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Grants Manager Sought at Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park (CPIP) 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: Grants Manager
Starting Salary: $42,000

Position Overview
The Grants Manager oversees proposal generation for all grant funders, including corporate and private foundations, government entities, and the Playhouse’s yearly Sustaining Impact Grant submissions to ArtsWave.  Additionally, they conduct research, identify prospects, collaborate on the formation of institutional funding strategy, and develop profiles on foundation, corporation, and government funding sources.  They also prepare reports for submission to funders as necessary to fulfill stated requirements in grant agreements.  The Grants Manager is a full-time salaried position with benefits.  Evening and weekend hours as part of department responsibilities are sometimes required.

Reports to:  Director of Institutional Giving

Position Responsibilities

  • Manages all aspects of the ArtsWave application process, including:
    • Coordination of reporting and surveying needs with marketing, education, production, finance, and other departments to ensure successful data tracking and reporting for ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action.
    • Writing the application/interim reports and creating appropriate attachments and coordinating the creation of infographics that strengthen and support the argument in collaboration with other departments and Executive Staff.
  • With the Director of Institutional Giving, develops and maintains the annual grant application calendar for all grant proposals and requests.
  • Manages the Foundation and Government grant program, including identification and cultivation of new prospects, proposal writing, reporting, and grant fulfillment for General Operating, Program, and Education support and completing Capital reports. Specific proposals include the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council, among others.
  • Maintains grant administration policies and procedures and manages all reporting requirements in accordance with Playhouse, funder, state, local, and federal regulations.
  • Serves as the department’s lead grants researcher, utilizing third-party prospect research software, Guidestar, and other resources to gather intelligence and prepare an ongoing qualified prospect list of foundation and government funders
  • Manages detailed records on all current funders, both hard copy and electronic, and maintains clear, up-to-date records in Tessitura.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competencies

  • Exceptional writing skills required.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines required.
  • Minimum three years of progressive experience in fundraising, preferably in grant writing.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully manage and build relationships with individuals, corporate donors, foundation representatives, government officials, Board leadership, and Playhouse staff.
  • Energetic, flexible and adaptable, and able to multi-task and work independently in an environment with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to work as an effective and collaborative 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.
  • Appreciation for the performing arts and theater in particular.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Physical Demands:

  • This position is largely sedentary in an office setting.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move 15-20 pounds.

The physical expectations described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

All employees are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination unless a reasonable accommodation has been approved. 

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park continues to monitor the pandemic situation.  Qualified candidates will be expected to comply with Playhouse’s health and safety plan – while at work and outside work – that continues to be updated per latest state and Federal guidelines.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

While this description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, it is not necessarily exhaustive of all responsibilities, duties, requirements, or expectations of this position. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park reserves the right to revise or amend this description based on business needs or changes to the work environment.

To Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, references and writing sample relevant to fundraising work to Mary Kay Koehler, Director of Institutional Giving, at MaryKay.Koehler@cincyplay.com and cc Amy Stier at amy.stier@cincyplay.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as the successful candidate is identified. No phone calls, please.

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Artistic Engagement Stage Manager Sought at Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park (CPIP) 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: Artistic Engagement Stage Manager
Start Date: August 29, 2022
Starting Salary: $750/week

Position Overview
The Artistic Engagement Stage Manager, in collaboration with the Production Stage Manager and Artistic Engagement Associate, oversees all stage management activities for the events and productions under the Playhouse’s Off the Grid program and for its three-show season of educational touring productions. This is a seasonal, non-equity position.

