Monthly Archives: January 2021

THE BOARDER Available Through Feb. 13

EP_logoAvailable now until February 13, see the talented cast of THE BOARDER, written and directed by Lynne Aronson and produced by Equality Productions.

What happens when two sisters, who live together, start running out of money? Well, they rent a room to a boarder. Tune into the story of the Caldwell Sisters, Olga, the mysterious boarder, and her cat Grishakins.

The talented actors who volunteered their talents to raise money are:

  • Announcer: Michael Sharon
  • Cindy Caldwell: Debra Kirkby
  • Commercial announcer: Teresa Benyo-Marzullo
  • Karen: Linda Roll
  • Olga: Marcha Hunley
  • Postman/Telephone Installer: Mark Aronson

TO RECEIVE THE YOUTUBE LINK for the recording, send a donation to the Paypal email address: The suggested donation is $5. In return, you will receive a link to the 20-minute recording. If you do not have a Paypal account, email us for an alternate donation method.

Donations will be divided among three organizations:

  1. OCTA – The organization promotes excellence and creativity in live theatre and to promote live theatre.
  2. TDW – Cincinnati’s own The Drama Workshop
  3. The Heights Arts Initiative – The Cleveland-based organization presents music and theater and supports social justice.

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Cast Announced for DADDY LONG LEGS at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoRunning March 5-7, the cast includes J. Farley Norman as Jervis and Bonnie Emmer as Jerusha.

DADDY LONG LEGS is directed by Jacqlyn Schott with music direction by Matthew Nassida and produced by Denise A. Schnieders.

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Production Manager Position Available at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

CSC_logoTitle: Production Manager

Reports to: Producing Artistic Director

Start Date:    Flexible

About the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) is a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for all. Operating out of The Otto M. Budig Theater, CSC hosts a year-round theatrical season in addition to special events, educational programming, and community engagement activities. In its theatrical portfolio, CSC executes up to ten mainstage productions and six touring productions annually. Beyond its theatrical portfolio, CSC supports collaborations with many local community and arts organizations.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) are priorities of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. CSC strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected classification. Successful candidates will be committed to advancing CSC’s DEIA commitments with a particular emphasis to building a diverse team, an inclusive and accessible process, and an equitable department.

Position Overview

The Production Manager oversees the Production Department. The base schedule of this position is 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and flexes to accommodate production schedules, special events, and engagement programming.

The Production Manager is a member of the Leadership Team and Artistic Visionary Circle (AVC), alongside other directors and managers within the company. Within this team, the Production Manager represents the voices and interests of their department and its output while weighing in on the overall operations of the company. As a member of the AVC, the Production Manager is involved in the programming and artistic decisions of the company.

The Production Department realizes the visions of producers, directors, and designers within the resources allocated by the company. In response to the pandemic, CSC is in a state of recovery and rebuild. The incoming Production Manager should expect to be heavily involved in rebuilding and staffing the Production Department – which will likely be a multi-season effort. A successful candidate will have an involved approach to the work of their department, which may include hands-on tasks such as work notes or maintenance.

The Production Manager leads a team of department heads, designers, artisans, and overhire in the execution of all production elements of CSC’s programming. Team size typically ranges from 10-20 people (depending on the number of active projects and their demands) with an estimated five direct reports to the Production Manager. The Production Manager also engages external collaborators and freelancers (such as guest designers) as budgets and projects allow.

The Production Manager is responsible for collaborating with members of the Business Visionary Circle to ensure that programming schedules allow all aspects of the Company to meet mission, engagement, and revenue-oriented goals. The Production Manager is responsible for overseeing the scheduling of the theater, rehearsal spaces, technical equipment, and personnel as necessary to support engagement, education, and philanthropic-driven work.


Required skills include:

  • Genuine leadership.
  • Comfortable solving problems and making decisions with limited supervision.
  • Previous experience in theatrical Production or Stage Management Departments (educational, intern, assistant, or associate-level experience acceptable).
  • Previous experience with schedule management or creation.

Preferred skills include:

  • Project Management experience.
  • Previous experience in financial management (expense tracking, budget creation, or similar).
  • Experience managing budgets and resources.
  • General experience across multiple aspects of technical theater including stage management, costumes, scenic, lighting, props, scenic artistry, sound, projections, and front of house.
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite including Microsoft Outlook.
  • Proficiency with virtual meeting and distance learning platforms such as Zoom.
  • Familiarity with AEA and SPT regulations and operations.

