Category Archives: Training

Theatre Training Institute Now Accepting New Applications


The Theatre Training Institute (TTI) serves as a bridge between performing arts, university or conservatory-level training and the professional theatre and film industry.

Rooted in developing a performer’s craft, individual process and confidence as well as personal and business management, TTI will offer a unique and professional environment with classes taught by master’s level teachers and working professionals, providing intense preparation for a life in this highly-competitive field.

“Today’s professional theatre field is extremely competitive, saturated with many different options and extreme challenges. Recent graduates from performing arts, university, or conservatory programs interested in a professional career in stage or screen, often do not know how to move beyond the limits of their hometown to the competitive markets of the larger cities which tend to be the centers of the dramatic arts,” says Ken Jones, Director of the Theatre Training Institute.  “Our vision is to be a game-changer, helping those enrolled to focus the process, build confidence and understand how to manage the business.”

There are a very limited number of programs that provide such specialized training in the nation, and most are located on the coast.  Not only will TCT’s Theatre Training Institute give Acting Fellows a solid foundation, but also provide them with a bridge to either a professional career or further education, meeting a geographic need for such programming in the Midwest.

Although the primary focus of the Theatre Training Institute is theatre training, the skills acquired in the program could lead to many allied areas of the industry. In addition to theatre and film, graduates could find work in television, cinema, video production, the cruise ship industry, advertising, retail design and fashion companies.  In addition, TTI graduates would be exposed to the opportunity of continuing their education at a university level either in pursuit of a BFA or MFA degree.

The Theatre Training Institute features multi-faceted programs, including:  Comprehensive, Summer Intensive and Performing Arts Audition and Application Seminar. 

TTI Comprehensive Program:
The Comprehensive Program is designed solely for high school and college graduates. The Theatre Training Institute student must audition for the 24-week program, and should have a high level of theatre experience and skills.  This two-semester program is intended for those who are employed and require a flexible schedule and includes 28 Saturday programs each 4-hours (112 hours total). Once accepted into the program, students (known as “Fellows”) will meet on weekends to allow the opportunity to maintain jobs and financially prepare for an eventual move to the theatre/film business in a larger city. The TTI Comprehensive Program begins in September 2019.  

TTI 55+: The Theatre Training Institute 55+ Intensive program of study is designed for simple integration and progression into the world of Theatre and Acting techniques.  An excellent program for the person who has always dreamed of performing and hopes to gain audition experience and knowledge of the business.  

Ken Jones is currently the Rosenthal Distinguished Professor at Northern Kentucky University.  He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting/Directing from the University of Florida, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Playwriting from the University of Virginia and continued to graduate in Playwriting from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Jones has had 27 plays produced with 10 published, nine musicals, four CDs of original soundtrack scores and listings in several anthologies and monologue books.

Jones began his playwriting career with the Off-Broadway production of his play, A RED EAGLE FALLING, produced at the Writer’s Theatre in New York City by the Project III Ensemble. His play, DARKSIDE, was chosen as TIME Magazine’s Critic Choice and was also recognized as one of the Best Plays of the 1980s.

Jones was a member of the prestigious Warner Bros. Television Writer’s Workshop and went on to serve as the Head of Development for Lightpoint Entertainment at Disney/MGM Studios for the development and creation of content for animation, television and film.

As a performer, Jones performed in the workshop productions of the Broadway musicals FINDING NEVERLAND and STEEL.  He has appeared in productions at regional theatres including the American Repertory Theatre, Heritage Theatre, Commonwealth Theatre Company and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, and he has voiced many characters for animated national television series.

He has received a Telly Award, a Communicator’s Award, the Post-Corbett award for Best Literary Artist, a Delauney Playwriting Award, the Kentucky Playwright’s Award, the Trailblazer Educator’s Award, seven Acclaim Awards, two Emmy nominations and six international awards for screenwriting and filmmaking.

Ken Jones is an active member of the Dramatist Guild of America, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and a member of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Ken is the Rosenthal Distinguished Professor of Theatre and a Regent’s Professor at Northern Kentucky University, where he served as the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance for 11 years and was the Founding Director of the Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts.

