Annual Report 2022-2023

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June 30, 2023

Supporters and Friends,

With heartfelt gratitude and enthusiasm we reflect on the past year at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and extend our deepest appreciation for your unwavering support. From groundbreaking productions to innovative educational initiatives and engaging community programming, your generous contributions were instrumental in shaping our success over the past year.

On our Mainstage, your support allowed us to champion emerging voices, create fresh interpretations of classic plays, and advance our strategic commitment to cultural diversity and artistic innovation on our stage. Whether we were creating an original musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It; producing the world-premiere of The Living Dead (a play commissioned right here at CSC); honoring the legacy of Alice Childress with a captivating production of Trouble in Mind; or transferring a play to off-Broadway with the world-premiere of The Rewards of Being Frank, this season has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Beyond the Mainstage, we found new ways to expand access, embrace and celebrate diverse voices, and enrich our community’s cultural landscape. We provided quality educational experiences to thousands students of all ages, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and empathy through the power of Shakespeare and the Classics. Our FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour brought the magic of Shakespeare to neighborhoods across the city, breaking down barriers and making classical theatre accessible to all. Our YP Preview Night, provided a platform for young professionals to connect, network, and enrich their theatergoing experience. And, just in time for Cincinnati Pride, our ShakesQUEER event--a Shakespeare-inspired drag show—was a beacon of diversity, inclusion, and the power of self-expression.

As we read more and more headlines about theatres cancelling productions, laying off staff, or closing entirely after decades of serving their communities, we are filled with gratitude for your continued belief in our mission. Together, we have elevated new stories, sparked vital conversations, nurtured the next generation of theatre lovers, and built a stronger, more vibrant community through the transformative power of theatre.

Thank you for being an invaluable part of our journey. Your presence in our audience is the lifeblood of our performances, and we cannot wait to celebrate our 30th Anniversary Season with you soon!

See you at the theater,

Brian Isaac Phillips

Brian Isaac Phillips

Producing Artistic Director

To our Donors and Patrons,

Despite the vicissitudes of the past year, your generosity has been the bedrock of our operations, providing the financial resources necessary to sustain our artistic endeavors and continue delivering exceptional theatrical experiences to our community.

As demonstrated by our conservative budgeting, strong cash reserves, and the leadership of our staff and Board, we are immensely proud of our commitment to fiscal responsibility, ensuring that our organization remains resilient even in the face of adversity. Your philanthropic support has enabled us to weather the ongoing storm, scaling back when needed, innovating to meet changing demand, and rebuilding our programs to ensure the longevity and vitality of this organization.

In spite of the challenges we continue to face, I am filled with optimism for the future. The unwavering commitment shown by our community of patrons and donors has demonstrated the resilience and enduring spirit of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Together, we have proven that even in the most trying times, the power of the arts and the transformative nature of live performance remain steadfast.

As we look forward to our 30th Anniversary Season, we are committed to honoring your trust in our ability to bring Shakespeare and the Classics to life for all. With your support, we will forge ahead, delivering exceptional theatrical experiences, cultivating new voices, and strengthening the cultural fabric of our community.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company thrives because of you.

With gratitude,

Rosemary Schlachter

CSC Board Chair

Annual Report
Sponsors and Partners List
2022-2023 Season

We wish to thank the following corporations, foundations, agencies, and individuals for their support of the 2022-2023 Season. We are forever grateful.

We endeavor to recognize all of our supporters correctly. If you see a problem with this list, please accept our apologies and email to correct. Thank you.

