Executive Director, Fifth Season
Jay is entering his fifth season at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company as Executive Director, after having been on the Board of Trustees for 6 years prior. Jay is focused on the design, construction and financing of the new $17MM home for CSC, The Otto M. Budig Theater at the corner of 12th and Elm Streets in OTR.
In his first four years, Jay oversaw tremendous company growth in attendance, outreach, support from the donor community and overall financial performance. In recognition of these achievements, Jay won a C-Suite Award as COO of the Year in 2015. Additionally, the Company became one of the first five theaters in the US to “complete the canon” by producing all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays. CSC was named a four-time finalist for the Non-Profit of the Year (by the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce), was recognized as a Best Place to Work in Cincinnati (by the Cincinnati Business Courier), and received an Award of Excellence by the Ohio Association of Non-Profit Organizations for its education program.
Prior to taking the helm at CSC, Jay was the Global President of Possible Worldwide/CEO of Bridge Worldwide. Jay led the rapid expansion of the digital marketing agency, growing the company from 30 people and $5MM net revenue to 1,000 people and $100MM net revenue in less than 10 years. In 2005, Jay initiated and completed the sale of the agency to WPP. Under Jay’s leadership the agency won coveted industry creative awards such as two Gold Lions at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and developed an organizational culture recognized as one of the Top 25 Best Places to Work in America for five consecutive years. Jay’s theatre passion is credited to his father, a high school drama teacher in Pittsburgh. Jay is married to a 2012 Cincinnati Woman to Watch, Jodi Woffington and together they have four children, Wendy (12), Jack (9), Brett (9), and Reese (7), and an Irish Red and White Setter named Radley (as in Boo from To Kill A Mockingbird). Jay holds his masters from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his undergraduate degree from Duke University.