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Marketing Administrative Assistant Sought by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

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Marketing Administrative Assistant

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park seeks a Marketing Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support, coordinate the flow of marketing tactics through the department and provide some basic writing and proofreading assistance.

As the region’s preeminent professional theatre and winner of two Tony Awards, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park produces a season of mainstage and community touring productions that feature storytelling of exceptional artistry and unmatched variety. The Playhouse draws the nation’s finest actors, directors and designers from across the country to Cincinnati for a range of new and classic works, regional and world premieres, musicals and dramas that are all performed in an intimate, iconic setting. A not-for-profit organization, the Playhouse is a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT).

This is a full-time, non-exempt position with benefits. The position reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications but works closely with and assists all members of the department.Cincinnati 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.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain department files (electronic and physical) and perform other administrative tasks to support the marketing department.
  • Track and manage the direct mail schedule.
  • Fill out purchase orders for invoices and record expenses in Excel spreadsheets.
  • Coordinate and send traffic instructions and promotional needs for advertising schedules.
  • Produce and post in-house lobby signage for each show.
  • Track media coverage and maintain media coverage log.
  • Write photo cut-lines, fact sheets and schedules of run for each production.
  • Size production photos and headshots.
  • Keep headshot and bio roster up-to-date and assist with the collection and approval process of artist bios and headshots.
  • Assist with administrative and editorial collection needs for show programs.
  • Write and distribute weekly in-house newsletter.
  • Assist with proofreading publications and marketing materials.
  • Keep information on various community calendars up-to-date annually.
  • Update various marketing Excel spreadsheets as directed.
  • Write and distribute marketing memos.
  • Collate and organize sponsorship results data.
  • Assist with engagement activities and special events as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A strong work ethic that demonstrates initiative, organization and attention to detail, while being flexible and adaptable to change.
  • Excellent communication, business writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to juggle and track multiple projects and work with deadlines.
  • Interest in theatre and the arts is desirable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  • Experience with Photoshop and/or InDesign a plus.
  • An associate or bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  • Ability to lift and carry 15-20lbs. 

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to work 35 hours per week, normally between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday with a one-hour, unpaid lunch.
  • The ability to work some periodic evening or weekend hours is preferred.

To apply:

Provide a cover letter and resume. Cover letter should summarize your qualifications for this position and why you are interested in working at the Playhouse.

Send to:

Kathy Neus
Director of Marketing and Communications
Deadline to apply: May 23, 2017
No phone calls, please.


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ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END Brings the Humor of a Favorite Author to Life at Cincinnati Playhouse

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Barbara Chisholm in Arena Stage’s production of ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END by C. Stanley Photography

One-woman show honors wit and wisdom of famous Dayton, OH native

CINCINNATI–Cincinnati Playhouse presents a hilarious, intimate chat with a national and hometown favorite in ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END. Adapted from Bombeck’s classic books and columns and directed by David Esbjornson, the show runs May 6 through June 11 in the Shelterhouse Theatre. Using the groundbreaking columnist’s own wit and wisdom, which gave a voice to suburban housewives everywhere, the play paints a warm and funny portrait of the woman who dared to ask, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?”

The play was written by twin sister playwrights Allison Engel and Margaret Engel, both of whom are mothers and journalists, who relate to Erma Bombeck’s work.

“As we researched Erma’s life, we were struck by the sustained quality of her writing, especially when she was turning out three columns per week for decades,” the Engel sisters said. “We were amazed by her discipline in finishing deadlines before her children came home each afternoon. Although she was a favorite guest of Johnny Carson’s on The Tonight Show, was a contributor for years on Good Morning America and was one of the most recognized and beloved women in America, she was not seduced by fame, money or Hollywood. She managed to be extraordinary by being ordinary.”

Erma Bombeck, a Dayton, Ohio, native, rose to prominence in the 1960s with a syndicated newspaper column sharing her insights about motherhood and domestic life. Bombeck was 37 and had just sent the youngest of her three children to kindergarten when she began her column. She wrote candidly about the messiness of raising children, the difference between the perfect American Dream life portrayed in magazines and the reality of suburbia, and the indignities of getting older as a woman.

Her popularity increased with additional feature writing in magazines including Good Housekeeping, Redbook and McCall’s; a series of popular books, beginning with 1976’s The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank; and later television appearances, including an association with Good Morning America that spanned more than a decade.

Actress Barbara Chisholm will portray Bombeck in this one-woman show. Chisholm previously played the role in the world premiere production in Washington, D.C. According to the Engel sisters, Chisholm “is such an appealing figure on the stage that audiences immediately are taken in.”

For Chisholm, playing Bombeck is the culmination of a lifelong admiration.

“For those who love and remember Erma, I think they’ll be moved and touched to learn how much grit and depth there was to her,” Chisolm says. “Erma overcame and worked through tremendous personal challenges. She used her celebrity to work passionately for passage of the ERA… I believe this play gives her a measure of respect and gravitas to add to the deep affection in which she’s held. There’s nothing trivial about the world Erma inhabited and wrote. Those who are not familiar with her will be astonished and amazed and appreciative of a formidable…and trailblazing woman.”

Prices for ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END start at $35; they vary depending on seat location and performance day and are subject to change. Tickets for teens and students are $30. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. Plus, Sunday is College Night, with tickets to all 7 p.m. performances just $10. In addition to calling the Box Office, tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

Hilliard Lyons is production sponsor of ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END. Artist Sponsors are TriVersity Construction and Jenny and David Powell. The 2016-17 Shelterhouse Theatre season is presented by Heidelberg Distributing Company. Season Sponsor of New Work is The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation.Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre Season Design Sponsor is Allan Berliant and Jennie Rosenthal Berliant Family Fund.

