Know Theatre of Cincinnati

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:

Resident Stage Manager
Design and Production Associate

Resident Stage Manager (full time)

Compensation: $40,000 per year
Starting Date: 7/1/22

Overview

Know Theatre of Cincinnati, a 99 seat contemporary theatre company heading into our 25th season, seeks a passionate, energized candidate to join its small and mighty team of full time employees as Resident Stage Manager. As a small company, Know’s staff is composed of artists who all wear multiple hats, and the most successful candidates will have an interest in making theatre as generalists alongside their specialties.

Know Theatre 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. In order to achieve this mission, we require that all potential staff members and volunteers hold a strong commitment to anti-racism and oppression work and education. To learn more about our Anti-Racism Action Plan please visit: https://www.knowtheatre.com/action-plan/

As one of only a handful of theatres around the country led by a designer, the team at Know Theatre prides itself on the production values it can achieve on a limited budget.

The Know produces 5-8 MainStage productions per season on a year round schedule, along with several smaller scale Second Stage productions and special events. The Know also produces the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, a 14 day festival with pop up venues throughout our historic neighborhood, Over-the-Rhine.

Know Theatre believes that budgets are moral documents and a public summary of our current annual budget is available here: https://www.knowtheatre.com/budget/

Stage Management at Know Theatre

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, will prioritize open and honest communication, and enjoy working in a collaborative environment with both resident team members and guest artists.

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 support
  • Inclusion in strategic/Season Planning processes

Compensation

This is a full-time salaried, overtime exempt position at $769.23 per week, paid every two weeks  ($40,000 annually).  Find out more about Cincinnati’s cost of living here: https://livingwage.mit.edu/metros/17140

Health insurance coverage is available through Know Theatre’s group plan.

Each full time Know Theatre employee is accorded 2 weeks of vacation per fiscal year, along with additional company-wide holidays. Vacation is scheduled as can be accommodated by KTC’s production schedule.

Company housing may be available for out of town candidates

Work Hours

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 have pivoted from the traditional “10/12” tech rehearsal model toward a more balanced approach to “tech week,” generally using one 8 of 10 and one straight 6 rehearsal for our tech days. 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.

Over the last three seasons, the RSM worked an average of 46 hours per week. Our ongoing target is for every employee to work an average of 45 hours per week or fewer.

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 Associate Production Manager for the Fringe Festival in coordination with Production Manager, including
    • Assisting with managing the Festival technical calendar
    • Scheduling offsite rehearsal and performance spaces
    • Preparing venue tech kits for all offsite venues
  • Serves as Venue Tech for the Know Theatre MainStage space 
  • Assists with Fringe After Hours post-performance series as needed. This may include working with other Know team members to prepare the Underground bar/cabaret space.

Inclusion in 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 Operations & Company Manager) and with the agreement of RSM, based upon the needs of the company, and the particular skill set of RSM.

Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, including anti-racism and anti-oppressive work and education.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in stage management, technical theatre, or equivalent educational or professional experience.
  • Expertise in creating and maintaining stage management paperwork and documentation (reports, calls, run sheets, etc). 
  • Ability to run efficient rehearsals, meetings, and performances. 
  • Strong sense of emotional intelligence or “taking the temperature of the room”, the ability to identify potential problems and address them in a safe and effective manner.
  • Experience in running safety calls and procedures
  • Ability to remain calm and collected in stressful situations, especially if faced with emergencies where procedures must be followed to maintain the safety of those in the theatre. 
  • Familiarity with sound and lighting equipment and consoles.
  • Proficiency with standard office software
  • Clear and effective communicator, both written and verbal. Ability to work independently or collaboratively with designers, directors and other staff.
  • Experience in managing crews.
  • Theatrical background and understanding of the theatrical process.
  • Ability to multi-task and work with deadlines. Must have the ability to plan projects and work independently.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to open communication and to the value of teamwork in problem solving
  • Understands the time commitment of the technical rehearsal process in a regional theatre setting, which requires weekend and evening hours. Can manage time effectively to balance workload between heavier weeks during tech and quieter periods between productions.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and handle extensive standing, walking, and step-climbing.
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s license or reliable transportation.

Know Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.  Our work and the artists who make it should reflect the diversity of our community and the world around us. Applicants from all backgrounds are both welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Application Process

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

Design & Production Associate (full-time)

Compensation: $40,000 per year
Starting Date: Flexible, as early as 7/1/22

Know Theatre of Cincinnati, a 99 seat contemporary theatre company heading into our 25th season, seeks a passionate, energized candidate to join its small and mighty team of full time employees as Design and Production Associate, with a focus on Scenic Art and Props Design.  As a small company, Know’s staff is composed of artists who all wear multiple hats, and the most successful candidates will have an interest in making theatre as generalists alongside their specialties.

Know Theatre 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. In order to achieve this mission, we require that all potential staff members and volunteers hold a strong commitment to anti-racism and oppression work and education. To learn more about our Anti-Racism Action Plan please visit: https://www.knowtheatre.com/action-plan/

As one of only a handful of theatres around the country led by a designer, the team at Know Theatre prides itself on the production values it can achieve on a limited budget.

The Know produces 5-8 MainStage productions per season on a year round schedule, along with several smaller scale Second Stage productions and special events.

The Know also produces the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, a 14 day festival with pop up venues throughout our historic neighborhood, Over-the-Rhine.