Season Funder:

Season Sponsors:
The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Rosemary and Mark Schlachter

Operating Support Partners:
The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation
The Ohio Arts Council
The Shubert Foundation

Education Season Sponsors:
Debby and Jim Mason

Creative Services Partner:

DEIA Partner:
Fifth Third Foundation

Mainstage Production Sponsors:
Judge Mark and Sue Ann Painter
Monteverdi Tuscany/Blank Rome
ArtsWave FLOW
Barnes Dennig
Bartlett Wealth Management
Fifth Third Bank
Frost Brown Todd
Marcie and Jim Kinney
Stock Yards Bank & Trust
Pete and Ginger Strange
H. James Williams and Carole Campbell Williams, Mount St. Joseph University

Education Partners:
John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust
The Limestone Fund
Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacres Foundation
The Charles H. Dater Foundation
Martin Chavez
National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest
Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation
P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Ohio Arts Council Arts Partnership
Johnson Investment Counsel
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Crosset Family Fund
Paul Sittenfeld, in memory of Eva Jane Romaine Coombe
Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation
Woodward Trust
Charles Scott Riley III Foundation
William P. Anderson Foundation
GCF Summertime Kids

FREE Shakespeare in the Park Sponsors:
Ohio Valley Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Agent
Western & Southern Financial Fund

REVEL Sponsors:
Bartlett Wealth Management
Calvin and Patricia Linnemann
Judge Mark and Sue Ann Painter
Rance and Marilyn Duke
1919 Investment Counsel
Cynthia and William Batte
Blue Rose Supply
Kelley and David Downing
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Robbins, Kelly, Patterson, & Tucker
Rosemary and Mark Schlachter

New Play Development Partners:
The McElroy Family

YP Preview Night Sponsor:
ArtsWave YP Grant

ShakesQUEER Sponsor:
ArtsWave PRIDE Grant

Adaptation Sponsor:
David G. Smith, Realtor, Cincinnati Modern, Keller Williams Realty

Media Partner:
91.7 WVXU

Opening Night Partners:
Cass and Glenn Plott
1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab

Community Partners:
Pedal Wagon
Everything Cincy
Target Circle

*Listed by size of donation and then alphabetically within groups

Throughout 2020-2023, CSC was the grateful beneficiary in COVID-related relief funds from the following federal, state, and local sources – the direct result of the advocacy of arts supporters like you.

City of Cincinnati
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Employee Retention Tax Credit
Entertainment Venue Grant (State of Ohio)
Hamilton County Commissioners
Ohio Arts Council
Ohio Department of Development (ARPA)
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
The Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund (State of Ohio)
The SBA Paycheck Protection Program

Annual Report
Friends of the Company
2022-2023 Season

“With one ‘we thank you,’ many millions more…”
The Winter’s Tale, Act I, Scene ii

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company extends thanks to the following individuals and organizations for their generous support. The following gifts were received by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 or pledged to the 2022 – 2023 Season. Giving Levels are exclusive of Capital Campaign donations. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If you see an error, please accept our sincere apology and contact Sara Clark at 513-381-2273, ext. 3208.

Benevolent and Bold, $25,000+
Bartlett Wealth Management
Mrs. L.L. Browning
Mr. Otto M. Budig
Charles H. Dater Foundation
Martin Chavez
Fifth Third Foundation
John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust
The Limestone Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Linnemann Family Foundation
Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacres Foundation
Debby and Jim Mason
National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest
Ohio Arts Council
P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation
Don and Linda Tecklenburg

Gallant and Glamorous, $10,000 - $24,999
Blank Rome/Monteverdi Tuscany
GBBN Architects, Inc.
The Gumbleton Family
Johnson Charitable Gift Fund
John and Betsy LaMacchia
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
The McElroy Family
Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation
Sue Ann and Judge Mark Painter
Cass and Glenn Plott
Patrick Points and Wijdan Jreisat
Rosemary and Mark Schlachter
Shubert Foundation
The Thomas J. Emery Memorial
Western and Southern Financial Group
Richard and Debbie Westheimer
George and Nancy Yund

Avowed and Audacious, $5,000 - $9,999
Diane Adamec
Barnes Dennig
Sally and Joel Davenport
David and Kelley Downing
Rance and Marilyn Duke
Rick and Melissa Eder
Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Fund for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Fifth Third Bank
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Marcie and Jim Kinney
Karen McKim
Messer Construction Co.
Whitney Owens
PNC Bank
Vicky and Rick Reynolds
Marc and Suzi Rubin
Alice Scovell
Pete and Ginger Strange Family Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Stock Yards Bank
Laura and Tayfun Tuzun
H. James Williams and Carole Campbell Williams
Jay and Jodi Woffington
The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation
Woodward Trust

