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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.

 

Job Openings

Cincinnati Playhouse is searching for Part-time Patron Services Associates to be responsible for ticketing operations, customer service, sales and marketing support. Physical locations for this job will include the Box Office, Parking Facility, public meeting spaces within the Playhouse, and occasional outreach marketing efforts outside the Playhouse. This position reports directly to the Ticket Services Manager and Ticket System Administrator.

This is a seasonal, part-time position and will require work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends. The 2019/2020 season runs September 7, 2019-June 21, 2020. Training will take place the week of August 26, 2019.

Duties include but are not limited to:

• Sell tickets in person and via the telephone to Playhouse patrons using the Tessitura ticketing system.
• Provide the highest level of customer service by responding to the needs of Playhouse patrons.
• Enhance the development of ongoing and repeat business relationships with patrons. Address concerns and requests promptly; determine ways to improve patron experiences going forward.
• Collaborate within the department to develop and implement best practices for all patron touch points including ticketing operations, outbound and inbound phone calls, parking and receptionist duties.
• Ensure consistent messaging, data tracking and reporting of patron transactions within the department using the Tessitura Ticketing System.

Qualifications:

• 1-2 years customer service experience is preferred.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Computer proficiency required and Tessitura knowledge a plus.
• Interest in theatre and the arts is desirable.

Physical Requirements:

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, talk, hear and speak.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.
• Ability to lift and carry 15-20lbs.

To Apply:

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:
Don Wong, Ticket Services Manager
don.wong @cincyplay.com
No phone calls, please.

Deadline to Apply: August 2, 2019.

Position Overview: The Human Resources Manager will oversee all human resources functions including employee relations, training and development, payroll, and benefits. They will be a member of the Playhouse senior staff and will report directly to the Artistic and Managing Directors. The Human Resources Manager is a full-time, full-year, exempt salaried position.

Position Responsibilities:

• Manage employee relations, including but not limited to maintaining an harassment and bullying free workplace, overseeing staff functions, and scheduling all-staff meetings.
• Oversee training and development, including internal and external training.
• Oversee the administration and compliance requirements of all employee benefit programs including healthcare, dental, life, disability, 401k and 403b pension plans, and other voluntary supplemental plans.
• Manage all aspects of payroll processing and reporting for both union and non-union employees, including supervision of one (1) full-time Payroll Specialist.
• Oversee Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance and reporting.
• Oversee and administer Workers Compensation and Unemployment Insurance, policies, and claims.
• Recommend policies and procedures, and update the staff handbook annually.
• Act as liaison to Board’s Human Resources Committee.
• Oversee processes for recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, training, and termination.
• Coordinate performance review process working with senior staff, managers, and supervisors to provide effective appraisals.
• Ensure compliance and maintain all employee files.
• Serve as a permanent member of Playhouse Safety Committee.
• Represent the Playhouse on the Governing Board for the ArtsWave Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA).
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Competencies:

• Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Human Resources Management or equivalent professional experience; PHR or SPHR certification preferred.
• 8-10 years professional experience including Human Resources management and supervisory experience.
• Experience with coaching, strategic planning, and conflict resolution.
• Experience implementing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives preferred.
• Familiarity and demonstrated ability to administer and comply with all current State and Federal labor laws.
• Strong interpersonal skills with emphasis on employee relations.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Ability to manage multiple projects with competing demands while maintaining commitment to excellence.
• Ability to adhere to strict confidentiality requirements and exercise good judgment.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, Outlook; experience with payroll software, Paycor preferred.
• Communicates using English language.
• Experience working in the not-for-profit sector and an appreciation for the performing arts and theater in particular is preferred.

Physical Demands:

• The employee is frequently required to stand and walk, and occasionally stoop or kneel.
• The employee may occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.
• This position is partially sedentary, and the employee is required to regularly talk and hear.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:

Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
Sharon Weber
Human Resources Manager
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202
sharon.weber@cincyplay.com
No phone calls, please.

Deadline to apply: August 2, 2019

Reports to: Director of Institutional Giving

Position Overview: The Development Assistant for Institutional Giving serves as key administrative support for corporate, foundation and government funding. Under the supervision of the Director of Institutional Giving, the Development Assistant will coordinate the benefit fulfillment, donor recognition, and letter generation for all institutional giving support. The Development Assistant is a full-time, non-exempt position with benefits. Evening and weekend hours are sometimes required.

