-solve, and ensures they have the tools to manage each aspect with success.
    • Develops projection of expenses across all sites on a multi-year basis relative to program income.
    • Identifies resources, capabilities and policies (e.g., of regional school systems) to support sustainability of the JST program executions in each regional market as well as nationally.
    • Defines impact measures and practical method of obtaining the measures ongoing.
    • Communicates the overall program and impact in multiple ways, including formal and informal presentations, written articles, and overall brand management.
    • Manages one direct report (ETF Program Manager). Some travel required.
  2. Grants to Schools (e.g. RISE America in 2018)
    • As part of a multifunctional ETF team, develops key parameters of potential grant programs for school theatre programs, and methods to execute and steward such programs.
    • Ensures competitive applications are received, assessed and awarded in line with program goals, objectives, and publicly communicated expectations.
    • Serves as point person to grant applicants and ensures funds are disbursed and then applied as expected.
    • Solicits, compiles, edits and communicates on the usage of grant funds, such that ETF and its supporters appreciate the ROI of the grants.
  3. Skills and Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree. MBA or Masters in Art Administration preferred.
    • 8-10+ years of relevant professional experience including project leadership, marketing, financial budgeting, processes and procedures, and working collaboratively in a multifunctional team, preferably in a non-profit setting. Knowledge of inner workings of schools and school theatre programs a plus.
    • Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into a practical and viable operational model.
    • Ability to effectively communicate key project details and impact to all partners and stakeholders, including regional partners, school personnel, ETF management, Board, donors, media, and others.
    • Ability to work as a business partner with ETF leadership as the organization grows and expands its reach.
    • Ability to plan and determine strategies to move the programs forward, set goals, create and implement action plans, and evaluate the process and results
    • Advanced attention to detail, along with the ability to anticipate and see big picture perspective
    • Ability to prioritize a wide-ranging work load for self and department, and work independently
    • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
    • Ability to foster teamwork by working cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.

About Us: The Educational Theatre Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), an international association with more than 135,000 active members. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education: honoring student achievement in theatre; supporting teachers by providing professional development, resources, and recognition; and influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills.  EdTA is the home of the International Thespian Society, an honorary organization established at more than 4,700 schools, that has inducted more than 2.3 million theatre students since its founding in 1929.

About JST: JumpStart Theatre is an inspiring and transformative program of The Educational Theatre Foundation, in collaboration with NYC-based companies iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI). JST builds sustainable musical theatre programs in middle schools where there previously were none. Participant schools receive the materials, funding, training, and mentor support to produce one junior musical production each year on a three-year path to sustainable capability.  JST is now being implemented in seven states through partnerships with education departments of leading professional regional theatres.

Please submit cover letter and résumé by email (Subject Line: Program Director) to:

First consideration will be given to applications received by 3/15/19.

No phone calls, please.

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MARY POPPINS Runs March 27-31

RP_Mary Poppins logoMARY POPPINS
Rotary Presents
March 27-31
Parrish Auditorium [Hamilton]

Directed by Rodney Neal
Produced by Mandy Gambrell

Cast: Chelsey Cavender as Mary Poppins, Clancey Butts as Bert, Jason S. Lakes as George Banks, Sarah Grace McCollough as Winifred Banks, Ryleigh Doss & Evie Sias as Jane Banks, Gabe Neal as Michael Banks, Marijo Farley as Katie Nanna, Holly Meyer as Miss Lark, Mike Massie as Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman, Mary Vosseberg as Mrs. Brill, Chase Engel as Robertson Ay, Karen Scott-Vosseberg as Miss Andrews, Kelly Massie as Mrs. Corry, Bill Balfour as Park Keeper, Dylan Tuner as Neleus, Erika Sammond as Bird Woman, Matt Guion as Northbrook, Greg Henderson as Von Hussler, Molly Wanko as Miss Smythe, Josie Halverson as Fannie, Ella Pfirman as Annie, Alexandra Lander as Queen Victoria, Evan Blust as Valentine, Lacey Parsons as Teddy Bear, Andie Angel as Mr. Punch & Olivia Jones as Doll
Ensemble: Andie Angel, Matt Guion, Olivia Jones, Marijo Farley, Erika Sammond, Kevin Rife, Makayla Longfield, Dan Schindler, Megan Rademacher, Jake Spicer, Emily Muench, Kristina Stoddart, Maria Helbig, Alexandra Lander, Logyn Sanchez, Katie Cooke, Sam Murray, Dylan Turner, Molly Wanko, Mike Massie, Kelly Massie, Sam Downs, Gary Bracknell & Chase Engel
Young Ensemble: Evan Blust, Katie Schwartz, Kaiden Thomas, Josie Halverson, Peter Waning, Tim Massie, Tyler Hull, Kaylee Beck, Amy Massie, Ella Pfirman, Clark Pfirman, Angela Rusche, Ben Brown, Ava Martin, Grace Martin, Makayla Platt, Samira Platt & Naomi Wanko

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

  • Wed-Fri, March 27-29 at 7pm
  • Sat, March 30 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, March 31 at 2pm

Official page | Facebook event

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Auditions Announced for IT’S A HARD KNOCK LIFE at Cincinnati Black Theatre Company

CBTC_logoCincinnati Black Theatre Company is holding open auditions for IT’S A HARD KNOCK LIFE, a full length dance children’s production.

