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Scenic Artist (Full-Time) Sought at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

TCTC_new logoSCENIC ARTIST (FULL-TIME)

Organizational Overview:

TCT’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:

  • TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre
  • TCT On Tour
  • TCT Academy

Vision: To awaken a lifelong love of theatre in children and the young at heart.

Core Beliefs:

  • We believe in the power of theatre 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.

Position Overview:
The Scenic Painter will assist the organization in fulfilling its mission of educating, entertaining, and engaging audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming.

The Scenic Painter is self-motivated, able to work independently to complete tasks assigned to them safely and quickly without constant and direct oversight, and is able to work with other members of the company. The Scenic Painter is willing and eager to assist other departments to help fulfill the goals of the company. The Scenic Painter can read and interpret paint elevations, and is knowledgeable in art techniques as they relate to scenic art. The Scenic Painter of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) reports directly to the Scenic Charge Artist to assist the organization in fulfilling its mission. We are looking to grow this department, and the position does have the potential to evolve into higher management in the future.

Start Date: July 1st, potential over hire opportunities now thru start date.

Responsibilities:
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Work with the Scenic Charge Artist to understand the vision and needs of the production
  • Work with the Scenic Charge Artist to create artistic techniques and samples
  • Track supplies while keeping the shop well organized and clean
  • Paint all TCT productions with the help of the Scenic Charge Artist and overhire as needed
  • Assist as needed with Load-in and Load-out of all sets
  • Creating a “touch-up” kit and touching up the scenery as necessary on location
  • Assist with any needs for STAR Programs, TCT on Tour, WorkShops, & lobby displays when applicable

Minimum and Ideal Qualifications:

  • BA or equivalent in theatre, or 4 years scenic painting experience
  • Knowledge of scenic painting techniques, including faux finishes, spattering, cartooning, texturing, aging, and distressing
  • Able to lift up to 50lbs, safely climb stairs and ladders, and use aerial work platforms
  • Knowledge and experience with scenic sprayers including P50, Hudson, Preval, and Pneumatic
  • Able to read and interpret paint elevations
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and safely
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Realistic problem-solving attitude
  • Valid driver’s license

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Wage Range: $15-18/hr.
  • 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.

TO APPLY:
No phone calls please. Qualified candidates should submit whatever they feel best reflects their qualifications. This can come in the form of cover letter, resume’, links to personal website, portfolios, and/or demo reels. (files should be less than 3MB in total).

Please submit your materials along with references to: applications@tctcincinnati.com. Subject Line: TCT SCENIC ARTIST 2021

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati believes the stories on our stages and the work we do behind the scenes must reflect the diverse communities we serve. We believe inclusive work cultures spark wide-ranging, exploratory conversations and learning. Therefore, we strongly welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender, gender identities, religions, abilities, and ages to apply as we continue our commitment to diversity and build an inclusive environment at TCT.

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Customer Experience Specialist (Full-Time) Sought at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

TCTC_new logoCUSTOMER EXPERIENCE SPECIALIST (FULL-TIME)

Organizational Overview:

TCT’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:

  • TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre
  • TCT On Tour
  • TCT Academy

Vision: To awaken a lifelong love of theatre in children and the young at heart.

Core Beliefs:

  • We believe in the power of theatre 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.

Position Overview:
The Customer Experience Specialist will assist the organization in fulfilling its mission of educating, entertaining and engaging audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming.

Responsibilities:
The Customer Experience Specialist shall be responsible for:

  • Processing Season Ticket Orders.
  • Selling Single Ticket Orders.
  • Answering phone/email.
  • Assisting customers at the Ticket Office in our Red Bank Road location and the Box Office window at the Taft Theatre during performance dates.

The Customer Experience Specialist’s duties include assisting in all aspects of the ticket office, including but not limited to:

  • Audit
    • Daily balancing of subscriber, flex pass, and individual ticket sales.
  • Accounts Payable and Receivable
    • Processing payments subscriber, flex pass, and individual ticket accounts.
  • Assisting in building events with the Spektrix ticketing system.
  • Other
    • All other duties and responsibilities related to the function of the ticket office as assigned.

In fulfilling his/her duties, the Customer Experience Specialist will:

  • Work closely with the Box Office Manager to fulfill the mission of TCT.
  • Be an advocate for TCT in the community.
  • Consistently and accurately articulate the philosophy and policies of TCT to the staff, patrons, and the general public.

Ideal and Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Prefer Spektrix ticketing system experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a team player.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office.
  • Able to work irregular hours and weekends in addition to regular business hours.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Wage Range: $11-14/hr.
  • 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.