Reports to:  Production Stage Manager and Artistic Engagement Associate

Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible for facilitating productive and effective rehearsal environments, in partnership with Tour/Off the Grid directors, Playhouse leadership, and staff.
  • Along with Playhouse’s Production Stage Manager, supervises a Tour and Off the Grid Stage Management Intern who will work with them on Tours and Off the Grid Events.
  • Executes all standard stage management responsibilities, including but not limited to attending production meetings, daily production scheduling, preparing and running rehearsals, clerical organizing, documenting production information (i.e., production books), and ensuring the smooth execution of performances for touring productions and Off the Grid events.
  • Works with the Production Manager and Education Associate Producer to schedule meetings and other events as needed.
  • Works with the Marketing team to schedule photo calls and promotional video recordings as needed, based on what the rehearsal schedule can accommodate.
  • Touring and Off the Grid performance responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, serve as on-site contact, lead set-up and strike of scenery, execution of sound, lighting, and projection cues for rehearsals/performances, dimmer check and sound/video tests before performances as necessary, and troubleshoot any issues. Additionally, will train/manage running crew(s) as necessary for Off the Grid events.
  • Responsible for maintaining the artistic integrity of performances as established in the rehearsal process by the director, actors, designers, and technical staff.
  • Responsible for documenting processes for show set-up and strike at each location for future touring processes.
  • Ensures safety protocols are met for actors, interns, artistic staff, and crew members while maintaining a safe and clean rehearsal/performance and office environment.
  • Models and upholds professional standards and leads touring company.

Essential Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent communication skills – written, oral, and visual.
  • Highly organized, flexible, collaborative, motivated, efficient, and a fast learner with the ability to work productively and meet deadlines in an environment of change, creative process, and rigorous time management.
  • Able to navigate through diverse and sometimes competing priorities.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to open communication and to the value of teamwork in problem solving.
  • Must have a working knowledge of all aspects of the theatre – production and technical, as well as performance. Familiarity with sound, lighting, and video equipment and consoles a plus.
  • Proven ability to remain calm and collected in stressful situations including emergencies.
  • Strong leadership skills. 

Special Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license. 

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in stage management, technical theatre, or equivalent educational or professional experience is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Zoom, and Google applications. Additional knowledge of Qlab and Vimeo a plus.
  • Familiarity with various theatrical unions (AEA and IATSE) a plus. 

Work Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule with weekend and evening hours.
  • Must be willing to travel and work at various sites.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions while using the appropriate safety procedures.
  • Must be able to, or willing to learn to, drive large vehicle (i.e., cargo van, 15-passenger van, box truck—training provided).
  • Frequent standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, working in darkened environments and occasionally ascending/descending ladders and stairs.
  • Ability to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as printer, copy machine, and backstage cue switch control.
  • Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs.

The physical expectations described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

All employees are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination unless a reasonable accommodation has been approved. 

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park continues to monitor the pandemic situation.  Qualified candidates will be expected to comply with Playhouse’s health and safety plan – while at work and outside work – that continues to be updated per latest state and Federal guidelines.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

While this description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, it is not necessarily exhaustive of all responsibilities, duties, requirements, or expectations of this position. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park reserves the right to revise or amend this description based on business needs or changes to the work environment.

To Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and names of references to, Andrea Shell, Production Stage Manager, at andrea.shell@cincyplay.com and cc Amy Stier at amy.stier@cincyplay.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in mid-July and the position will be filled as soon as the successful candidate is identified. No phone calls, please.

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Two Summer Camp Launchpad Family Coordinators Sought for 2022 Summer Theatre Day Camp Program at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoThe Launchpad and Family Coordinators will, prior to each week of camp, reach out to parents/guardians to check in regarding students and obtain additional information about children who will be attending camp each week. During the camp week they will give support to all students at summer camp with special attention paid to students enrolled in or needing the resources provided by the Launchpad during our 2022 summer camp. They will help to mentor Teaching Artist Fellows in how to work with and support the needs of all learners during the course of the camp day by observing and providing feedback.

Coordinators may be assigned to any of our locations over the course of the summer including: Mason Community Center, Mason High School, Evendale Cultural Arts Center, Wyoming Civic Center, Wyoming Fine Arts Center, and School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

This is a seasonal position with an hourly rate of $18. Launchpad Family Coordinators will work approximately 35-37.5 hours per week. Work hours are 8:45 – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday. Some Fridays may have additional hours due to performances.

Selected candidates ideally will also be available for 15-20 hours of preparation during the week of May 23-27th and 9a-5p May 31-June 3, 2022 for camp staff training and preparation.

This position requires travel to camp locations including Mason Community Center, Mason High School, Evendale Cultural Arts Center, Wyoming Civic Center, Wyoming Fine Arts Center, and School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Qualified candidates must be flexible and able to travel to and from camp locations; therefore, candidates must possess reliable transportation. To see further details and how to apply please visit the Playhouse website at https://www.cincyplay.com/about/employment

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Artistic Engagement Associate Sought by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoCincinnati Playhouse in the Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO) and is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion in all areas of its work, both on and offstage. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and life experiences to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply. 