Position Responsibilities:

Donor Concierge (75%)

• Work with the Director of Institutional Giving to steward current institutional donors to the Playhouse. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

o contract distribution after agreement has been finalized;
o compilation of corporate and foundation proposals for submission;
o meeting scheduling, confirmation, and preparation; and
o mailing preparation to solicit new donors.

• Assist with benefit fulfillment to sponsors and institutional donors. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

o ticket scheduling and distribution;
o recognition confirmation, including collection of advertisements/logos for and review of playbills and other materials that recognize institutions;
o delivery of discount codes and show information to sponsors; and
o thank you gift and recognition process.

• Complete ArtsWave quarterly reports and yearly proof of recognition.
• Maintain and steward relationship with local Legislators through letters and targeted outreach.

Administrative Support (15%)

• Assist with gathering project data and attachments for grant proposals.
• Prospect research, edit and review institutional giving materials such as playbills, letters, proposals etc.
• Fill in for Individual Giving Assistant (gift entry, acknowledgment letters) as needed.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Event Support (10%)

• Provide assistance to the Director of Institutional Giving and the Events Manager with the planning and execution of events for any institutional donors to the Playhouse; duties include benefit delivery, registration table, event setup, and other duties as needed.
• Provide event support at Donor Lounges in the fall and spring.

Competencies:

• Minimum 1-2 years of nonprofit development experience preferred.
• Strong, demonstrated organizational and project management skills including careful attention to detail required.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Strong computer skills including high proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook required.
• Experience with development software, database programs and/or Tessitura highly desirable.
• A desire to work in a fast-paced environment, and the ability to successfully manage several priorities on a regular basis.
• A desire to be an integral member of a high-functioning development team.
• A passion for theatre and/or the arts is highly desirable.
• Minimum associate’s degree or equivalent experience required.

Physical Demands:

• The employee is frequently required to stand and walk, and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
• The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.
• This position is partially sedentary, and the employee is required to regularly talk and hear.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:

Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
Bethany Doverspike
Director of Institutional Giving
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202
bethany.doverspike@cincyplay.com
No phone calls, please.

Deadline for applications: July 22, 2019 .

Reports to: General Manager

Position Overview: The Bar Manager must be a self-motivated manager who can work in a fast paced, exciting entertainment environment and communicate effectively with patrons, staff, donors and vendors while positively representing the face of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. This is a seasonal, full-time position starting in late August 2019. Candidate will be required to work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends. While the Playhouse does not have performances during the summer, the Bar Manager will need to be available as needed for special summer events.

Position Responsibilities:

• Serve as Playhouse’s main bartender during performances and events;
• Inventory control: ordering and stocking all products and supplies on a weekly and monthly schedule;
• Invoice processing and vendor payment;
• Daily cash deposits and security for all bar sales;
• Provide budget projections of expenses / revenue / labor on a monthly basis and to budget annually for the coming seasons;
• Update pricing and services (aligning Playhouse bar service pricing to competitors in the industry/area);
• Manage/train/schedule part–time bar staff;
• Time card processing for bar staff on a weekly basis;
• Clean, maintain and occasionally update bar area and equipment in accordance to health department and industry standards;
• Coordinate with Playhouse’s Marketing and Development teams regarding bar services for special events on Playhouse properties; and
• Other duties as assigned.

Competencies:

• 3-5 years of experience in hospitality, bar/restaurant or event management.
• Experience in fast paced, high volume bar service is strongly recommended
• Experience with event planning, food service and catering for large groups is recommended with non-profit event experience a plus.
• Knowledge of and/or certification in legal liability/underage and/or overserved, etc.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel; proficient with POS systems; and familiarity with inventory software.
• Knowledgeable in inventory control and budget planning.
• A passion for theatre and/or the arts is desirable.

Additional Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have an independent mind and creative ways of approaching a non-traditional hospitality position. Strong organization and communication skills are required. The ability to react quickly and calmly in high-pressure situations is a must, along with strength and toughness to navigate the difficult needs of staff and patron management. Additionally, the successful candidate must have a demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and demonstrate strong initiative in a fast-paced work setting. Finally, they will be called on to help develop innovative strategies and solutions as Playhouse transitions into a new mainstage complex which will require the managing of two lobby bars for most performances.