Please submit your materials along with references by Friday, April 30, 2021 to applications@tctcincinnati.com. Subject Line: TCT CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE SPECIALIST 2021

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati believes the stories on our stages and the work we do behind the scenes must reflect the diverse communities we serve. We believe inclusive work cultures spark wideranging, exploratory conversations and learning. Therefore, we strongly welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender, gender identities, religions, abilities, and ages to apply as we continue our commitment to diversity and build an inclusive environment at TCT.

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Associate Artistic Director Position Available at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

CSC_logoTitle: Associate Artistic Director

Reports to: Producing Artistic Director

Start Date: Flexible, After July 1

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 collaborates 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 advance CSC’s DEIA commitments with a particular emphasis to building a diverse team and an equitable Company.

Position Overview

The Associate Artistic Director actively collaborates with the Producing Artistic Director on programming decisions and executions to realize the mission and vision of CSC. Additionally, they oversee the casting process and new play development program at CSC. The Associate Artistic Director stages a number of mainstage, education, and outreach productions every season. This full-time position works a base schedule of 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. This schedule flexes to accommodate rehearsals, production schedules, auditions, special events, and engagement programming.

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

The AVC realizes the artistic strategies 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 Associate Artistic Director should expect to be heavily involved in rebuilding and staffing the Resident Ensemble and the staff – which will likely be a multi-season effort. A successful candidate will have an involved approach to the work of every department that is associated with the AVC.

The Associate Artistic Director guides directors, playwrights, and producers through the casting and hiring processes for CSC’s programming. The Associate Artistic Director collaborates with the Producing Artistic Director, the Director of Education, and the Production Manager when it comes to building creative teams and engaging external artists as necessary for all CSC programming.

The Associate Artistic Director leads commissioned playwrights and their projects from inception to completion. They project-manage commissioning processes, providing consistent communication with potential and contracted playwrights, adhere to established deadlines, coordinate workshops, and lead community engagement efforts centered around the New Works Program of CSC. This may include overseeing the scheduling of the theater, rehearsal spaces, technical equipment, and personnel as necessary to support new play development work.

As a leader within the institution, the Associate Artistic Director drives progress against CSC’s DEIA Plan and Strategic Plan. They are active leaders and collaborators for stewarding progress in the Artistic, Production, Education, People, and Engagement sections of the Strategic Plan. Partnering closely with all of CSC’s leadership, the Associate Artistic Director manages internal and external communication regarding these plans including dashboard reporting, communication with the Board of Trustees, and representing the staff on the Board of Trustee’s DEIA committee.

Qualifications

Required skills include:

  • Demonstrated leadership.
  • Comfort with problem solving and making decisions with limited supervision.
  • Comfort serving in a public-facing role as a representative of the company and speaking publically.
  • Previous experience in theatrical Production and Performance (educational, intern, assistant, or associate-level experience acceptable).
  • Previous experience with schedule management or creation.

Preferred skills include:

  • Experience directing theatrical projects and collaborative processes.
  • Written communication skills to support public remarks, project summaries, and engagement materials.
  • 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.

A successful candidate will also possess the following attributes:

  • Genuine passion to cultivate and support 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.

Responsibilities

Artistic

Production and Planning:

  • Drive artistic output and production quality improvements year-over-year.
  • Collaborate in creating an annual business plan with the Artistic Visionary Circle including schedules, budgets, and long-term planning for approval by Executive Leadership.
  • Direct 1-3 mainstage productions and 1-2 touring/outreach programs per season.
  • Attend first reads, designer runs, leadership meetings, production meetings, retreats, technical rehearsals, previews, special events, and post-mortems.
  • Present designs or remarks at first reads if designers/directors are unable to attend.
  • Oversee regular quality control of all productions including performances on the mainstage, touring, parks, and as needed.
  • Facilitate community conversations between artists and audience at regularly scheduled performances and as needed for special events.
  • Oversee the commission of new plays and serve as the project manager for each commissioning project from initial conversation through final draft.
  • Oversee creation of monthly script readings and discussions with all members of the company.

Casting & Team Building:

  • Engage in ongoing recruiting process to cultivate diverse candidate pools for available opportunities on design teams, staff, teaching artists, resident ensemble, touring company, and other opportunities. Participate regularly in hiring processes.
  • Craft all audition notices for local casting calls, EPAs, callbacks, New York and Chicago casting partners, and larger convention auditions.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for actors and casting partners.
  • Collect and distribute scene selections and materials for auditions.
  • Coordinate understudy assignments/performances for touring company members.
  • Hire and manage additional understudy casting as necessary.
  • Manage and maintain audition archive.

