CMT seeking directors for Studio Series

Cincinnati Music Theatre seeks director submissions for its 2021-22 Studio Series season. We are looking for directors and artists from diverse backgrounds who are interested in amplifying marginalized voices and bringing fresh perspectives to timely stories. 

Our Studio Series has traditionally consisted of small-cast book musicals and original cabarets. However, we would love to see your pitches for music-oriented pieces of any variety. For example:

  • original small-cast musicals
  • original cabaret shows
  • musical revues
  • concert editions of full musicals
  • storytelling pieces that include dance, poetry, instrumental music, etc.

There will be a budget available to procure performance rights for licensed works, or to pay an arranger to help create original works. If you have an idea for a piece but aren’t sure if it might fit what we’re looking for, please reach out and ask.  We are limited by the nature of the performance space to small casts and minimal tech requirements, but may be able to accommodate flexible staging and seating arrangements. We are also limited in the number of “pit” musicians we can have to accompany singers.

Please include in your pitch:

  • a title and summary for your show, particularly for original works
  • logistical requirements for cast size, tech needs, musician needs
  • the names of anyone you may have in mind to fill out your production staff
  • the artistic vision you have for your show, and ideas about how you might incorporate conscious casting, dramaturgical work, unconventional staging, and other creative elements to tell a story that speaks to today’s audiences

Please send your pitches by April 16, 2021 to  Questions? Ask VP Creative Kendra Struthers at the above email address, or call 513-652-2826.

We look forward to hearing from you!

CMT Creative Committee

Please note that CMT is an all-volunteer group, and there is no compensation for staff, actors, tech, or musicians.

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CMT, Revolution create virtual collaboration

Cincinnati Music Theatre, in collaboration with Revolution Dance Theatre, is excited to announce the full cast of its upcoming virtual production of Better Together: A Night to Unite Through the Arts. This evening of song and dance is a celebration of diversity in our arts community and features talent from both the theater and dance communities across Cincinnati. 
Tabari Crook
Ramsay Houston
Jhaelin McCray
Rashaad Rice
Christopher Ball
Kevin Bell
David Choate
Tosha Gibson
Ke’von Gibson
Zac Holman
Deborah Hunter
Zachary Julian
Allison Kalfas
Alexi Lewis
Matt Lovell
Camille Smith
Amanda Marasch
Jazz McMullen
Alexa Mueller
Erin Reardon
Jon Scheiding
Jacqlyn Schott
Molly Sexton
Amanda Shumate
Corey Tucker
Director: David Choate
Producers: Jacqlyn Schott, Megan Williams, Bonnie Emmer
Music Director: Jon Scheiding
The production will be streamed online April 2-4 at 7pm.
Tickets are free, but donations of any size are greatly appreciated!

CMT doubles scholarships

Cincinnati Music Theatre recently awarded four $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to study the theatrical arts in college.

CMT has offered single scholarships in both performance and technical theater for years, but the CMT board decided to approve two scholarships in each category this year.

In performance, the winners included Jonah Sorscher from Indian Hill High School and Micah Day from Turpin High School.

Sorscher will attend the Harvard-Berklee Dual Degree Program, majoring in a joint concentration of BA in Theater, Dance and Media at Harvard while simultaneously pursing a Master of Music in Musical Theatre Writing at Berklee. Day matriculates to Elon University, majoring in Musical Theatre.

In technical theater, the winners were Eva Schramm and Jordain Addis, both from the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

Both technical winners plan to major in stage management, Schramm at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Addis at DePaul University.

CMT Scholarship Program Chair Kathy Kramer contacted more than 60 Tri-State high schools with information about the scholarship and application process and received about 20 applicants. Because of the COVID-19 crisis – rather than the traditional in-person auditions and interviews – performance applicants made video submissions and technical applicants submitted portfolios.

Performance judges included Judges: Arlene Balczo, Marie Kramer Arntsen and Sean Hurley, while technical judges were Julie Beelman and Mike Meuche.

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Board of Trustees Election Results

Cincinnati Music Theatre extends its heartfelt thanks to outgoing Board members Chad DeMatteis and Kaitrin McCoy. Chad and Kaitrin have each been invaluable to CMT’s success during their terms of service and will remain cherished members of the CMT family. We look forward to seeing you both back at the theater soon.
Thanks also to Nominating Chair Chad DeMatteis and his committee for their hard work in pulling off this year’s election and to all who voted and attended our Annual Meeting.
The 2020-2021 CMT Board of Trustees includes:
President, Peter Merten*
VP Creative, Kendra Struthers*
VP Production, Sarah Mizelle Miller
Secretary, Marypat Carletti
Treasurer, Rob Bucher#
Equipment Chair, Eric Bardes
Personnel Chair, Aubrey Wilson*
Development Chair, Jacqlyn Schott
Publicity Chair, Chelsey Ross
Marketing Chair, Adrianna Boris^
Social Chair, Megan Williams
Historian, Mark D. Motz*
Member-at-Large, Kathy Beiting
Member-at-Large, Mark Culp^
* returning incumbent
^ newly-elected to the Board or new position
# newly appointed to fill an unexpired term

We are most proud to have performed in the JARSON KAPLAN THEATRE since the opening of the Aronoff in 1995.

We look forward to seeing you here!