Physical Demands:

• The employee is required to stand and walk through their work time, and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
• The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:

Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
Sharon Weber
Human Resources Manager
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202
sharon.weber@cincyplay.com
No phone calls, please.

Deadline for applications: July 29, 2019

 

Auditions

Child Actor Auditions

A Christmas Carol
Once on This Island

Auditions: June 29, 2019
Callback Auditions: June 30, 2019

Each year we hold auditions for children interested in performing in our production of A Christmas Carol, presented by First Financial Bank. Nine area children are cast to fill speaking and non-speaking parts in the show. Roles are available for boys and girls 8 to 13 years old. Additionally, the part of Tiny Tim requires a boy who is 6 to 8 years old. To be eligible, children must not turn 14 before Dec. 31 of that year. Children of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Children are asked to prepare very short 30-second or one-minute long monologue, poem or story with a British accent. Callbacks occur the next day with readings from the play.

For Once on This Island, we will audition girls for Little Ti Moune. The role calls for a young actress of Black/African descent, who is 9 to 12 years old and is energetic, confident, funny and sweet. She must have a strong vocal range of E Flat above C to D Flat 2 above C. Auditioners should prepare a short 1-minute monologue or poem and a short 16-32 measure song to sing. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring in sheet music.

Interested children must be available for all rehearsals of the production, most of which are scheduled around school hours. Children must also be available for all performances, which are scheduled Tuesdays through Sundays and include some weekday student and public matinees. Performance dates are available for A Christmas Carol and for Once on This Island. All roles receive compensation. All auditions will be held at the Playhouse, located in Eden Park at the edge of Mt. Adams.

Book an Audition

2019-20 Annual Local Equity Principal Auditions

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will be holding Equity Principal Auditions onsite on Monday, March 18, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will be seeing Equity members and Equity Membership Candidates. Non-union/Non-EMC actors are asked to submit their photo and resume. No video submissions accepted.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the Playhouse at 513-345-2242 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will be scheduling appointments by phone only during these stated hours.

For auditions, please prepare 1 or 2 (contrasting) monologue(s) not to exceed three minutes OR for musical auditions, 1 monologue and one song not to exceed three minutes. If interested in a musical audition, an accompanist will be provided between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. only. Clearly marked music will be required for the accompanist.  No pre-recorded music please. Please bring a current headshot and resume.

Equity Actors (Members of Actors' Equity Association)

The majority of casting takes place in New York City through Stephanie Klapper Casting. However, local Equity performers may send a picture and resume to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Attn: Casting, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Alternatively, submissions can be sent electronically via email to auditions@cincyplay.com. Your resume should be either in a Word or a PDF format and your headshot should be saved as a JPEG or TIF file.

Non-Equity Actors

Non-Equity actors are asked to submit photos and resumes via email to auditions@cincyplay.com. Your resume should be in either a Word or PDF format and your headshot should be saved as a JPEG or TIF file.

 

Internships

The Bruce E. Coyle Stage Management Internship Program

In order to further the development of the next generation of American stage managers, the Tony Award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park supports one of the nation's most respected internship programs. The program is named in honor of Bruce E. Coyle, a production stage manager and essential member of the Playhouse family for more than 20 years.

The Playhouse will accept applications between Feb. 1, 2019, and March 31, 2019, for stage management interns for its 2019-20 season. Contracts are for the entire production season but vary from the end of July 2019 through early June 2020. Interns work with AEA stage managers to prepare for and run rehearsals and performances. A weekly salary, but no housing, is provided. EMC points are available for some assignments. Candidates must have good knowledge of stage management techniques and rehearsal/performance processes and have a positive work attitude. A degree in stage management is preferable. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation or references (with email addresses) to jenifer.morrow@cincyplay.com or send by mail to:



Jenifer Morrow, Production Stage Manager
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Internship Program

The Playhouse's Bruce E. Coyle Acting Internship Program is committed to fostering the development of emerging actors in order to help them create a solid foundation on which to build a sustainable career as an artist. The acting internship supports young artists as they learn to acclimate to the world of professional theatre and the approach necessary when choosing to make acting a job versus an enrichment experience.

To learn more about this program, visit the Acting Internship Program page.

 

For information on our script submission policy, visit this page.

 

Gina Milo and Nick Cearley in Little Shop of Horrors. The cast of In the Heights. The cast of A Christmas Carol, presented by First Financial Bank. Photos by Mikki Schaffner.