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JumpStart Theatre Application Now Available

TCTC_new logoMiddle schools can apply for services and materials valued at $12K

 Applications are now available to participate in the middle school initiative, JumpStart Theatre, created by the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and managed by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

All Cincinnati tri-state area middle schools may apply to participate in JumpStart Theatre. Applications can be completed and submitted online beginning today, January 14, through February 15, 2019. Selected schools will be announced in the spring and will begin implementing the program in their school in the fall of 2019.

Participant schools are chosen through the online application which is now available at:

Training & Ongoing Mentoring:

Each selected school will receive services and materials valued at $12,000 in the form of training, mentoring, and production support for a show for their community. Students will be involved in every aspect of the production, and TCT and EdTA will also host an annual JumpStart Theatre showcase, bringing all the participants together to share their work.

Three teachers from each participating school are taught the techniques and skills to develop and manage a musical theatre program (everything from casting, to rehearsal schedules, to staging/choreography and technical requirements, to cultivating parent/community engagement, to achieving economic sustainability) through a series of three, full-day professional development “boot camps” each year of the three-year program, plus an ongoing mentoring/coaching relationship with an experienced theatre teaching artist.


  • January 14 – February 15, 2019 (11:59 PM) – Applications accepted
  • February 22 – March 15, 2019 – Interviews for schools who have applied and Site Visits for Finalists
  • March – April 2019 – Selected schools notified
  • April 2019 – Orientation for selected schools
  • May 2019 – Planning for 2019-2020 school year (submit show selections, boot camp dates determined, contracts signed)
  • Fall 2019 – Program begins at selected sites

About JumpStart Theatre:

JumpStart Theatre is a collaboration among the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), and New York City-based companies, Music Theatre International (MTI) and iTheatrics. The program trains educators to develop sustainable arts programs at underserved middle schools that do not currently offer theatre in the curriculum or after school.

In October, the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) began their partnership with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) to entrust the management and administration of the nationally-recognized JumpStart Theatre program to the oldest theater for young audiences in the nation.  Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, TCT will oversee the day-to-day operations of the initiative that creates sustainable theatre arts programs in Cincinnati-area middle schools where there previously were none.

“Studies have shown that theatre education helps our young people become better students and citizens. The experience of being in a musical teaches life skills like accountability, respect, teamwork, discipline, risk-taking, and creativity,” said Julie Theobald Executive Director of EdTA.

Kim Kern, Managing Director and CEO of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati said, “JumpStart Theatre is a natural extension of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s goal to fill the gap left by the reduction of arts education in schools, and to provide equitable access to the arts for all children.  This program gives schools the tools they need to build a sustainable musical theatre program, while providing students with exposure to the arts and building life skills such as increased self-esteem and social skills.”



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Finance Director & Chief Content Officer Sought by Educational Theatre Association

EdTA_logoEdTA has two key job opportunities available to support our mission of shaping lives through theatre education:

  • Finance Director – to grow our financially successful organization
  • Chief Content Officer – to lead our Education & Content team

Position details and application process follow below.  Feel free to share with colleagues who you feel might be good candidates.

Who We Are:  The Educational Theatre Association is an international association with more than 135,000 active members and 40 full-time staff.  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.  The Educational Theatre Foundation is the philanthropic arm of EdTA.

Finance Director

EdTA is seeking an experienced Finance Director.  Responsibilities include financial reporting and analysis, investment review, cash management, budgeting and audit processes, and managing two direct reports.  This position requires a hands-on strategic thinker grow our financially successful association.


  • Provide status of financial condition by interpreting and reporting key financial statement data and provide forward-looking insight to leadership team.
  • Develop and maintain financial accounting systems and controls for all activity.
  • Develop, implement and report best financial policies and practices within board policies.
  • Direct budgeting process and implement budget plans.
  • Conduct fiscal year closing, coordinate audits, and ensure proper tax return filings.
  • Develop financial structure and processes to support the vision of our Foundation.
  • Partner with functional leaders on financial strategy and decision-making including pricing strategy, cost savings, and revenue growth.
  • Partner with Executive Director and COO in preparing monitoring reports for Governing Board.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • 7-10 years’ experience including financial accounting controls, processes and procedures, and management of small staff, preferably in a non-profit setting.
  • Extensive knowledge of GAAP and practices as relates to non-profit organizations.

