Jobs

Know Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to have our work and the artists who make it reflect the diversity of our community and the world around us. 


See our Anti-Racist Action Plan here. Applicants from all backgrounds are both welcomed and encouraged to apply for any available positions.

See below for current job openings, and also keep in mind that we are always on the lookout for technician overhire, bartenders, and folks to add to our casting pool.

For questions or to submit yourself for consideration, please send cover letter and resume with references to jobs@knowtheatre.com

Open positions:

Fringe Producer (6 month contract, January – June)

Know Theatre of Cincinnati, a small professional theatre in the historic district of Over-the-Rhine, seeks a positive, theatre-loving candidate to join us on a six-month contract as Fringe Festival Producer, overseeing the successful planning and execution of the 19th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Now in our 24th season, the Know is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

This 6-month contracted position is responsible for managing the logistics and execution of the 19th annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, a two week celebration of live arts featuring a mix of local and out of town talent and performances from every genre imaginable. The “Cincy Fringe” is a beloved Cincinnati summer tradition, which takes place starting the Friday after Memorial Day and runs for two full weeks of artistic exploration thereafter. Find out more about the scope and scale of the Festival here: https://cincyfringe.com/about/

Traditionally, the Fringe Festival takes place in pop-up theatre venues across our neighborhood in Over-the-Rhine, though we have the ability to take all or part of the Festival online in response to whatever the current pandemic conditions are in spring 2022.

The Fringe Producer is the primary contact for artists and technicians, leads the process of compiling Fringe Jury feedback on applications and curating our artistic lineup for the year, works with the administrative and technical team to ensure we have the venues, supplies, and support we need to produce an effective Festival, and works with the Marketing team to ensure the Festival is promoted effectively.

A successful candidate will:

  • share a love of new plays; 
  • be a creative thinker who is comfortable working both independently and within a team
  • have practical experience in community organizing and/or production management
  • experience building and maintaining web sites in content management systems like WordPress
  • be a clear and effective communicator, and
  • enjoy working in a collaborative environment with both resident team members and guest artists.

Compensation and requirements:

This position is a 6-month contract with variable hours, for a $15,000 stipend ($625 per week).
Out of town/remote candidates will be considered but will need to be on-site between May 20 and June 15, 2022, to ensure the successful completion of the project. Full or partial travel reimbursement for out-of-town candidates to and from Cincinnati may be available; and housing may be available (pandemic conditions permitting).

Candidates should be familiar with the Google suite of office applications (Docs, Sheets, Drive, Forms, and Slides), and have some experience with basic website content management. Familiarity with Adobe products is a plus.

Know Theatre’s budget is available for public review at: https://knowtheatre.com/budget

Job Specifications

Fringe Festival Artist Liaison

  • Handles all primary communications with Fringe Artists regarding Production, Advertising, Marketing, and Housing.
  • Coordinates application process for Fringe Festival including handbook updates, applications 
  • Coordinates Fringe Jury and Jurying Process
  • Maintains all Fringe artist-related files and folders in shared Google Drive 

Fringe Event and Production Coordination

  • Works with Producing Artistic DIrector (PAD) and Associate Artistic Director (AAD) to select performance slate from Fringe jury-approved applications, resulting in a well-balanced Festival Primary Lineup
  • With PAD and AAD, decides scope of additional Fringe Special Events and coordinates invitations to artists to participate  
  • Serves as lead in setting Fringe Performance schedule, in conjunction with PAD, AAD and Technical Director (TD)
  • Schedules and leads all staff-wide Fringe Festival production meetings
  • Serves as lead in locating and securing locations for in-person Fringe events, including (if appropriate) outdoor venues
  • Coordinates Fringe After Hours series, and additional Fringe guest artists.
  • Works with Team Marketing to ensure deadlines are met for Fringe-related communications
  • Works with TD and admin team to make staffing plan for Festival based on number of accepted shows, planned audience capacity, and locations (in person, digital, or a hybrid)
  • Works with Production Team to interview and hire Venue Technicians and Fringe overhire
  • If in-person visiting artists are part of this year’s Festival, arranges and manages artist housing (“billeting”)
  • Assist AAD and Marketing Team in securing advertisers for Fringe Festival Guide
  • Assists production team with set up and strike of the Festival as needed

Fringe Marketing & PR

  • Collects production and artist information from all producing companies and artists for marketing and PR purposes
  • Ensures that information on artists, venues, performance times, and other relevant details are communicated to the Marketing team for timely public distribution
  • Works closely with the Marketing team to approve and finalize Fringe-related marketing materials for print, website, and social media
  • If desired, assists in writing and performing the Channel Fringe Hard Hitting Action News Update during the festival’s After Hours programming each night.

