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Cast Announced for MENOPAUSE the Musical at Aronoff Center


FEBRUARY 15-27, 2022

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CINCINNATI, OH – GFour Productions, winners of 56 Drama Desk and 44 Tony Awards®, today announced the cast of leading ladies for the international hit show Menopause The Musical®, which will play the Aronoff Center’s intimate Jarson-Kaplan Theater from February 15-27, 2022 for fifteen performances (see performance schedule below). The show is part of Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2021-22 Presenting Season.

Tickets are on sale now at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office at 650 Walnut Street, Downtown. Ticket price: $65 (all seats). Applicable services fees may apply.

The following new group sales discounts (for 8 or more) have been recently announced:

  • 50%-OFF the following performances (while supplies last; discount tickets are limited):  Wed., 2/16 @ 7:30pm; Sun., 2/20 @ 7:30pm; Tue., 2/22 @ 7:30pm; Wed., 2/23 @ 7:30pm; Thu., 2/24 @ 7:30pm; Fri., 2/25 @ 7:30pm
  • 20%-OFF all other performances
  • To purchase group tickets, contact (513) 977-4175 or

Menopause The Musical® continues to empower women across the globe, keeping hot flashes “HOT” through 20 years of production, playing to more than 17 million fans worldwide. The cast of Menopause The Musical® includes Donna J. Huntley (Professional Woman), Kimberly Vanbiesbrouck (Soap Star), Megan Cavanagh (Earth Mother), and Roberta B. Wall (Iowa Housewife).

MEGAN CAVANAGH (Earth Mother) is most recognized as Marla Hooch from the Penny Marshall movie A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. Other film credits: Mel Brooks’ ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS (Broomhilde) and (Essie) DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT. She starred with Tim Allen in FOR RICHER OR POORER (Levinia Yoder), and voiced Judy Neutron in the Academy Award nominated animated feature JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS. TV credits include the recurring character Trudy (who married Al) on HOME IMPROVEMENT. She was a series regular (Chris) on BOB with Bob Newhart and Betty White. She guest starred on DRUNK HISTORY, FRIENDS, WILL & GRACE, JUST SHOOT ME, ER, and many others. She has performed in MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® since 2004. Noted regional credits include: BLITHE SPIRIT (Madame Arcati), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Pseudolus), JUBILEE (Queen/Butch), and HIGH SPIRITS (Madam Arcati). Megan has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1987, and a SAG-AFTRA member since 1988. Visit her website:

DONNA J. HUNTLEY (Professional Woman) is a Youngstown, Ohio native who has enjoyed playing Professional Woman and Soap Star across the nation off and on since 2004 after completing world tours as a Guest Entertainer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. With numerous regional commercials and TV appearances to her credit, some favorite Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional theatre credits include: LENA HORNE: THE LADY AND HER  MUSIC, SHADOW BOX (Beverly), OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET (Inez), HAIRSPRAY (Motor Mouth Mable), NUNSENSE (Sister Herbert), CHICAGO (Matron Mama Morton), and BARNUM (Joyce Heth). Winner of a Presidential Award for Best Overseas USO Tour, Donna worked with Richard Pryor “Here and Now,” co-wrote and recorded with Atlantic Records as a member of Company B, and solo with Sleath Records in Holland. She performed with The Platters, Ben Vereen, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Latin Superstars El Puma and Chayanne, to name a few. “It is truly an honor to be a part of the MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® family. To bring joy and laughter to our audiences while building lasting friendships and sisterhood on and off the stage continues to be a wonderful experience.” Donna is a proud member of AEA.

KIMBERLY VANBIESBROUCK (Soap Star) started ballet when she was four years old. She went on to earn her Bachelors Degree in Theatre and Dance from Western Michigan University and now has the good fortune to work professionally as both an actor and choreographer. As Choreographer Supervisor for MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL®, Kimberly has staged the production in theaters across the country. Her first time performing as the Soap Star was in her hometown of Detroit, where MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® was awarded the honor of longest-running musical in the city’s history and Best Ensemble Cast. Currently she resides in Chicago, where some of her other credits include MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL, Judy Garland in BEYOND THE RAINBOW, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, SWEET CHARITY, ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE, A CHORUS LINE, and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Kimberly is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, as well as a certified Yoga, Barre and Kickboxing instructor. She is thankful to have the opportunity to work for GFour Productions, continuing to bring the joy of Menopause to audiences everywhere. Kimberly would like to send all her love and appreciation to the best production she ever created… her beautiful daughter, Isobel.