Please submit cover letter, résumé and salary requirements by email (Subject Line: Finance Director) to:

Chief Content Officer

EdTA seeks a highly-skilled executive level leader to serve as Chief Content Officer, directing our Education & Content team.  The position requires a strong manager and systems thinker—integrating multiple departments to create a dynamic, synchronous operation that will result in increased member engagement, strategic marketing and communications, and national brand recognition.  Individual will oversee five business lines, including 4 direct reports at Director level and a team of 14 staff:

  • Education and Professional Development
  • Educational Conferences & Events
  • Educational Policy and Advocacy
  • Publishing, Print & Digital
  • Marketing & Communications


  • Grow and optimize educational and professional development offerings to meet evolving member needs through the drive to certification, online education, and adopting standards in education.
  • Provide strategic direction to educational conferences and events; maximize participation, satisfaction and operational efficiency.
  • Leverage and integrate content development to maximize value across all channels—online learning, face-to-face, print and digital publications, website.
  • Drive EdTA’s expertise and reputation, enhancing performance and positioning of the brand.
  • Provide strategic direction, oversight to brand advancement activities including logo/mark, marketing collateral, and publications. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • 8+ years senior management experience
  • 5+ years’ experience in one or more functional areas: program design/implementation, online education, event management, digital and print publications, and marketing & communications

Please submit cover letter, résumé and salary requirements by email (Subject Line: Finance Director) to:

Thank you!

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Submissions Needed for RISK Podcast in Cincinnati

misc_risk logoRISK!, a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share,” is coming to Cincinnati at The Ludlow Garage on Feb 8 and we’re looking for writers, performers and anyone else who might have an extraordinary story to share about something they’ve lived through to pitch us. The suggested themes for stories that night are Surprise! or What Was I Thinking? or A Secret.

RISK! stories tend to be extremely revealing and uncensored. People share about the most hilarious or heartbreaking or terrifying or devastating peak experiences they’ve lived through in a brutally honest way on the show. We help the storytellers prepare their stories before the show, so even people who have never stepped foot on a stage before have taken the risk.

For a good idea of what the podcast is like, check out one or two of our BEST OF RISK! episodes below:

For all the info on how to pitch a story, there’s a 6-minute video on this page here:

Facebook event for Cincinnati taping |

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Applicants Sought for Two Scholarships at Loveland Stage Company

LSC_logoThe Loveland Stage Company will be presenting 2 scholarships in the spring of 2019.

The first scholarship is the annual Loveland Stage Company Creative Arts Scholarship of $1000, which is awarded to a graduating high school senior who is pursuing a study in the creative arts in college.  Students who live in Loveland or are graduating from Loveland High School or whose families are members of the Loveland Stage qualify to apply for the scholarship.

The second scholarship, the $1000 Jacqueline Knapp Memorial Scholarship, is offered to both graduating high school students and students already enrolled in college and attending school in the fall of 2019.  Applicants must have participated in at least one Loveland Stage Company production in a technical/backstage/supporting role.

Information and applications for both scholarships can be found on the Loveland Stage Company website.  Both are due by Sunday March 10, 2019.

Theresa Kovacs
Scholarship Chairwoman
Loveland Stage Company

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Scenic Carpenter Needed at La Comedia

LAC_logoLa Comedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro, Ohio, is seeking a scenic carpenter. The scenic carpenter must have knowledge of carpentry and wood-working tools. Experience with construction, power tools, working within a fast-paced environment, simple carpentry finishing, and stage craft.

The scenic carpenter must be a self-motivated conscientious builder who can produce quality scenery while meeting the demands of a short theatre production schedule for seven shows a year.

Other desirable skills, but not necessary for consideration, include electrical wiring, AutoCAD, basic design translation, scenic painting, arc welding, rigging, sculpting, pneumatics, hydraulics and motion control.

This is a full-time, year-round job. Typically 40 hours per week.

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter to Kris Byerly at

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