Application Process

To be considered for the Fringe Festival Producer position, please submit your current resume & references to jobs at knowtheatre dot come with the subject line “Fringe Producer Application.”

Technical Director (full time)

Overview

Know Theatre of Cincinnati, a small professional theatre in the historic district of Over-the-Rhine, seeks a positive, theatre-loving candidate to become our new Technical Director.

Now in our 24th season, the Know is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

The Technical Director Position at Know Theatre works closely with the Design & Production Associate and is responsible for the execution and building of MainStage scenic designs, maintaining and stewarding technical equipment and our physical theatre space, managing our off-site scenic shop space, hiring and overseeing overhire carpenters and labor, and working with the Artistic Director to set production budgets relative to scenery and props.

In addition, this full-time, salaried position with benefits includes additional responsibilities such as supporting the Second Stage season of experimental works, the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and general duties shared by the full administrative and production team.

A successful candidate will share a love of new plays; be a creative thinker who is comfortable working both independently and within a team; have practical experience in carpentry for the stage, building techniques, budget management, leading work calls, and drafting; and enjoy working in a collaborative environment with both resident team members and guest artists.

Compensation: This position is a full time, overtime exempt, salaried position at $39,000 per year, located in Cincinnati, OH. Find out more about Cincinnati’s cost of living here: https://livingwage.mit.edu/metros/17140

In addition to salary, Know Theatre pays 100% of health insurance premiums through its group plan. Company housing may be available.

Each full time Know Theatre employee is accorded 2 weeks of vacation per fiscal year. Vacation is scheduled as can be accommodated by KTC’s production schedule. Additional time off may be approved based upon the production schedule.

Know Theatre’s budget is available for public review at: https://knowtheatre.com/budget

Job Specifications

The Technical Director position at Know Theatre encompasses responsibilities that extend beyond the scope of industry standard technical director positions.

These responsibilities can be broken down into several categories.

  • Technical Direction – General
  • Technical Direction – MainStage
  • Technical Direction – Irregular 

Programming

  • Technical Direction – Fringe
  • Strategic/Season Planning
  • Financial/Budgeting
  • Building/Maintenance/Equipment

The Technical Director is also responsible for fulfilling duties, some of which are shared by all company members, which shall be noted as Additional Responsibilities.

It is worth noting that at Know Theatre, the technical director also holds all the duties that would belong to a Master Carpenter at a larger organization.

Over the last three seasons, on average the Technical director has averaged 51 hours per week.

Work weeks during tech and the Cincy Fringe Festival can exceed 70 hours, but the company offers flexible hours between production processes as needed.

Our company-wide goal over the next two seasons is for every company member at Know theatre to work an average of 45 hours per week or under.

Specific Duties

Duties under each of these categories include, but are not limited to, the following.

Technical Direction – General

  • Maintains the scenic shop space and offsite storage space.
  • Acts as a master carpenter on all MainStage scenic builds.
  • Maintains the physical assets of the production department, including lighting, sound, and video equipment, rigging supplies, seating, risers, and stock scenery and platforms.
  • Ensures safety of scenery for actors, technicians, and audiences.
  • Coordinates and takes responsibility for the execution of the preparation of the physical theatre space for performers and audiences.
  • Assists in coordinating Underground bar and lobby set up for each MainStage show
  • Annually assess the contents of costume, furniture, and prop storage areas in order to balance space usage with future production needs.
  • Coordinate hiring, scheduling, and training of technician overhire, including, but not limited to, carpenters, electricians, and painters as needed.
  • Serve as supervisor of overhire crew members, and of other company members working in a production support capacity.

Technical Direction – MainStage

  • Communicates with Stage Manager and production team to ensure a clear understanding of final scenic product once designs are finalized. 
  • Maintains communication regarding any changes with scenic designs.
  • Drafts construction drawings from design drawings.
  • Works with the designer to modify any designs to conform to the budget, time, and/or personnel limitations. 
  • Sets build schedules both off and on site. 
  • Coordinates with the resident stage manager to set onstage work schedules.
  • Attends technical rehearsals to facilitate the integration of all technical elements with performers.
  • Works with scenic artists to facilitate the completion of scenic build in a timely fashion.

Technical Direction – Second Stage and Additional Programming

  • Provides technical support as needed for second stage programming, special events, fundraising, and rental events.
  • Assists in scheduling of irregular programming events based on technical capacity.

Technical Direction – Theatre at a distance

  • Coordinates technical set up for livestream broadcast and video on demand events.