ROBERTA B. WALL (Iowa Housewife) first stepped on stage with MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® in the original L.A. production, which opened in 2003. Since then, she has toured with the show in the role of “Iowa Housewife,”performing coast to coast. She was brought on as vocal director for MENOPAUSIA, the Spanish version of the show in 2013, and has continued on as National Asst. Musical Director. Her other performing credits include Broadway: original casts of SISTER ACT and LEAP OF FAITH; National Tours: SISTER ACT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Laguna Playhouse, Long Beach C.L.O., La Mirada C.L.O. Recordings include the cast albums of LADY BE GOOD, PARDON MY ENGLISH, and OH, KAY! on the Gershwin record label, Roxbury Records. Her eclectic career has also included singing Doo Wop with the group “Double Date” at Universal Studios Tour and Disneyland in Los Angeles and appearing as a special guest on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson.

Menopause The Musical® is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Now celebrating twenty years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a “grassroots” movement of women who deal with life adjustments after forty by embracing each other and the road ahead.

Set in a department store, four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing similarities among one another, the cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain, and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.” 

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical® was created as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” The laughter-filled 90-minute production gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.

Menopause The Musical® is now in its twentieth year and fifteenth year as the longest-running musical in Las Vegas history, performing nightly at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Seen by more than seventeen million people, it has played every state in the continental U.S. and more than five hundred cities and seventeen countries worldwide; has toured internationally in Australia, Canada, Croatia, France, Hungary, New Zealand, Slovenia, South Korea and the U.K.; and has been translated into nine languages. For more information, visit

Menopause The Musical® Performance Schedule

  • Tuesday, February 15 @ 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 16 @ 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 17 @ 7:30 PM
  • Friday, February 18 @ 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 19 @ 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, February 20 @ 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, February 22 @ 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 23 @ 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 24 @ 7:30 PM
  • Friday, February 25 @ 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 26 @ 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, February 27 @ 1:00 PM

About GFour Productions
GFour Productions is the proud producer of some of the nation’s highest caliber shows, from regional theatre to Broadway, including MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL®. Other recent productions include THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG on Broadway and U.S. tour, winner of London’s Olivier Award for Best Comedy; THE INHERITANCE, TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL, and SIX THE MUSICAL on Broadway; the Tony Award®-nominated production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF on tour in the U.S.; AMERICAN SON starring Kerry Washington, recently adapted for Netflix; and the premiere of David Mamet’s BITTER WHEAT, starring John Malkovich in the West End. Other selected highlights include winning the 2013 Tony Award® for their 50th anniversary production of Edward Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF; co-financing the five-time Tony Award®, five-time Drama Desk Award, and seven-time Olivier Award winner for Best Musical, MATILDA THE MUSICAL; and producing the popular 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, and RING OF FIRE the Johnny Cash Musical Show. Their combined shows have been nominated for 121 Tony Awards®, winning 44, and 110 Drama Desk Awards, winning 56. For more information, visit


SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERSLOCAL 12 WKRC-TV, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Cincinnati Downtown, Jeff Ruby’s Culinary Entertainment, Ohio Valley Wines, Pepsi, Philip Bortz Jewelers, Prime Cincinnati, Rhinegeist Brewery, Skyline Chili, Spoon & Cellar, Street City Pub, TriHealth, Vivial (formerly The Berry Co)


Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education and community engagement programs in 1995, CAA has reached nearly two million students and adults. For more information, visit

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World Premiere Comedy Takes Root at Cincinnati Playhouse Feb. 12


Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

ROOTED by Deborah Zoe Laufer is the third world premiere of 2021-22 season

CINCINNATI (Jan.24, 2022) — A warm-hearted world-premiere comedy about people, plants and the idiosyncrasies of both opens in the Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre this February. ROOTED, commissioned by the Playhouse and presented with support from the Rosenthal Family, begins in previews Feb. 12 and runs through March 20. (Official opening night is Feb. 17.)

ROOTED is a follow-up to playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer’s acclaimed Be Here Now production. It tells the story of the reclusive and eccentric Emery Harris — a botanist who has lived in a treehouse for more than a decade and records her amateur research on YouTube. Unaware that she’s gained a large and devoted following due to her reclusive lifestyle, she learns that her YouTube subscribers elected her as their new-age messiah.

“Deborah Laufer returns to the Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre with a quick-witted comedy showcasing her signature balance of comedic dialogue and lovable characters,” said Blake Robison, producing artistic director. “Audiences will relate to the entertaining story about living your truth, finding your people and being yourself.”

