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Capital Campaign Director Position Available at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park is an equal opportunity employer and encourages inquiries about this position from a broad spectrum of candidates reflecting the diversity of the community we serve.

Job Title: Capital Campaign Director

Position Overview
The Capital Campaign Director will lead the successful promotion, management and day-to-day operations of the Playhouse’s upcoming Capital Campaign. The Campaign Director works collaboratively with the Development Director, the Campaign Chair(s), and the President of the Playhouse’s Board of Trustees. The Campaign Director is a full-time exempt position with benefits. Evening and weekend hours are sometimes required.

Reports to: Managing Director and Artistic Director

Position Responsibilities

  • Direct the implementation of all aspects of the Capital Campaign, including the execution of the fundraising operating plan, timeline, and achievement of clearly defined benchmarks and goals.
  • Serve as the primary contact for Campaign Counsel in the day-to-day management of the campaign.
  • Establish solicitation priorities, manage prospect lists and research, develop and execute targeted cultivation plans and solicitation strategies for a select group of high-potential prospects.
  • Work closely with the Campaign Cabinet Chair(s) regarding the strategy and cultivation of the highest net-worth donor prospects.
  • Manage the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a personal portfolio of Campaign prospects.
  • Work with Individual Giving/Stewardship Manager to capture patron information and movement in Tessitura, the Playhouse’s database.
  • Implement a communications plan to enhance the visibility and appreciation of the Playhouse in the context of the quiet phase of the Campaign.
  • Create and manage cultivation events and other engagement opportunities to build and enhance relationships with prospective major donors.
  • Maintain an active Campaign calendar (for solicitations, cultivation events, follow-up actions, etc.) and manage the tracking system for a moves management pipeline.
  • Create and write Campaign print and electronic collateral materials including the case statement and pledge cards, working with the Playhouse marketing team to ensure all materials fit within the new organizational branding. Coordinate the design and production of all Campaign materials.
  • Create and write other Campaign documents, including Campaign Cabinet and Board presentations, solicitation materials, acknowledgements and gift agreement letters.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with the Campaign Cabinet including coordination of regular meetings and management of Cabinet members’ cultivation and solicitation activities.
  • Provide weekly/monthly analysis and progress reports to Campaign Cabinet, Board, Development Director and Playhouse Leadership.
  • Serve as a member of the Playhouse’s senior management team, working cohesively with staff in all departments within the Playhouse.


  • Minimum five years of progressive experience in fundraising, with a track record of success in meeting fundraising goals.
  • A detailed knowledge of major gifts fundraising, as well as capital campaign strategy and implementation.
  • Superb interpersonal skills that empower the candidate to be as comfortable in a private conversation as she/he is networking at a cocktail party.
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to develop written reports and deliver presentations communicating Campaign progress to multiple constituents.
  • Ability to successfully manage and build relationships with individuals, corporate donors, foundation representatives, government officials, Board leadership, and Playhouse staff.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative to meet goals in a time sensitive environment with impeccable attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Energetic, flexible and adaptable, and able to multi-task and work independently in an environment with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member in a fast-paced environment.
  • A strong ethical character and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, and donor software -Tessitura preferred.
  • Appreciation for the performing arts and theater in particular.
  • Familiarity with major arts and culture funders in the Greater Cincinnati area is preferred.

Physical Demands:

  • The employee is frequently required to stand and walk, and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • This position is partially sedentary, and the employee is required to regularly talk and hear.

To Apply:
Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
Buzz Ward, Managing Director and Blake Robison, Artistic Director Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Applicants will be reviewed upon receipt of resume. No phone calls please.

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pip_dazed-and-confused-promo1THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Nov. 5-Dec. 31
Eden Park

Send your inner Grinch packing.
With the holiday season comes time-honored traditions: setting up a 6-foot fire hazard in the living room, watching your kid howl on Santa’s lap at the local mall and gaining a solid 12 pounds from stress and seasonal lattes. Thankfully, The Second City has a holiday experience you can actually look forward to and enjoy! With a sack full of seasonal sketches, The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused Revue is a riotous send-up of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and everything in-between. The show is the perfect antidote to your holiday malaise and is guaranteed to make you laugh until your cheeks flush with ho-ho-holidazed joy!
Advisory: THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE is appropriate for adult and older teenage audiences. It contains adult language and mature themes.