A successful candidate will also possess the following attributes:

  • Genuine passion in cultivating and supporting a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible work environment.
  • Drive to create world-class theater that has a significant impact in the community and beyond.
  • Eagerness to learn.
  • Ability to keep calm under pressure and remain tactful in stressful situations.


Managerial & Fiscal
Business Planning & Scheduling:

  • Create an annual business plan including schedules, budgets, and long-term planning for the Production Department for approval by Executive Leadership.
  • Oversee creation of annual production and venue schedules and individual show schedules.
  • Establish design and budget deadlines for each production process.

Expense Tracking:

  • Compile weekly expense reports from production team members to track individual project and department spending.
  • Process own expenses and submit all reports to the General Manager.


  • Collaborate with department heads to facilitate the purchase and sourcing of materials (stock, expendables, and specialty items) as necessary.
  • Facilitate capital expense purchases as approved in the annual Company budget.
  • Coordinate production equipment rentals and venue rentals as necessary.


  • Actively engage in a broad, continuous recruiting process to ensure diverse candidate pools for available opportunities on design teams, staff, and temporary engagements.
  • Supervise production team including department heads, assistants, overhire, and volunteers.
  • Coordinate department rotations and shop hours for touring company members.
  • Hire and manage production overhire and additional production staff as necessary.


  • Establish and maintain departmental safety standards.
  • Serve as the Respiratory Program Administrator for the Company.
  • Meet fire and building code requirements.
  • Implement additional guidelines to optimize workplace safety.
  • Process and distribute incident reports regarding any workplace safety concerns or accidents.
  • Champion for improved safety standards year-over-year.

Programming & Artistic

  • Distribute production meeting notes within (1) day of production meetings.
  • Coordinate and lead company through cadence of annual production schedule including design launches, project deadlines, rehearsals, technical, and performances.
  • Attend first reads, designer runs, leadership meetings, production meetings, retreats, technical rehearsals, special events, and post-mortems.
  • Present designs at first reads if designers are unable to attend.
  • Coordinate with department heads regarding production element completion deadlines and handoff dates for multi-department elements.
  • Coordinate install schedules with department heads to allow all departments access to the stage as necessary for project completion.
  • Manage Google Drive or other service for production documentation and communication.
  • Maintain production archive of past productions, financial activities, contracts, and schedules.


  • Oversee regular cleaning and inspections of all production spaces including the booth, shops, warehouse, and theater.
  • Oversee offsite warehouse space, storage arrangements, and liaise with short-term tenant.


  • Engage with professional groups, industry conferences, and regional institutions as needed.
  • Improve production artistic quality and consistency annually.
  • Facilitate collaboration between department heads and production designers to improve productivity, encourage creativity, and promote issue resolution.
  • Collaborate with the Producing Artistic Director regularly to discuss immediate and long-term production goals for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
  • Serve as a member of Artistic Visionary Circle with a specific focus on Production.

In addition to the responsibilities above, all CSC staff may be asked to perform additional duties at the request of their supervisor.

Compensation & Benefits

This is a full time, salaried, exempt position with an annual salary range of $38,000-$42,000 (received through biweekly payroll). In addition to this salary, the Production Manager receives:

  • Ten days of paid vacation, accrued seasonally.
  • Six days of paid sick leave, accrued seasonally.
  • Paid holiday leave.
  • Access to group health insurance through Anthem with 50% of employee premiums paid by CSC.
  • Optional enrollment in Health Savings Account plan.
  • Access to dental insurance through Dental Care Plus with 50% of employee premiums paid by CSC.
  • Life and AD&D coverage for the employee paid by CSC.
  • Parental leave, short-term medical leave.
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with employer match.
  • Free access to CSC educational programming for dependents (Groundlings Junior, Groundlings, Summer Camp).
  • Complimentary enrollment and membership to the Y which offers fitness facilities throughout the region and other wellness benefits.
  • Complimentary and discounted tickets to all CSC productions.

To Apply

To apply for this position, candidates should complete the job application submission form available online below.

This application requires candidates to submit PDFs of their cover letter and resume. For this position, work sample submissions are optional and may include content such as: project budgets, work samples, production photos, project proposals, program schedules or calendars, etc. Candidates also have the option to provide URLs to online portfolios and profiles. Please take note of the submission file size limits.

If a candidate has questions about this position or requires different accommodations to submit an application, please contact Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To submit a Job Application click here (and scroll down).