Auditions to be held Sat, March 2 from 3-7pm

Lindner YMCA
1425B Linn St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214.

  • Have clothes to move in to learn a combination.
  • Please bring a head shot and a resume.
  • Ages 8 and up.

More details are at the Cincinnati Black Theatre company Facebook event.

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Auditions Announced for Full-Time Touring Actors at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati


TCT is holding auditions in March for the 19-20 TCT on Tour Acting Company!

All roles are paid positions. All roles are open to all ethnicities. Auditions are by appointment only.

You only need ONE audition appointment.

Adults 18+ may make an audition appointment. Appointments can be made for:

  • Sunday, March 10 2:00PM-4:00PM

You may be asked to return and attend a “short callback” on the day of your audition, which will take place from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Auditions and Callbacks are held at TCT’s headquarters located at:  4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati OH 45227.

For information concerning auditions call Eric Byrd at 513-569-8080 ext. 21 or email Visit to sign-up for an audition appointment.


2 contrasting 16-Bar songs that show off your range.  An accompanist will be provided. Your sheet music MUST have the piano part, not just the vocal line, and music should be in a 3-ring binder with the cut CLEARLY marked for the accompanist.  Women should prepare the FEMALE SIDES PACKET, Men should prepare the MALE SIDES PACKET.  You may be asked to read from the sides. Sides can be found by clicking the link below…

 You may be asked to show your dance ability, Please bring attire with you to change into in case we ask you to return.

You must bring a RECENT 8×10 headshot and UPDATED performance resume.  Even if you upload to the audition website, a hardcopy of your headshot and resume is required.

Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes ahead of your appointment to check/correct previously submitted paperwork. If we are ahead of schedule, we may audition you early.

Due to concentrated rehearsal periods, we ask that you do not have conflicts during rehearsals. In an effort to best facilitate all rehearsal times, all those auditioning will be asked to list all conflicts at the time of the audition.


The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is seeking a diverse company of FULL TIME actors for the 2019-2020 TCT on Tour season, a division of the organization that brings the magic of live theatre to schools, libraries, event spaces, and beyond, with company members responsible for all aspects of production including tour management, travel and load in/out.  The ideal candidate is flexible, hard-working, and passionate about their craft and the organization’s mission.  They should be able to lift 50 lbs. safely, and have a valid driver’s license.   Contract dates vary per casting needs. Local Actor Salary $400+ per week.  TCT on Tour rehearses each show for two weeks, and performs 5 days a week with two guaranteed days off each week, plus generous holiday time off.  Show titles run in rep.

[ACTOR 1] – Female, versatile African American singing actress to play multiple roles in Suffragettes, Dorothy in Oz, Mrs. Claus in Mrs. Claus Saves the Day, and Coretta in Coretta Scott King. Puppeteering and musical instrument ability a PLUS! Contract dates August 1st 2019 – May 31st 2020. 

[ACTOR 2] – Female, versatile singing actress, any ethnicity, to play multiple roles in Suffragettes, Mrs. Claus Saves the Day, Coretta Scott King, and Dorothy in Dorothy in Oz.  Puppeteering and musical instrument ability a PLUS!.  Contract dates August 1st 2019 – May 31st 2020.

[ACTOR 3] – Male, versatile African American singing actor to play multiple roles in Dorothy in Oz, Mrs. Claus Saves the Day, Frederick Douglas in Suffragettes, and Martin Luther King Jr. in Coretta Scott King. Puppeteering and musical instrument ability a PLUS! Contract dates August 1st 2019 – May 31st 2020.

[ACTOR 4] – Female, versatile singing actress, any ethnicity, to play multiple roles in Suffragettes, and Dorothy in Oz.  Puppeteering and musical instrument ability a PLUS! Contract dates August 1st 2019 – November 3rd 2019.

[ACTOR 5] – Male versatile singing actor, any ethnicity, to play multiple roles in Mrs. Claus Saves the Day, Coretta Scott King, Dorothy in Oz.  Puppeteering and musical instrument ability a PLUS! Contract dates November 4th, 2019 – May 31st 2020.

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Additional Audition Date Added to Fill Male Roles in NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS at The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTThe Drama Workshop is looking for a couple of men for their summer production.

NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS is a slick comedy by a new playwright, Katy DiSavino.

  • TOM O’GRADY – The newest cop on the force, easy going and friendly, potential love interest for Bridget, Nana’s granddaughter. Stage age 20s -30s
  • UPS MAN – Cute and a little lonely. Stage age 20s-30s
  • VOICE – The man at the front desk
  • OTHER UPS MAN (role may be combined with Voice)

An additional audition date has been set for this Thursday, Feb. 28th at 7pm and it will take place at the Drama Workshops new annex. 3619 Harrison Ave, between Game Time and American Gold and Silver. It was Angel’s Touch (sign still on front of building). There’s parking on the street or in Cappels lot in the back off of Gamble. The small parking lot on Harrison between Cappels and Gold and Silver belongs to Gold and Silver and we can’t use it. 

Production dates are Aug. 9-25.

If you have any questions please contact the director, Judy Berrens at

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