Job Title:  Artistic Engagement Associate 

Position Overview
The Artistic Engagement Associate is responsible for managing designated artistic and community engagement programs, creating, and facilitating post-show discussions, partner coordination and associate producer responsibilities for Artistic Engagement programs. This position works closely with the Director of Artistic Engagement and cross-departmental Community Engagement team to develop season audience and civic engagement programming.

Reports to:  Director of Artistic Engagement

Starting Salary: $38,000 annually

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the Program Manager for the Outreach Tour program
  • Serve as Associate Producer for:
    • Outreach Tour
    • Off the Grid performances and events
    • Summer Performance Academies and camps
    • Community Events
  • Serve as the Program Manager for Community Programs:
  • Coordinate the logistics, communication and serve as onsite manager for Meet up Mondays and Artist in Residence Programs
  • Coordinate Community partnerships, post show discussions and lobby engagement for Main Stage season.
  • Coordinate community event booths and participation for local festival events
  • Act as the Education and Engagement Department liaison to Company Management, Stage Management and Production Departments
  • Coordinator for in-house Casting and Artist Development programs
  • Oversee department scheduling and internal communications
  • Support department programs and projects as assigned

Essential Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent public presentation and diplomacy with a variety of stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills – written, oral, and visual.
  • Highly organized, flexible, collaborative, motivated, efficient, and a fast learner.
  • While exceptionally detail-oriented, can also focus on large concepts and strategic issues.
  • Able to navigate through diverse and sometimes competing priorities.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills.
  • Must have a working knowledge of all aspects of the theatre – production and technical, as well as performance.
  • Ability to work productively and meet deadlines in an environment of change, creative process, and rigorous time management.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • A college degree with experience in producing and/or Community Engagement practices is preferred
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office, Qlab, Vimeo, Zoom, and Google applications
  • Bilingual is a plus 

Work Conditions:

  • Ability to work long hours and work with a flexible schedule.
  • Must be willing to travel and work at various sites.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions while using the appropriate safety procedures.
  • Occasionally ascends/descends ladders and stairs.
  • Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs

The physical expectations described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

While this description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, it is not necessarily exhaustive of all responsibilities, duties, requirements, or expectations of this position. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park reserves the right to revise or amend this description based on business needs or changes to the work environment.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Daunielle Rasmussen, Director of Audience Engagement, at Daunielle.Rasmussen@cincyplay.com and cc Amy Stier at amy.stier@cincyplay.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as the successful candidate is identified. No phone calls, please.

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Off-Broadway Hit SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY Begins April 30 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_SchoolgirlsCINCINNATI (April 19, 2022) – The Off-Broadway coming-of-age story SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY sold out its run in New York. Now, Cincinnati audiences can enjoy a new production that takes them into the endlessly entertaining world of teenage girlhood when it plays in the Marx Theatre this spring. Presented by Moe & Jack Rouse and Randolph Wadsworth, the show begins April 30 and runs through May 22. Opening night is May 5.

The New York Times called the play “a gleeful African makeover of an American genre,” while The Hollywood Reporter called it “ferociously entertaining.”

SCHOOL GIRLS combines coming-of-age drama with sharp comedy for an entertaining, teenage morality tale with a nod to Tina Fey’s comedy Mean Girls. At the same time, its reflections on such themes as colorism, hair, body image and socioeconomics open the door to a relevant discussion of Black culture.

Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee of Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, finds her carefully controlled world thrown into chaos when new girl Ericka arrives from America and captures the envy of their peers. What’s more, Paulina finds her quest to become Miss Ghana 1986 threatened when Ericka captures the attention of a pageant recruiter.

SCHOOL GIRLS is written by Jocelyn Bioh, an award-winning Ghanaian American writer and performer. Her plays, including SCHOOL GIRLS, have been produced extensively in New York and around the country. She has been a staff writer for the Netflix series Russian Doll and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It. Bioh has also been tapped to write a musical adaptation of the Caribbean fairy tale Once on This Island for Disney+.