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Job Openings at Educational Theatre Association

EdTA_logoEducational Theatre Association (EdTA), has 3 full-time and one temporary positions currently open. Brief descriptions of each job are included below along with a link to our website to view the full descriptions and apply.

We value a diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, people of color, LBGTQ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign born residents, and veterans to apply. For more information, visit:

Current Openings:

Project Services Associate to provide project and administrative support to our internal departments for their various ad hoc or ongoing projects, member events, special programs, meetings and activities.  Requires strong administrative and/or project support experience and customer service focus.  Must be an organizer and multi-tasker with excellent time management skills.  This position is currently remote but would be onsite in the future.  Click here for detailed description and to apply:

Events Associate – Temporary to support registration and administrative tasks for the International Thespian Festival, the country’s premier teen theatre festival, taking place June 22-25, 2021. This temporary position will generally work Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; applicants must have a flexible schedule for evenings and weekends periodically as needed, but especially during the event. The engagement is expected to last through the end of June. Requires customer service focus and experience working in customer relationship management (CRM) systems and/or event registration systems.  Experience with virtual event platforms and/or event production is a plus.  Fully remote is possible for this position.  Click here for detailed description and to apply:

Content and Marketing Director to lead strategy and execution for multiple communication channels to maximize engagement, impact, and revenue.  Must be a strategic brand expert, creative thinker, exceptional communicator, and an effective manager of people, with a proven track record in digital content and marketing. Fully remote is possible for this position.  Click here for detailed description and to apply:

Content Manager for day-to -day management of content on, and This position also executes our paid and organic social media strategy and develops content for audience development, marketing, and member engagement. Responsibilities include content creation/acquisition, digital publishing and freelancer management. Fully remote is possible for this position.  Click here for detailed description and to apply:

About Us:  The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is an international nonprofit association with more than 120,000 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 nearly 5,000 schools, that has inducted more than 2.4 million theatre students since its founding in 1929. EdTA also produces the International Thespian Festival and publishes Dramatics magazine online for high school theatre students, and Teaching Theatre, an online journal for theatre education professionals.  The Educational Theatre Foundation is the philanthropic arm of EdTA.

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Cincinnati Playhouse Brings Ezra Jack Keats’ Classic THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES to Life This February

PIP_Snowy-Day-Horiz-WebOff the Hill production available virtually on weekends
Feb. 12 – 28

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will partner with community centers throughout the region to present THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS as part of the Playhouse’s virtual Off the Hill series. The professionally filmed theatrical performance will be available for streaming for free on weekends from Feb. 12 to 28.

“We’re pleased to partner with the community centers, who normally would offer our Off the Hill performances live, and present a beloved story for all ages,” said Daunielle Rasmussen, director of education and community engagement, who directed the production. “This is one of many ways we are continuing to engage our audiences and provide theatre in new ways amidst the realities of the pandemic.”

Audiences can follow the adventures of Peter and his friends as they experience the first snowfall in the neighborhood, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure, and the excitement of sending the perfect letter to a friend in this professionally filmed virtual performance.

Written with a whimsical spirit by award-winning playwright Jerome Hairston, this imaginative production includes shadow puppets and original music, and it perfectly encapsulates the joys of childhood and the challenges of growing up. The script is based on several of Ezra Jack Keats’ award-winning picture books. Published in 1962, The Snowy Day was the first illustrated children’s book to have a Black main character.

“Keats captured the magic of the day-to-day adventures of being a boy and the wonder of childhood,” said Piper N. Davis, who served as cultural director on the show. “It shows a Black family living in their own space and place, while the themes offer something everyone can relate to – no matter their age, race, class or family structure.”

The production features Kearston Hawkins-Johnson as Peter; A.J. Baldwin as Mom, Archie, and Amy; and Montez Jenkins-Copeland as Dad and the boys. It also features set design and shadow puppets by Kenton Brent, costume design by Melanie Mortimore, sound design and original music by Trey Tatum, stage management by Rebecca Armstrong, and filming and editing by Optic Lizard Productions.

THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES BY EZRA JACK KEATS can be viewed Friday through Saturday on three weekends, starting February 12 and closing on February 28. This play is recommended for kids aged 5 and up. Streaming is free, but advance registration is required to view this production. For more information and to register for the weekend you’d like to stream the performance, visit Registration will include instructions on watching the performance.

Seasonal support of Education and Outreach programs is supported by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation and Linda and Gary Greenberg. Off the Hill is supported by KeyBank and John C. Griswold Foundation. The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.

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