Devoted and Daring, $2,500 – $4,999
1919 Investment Counsel
Arts Midwest
Cynthia and William Batte
Mr. Fred Berger
Mr. Scott Bischoff and Teresa Sedlack
Crosset Family Fund
Jennifer and Vito Damiano
Susan Esler and Steven Skibo
Dan Fales
Sarah and Matt Graber
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Myron and Sherry Hughes
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Steve and Shannon Kane
Steve Kenat and Heidi Jark
David Kern
Ms. Linda Klump
Stan Ladrick
Jean and Charles Lauterbach
Thomas P. Lee
Isabel Mendez
Maggie Muething
David and Lesley Nevers
Kathy and Mike Rademacher
Robbins, Kelly, Patterson & Tucker
Steve and Betty Robinson
Steven P. Sullivan
Taft Stettinius and Hollister LLP
Melanie Swick and Matthew Schottelkotte
Bob and Sue Trusty
Ms. Jo Ann Wieghaus

Ardent and Astounding, $1,000 - $2,499
Americana Arts Foundation
Jeffrey and Karen Anderson
William and Caroline Bahlman
Mary Baskett
Mary Ann and Doug Bell
Daniel and Kendra Braun
Charles Scott Riley III Foundation
Lee and Lisa Clapp
Mr. Phillip Clayton
Brian and Elizabeth Coley
Dr. Kristen Copeland and Steve Johns
Marjorie E. Davis
Dr. and Mrs. Stewart Dunsker
Joe and Kay Ellis
Joseph Giglia and Kathy Collins
Scott Goebel and Emily Detmer-Goebel
William J. Gracie, Jr. and Daniel J. Fairbanks
Gerald Greenberg and Pamela Meyers
John and Elizabeth Grover
Kevin and Libby Howard
Beverly Kinney
Susan Lauf
Ted and Molly Lucien
Paul and Anne Lucky
Scott and Monica Mahon
Chris Nare and Lori Rappold
David and Patricia Papoi
Rick Pender and Joan Kaup
Mitchell and Karen Rashkin
Becky and Ted Richards
Dr. Catherine Shackson
Ms. Ruth Sikorski
Sinclaire Family Office
David Smith
Target Circle
Ron Visscher
Ted and Mary Ann Weiss
Westheimer Rhodes Family Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation in honor of Richard Westheimer
William P. Anderson Foundation

Ebullient and Exhilarating, $500 - $999
Christine Adams
Frank Albi
Dr. Rubin Battino
M.C. Brennan
Jubilee Brown
Vikki Brown
Hon. James Cissell
Carol C. Cole, in memory of Leland M. Cole
Donald and Victoria Daiker
Kimberly and Dirk Doebereiner
Allyson Fleischer
Ellen Forte and Michael DiMaggio
Michelle Getz
Tom and Sarah Goodwin
Tony Hall
Amy Katz
Gail and Eric Kirchner
Geoff and Shellie Leder
Levy-Wall Family Fund
Norma Lewis
Arthur and Stephanie McMahon
Julie Metz
Kim Morrow
Mark Motley
Tom and Cindy Muething
Amy Paul and Jerry Newfarmer
John and Heidi O'Connor
Maddie Regan and Brian Lloyd
Joyce Rich
Rich Schultz
Saira and Rick Shahani
Dee and Tom Stegman
David Stull
Gordon and Mary-Anne Thompson
Kathleen Thornton and Dr. Robert Keith
Marty Tomb
Rosalie van Nuis
JoAnn and Mark Vella
Mrs. Donna Welch
Gabe Westheimer