Know Theatre believes that budgets are moral documents and a public summary of our current annual budget is available here: https://www.knowtheatre.com/budget/

Overview

The Design & Production Associate Position at Know Theatre encompasses responsibilities that bridge a number of traditional theatrical jobs.  

These responsibilities can be broken down into several categories.

  • Scenic Charge
  • Props Designer
  • Associate Scenic Designer
  • Technician

The Design & Production Associate is also responsible for fulfilling duties some of which are shared by all company members, which shall be noted as Company Duties.

Compensation

  • This is a full time salaried position at $769.23 per week, paid every two weeks ($40,000 annually).
  • Health insurance coverage is available through Know Theatre’s group plan.
  • Each full time Know Theatre employee is accorded 2 weeks of vacation per fiscal year, along with additional company-wide holidays. Vacation is scheduled as can be accommodated by KTC’s production schedule.
  • Company housing may be available for out of town candidates

Work Hours

While long weeks can be expected during tech time, Know Theatre as an organization is committed to finding ways to maintain reasonable work schedules, offering the flexibility to work fewer hours between production periods.

Over the past three seasons, the Design and Production Associate has worked an average of 47 hours per week. Our ongoing target is for every employee to work an average of 45 hours per week or fewer.

Specific Duties

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

Scenic Charge

  • Is responsible for paint and surface treatment on all scenic elements
  • Creates paint samples for approval by Scenic Designers and the Artistic Director
  • Is responsible for carving or otherwise sculpting scenic elements such as stone, tree bark, etc. as well as all necessary surface texturing
  • Mixes all color
  • Applies protective coatings where necessary
  • Coordinates and supervises any additional paint staff
  • Maintains the safety, order, and cleanliness of all paint areas
  • Maintains all paint equipment
  • Instructs stage management and running crew in the proper care and maintenance of finished surfaces.
  • Creates a touch up kit for use during the run of the show
  • Provides touch up to scenery and props as needed, when it falls outside of the scope of the Stage Manager’s skill set.

Properties Designer

  • Collaborates with Director, Scenic Designer and Stage Management to create and update prop lists for all MainStage and SecondStage productions. 
  • Works directly with directors and Scenic Designer to establish priorities and keep expenditures within predetermined time and budget constraints based on approved final designs. 
  • Determines or approves approaches, procedures, and techniques to create or acquire all hand props, furniture, and set dressing for the production.  
  • Conducts research and development of unusual properties concepts. Facilitates the creation of prototypes for rehearsals and/or production meetings as necessary.
  • Pulls from storage, purchases, rents, borrows, or builds all props as needed.
  • Schedules and coordinates properties load-in for the production, communicating with stage crew and stage management regarding instructions and expectations. 
  • Responds to stage management communication regarding props issues as needed.
  • Advises stage crew regarding maintenance and repair of props as needed. 
  • Schedules and coordinates properties strike, ensuring responsible return of borrowed/loaned props. 
  • Maintains accurate records of expenditures and responsibly handles purchasing funds. 
  • Coordinates furniture rental, borrow, or acquisition in conjunction with the technical director.
  • Maintains property stock and storage
  • Attends all production meetings

Associate Designer

  • Works with Resident Scenic Designer on each show to realize and execute designs.
  • Prepares additional drawings/renderings as necessary for productions.
  • As associate designer, the Design and Production Associate is empowered to interpret drawings and paint treatments to successfully realize the designs onstage.
  • Opportunities for a MainStage Scenic design each season, and additional second stage design opportunities as interested.
  • Contributes graphic design work for marketing and web applications throughout the season.
  • Helps coordinate lobby and graphic design for the annual Fringe Festival
  • Opportunity to take the lead graphic design role on the annual Fringe guide.

Technician

  • Serves as an additional carpenter as available.
  • May serve as technician on Second Stage productions as needed.
  • Serves as a Venue Technician during the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Company Duties

  • May serve as House Manager, Box Officer, technician, and/or bartender as available/needed.
  • Participates in facilities cleanup and maintenance as needed.
  • Along with the rest of staff, participates in the season selection process.

Specific duties may be altered based on the candidate’s skill set and interest.

Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, including anti-racism and anti-oppressive work and education.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a focus in technical theatre and/or theatrical design, or equivalent educational or professional experience.
  • Experience in scenic art and props construction
  • Expertise in a wide variety of paint and surface treatment techniques.
  • Experience with Vectorworks and/or Autocad
  • Excellent technical and budget management skills.
  • Familiarity with sound and lighting equipment and consoles.
  • Proficiency with standard office software
  • Clear and effective communicator, both written and verbal. Ability to work independently or collaboratively with designers, directors and other staff.
  • Experience in managing crews.
  • Theatrical background and understanding of the theatrical process.
  • Ability to multi-task and work with deadlines. Must have the ability to plan projects and work independently.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to open communication and to the value of teamwork in problem solving
  • Understands the time commitment of the technical rehearsal process in a regional theatre setting, which requires weekend and evening hours. Can manage time effectively to balance workload between heavier weeks during tech and quieter periods between productions.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and handle extensive standing, walking, and step-climbing.
  • High level of comfort on ladders
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s license.

Know Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Our work and the artists who make it should reflect the diversity of our community and the world around us. Applicants from all backgrounds are both welcomed and encouraged to apply.

For questions or to apply, please send a cover letter, a resume with references, and a representative sample of production and design work to jobs at knowtheatre.com