Know Theatre of Cincinnati

What we do

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.

MainStage Programming

Know produces premiere, visually inventive works that expand the boundaries of what live theatre can be and do. We are committed to producing works that raise up voices that are traditionally underrepresented on stages regionally and nationally.

In the past year, we have faced what could have been an existential crisis to a small theatre company – a global pandemic that rocked our personal lives, kept our artists and patrons house-bound, and shook the sense of community we work so hard to support here in Cincinnati.

With the help of dedicated patrons, innovative leadership from our team and funders like ArtsWave, and the creativity of our artists, we rallied and produced a full season of digital, audio, and at a distance programming.

Now in our 24th Season, we are ready to kick off a full, in-person season, brimming with unexpected stories and brave new voices. Themed as “Myth Breakers & Story Makers,” our 24th Season features:
– 50% BIPOC writers
– 50% writers who are women, and
– 50% shows by locally-based writers

This is just part of our commitment to creating equity and opportunity for all in the theatre industry.

We can’t wait for you to see what worlds we can create together in Season 24 at the Know.

See our current MainStage Line-up Here!

SecondStage Programming

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.