Vision & Leadership

Strategic Advancement

  • Serve as a member of Artistic Visionary Circle and the Leadership Team.
  • Take notes at Leadership Team meetings and create/distribute weekly staff email
  • Demonstrate clear leadership and ownership of many aspects of CSC’s DEIA Plan and Strategic Plan goals. Regularly report on the Company’s progress against its goals internally and externally.
  • Facilitate collaboration between Artistic Visionary Circle, the resident ensemble, 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 artistic goals for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Community Engagement

  • Serve as an ambassador to the region.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with community partners.
  • Create and manage collaborations with community partners that serve to advance the mission of CSC and build intentional connections between the Company and the Community.
  • Engage with professional groups, industry conferences, and regional institutions as needed.

Board Participation

  • Report to the Board of Trustees regarding Strategic Plan Progress and own the Strategic Update section of Board Meetings.
  • Sit on the DEIA committee of the Board of Trustees; report on DEIA plan progress and communicate openly about DEIA advancement and objectives between the Company and the Board.

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 $37,000-41,000 (received through biweekly payroll). In addition to this salary, the Associate Artistic Director 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 YMCA which offers fitness facilities throughout the region and other wellness benefits.
  • Complimentary and discounted tickets to all CSC programming.

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: work samples, reviews, production photos, project proposals, etc. Candidates also have the option to provide URLs to online portfolios and profiles. Please take note of the submission file size limits.

As CSC advances its commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, gathering demographic data on our job applicants is vital to ensuring that hiring and recruiting practices provide equal opportunity for all. Applicants are asked to please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Participation is optional and anonymous. This information helps CSC measure progress towards a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace.

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

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

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URGENT: Volunteer Performers Needed for Evening Variety Show Sat April 10th

MISC_Casting call2Looking for several “acts” to fill out a 30-minute vaudeville style variety show (with a little burlesque sprinkled in), with acts from 1920’s -1940’s . Singers (soloists, duos, barbershop etc), dancers (Ballroom, burlesque, etc) , juggler, magician, or anything else appropriate for adult entertainment etc.  Performance will occur as entertainment while desert is served for annual ball of local charitable organization.  Anticipate approximately 200 attendees.

Acts scheduled to date average 4-7 minutes in length. Need 2-3 more acts. Know it’s late, but if you’re a performer suffering withdrawal and need to get in front of a live crowd, please contact me ASAP!  Karaoke King with killer Louie Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Sinatra or Dean Martin? Bessie Smith, Kate Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Andrews Sisters or any number of femme fatals from those decades? Time is of the essence. All we need is you/your small group and sheet music for piece you’d sing, dance or perform to as it will be played live by the band (7 piece orchestra).  Hoping to avoid need for sound system and recording devices to play tracks. 

Event is at Hotel in Sharonville and performance will occur in 7:30 – 8:30 pm range.  Live band.  3 short rehearsals prior to event. All need not be attended. Final organizational meeting Thursday, April 1st 6:30pm at Arts Center at Dunham.  Rehearsal with band Tuesday and Wednesday evening, April 6th and 7th.  Exact time and location TBD.

If able to  join with other local performers volunteering their time and talent, please contact Carrie Mees ASAP at clmees@fuse.net or 513-295-8727 (text or call).

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Director Submissions Sought for 2021-2022 Studio Series Season at Cincinnati Music Theatre

CMT_Studio Series logoCMT Wants YOU!
Cincinnati Music Theatre is seeking director submissions for our 21-22 Studio Series season! We are looking for directors and artists from diverse backgrounds who are interested in amplifying marginalized voices and bringing fresh perspectives to timely stories.
Our Studio Series has traditionally consisted of small-cast book musicals and original cabarets. However, we would love to see your pitches of music-oriented pieces of any variety. For example:
  • original small-cast musicals
  • original cabaret shows
  • musical revues
  • concert editions of full musicals
  • storytelling pieces that include dance, poetry, instrumental music, etc.
There will be a budget available to procure performance rights for licensed works, or to pay an arranger to help create original works. If you have an idea for a piece but aren’t sure if it might fit what we’re looking for, please reach out and ask. We are limited by the nature of the performance space to small casts and minimal tech requirements, but may be able to accommodate flexible staging and seating arrangements. We are also limited in the number of “pit” musicians we can have to accompany singers.
Please include in your pitch:
  • a title and summary for your show, particularly for original works
  • logistical requirements for cast size, tech needs, musician needs
  • the names of anyone you may have in mind to fill out your production staff
  • the artistic vision you have for your show, and ideas about how you might incorporate conscious casting, dramaturgical work, unconventional staging, and other creative elements to tell a story that speaks to today’s audiences
Please send your pitches by April 16, 2021 to creative@cmtmail.org or by responding to this email.
Questions? Ask VP Creative, Kendra Struthers at the above email address, or call 513-652-2826.
We look forward to hearing from you!
– CMT Creative Committee
Please note that CMT is an all-volunteer group, and there is no compensation for staff, actors, tech, or musicians.

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