Faculty and Guest Artists
Through his experience and industry network, Ken Jones has already secured commitments from the following individuals to serve as faculty and guest artists for TTI (list subject to change):

JAMEY STRAWN, (Musical Theatre) University of Pennsylvania, College Conservatory of Music- UC- Pianist for National Broadway Shows, Composer with nine musicals and over 50 productions.

CHRISTINE JONES, (Acting) Florida State University, University of Virginia. National Stage, film and television. Lyricist with nine musicals and over 50 productions.

STEPHANIE BRUMMER (Dance) Northern Kentucky University, St. Mary’s College of California. Professional dancer and choreographer.

DEE ANNE BRYLL (Musical Theatre/Dance) Baldwin-Wallace College, Kent State University. Nationally-recognized Arts Educator. Director and Choreographer.

CORRIE DANIELEY (Alexander Technique) Hannibal-Lagrange College, Illinois State university. Certified Master Teacher for Alexander Technique. Actress in Motion Pictures.

For questions or additional information visit or email A. James Jones, TTI Assistant and Registrar, at, or call 513-569-8080 x87.



Leave a comment

Filed under Family-Friendly, Training

Registration Open for Cincinnati Christian Schools Summer Camp

CCS_Summer Camp logo

Registration for our 2019 Summer Theatre Camp is open and your kids won’t want to miss it!  6 fun-filled days of learning, games, singing and dancing! This all leads up to an awesome performance on Friday night


  • Friday, May 31, 9am- 3pm (includes auditions)
  • Mon-Thurs, June 3-6, 9am- 3pm
  • Friday, June 7, 9am- 9pm (includes the big performance!)

Location: Cincinnati Christian Schools JH/SH Campus, 4747 Morris Rd, Fairfield, 45011

Cost: $150 – include LOTS of fun, acting fundamentals, camp t-shirt, & snacks each day!

Registration: Open to all students, going into grades 4th – 9th!  There will be a limit to the number of kids that can register so please ACT FAST!! Don’t forget to tell your friends about this wonderful opportunity! Please go to to register your camper. Separate forms must be filled out for each camper.

Deadline to register will be Friday, May 17.   DON’T MISS OUT!!

Additional questions, please contact Tina Reese @ or 513-779-5411. 

Follow our Event Page on Facebook:

Leave a comment

Filed under Family-Friendly, Training

CONTEMPORARY ACTING WITH NEW WORKS and ADVANCED ACTING With Jared Joplin and Miranda McGee at Know Theatre

KTC_Contemporary and Advanced Acting promoContemporary Acting with New Works

This contemporary acting workshop taught by area theatre favorites, Jared Joplin and Miranda McGee, begins with group/ensemble work and continues into scene study using cutting edge contemporary scripts. A fantastic opportunity to hone your acting skills while getting a glimpse of what’s new in American Theatre! The class meets for six 2.5 hour sessions, with an invited performance for the final session on Know Theatre’s Underground cabaret stage.


  • All classes will take place Mondays from 6:30pm-9:00pm

  • Classes will take place at Know Theatre and Gabriel’s Corner

  • April 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13, 20 (Performance)

  • Cost: $175

ENROLL HERE: Enroll in Contemporary Acting with Jared Joplin and Miranda McGee

Advanced Acting for Adults

For those that have taken our Contemporary Acting class or for actors wanting to take the next step, this is the next step in advancing your skills, working with methods from prominent theatre practitioners and with more complex scripts from classical texts. Explore methods from Stanislavski and Meisner to Chakra work and Kaiser and expand your theatrical tool kit! The class meets for six 2.5 hour sessions, with an invited performance for the final session on Know Theatre’s Underground cabaret stage.


  • All classes will take place Tuesdays from 6:30pm-9:00pm

  • Classes will take place at Know Theatre and Gabriel’s Corner

  • April  9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 (Performance)

  • Cost: $175

ENROLL HERE: Enroll in Advanced Acting with Jared Joplin and Miranda McGee


Leave a comment

Filed under Training

CREATING SHADOW THEATRE Movement Lab on Feb. 25 at Solasta Theatre Lab

STL_Shadow Theatre

Solasta Theatre Lab invites Cincinnati artists of all mediums and skill sets to come create, risk and play during our FREE open movement labs! As many of us are aware, as artists we crave the chance to connect and create with one another, especially through movement & puppet theatre. Whether the monthly lab is focused on devising through movement, puppet techniques, shadow work, contemporary puppet theatre or specific physical theatre techniques, it will be a space for anyone of any level to participate!