Technical Direction – Fringe

  • Oversees load in, strike, and changeover of fringe venues.
  • Works with Fringe Production Manager to set load in and tech schedules
  • Works with Fringe Production Manager to plan equipment distribution amongst venues
  • Prepares drawings of venue spaces for with architectural features and determines seating and riser layouts.
  • Coordinates technical support for food trucks and outdoor/offsite fringe related programming
  • Serves as a primary technical contact during festival.
  • Serves as standby venue tech in case of illness or emergency.
  • Serves as technician for bar series events.

Strategic/Season Planning

  • In coordination with the Artistic Director and Stage Manager, assists in setting the season production calendar.
  • Participates in season selection along with the rest of the company.

Financial/Budgeting

  • Works with the Artistic Director to set Production Budgets relating to scenery and props.
  • Creates and executes material shop orders based on budget and designs.

Building/Maintenance/Equipment

  • Assists in troubleshooting lighting equipment.
  • Primary contact for fire safety, building security, and structural and functional building issues.
  • Ensures the theatre and safety equipment are maintained in accordance with laws, regulations, and codes.
  • Acts as project supervisor for all major facility repairs and renovations.
  • Coordinates facilities repair and maintenance, either by performing repairs to the extent possible, organizing staff to achieve repairs, or coordinating the hire of professionals.

Additional Responsibilities

  • May serve as a bartender as desired
  • Answers phones during regular office hours when available.
  • Participates in facilities cleanup as needed.

These duties may be altered at the discretion of the Technical Director’s supervisors (Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, and Managing Director) and with the agreement of the Technical Director, based upon the needs of the company, and the particular skill set of the candidate.

Application Process

To be considered for the Technical Director position, please submit your current resume and list of references to jobs at knowtheatre dot com with the subject line “Technical Director Application.”

Resident Stage Manager (full time)

Overview

Know Theatre of Cincinnati, a small professional theatre in the historic district of Over-the-Rhine, seeks a positive, theatre-loving candidate to become our new Resident Stage Manager. Now in our 24th season, the Know is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

The Resident Stage Manager Position at Know Theatre is responsible for facilitating effective, healthy, and productive rehearsal and performance environments for MainStage theatre productions, in partnership with the director of each show and the staff of the Know. 

In addition, this full-time, salaried position with benefits includes additional responsibilities supporting the Second Stage series of experimental works, the annual CincinnatI Fringe Festival, and general duties shared by all members of our dynamic administrative and production team.

A successful candidate will share a love of new plays, be a creative thinker who is comfortable working both independently and within a team, have experience in both the rehearsal room and in performance settings, and enjoy working in a collaborative environment with both resident team members and guest artists.

Compensation: This position is a full time, overtime exempt, salaried position at $36,000 per year, located in Cincinnati, OH. Find out more about Cincinnati’s cost of living here: https://livingwage.mit.edu/metros/17140

In addition to salary, Know Theatre pays 100% of health insurance premiums through its group plan. Company housing may be available.

Each full time Know Theatre employee is accorded 2 weeks of vacation per fiscal year. Vacation is scheduled as can be accommodated by KTC’s production schedule. Additional time off may be approved based upon the production schedule.

Know Theatre’s budget is available for public review at: https://knowtheatre.com/budget

Job Specifications

The Resident Stage Manager (RSM) position at Know Theatre includes responsibilities that extend beyond the scope of traditional stage management positions. These responsibilities can be broken down into several categories.

  • General 
  • MainStage
  • Second Stage 
  • Fringe Festival 
  • Strategic/Season Planning
  • Support to Marketing/PR

The standard rehearsal week during MainStage productions is 30 hours per week (6 days of 5 hour rehearsals), with the possibility of additional rehearsal hours during tech weekend. We are currently transitioning away from a traditional “10/12” technical rehearsal model and toward a more balanced approach to “tech week.” During production weeks and the Fringe Festival, weekly hours may exceed 50 – 60 hours per week – but, the company offers flexible hours between production processes as needed.

Our company-wide goal over the next two seasons is for every company member at Know theatre to work an average of 45 hours per week or under.

Specific Duties

Duties of the Resident Stage Manager include, but are not limited to, the following:

General

  • Responsible for facilitating effective, healthy, and productive rehearsal environments, in partnership with the director of each show and the leadership and staff of the Know.
  • Responsible for maintaining the artistic integrity of performances as established in the rehearsal process by the director, actors, designers, and technical staff.
  • Facilitates communication between the cast & heads of other departments throughout the rehearsal and performance process.
  • Keeps such records as are necessary to advise the Producer on matters of attendance, time, health benefits, or other matters relating to the rights of Equity members. 
  • Maintains discipline as provided in the Equity Constitution, By-Laws and Rules where required, appealable in every case to Actors’ Equity.
  • Prepares and maintains a clean and functional rehearsal space and stage environment, including dressing rooms.
  • Coordinates and schedules volunteer shifts for Assistant Stage Managers on a show by show basis.
  • Coordinates with House Management during performances to ensure timeliness and efficiency in opening seating areas, curtain times, accessibility needs, and general audience navigation.
  • Serves as record keeper for production meetings and weekly staff meetings.
  • Assists Technical Director and admin team in navigating necessary COVID-19 health protocols with regard to actor, director, and crew safety.