Valiant and Voracious, $250 - $499
Paul Adam
Stuart and Sarah Aitken
John Batchelor
Tim and Lisa Beckelhimer
David and Elaine Billmire
Judith Briggs
John and Rebecca Bromels
Larry and Julie Chandler
Mr. Bradley Corey
Leslie and Leo Dahring
Mark Dauner
Rose Marie Deibel
Elizabeth End
Lindsey Faber
Sheila Hill
Karlee Hilliard
Keith and Farrah Jackson
Steve and Janet Jackson
Steve Karoly
Crystal Kendrick
Emily S. Kennedy
Rob and Ellie Lamb
Mr. David Lazarus
Jonathan and Nancy Lippincott
Mary Mahoney
Mike Marrero
Mark and Christa McAndrew
Mark E. McKillip
McCready-Shore Family Fund
Christine Mulvin
Teri Murphy
Neda and Bruce Nutley
Drs. Nick Newman and Leila Saxena
Chandra Obie
Niamh J. O'Leary
Mr. Declan O'Sullivan
Alice M. Perlman
David Piatt Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Donna Pickard
Kay Puryear
Kelly Read
Barbara Norris
Patty Rosely
Mr. Louis Ross
Jessica Ruebusch
Robin Sargent
Jennifer Sauvey
Susan Schapiro
Suzanne Schindler
Shakespeare Reading Group, in honor of Nancy Lewis
Dr. William Spohn and Dr. Margaret Dunn
John Tergerson
Carrie Walsh
Judge Lawrence Walter and Ms. Christena Walter
Robert and Jean Willis
Bob and Rhonda Young
Justin Zimmerman

Grand and Gracious, $100 - $249
David Aaron
Alan Abes
Wayne Adams
Anonymous (16)
Bruce Allen
Lisa Allgood
Dr. Paule Asch, in honor of Lib Stone
Trish and Joe Baker
John Barjuca
David Beckett
Ms. Patricia Beresford
Jan Besl
Greg and Juli Bick
Gretchen Bloomstrom
David and Madonna Bowman
Chase and Karen Bramwell
Derek D. Brancheau
Curtis Brown
John and Peg Bruggeman
Kathleen Cail
Linda Cassidy
Elishia Chamberlain, in memory of Christian Ashlee Morris
Nancy Cisneros
Jon and Katie Clark
Heather Cole
Mr. Willard H Connor, Jr.
Jeff Cooper
James Corwin
Emilie and Dave Dressler
Nikki Drye
Christine Dye
Harriet Edwards
Deanna and David Eppers
Chris Farwell
Sarah Faulkner
Tom Fisher
Robert and Mary Fitzpatrick
Terri Gaither
Gail Ginther
Noah Goertemiller
Maria Gomez and Rich Hill
Richard L. Gruber
Mr. Fred Haaser
Richard Hague
Laura Leigh Hahn, in honor of Annabelle Magruder
Stew and Linda Hall
Catherine Hamilton Hicks
Petrina Hasinski
Sigrun Haude
Herrington Family Charitable Giving Fund
Michael and Janice Hess
Ms. Emily M. Hodges, in memory of Jim Bridgeland
Daniel J. Hoffheimer
Tom and Kathy Hogan
Doug Ignatius and Bruce Preston
Phyllis Jackson and Martin Murray
Shyamala and Prashant Jagtap
Andrea Johnson
Brett and Amy Johnson
Marilyn and Robert Johnson
Nathan Johnson, in honor of Scott B. Johnson
Jim and Mary Ann Kalla
Jason Katz
Charles Kichler and Nicole Bramesco
The Knuth Family
Bruce and Elizabeth Krone
Chris and Julie Kuhnhein
Rachel Larson
CiCi and Owen Lee
Ms. Betsy Leigh
Carol Leslie
Marthe Lewis
Mr. Joseph Link
Dan and Anne Lovell
John Peter and Mary Lund
Thom and Elizabeth Mariner
Ms. Sophia McAllister
Sherry and Steve McCamley
Colleen McCarthy Blair
JoAnn McCaughan
John McFerran
Carol McIlwain
Colleen and Mike McSwiggin
Julia Meister and Michael Schroeder, in honor of Doug Ignatius and Bruce Preston
Patrick and Melissa Melugin
Laverne Mitchell
Norah and Joe Mock
Jarrod Mohler
Ted Molinari
Ms. Melissa Morelli
Bridee Morris
Stan and Mary Morton
Robert and Andrea Morwood
Jack and Ruta Mueller
Fred and Barbara Norton
Susan Pace
Kira Palmer
Ms. Taina Pankiewicz
Kailyn Paolucci
Graham and Karen Paxton
Tim and Janet Peter
Greg Pinter
Margaret Polanski
Alexandra Pool
Phil and Susan Price
Catherine R.
Joe Ramsey
Rachel Ratliff
Brian Reilly
Mr. Dan Reynolds
Abigail Riddle
James W. Roberts
Don and Connie Roesch
Barbara Rothstein
Dr. and Mrs. Eric Ruby
James Russell
Georgia Rutschilling
Kimberly Saliba
Jacob Samad
Mark and Jan Sass
Jay and Kendahl Schloss
Kathryn Schnier
Don Semler
Stephanie Sepate
The Shakespeare Society of Zanesville Ohio
John Sikorski
Dr. Edward B. Silberstein and Jacqueline M. Mack
William David Smith
Christine Socwell
Carol and Annie Sostok
Carol Sparks
Bob and Laurie Sternberg
Ms. Mary Stier
Georgana Taggart
Sarah Tankersley and Geoff Vickers
D. Thomas Terwilliger
Jude Tessel
Sandra and James Uhrig
James Vachon
Nancy Wagner
Patricia Wagner
Catherine and Hugh Walsh
Todd Ward
Fred and Jo Anne Warren
Jessica Warren-Jones and Matthew Jones
Sarah Watson
William Watts
Amanda Weeks
Jim and George Ann Wesner
Laura West
Mike and Carolyn Wilkins
Beverly Williams
Bill and Kathy Winters
Leo Yakutis
Cary and Cathy Zalba
Karen Zaugg