The production features a highly innovative stage design by Se Hyun Oh that brings audiences into Emery’s world of plants and botanical experiments. Her treehouse is full of plant life and greenery, built around a giant oak tree that stretches so high characters can only enter if they climb a ladder and enter through a hatch.

The story embodies feelings around isolation that are particularly resonant today,” Laufer explained. “Emery has literally put herself up a tree to escape other humans. She’s surrounded herself with plants to feel safe. The play is very alive with the longing for connection, the fear of connection and what it takes to truly make that connection.”

Tarah Flanagan (Emery Harris), Emily Kratter (Luanne), Tasha Lawrence (Hazel)

Deborah Zoe Laufer (Playwright), Noah Himmelstein (Director), Se Hyun Oh (Set Designer), Gordon DeVinney (Costume Designer), David Lander (Lighting Designer), Megumi Katayama (Sound Designer and Composer), Betsy Rosen (Puppetry Consultant), Stephanie Klapper, CSA (Casting Director), Andrea L. Shell (Stage Manager), Tenley Pitonzo (Assistant Stage Manager)

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit For patrons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled, dial 711 to connect to the Box Office via Ohio Relay Services.

Performances on Tuesdays through Saturdays will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. There is one Wednesday matinee at 1 p.m. on February 23.

Individual tickets start at just $35. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show for all other performances. Discounted ticket prices for teens are available for all productions and are $30 to $45, depending on show and seat location. There will be four post-show meet-the-artist discussions during the run. Details are on the website.

ADVISORY: Rooted introduces you to memorable human characters named Emery, Hazel and Luanne – and memorable plants named Mabel, Cynthia and Gerald, among others. While the plants don’t use strong adult language and explore mature themes like mental health, the humans do, so we recommend that human audience members be at least 14 years or older to attend.

MEET THE ARTISTS Stay after select performances for a behind-the-scenes discussion with the cast and crew:

  • Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.
  • Mar. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Mar. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

All patrons must present either proof of vaccination or negative Covid PCR or Abbott ID Now test to attend a performance. Additionally, face masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times, in all areas of the Playhouse building — including while seated during the performance. Visit the Health & Safety page for details.

Production Sponsor is The Geiler Company. Additional support provided by The Harold and Mimi Steinburg Charitable Trust and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Season Sponsor is Heidelberg Distributing Company. Season Sponsor of New Work is the Rosenthal Family 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.

The Playhouse is fully accessible. Audio enhancement receivers, large print programs, and complete wheelchair access are available.


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The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Presents an Optimistic Tale in the Midst of Cynicism, Through Cartoon Comedy in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL


Cincinnati, OH-The Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department is elated to be welcoming back live audiences to its 2021-2022 school year senior high musical, the regional high school premiere of The SpongeBob Musical.

Adapted from the iconic Nickelodeon series, The SpongeBob Musical follows SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and all of Bikini Bottom as they face total annihilation when a local volcano, Mount Humongous, threatens to erupt in 24 hours. Spongebob, Patrick, and Sandy attempt to save the day, while Plankton cooks up another one of his evil schemes and attempts to thwart our heroes—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage.

Regarding the musical, director Mike Sherman says, “While this is certainly a fun show based on a cartoon loved by so many, it also has a really great message about friendship and community. In a very cynical time, this show brings a joyous message of hope and optimism.”

The show runs February 17-19, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Walnut Hills High School Auditorium.


Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The SpongeBob Musical
With New Songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley / Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton / Additional Music by Tom Kitt / Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements by Tom Kitt / Original Choreography by Christopher Gattelli

Based on the series by Stephen Hillenberg, Book by Kyle Jarrow, and Musical Production Conceived and Directed by Tina Landau.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. They are now available, and can be purchased at:, where audience members can also read the COVID 19 policies for attending the performance.  Please be advised that seating is currently limited for all performances.

This production and the entire WHHS Theatre Season is graciously sponsored by the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1964 Performing Arts Fund.