  • In preview Sat, Nov. 5 at 8pm & Sun, Nov. 6 at 7pm
  • In preview Tue-Wed, Nov. 8-9 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Nov. 10 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 11 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 12 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 13 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Nov. 15-17 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 18 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 19 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 20 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Nov. 22 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Nov. 23 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 25 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 26 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 27 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 2 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 3 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 4 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Dec. 6 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Dec. 8 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 9 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 10 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 11 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Dec. 13-15 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 16 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 17 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 18 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Dec. 20-22 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 23 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Mon-Thu, Dec. 26-29 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 30 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 31 at 4pm & 8pm

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ROBIN HOOD Rights the Wrongs to Launch Free Family Fun Series at Arts Center at Dunham

pip_robin-hood-promo2CINCINNATI, OH – October 12, 2016 — The Free Family Fun Series is back for another season at the Arts Center at Dunham with Robin Hood by Greg Banks and performed by the Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill Productions on Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m.

Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will Arts CAT, Off the Hill Productions’ Robin Hood centers on good and evil in this tale of a legendary outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor. Robin Hood and his merry band of underground heroes rally to support those who cannot fight for themselves. But when they run afoul of the greedy Prince John, the deceptive Sheriff of Nottingham devises an elaborate plot to discover Robin Hood’s hideout and capture him once and for all. Full of swordfights and wordplay, this decidedly modern take on the classic story is a high-powered action-packed adventure. Robin Hood is recommended for ages 8 and up.

“The Arts Center at Dunham is thrilled to bring back the Free Family Fun Series,” said Carrie Mees, who supports programming at the Arts Center at Dunham. “The series has developed a strong following in the community and is a great way to spread the love of fine arts to children of all ages.”

All Free Family Fun Series performances are on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. The remaining series includes:

  •  January 7, 2017 – Cincinnati Ballet
    Dancers from the prestigious Cincinnati Ballet will provide an exciting peek into the typical day in the life of professional dancers. Audience members will learn the fundamentals of the art of ballet and gain an understanding of the discipline and athleticism required for a professional career in ballet. A dance demonstration with audience participation and a question and answer discussion are included.
  • January 21, 2017 Around the World in 80 Days by Toby Hulse from the book by Jules Verne and performed by the Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill Productions. Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will Arts CAT.Join Phileas Fogg in the world’s most amazing race. Via rail, boat and even elephant, Fogg must travel the globe in just 80 days or he will forfeit a fortune. But a snooping detective, a possible human sacrifice and even the will of Mother Nature all conspire against Fogg’s adventure of a lifetime in this exciting adaptation of the Jules Verne classic. Just three actors portray 19 different characters to create a spirited, fast-moving, highly imaginative and hilariously entertaining comedy. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
  • March 11, 2017 ROKCincy Opera for Children: “The Magic Flute”
    ROKCincy is thrilled to present Mozart’s beloved fairy tale opera “The Magic Flute.” The performance is 40 minutes in length and includes a question and answer session with the cast. ROKCincy is a non-profit program with a mission to introduce young people to the thrill of live, fully staged opera and to give developing professional musicians an opportunity to hone their performance skills through experience.
  • April 22, 2017 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe based upon the story by C.S. Lewis, dramatized by Le Clanche du Rand and performed by the Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill Productions. Courtesy of a grant from Price Hill Will Arts CAT.In Narnia, a land of talking animals, mythical creatures and eternal winter, the White Witch holds power over all. Any who dare to dissent are turned instantly into stone. But one day, a little girl named Lucy enters this magical land through an enchanted wardrobe, and her fantastical adventure signals the fulfillment of a prophecy and great change to come. Step through the wardrobe with Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund in this tour-de-force, two-actor adaptation of the beloved and heroic tale of good’s triumph over evil. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Reservations for performances in the ACAD FREE Family Fun Series can be made online (www.sunsetplayers.org) or by calling 513-588-4988.

The Arts Center at Dunham is a fine arts center for the west side of Cincinnati and its vision is to provide affordable creative and performing arts for Price Hill and surrounding communities. Housed in one of the three remaining buildings of what was the first municipally owned tuberculosis sanatorium in the United States, the Arts Center includes a 350-seat performance venue as well as extensive studio and programming space. The Arts Center is located in the Dunham Recreation Complex. See what is happening at the Arts Center at Dunham on Facebook.

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The Second City’s HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE Unwraps a Hilarious Antidote to Holiday Stress at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Nov. 5-Dec. 31, 2016

pip_dazed-and-confused-promo1(CINCINNATI) – With the holidays just around the corner, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has the perfect antidote to seasonal stress: THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE, which offers riotous send-ups of holiday traditions from Nov. 5 through Dec. 31.

Chicago’s most famous entertainment export returns after a four-year absence, having twice brought its world-famous sketch and improvisational comedy to the Playhouse with smash-hit productions in 2010 and 2012, The Second City Does Cincinnati: Pride and Porkopolis and The Second City 2: Less Pride … More Pork.

A sold-out tradition in the Windy City, THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE rolls in with a blast of holidazed laughter to blow away the emotionally-charged chaos of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and everything in between.