Monthly Giving Circle

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company relies on the sustained commitment of a strong community of supporters to fuel our mission of bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for all. We send special thanks to our Monthly Giving Circle for their ongoing support of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company now and for seasons to come.

Rebecca and John Bromels
Curtis Brown
Jon and Katie Clark
Ms. Janet Davidson
Jillian Frasher
Scott Goebel and Emily Detmer-Goebel
Noah Goertemiller
Emily Hodges
Andrea Johnson
Rob and Ellie Lamb
Colleen and Mike McSwiggin
Norah and Joe Mock
Susan Pace
Kathy and Mike Rademacher
Patty Rosely
Robin and Anna Sargent
Jennifer Sauvey
Suzanne Schindler
Mary Stier
Georgana Taggart
Kaitlyn Vanway
Christine Whittaker and Thane Thompson

In-Kind Donors

1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab
Chris Holloway
Cincinnati Ballet
Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Opera
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
Jay and Jodi Woffington
Know Theatre Cincinnati
Mercantile Library
Mikki Schaffner Photography
Pedal Wagon Cincinnati
Samantha Reno
Western & Southern Financial Group

COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Funding

Since 2020, CSC has been the grateful beneficiary of pandemic relief and recovery funds from the following federal, state, and local sources—the direct result of the advocacy of art supporters like you.

City of Cincinnati
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Employee Retention Tax Credit
Entertainment Venue Grant (State of Ohio)
Hamilton County Commissioners (CARES Act)
Ohio Arts Council (CARES Act)
Ohio Department of Development (American Rescue Plan Act)
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
The Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund (State of Ohio)
The SBA Paycheck Protection Program

ArtsWave Partners

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company acknowledges the following partner companies, foundations and their employees who generously participate in the annual ArtsWave Campaign at the $100,000+ level. Thank you!

$2 million +

$1 million to $1,999,999
Fifth Third Bank and Fifth Third Foundation

$500,000 to $999,999
GE Aerospace

$250,000 to $499,999
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
Western & Southern Financial Group

$100,000 – $249,999
Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation
Cincinnati Business Courier
Cincinnati Reds
Duke Energy
The E.W. Scripps Company and Scripps Howard Foundation
The Enquirer│
Great American Insurance Group
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, N.A., Trustee
The Kroger Co.
Messer Construction Co.
U.S. Bank

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