Leo Jenkins as SpongeBob Squarepants, Valerie Dreith as Patrick Star, Diana Hutchinson as Sandy Cheeks, Nate Caudill as Krabs/French Narrator, Ella Vaughn as Pearl, Brando Donaldson as Plankton, Lily Canter as Karen, Emma Dalton as Squidward, Owen Cummings as Perch Perkins, Wolf Singer as Patchy the Pirate/Johnny the Bartender, Avery Frank as The Mayor, Loretta Rubin as Mrs. Puff, Hadrian Dwyer as Larry the Lobster/Gary, Sophie Christian as Old Man Jenkins/Pirate, Oscar Stec as Buster Bluetang/Pirate, Riley Soutar as Security Guard 1/Mob Fish/ Jellyfish Puppeteer, Alonzo Mongomery as Security Guard 2/Sardine Devotee 1/Sea Anemone, Anika Vockell as Electric Skate 1 / Girl Fish Trio/Cowboy Fish, Clare Graff as Electric Skate 2 / Girl Fish Trio/Cowboy Fish/Sea Anemone, Maya Busche as Electric Skate 3/Girl Fish Trio/Cowboy Fish, Izzy Lachey as Hip Hop Dancer/ Plankton Backup Fish/A Fish/Pirate/Sea Anemone, Nick Kaufmann as Mob Fish/Jellyfish Puppeteer, Lily Clark as Sardine Devotee 5/Jellyfish Puppeteer, Andrew Canter as A Sardine/Pirate/ Sea Anemone, Sophia Cotton-Riker as Plankton Backup Fish/Sardine Devotee 2/Sea Anemone, AJ Frecker as Hip Hop Dancer/Plankton Backup Fish/Sardine/Sea Anemone, Kyra Doty as Sardine Devotee 3/Pirate/Sea Anemone, Chloe Goodman as Sardine Devotee/Sea Anemone, Katie Berich as Plankton Backup Fish/Sardine Devotee/ Teen Fan 3/Sea Anemone, Lizzy Rebber as Another Fish/Sardine/ Pirate/Sea Anemone, James Overton as Another Sardine/Pirate/Sea Anemone, Mya Verticchio as Sardine Devotee/Pirate/Teen Fan 2/Sea Anemone, and Josie Leanza as Sardine Devotee 4/Teen Fan 1/Jellyfish Puppeteer.

  • Directed by Mike Sherman
  • Technical Direction by Helen A. Raymond-Goers
  • Assistant Director: Sophia Rooksberry
  • Production Stage Manager- Lucia Johns
  • Assistant Stage Managers- Jamiera Jones and Abbie Kershner
  • Choreographer- Maggie Perrino
  • Student Choreographers- Lael Ingram and Izzy Lachey
  • Costume Designer- Sadie Gray
  • Hair and Makeup Designer- Laurel Prince
  • Lighting Designer- Allison Calkins
  • Makeup and Hair Designer- Laurel Prince
  • Master Electrician- Reagan Warvel
  • Marketing and Publicity Head- Avery Frank
  • Music Director- Tony Nims
  • Orchestra Conductor- Ed LeBorgne
  • Props Designer- Oran Wilkins
  • Scenic Designer- Chloe Goodman
  • Sound Designers- Mary Sullivan and Reagan Warvel

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Presents August Wilson’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

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Torie Wiggins as Ma Rainey. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

CSC presents August Wilson’s American Classic that celebrates the Blues and Black History

CINCINNATI (January 19, 2022) – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to continue bringing August Wilson’s canon to life with this production of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” A part of Wilson’s American Century Cycle, a series of plays chronicling the Black experience throughout the 20th-century, the play focuses on Blues singer Ma Rainey in Chicago in the roaring twenties. This show’s design is generously sponsored by Judge Mark and Sue Ann Painter.

Candice Handy, CSC’s Director of Education, directs this production, which features a cast of 10 ensemble members. The design team features renowned artists, including scenic designer Tony Hardin, who has worked over 150 theatre and opera productions, and multi-award-winning costume designer Daryl Harris. Yemi Oyediran, a local Blues musician and music producer, serves as the production’s music director and composer.

The “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” cast embodies Wilson’s words, immersing themselves in Chicago during the blistering 1927 summer. The production features Torie Wiggins as the titular Ma Rainey, artfully fictionalizing the real-life Blues singer. Torie was last seen at CSC in “Romeo and Juliet” and in August Wilson’s “Fences” at CSC in 2019. The cast also includes resident ensemble members who frequently appear at CSC with Geoffrey Warren Barnes II, who last appeared in “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” and “Romeo and Juliet” and Crystian Wiltshire, who last appeared in “Romeo and Juliet.” Crystian has also recently joined Cincinnati Shakespeare as its new Associate Artistic Director.  CSC also welcomes back “ranney” who has performed at CSC in the 2020 production of “All the Way” and as the featured actor in August Wilson’s “Fences” at CSC in 2019, alongside several of his “Ma Rainey” cast mates.

In celebration of CSC’s production of August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” CSC welcomes Dr. Sandra G. Shannon, the leading authority on August Wilson, for a lecture on the play and the contextual framework, including the role of Blues women, the history of the Blues, and the cultural impact today. The open-to-the-public event will be held at the Otto M. Budig Theatre Sunday, February 6 at 7 PM with pay-what-you-can pricing.