“The holidays are ripe for mocking because of the high anxiety of the season that is just compounded by the close proximity to family, the insanely high expectations and wondering which uncle is going to have just enough eggnog to share those unpopular political beliefs,” notes Nate DuFort, producing director of The Second City’s touring companies. “Making light of these things can be a release for performers and audiences alike, and we try not to leave any holiday or tradition off the table.”

The Second City opened its Chicago doors on a snowy December night in 1959 and has been brandishing a distinctly brash brand of comedy upon the world ever since. The world’s premier comedy club, theatre and school of improvisation has helped shape several generations of comedy stars, from John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Martin Short to Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Part of the fun of seeing a Second City production is the possibility that among the young, exuberant cast members is lurking the next breakout comedy star — and, with the improvisational nature of the show, audiences may well play a part in honing that talent.

Andel Sudik, who is directing THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE, was a cast member in the Playhouse’s production of The Second City Does Cincinnati: Pride and Porkopolis.

“I love performing,” says Sudik. “I love the audience applause and laughter and feeling like I’m allowing people to leave behind their lives for a bit and share an experience. As a director I get to do those same things and, ideally, also give my actors a chance to unlock parts of themselves in the process. I love the challenge and I think my experience as an actor helps me understand what a vulnerable process it is to create comedy and survive in our business.

“I love directing sketch comedy and improvisation,” Sudik continues, “because it’s like a puzzle in which the pieces keep morphing as you put them down, and eventually you’ve helped foster creativity and created something entirely different from what you set out to do.”

The cast of THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE includes Tyler Davis, Katie Kershaw, Charles Pettitt, Emma Pope, Amy Thompson and Nate Varrone.

In addition to Sudik, the creative team of THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE features Brian Heveron-Smith (music director) and Mark C. Williams (lighting designer). Fernando Alvarez and Jenifer Morrow are the stage managers.

THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE is sponsored by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.

The Playhouse will offer the chance to learn improvisation basics from members of The Second City in a two-hour Improv for Beginners workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The class will focus on teaching the building blocks of improvisation to adults with little to no experience as they learn and play with the troupe’s touring company members. The cost of the workshop is $50 per person. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

Tickets for THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE start at $35 for previews and $40 for regular performances. Prices are subject to change, and patrons are encouraged to buy early for the best seats at the best prices. The show is appropriate for adult and older teenage audiences.

Tickets to 7 p.m. Sunday College Night performances are priced at just $10 for college students with a valid school ID. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show for all other performances.

Discounted ticket prices for teens and students are always available for $30 and $45, depending on seat location.

Previews for THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5; 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. The official opening night is Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays.

Free Meet the Artists programs that allow audiences to interact with the cast and others associated with THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE will be held after the following performances:
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

Tickets to THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE are on sale now. 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 www.cincyplay.com.  Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.

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

The 2016-17 Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre season is presented by Heidelberg Distributing Co., and the Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre season design sponsor is the Allan Berliant and Jennie Rosenthal Berliant Family Fund. The season sponsor of new work is the Lois and Richard Rosenthal 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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August Wilson’s JITNEY Runs Oct. 15-Nov. 12

PIP_Jitney promoAugust Wilson’s JITNEY
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Oct. 15-Nov. 12
Eden Park

Directed by Timothy Douglas

Cast: Stori Ayers as Rena, Doug Brown as Fielding, Michael Kevin Darnall as Youngblood, Kenneth Early as Philmore, Dion Graham as Turnbo, Jefferson A. Russell as Shealy, Shane Taylor as Booster, Raymond Anthony Thomas as Becker & Michael Anthony Williams as Doub

The first script in August Wilson’s trailblazing 10-play cycle about the 20th-century African-American experience, JITNEY follows a group of men who operate an unlicensed car service in Pittsburgh’s Hill District during the 1970s. As they hustle to survive, they’re forced to confront the potential destruction of their community when the city threatens to close their station and board up the block in the name of urban renewal. Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Olivier Award for best play, JITNEY showcases Wilson’s unequaled talent for celebrating the quiet dignity that can be found in the everyday struggles of life. Advisory: JITNEY is appropriate for adult and older teenage audiences. The play contains strong adult language, discussions of racial justice and other mature themes.

  • In preview, Sat Oct. 15 at 8pm & Sun, Oct. 16 at 2pm
  • In preview, Tue-Wed, Oct. 18-19 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, Oct. 20 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 21 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 22 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 23 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Oct. 25-27 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 28 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 29 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 30 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, Nov. 1-3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 4 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 5 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 6 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, Nov. 8 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, Nov. 9 at 1pm
  • Thu, Nov. 10 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 11 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 12 at 4pm & 8pm

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