MainStage – Pre-Production

  • Prepares calendars (rehearsal, tech, and performance), paperwork templates, and prompt book in advance of first rehearsal.
  • Prepares the rehearsal hall in advance of rehearsal. This includes, but is not limited to: taping out the groundplan, setting up tables & chairs, and preparing the hospitality table. 
  • Assembles and maintains the Prompt Book which is defined as the accurate playing text and stage business, together with such cue sheets, plots, daily records, etc., as are necessary for the actual technical and artistic operation of the production. 
  • Responsible for pulling rehearsal props from theatre stock, and maintaining their functionality. 
  • Responsible for scheduling & running production meetings.
  • Recruits ASMs as needed from local educational programs and the wider community based upon the needs of a production.

MainStage – Rehearsals/During Run

  • Responsible for the calling of all rehearsals, whether before or after opening, and arrival times for actors and crew during performances.
  • Responsible for maintaining the timely execution of rehearsals, including breaks (according to Actors Equity rules), work lists as agreed upon with the Director, and rehearsal endings.
  • If there is no Assistant Stage Manager for all or part of the rehearsal & performance periods, the RSM assumes the duties of the ASM. This includes, but is not limited to: tracking of all actors, props & costumes; creating backstage run paperwork, etc. 
  • Performs dimmer check and sound/video tests before performances, and troubleshoots any issues before contacting other technical personnel.
  • Performs wardrobe maintenance and laundry duties as noted by the Resident Costume Designer.
  • Assists cast members into any complicated costume pieces or makeup effects that they cannot do by themselves as noted by the Resident Costume Designer.
  • Acts as Fight Captain & facilitates fight call as needed during all rehearsals and prior to performances unless the Fight Choreographer is in attendance. A cast member may be assigned as Fight Captain; the RSM will work with this cast member to facilitate fight calls to maintain the integrity of fight choreography throughout a performance run. 
  • Assumes active responsibility for maintaining the form and discipline of rehearsal and performance.
  • Responsible for the execution of sound, lighting, and projection cues for all performances, as rehearsed and defined during the technical rehearsal period.
  • In the event a production must take place off-site or in a touring capacity, RSM has responsibility of documenting processes for show set-up and strike in each off-site location, and will take the lead in executing set-up and strike for each performance.
  • Maintains the artistic intentions of the Director and the Producer after opening, to the best of their ability, including calling correctional rehearsals of the company when necessary and preparation of the Understudies, Replacements, Extras and Supers, when and if the Director and/or Producer declines this prerogative.

Second Stage 

  • Coordinates Guest Stage Managers for SecondStage productions. 
  • Assists with pre-production items, such as calendar building, promotional material scheduling, etc., as needed by the particular production.

Fringe Festival 

  • Serves as Production Manager for the Fringe Festival in coordination with Technical Director
  • Assists technical director in setting Festival technical calendar.
  • Schedules offsite rehearsal space based upon Festival calendar.
  • Serves as Venue Tech for the Know Theatre Mainstage space 
  • Makes venue tech kits for all venues
  • Assists with Fringe After Hours post-performance series as needed. This may include preparing and/or assisting with decorating the Underground space.

Strategic/Season Planning

  • Assists in setting the season production calendar.
  • Assists in maintaining a calendar of space usage throughout Know Theatre’s rehearsal and performance spaces.
  • Along with the rest of staff, participates in the season selection process.

Marketing/PR

  • Coordinates with Marketing Team to schedule and execute the production photo call  during technical rehearsals, as well as any promotional filming as needed by Team Marketing and as can be accommodated by the rehearsal schedule

Additional Responsibilities

  • Encouraged to attend any internal or external events as available
  • Answers phones during regular office hours when available.
  • Participates in facilities cleanup and maintenance as needed.

These duties may be altered at the discretion of RSM’s supervisors (Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, and Managing Director) and with the agreement of RSM, based upon the needs of the company, and the particular skill set of RSM.

Application Process

To be considered for the Resident Stage Manager position, please submit your current resume and list of references to jobs at knowtheatre dot com with the subject line “Application for Resident Stage Manager.”