At this time, all ticketholders must be masked and show proof of a full COVID vaccination status OR provide a negative COVID test to enter The Otto M. Budig Theater. More details on the exact procedure are shared before each performance.  Learn more at CSC’s Health and Safety page at

Tickets are on sale now. There are discounts available for students, seniors, local residents, and community partners as access to all is important to CSC. Each performance night has a limited number of $14 “Access” tickets in the Upper Gallery.  These can be purchased in advance by going online or calling the Box Office.  And starting 1 hour before each performance, any unreserved tickets may be available as a discounted Rush Ticket to anyone, not just students. These tickets are only $12 and could be located anywhere in the house depending on that evening’s availability. These cannot be reserved more than 1 hour before a show and must be purchased in person in the Box Office.

In the spirit of building community, CSC launches YP Preview Nights, an event that welcomes young professionals to the Wednesday Preview Nights of their mainstage shows and offers the chance for a mid-week break at the theatre with fellow peers. The first YP Preview Night is August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” YP night on January 19. YP Nights are supported by the generosity of the thousands of young professional contributors to the ArtsWave Campaign.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2021-2022 Grand Re-Opening Season is generously presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. Foundation; along with our Education Season Sponsor, Debby and Jim Mason Honoring James R. Bridgeland, Jr; and our Operating Support Partners, The Ohio Arts Council, The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts with Arts Midwest, The Shubert Foundation, Lightborne, and the tens of thousands of people who give generously to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.


August Wilson’s
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
January 21 – February 12, 2022

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is honored to continue August Wilson’s work to life with “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. In this American classic, tensions and temperatures rise at a Chicago music studio in 1927 when fiery, fearless blues singer Ma Rainey joins her band for a fraught recording session. She is a Black woman determined to control her art and her life on her own terms. However, as egos and generational ideologies clash, heated conflicts erupt between everyone present that wrestle with the complexities of racism and artistic exploitation in this Tony Award® nominated powerhouse of a play.


About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for all.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is composed of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with the Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach more than 50,000 young people and community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

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The Carnegie Welcomes Sergio Aguillón-Mata as Deputy Director

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Sergio Aguillón-Mata

(COVINGTON, KY) Jan. 10, 2022 – The Carnegie is excited to announce the addition of Sergio Aguillon-Mata to its administrative team as its new Deputy Director. The Deputy Director is a co-leader of The Carnegie and responsible for several aspects of operations.

Specifically, the Deputy Director will work in conjunction with The Carnegie’s Executive Director as well as other department directors to implement the three-year strategic plan to grow the organization’s capacity. Additionally, Aguillón-Mata will work to help realize The Carnegie’s vision of being recognized as an artistic leader throughout Northern Kentucky, providing leadership, management and oversight to finance and rentals. He will also work with Best to co-manage fundraising activities while showcasing a clear vision, passion and commitment to organization’s mission and providing accessibility in the arts sector.

“Sergio is a talented, dedicated individual with a wealth of experience that will serve him and, in turn, The Carnegie, well in this role,” says The Carnegie’s Executive Director Kim Best. “We are excited to welcome him to our team and enjoy all of the wonderful contributions he is able to bring about on behalf of The Carnegie and our patrons.”

Born in Mexico City, Aguillón-Mata’s background is in Hispanic Philology and Literature. An author of three books of fiction published in Mexico, 2003 saw him receive the Punto de Partida award from the National Autonomous University of Mexico for his essay “Palingenesia.” He lived in Germany between 2008-2010 where he researched the work of Cuban poet Severo Sarduy through a grant via the German Service of Foreign Academic Exchange, also known as a DAAD. Coming stateside in 2010, he previously worked for the Workers Defense Project as a member of AmeriCorps in Austin. He would later move to Cincinnati in 2012, working for the local Feeding America affiliate, the Freestore Foodbank, prior to joining The Carnegie.

Joking that he is part of “the machinery behind the curtain” akin to The Wizard of Oz, Aguillón-Mata is excited to join “a fantastic team” to the benefit of The Carnegie.

“I want things to work seamlessly in the organization so people can perform at their best. I have my own artistic and intellectual curiosities as an audience member and am very much interested in contributing to new additions to the calendar when it comes to event planning,” he says. “We need to be a platform for local talent and we intend to help our artists amplifying their reach to other parts of the world.”

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About The Carnegie
The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030. 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati International Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the City of Covington. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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