An Artistic Playground
Our goal is to create an artistic playground where artists and audiences can come together to produce and experience work that could not be done anywhere else.
We want to build a community around viscerally theatrical, exciting works. We strive to make the kind of theatre and experience that gives you a good reason to get off your couch and come on down to play at the Know.
Know produces premiere, visually inventive works that fully explore the essence of what live theatre can be. We are committed to producing works that contain voices that are traditionally underrepresented on stages regionally and nationally.
As a company, our goal is gender parity in the playwrights we produce as well as in the makeup of our artistic teams. Season 22 is our fifth season in a row with at least 50% of the plays in the MainStage season written by women. Additionally, this season marks the third in a row where 60% or more onstage roles are specifically for female or non-binary actors.
Nationally, only 30% of new plays produced in the 2018-19 season were written by women (up from 26% in 2017-18).
We believe that it is part of our ongoing responsibility to change that statistic.
Despite our small budget, we strive to produce the highest quality artistic work possible that engages audiences on visceral and intellectual levels.
Know’s SecondStage is a chance to focus on works that are still in development, to showcase local artists, and to feature works so unusual they don’t fit into a typical MainStage format.
Our flagship SecondStage program is Serials! our Monday Night Episodic Theatre Party!
And you can read about what else we have coming up here.
The REC Center
In order to leverage our resources to the benefit of the larger community, we offer the REC (Resources, Experimentation, Collaboration) Center to program to Cincinnati Artists.
An evolution of the Jackson Street Market program inaugurated in 2020, the REC Center creates opportunities for artists by providing them with logistical support, resources, and space, whether IRL or virtual, for their projects. From our PlayUnderGround showcases, to fully mounted productions, the REC Center offers support for projects of a variety of scales.