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About Cincy Shakes

Our Mission

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for all.


Why We Are Here

We hold the mirror up to nature, fostering empathy in our audience, and feeding the dialogue in the larger community.


Where We Are Going

We will be a Company that is participating in the global dialogue by producing the classic canon, commissioning the next generation of classics, and engaging the artists, schools, and communities of Cincinnati.


How We Will Get There

We foster three core values: Community. Commitment. Courage.

Our Story

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Land Acknowledgment

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company would like to respectfully acknowledge the Osage, Shawnee, and Miami People who have stewarded the land we are currently located on throughout the generations.

DEIA Commitment

We will create an inclusive space for all races, all ethnicities, all genders, all identities, all orientations, all abilities, all creeds, and all ages; where artists and audiences of all backgrounds see themselves and their stories represented; We will create an equitable space, in which all employees feel safe, respected, and valued; and where voices that have been historically silenced are amplified; We will create an accessible space, where the experience of live theatre is reachable for all, regardless of socio-economic class, educational background, or ability; We will create a diverse space in the types of plays we produce, in the races and experiences of our creative teams, and in the makeup of the audiences who attend our productions; We will make Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access integral to our mission as a nonprofit organization, to our identity as a company, and to our future as a business.

Brian Isaac Phillips, Producing Artistic Director.


Emily Bruns, Education Associate

Sara Clark, Director of Development

Shelby Flynn, Operations Manager

Candice Handy, Director of Education

Rachel Woellner, Front of House Manager

Justin McCombs, Company Manager

Kyrié Owen, Communications and Engagement Manager

Patricia Ryan, Development Associate

Lettie Van Hemert, General Manager

Jeanna Vella, Director of Marketing and Data Analytics


Kayla Cieslinski, Wardrobe Supervisor

Rainy Edwards, Resident Costume Designer

Jared Earland, Lighting Supervisor and Scenic Associate

Chris Holloway, Technical Director

Drew Homan, Master Carpenter

Lindsey Jones, Costume Shop Manager

Samantha Reno, Resident Scenic Designer

Abby Sherr, Production Associate

Robert Carlton Stimmel, Interim Production Manager

Cole Sweasy, Resident Stage Manager

Kara Eble Trusty, Props Supervisor

Board of Trustees 2023-2024

Otto M. Budig Jr., Budco Group – President

Jennifer Damiano, Key Bank – Vice President

Scott Bischoff, Johnson Investment Counsel – Treasurer

Marilyn Duke, National Education Association (Ret) – Secretary

Maureen Bickley, Frost Brown Todd

Rick Eder, Ceco Concrete Construction, LLC

Susan Esler, Ashland (Ret)

Dan Fales, KMK

Angie Fischer, Lightborne

Sarah Graber, Wood Herron & Evans LLP

Myron Hughes, BlueRose Supply, LLC

Steve Kane, EY

Mark Kanter, Rookwood Properties (Ret)

Marcene Kinney, GBBN

Jean Lauterbach, Vistage

Debby Mason, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Ret)

Travis McElroy, McElroy Family Media

Isabel Mendez, Procter & Gamble

Maggie A. Muething, Taft

Christopher Nare, New York Blood Center Enterprises

David Nevers, Western & Southern Financial Group

Niamh O’Leary, Xavier University

Whitney Owens, Cincinnati Museum Center

Judge Mark Painter, Helmer, Martins, Rice and Popham Co. LPA, Emeritus

Vicky Reynolds, UC (Ret), Emeritus

Marc Rubin, Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford (Ret), Emeritus

Rosemary Schlachter, 25th Hour, Emeritus

Rich Schultz, Messer Construction

Stephanie A. Smith, Fifth Third Bank

Don Tecklenburg, Ohio Wesleyan (Ret), Emeritus

Dick Westheimer, Westheimer Enterprises, Emeritus

Carole Campbell Williams, Mount St. Joseph University

Jonathan Winterkorn, Plante Moran

Jay Woffington, Chameleon Investments

George Yund, Frost Brown Todd, Emeritus

Any questions or issues, please email us.

Current as of 8/1/23

The CSC Board of Trustees helps establish the strategic direction of the company, set Board policy, steward assets, and provide fiscal oversight for the organization. We seek Board members who are willing to invest time, treasure, and talent into our mission and play an active role in the company through the next several years of strategic growth.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company seeks to foster a community of theater makers, patrons, supporters, and stakeholders who are representative of our City, united in their desire for artistic excellence, and unabashedly welcoming to all who wish to be a part of it. In service of this goal, CSC is committed to creating more in-roads to joining its Board, allowing for the value of service, consultation, community cache, and lived experience to supplement expected financial commitment.

If you are interested in joining the CSC Board of Trustees, please reach out to Sara Clark, Director of Development, at Sara.Clark@cincyshakes.com.

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