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 and the National Endowment for the Arts


Special Events

    May 1 and May 22, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth BooksellersAs a part of the Playhouse’s inaugural book club and discussion series, we will dig deeper into ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END. Books can be purchased or ordered through Joseph-Beth. Discussion events are free, but registration is required in advance through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.
    May 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. to noon at the PlayhouseAccess your inner Erma Bombeck with author Katrina Kittle, who will share writing strategies that will help you get to the core of your own story. The registration fee is $50. To register, call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or visit cincyplay.com.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to Audition 10 to 13 Year Boys on May 6 for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

PIP_logo(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will hold auditions on Saturday, May 6, to cast a male, juvenile actor between 10 and 13 years old with strong language skills to play John Webster in the upcoming production of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. The character is described as a street urchin who aspires to be an actor, loves blood and gore and will grow up to be an accomplished and gruesome Jacobean playwright.

Interested children should email a resume of any experience and a photograph to Cait Robinson, assistant director, at cait.robinson@cincyplay.com. The deadline for consideration is May 3.

The young actor must be available for all rehearsals of this production, most of which are scheduled around school hours. Rehearsals begin August 4. He must also be available for all performances of the show, which are scheduled Tuesdays through Sundays and include some weekday student and public matinees. SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE will be performed in the Playhouse’s Marx Theatre September 2 – 30, 2017. For further information, visit the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

The resume and photo must be emailed again even if they have been sent in the past. A good quality school or family photograph is acceptable. The resume must include exact birth date and height, as well as an email address and telephone number. Those selected to audition will be contacted by telephone or email to schedule specific times and will receive scenes to prepare for the audition. Audition location and other details will be provided when appointments are made.

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 and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
May 6-June 18
Eden Park

Directed by David Esbjornson

From her home outside Dayton, Ohio, bestselling author Erma Bombeck gave a hilarious voice to ordinary suburban housewives everywhere, using humor to tell the reality of her life and theirs. At Wit’s End chronicles Bombeck’s fascinating story, beginning in 1964 with the launch of her groundbreaking newspaper column through her emergence as America’s favorite mother, with top billing on kitchen refrigerators from coast to coast. Filled with Bombeck’s own wit and wisdom, this new play paints a warm and funny portrait of the woman who dared to ask, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?”

  • In preview Sat, May 6 at 8pm & Sun, May 7 at 7pm
  • In preview, Tue-Wed, May 9-10 at 7:30pm
  • Thu, May 11 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, May 12 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 13 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 14 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, May 16-18 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, May 19 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 20 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 21 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue-Thu, May 23-25 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, May 26 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 27 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 28 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Tue, May 30 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, May 31 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, April 1 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 2 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 3 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 4 at 2pm
  • Tue, April 6 at 7:30pm
  • Wed, April 7 at 1pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, April 8 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 9 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 10 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 11 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, April 13-15 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 16 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 17 at 4pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 18 at 2pm

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ALL THE ROADS HOME presented Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park through April 23. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening night performance.

ALL THE ROADS HOME follows the stories of mother, daughter and granddaughter in three thirty-minute pieces to form one over-arching story.

In the first third of the play, we meet Madeleine, a 17 year-old small-town Massachusetts girl who runs away to New York City with dreams of becoming a dancer. But “runs away” is actually an open-ended visit that drops her into the middle of her sister’s strained marriage. And “dreams of being a dancer” is more of a pipe dream since Madeleine has never taken a dance lesson in her life. It only takes one mention of her attraction to her brother-in-law to know how this part of the story is going to end.


Tramell Tillman as Michael & Rebecca S’manga Frank as Madeleine. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

The play then jumps two decades in the second arc, where Madeleine’s daughter (who renames herself Max) is obsessed with both being a cowboy and Dolly Parton (apparently because she is a lesbian in the 1970s, I guess). It all just seems random and unmotivated. Several earnest talks with her mother and multiple visits from “Dolly” does little to advance the story or offer much insight into Max’s character. A friendship with transfer student, Phoenix, offers Max an escape to a more open-minded San Francisco, which she decides not to pursue.


Libby Winters as Dolly Parton & Tina Chilip as Max. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Finally, three more decades later, we have Madeleine’s granddaughter Nix. She has realistically pursued her dream of becoming a performer in that she can actually play a guitar and sing. She travels the country from one city to the next, performing anywhere that will have her. A chance encounter with a three-person act of two sisters and a brother offers Nix a chance at a “family” she didn’t know she wanted, but this leaves her questioning the life she has chosen.


Tramell Tillman as Trace, Tina Chilip as Mercy, Libby Winters as Nix & Rebecca S’manga Frank as Ade. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

The official description of the shows talks about “three generations of women and the legacies they inherit”. Personally I’m pressed to find any legacy between the characters aside from blood. Perhaps, if the topic of Max’s parentage had been pursued in some form, it could have provided a through line that carried into Nix’s story. I also found the lack of connection between the three generations strange.

The small ensemble shows good range in multiple roles, but as written I found the characters to be mostly superficial. Director Lee Sunday Evans staged the play heavily forward, creating many less-than-ideal sight lines for the audience to the left and right of the stage.

Overall, I found the script to be clichéd and lacking in characterization and substance.

My rating: 3.75 out of 5.

I would enjoy hearing what you think about the show or my review. All I ask is that you express your opinion without attacking someone else’s opinion. You can post your comments below.

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