This monthly movement lab will be a 2-hr FREE movement lab, with the suggested donation of $10. In addition, there will be a 15-min happy hour after every lab for participating artists to digest and connect about what was discovered during the time of play. We invite you to come and move with meraki with us!

NEXT IN OUR OPEN MOVEMENT LAB: “Creating Shadow Theatre – Part 1

WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2019 at 8–9:30PM

WHERE: Contemporary Dance Theater; 1805 Larch Ave, Cincinnati 45224

WHAT: In this workshop we will discover the mysterious world of shadows and the Introduction techniques involved in this style of Puppet and Physical Theatre. We will work on body plastics, placement on the screen and different physical team exercises to help us strengthen our non-verbal form of storytelling through shadow theatre. This is a style that has no limits and boundaries are set only within our imaginations. Come play and create art with by mixing Puppet and Physical Theatre together.

Please be dressed in form-fitting clothing (non-baggy) that allows you to move and bring a light source or two to play with (flashlight, UV lamp, lasers, different color LED lights, etc.)

Taught by: Solasta Theatre Lab co-founder, Daniela Nenova

Solasta Theatre Lab, founded by Erin Carr & Daniela Nenova strives to offer a free movement workshop at least once a month. This is our workshop for February.

Leave a comment

Filed under Training

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Holding Auditions for STAR Programs

TCT_STAR Program 18 photo

Children ages 9-18 (going into their Senior year of high school) can now register to audition for the renowned STAR Intensive NKU and STAR Camp Red Bank programs with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Auditions will be held at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s new facility, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 on:

  • Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 1 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 1 PM to 5:30 PM (CANCELLED) 

Appointments are mandatory. You MUST set up an audition in advance. Audition time slots are on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register for an audition please visit:

What to Prepare:

  • A memorized, age-appropriate monologue (1 minute MAX). It should showcase your acting skills.
  • A memorized 16-bar song selection that best shows your vocal range. Remember to bring your PIANO SHEET MUSIC for your song in a 3-ring binder with music CLEARLY marked. An accompanist will be provided. The sheet music MUST have the piano part, not just the vocal line.
  • You may be asked to show us your dance ability, so come prepared. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing you can move in. No flip flops.
  • Upon online registration, you MUST upload a RECENT picture; please ALSO bring your 8×10 headshot and theatrical resume with you to your audition. We WILL request a paper copy.
  • Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes ahead of your appointment for check-in. If we are ahead of schedule, you may audition early. 

Our STAR Intensive NKU program is a four-week training program for students, ages 9-18. Students are accepted by audition only and will work with leading professionals in the theater business to help them become well-rounded performers in all areas of Musical Theatre.  The intensive culminates in a Musical Theatre showcase featuring some of the most popular songs from the Broadway repertoire as well as a fully produced One-Act Play festival!  STAR Intensive NKU participants will have the opportunity to be considered for STAR ALL STARS, a select group of students who participate in year-round training and coaching.  Participants will train with our expert teaching staff and have exclusive access to workshops, master classes, and concerts from some of Broadway’s biggest names.  They also perform a showcase and a fully-produced musical within the training year.

When:  July 1 – July 28, 2019 (off on July 4th), weekdays 10 AM to 4 PM at Northern Kentucky University

Tuition: $650

Security deposit of $150 due upon acceptance into the program.  Payment plans and scholarships are available. 

STAR Camp Red Bank (formerly known as stARTs) is our program for gifted and talented students who are advanced in some areas of musical theatre and who have progressed beyond the basic levels of training.  For three weeks in July, a select number of students will work with leading professionals in the theatre business to help them improve and become well-rounded performers in all areas of Musical Theatre.  STAR Red Bank culminates in a Musical Theatre showcase featuring some of the most popular songs and scenes from the Broadway repertoire!

When:  July 8-26, 2019, weekdays 9 AM to 4 PM at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s new facility, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH  45227

Tuition: $500

Security deposit of $100 due upon acceptance into the program.  Payment plans and scholarships are available.


1 Comment

Filed under Auditions, Family-Friendly, Training