“In the case of School Girls, as a dark-skinned woman, I know in a very personal and visceral way what it’s like to feel inferior to people who are lighter-skinned than me,” Bioh says in an interview with Women and Hollywood. “The journey to owning and accepting beauty was a really long one, and I always knew I would address that in a play, but I wasn’t sure how. It didn’t feel like an after-school special because that’s also not my thing. Colorism is played out in my play, although it’s not mentioned. That’s why I think the story really lives.”

The Playhouse’s $10 Tuesday program returns during SCHOOL GIRLS on the Tuesday, May 3 performance. A minimum of 100 tickets will be available.

CAST
Patrice Bell (Eloise Amponsah), Kaitlyn Boyer (Ericka Boafo), Burgess Byrd (Headmistress Francis), Kayla Forde (Mercy), Jasmine Cheri Rush (Gifty), Matenin Sangare (Ama), Markia Nicole Smith (Paulina Sarpong), Starnubia (Nana)

PRODUCTION
Jocelyn Bioh (Playwright), Candis C. Jones (Director), Milagros Ponce de León (Set Designer), Kristie Chiyere Osi (Costume Designer), Daisy Long (Lighting Designer) Rucyl Frison, (Sound Designer/Composer), Stephanie Klapper, CSA (Casting Director), Andrea L. Shell (Stage Manager), Brook Redler (Second Stage Manager), Brandon T. Holmes (Assistant Stage Manager)

TICKETS
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 www.cincyplay.com. 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 May 11.

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. During the run, there will be three post-show meet-the-artist discussions, one audio-described performance and one signed performance. Details are on the website.

$10 Tuesday
The $10 tickets may only be purchased in-person at the Playhouse Box Office beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 when the building opens to the public. Limit two per person. No advance reservations or choice of seating.

ADVISORY
Recommended for ages 13 and up. The competition for Miss Ghana is fierce, and while they’re in pursuit of the crown, contestants use adult language and have frank discussions of body shaming, classism, colorism and self-image.

EVENTS

PLAYHOUSE PERSPECTIVES: If the Present Looks Like the Past: A Conversation About Colorism
Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Playhouse

Author Alice Walker defines colorism as “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.” SCHOOL GIRLS displays the ways colorism affects the Black community, and particularly young Black girls as they are discovering their identity. Join us for an engaging dialogue with actors from the play and community members to discuss and share experiences and to learn about colorism. Panelists include Burgess Byrd and Markia Nicole Smith (actors from the play) and Dr. Shantel Thomas.

This event is free, but registration is required by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or visiting cincyplay.com.  Playhouse Perspectives is made possible thanks to a generous gift from Barbara and Roderick Barr.

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

  • May 8 at 2 p.m.
  • May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • May 22 at 2 p.m.

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE (May 21 at 2 p.m.) Each Marx Theatre production offers one audio-described performance during the show’s run. Trained volunteers describe the visual elements of the production via a closed-circuit receiver that is approximately the size of a deck of cards and fits in a jacket pocket or on the lap. A small earpiece fits into one ear, allowing patrons to hear dialogue, music and other sound effects. The description is timed to avoid interfering with dialogue.

SIGNED PERFORMANCE (May 22 at 2 p.m.) Each Marx Theatre production offers one signed performance during the show’s run. The interpreter stands toward the bottom of aisle 5. Look at our Accessibility page for a map of best viewing locations. This performance also includes a Meet the Artists discussion with the cast and crew after the show. Funding for this program is made possible by Bartlett & Co.

HEALTH AND SAFETY
Beginning on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the masking requirement for performances at the Playhouse will change. Face masks will be strongly encouraged, but not required, while inside the Playhouse facility. Single-use masks are available upon request. Proof of vaccination and/or a negative test are not required to enter, and all other procedures also remain the same and can be found on our health and safety page.

SPONSORS
Presented by Moe & Jack Rouse and Randolph Wadsworth. Production sponsor is RotoRooter. Artist Sponsors are Kisling, Nestico and Redick and Messer Construction. Honorary Producers are Charles and Joann Mead. Additional support by Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Marx Theatre Season presented by The Scheuler Group. The Rosenthal Family Foundation is a season sponsor of new work. Marx Theatre season design sponsor is US Bank.

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.

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

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