Cincinnati Music Theatre scholarship program returns for 2021

We recognize and encourage outstanding high school seniors who have excelled in various aspects of theater production and/or performance, and who will pursue a college degree in theater arts or theater-related music performance, production, or education.


  • CMT awards up to four non-renewable $1,000 scholarships annually in the areas of performance (vocal, instrumental, dance) and technical (direction, set design, stage management, lighting design, etc.).
  • Students must submit an application available at the link below no later than May 13, 2021.
  • Selected applicants in performance areas will be required to audition; because of the COVID-19 pandemic, auditions will be by video submission or Zoom.
  • Selected applicants for the technical scholarship will be invited to submit a portfolio of their technical theater experience at an online interview with members of the scholarship committee.
  • Scholarship awards will be in the form of a check made payable to the student’s institution of choice.

The recipient may use the award for any expense related to his/her education; i.e. tuition, fees, books, etc.

Choral directors, guidance counselors and/or drama teachers may download, post and distribute our cover letter, scholarship application and scholarship program overview. For more information or questions, please contact Kathy Kramer at




Sunday, December 5, 2021, 3p-10p

Monday, December 6, 7p-10p

(Call backs will be held Wednesday, December 8 at 7p)


LOCATION: Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH


IN-PERSON AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT: Please reserve your auditions by clicking on the link below.

*Please print and fill out the audition form prior to your audition. Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen in the next available slot.*






Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Monday, December 13, 2021, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

LOCATION: Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH

IN-PERSON AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT: Please reserve your audition slot by clicking on the link below.

*An audition form will be emailed to you.  Please print and fill out the audition form prior to your audition. Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen in the next available slot.*

Between the Lines, Outside the Margins is an original musical revue crafted to amplify and celebrate the power of storytelling within the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities. Challenging stereotypes and unveiling new narratives, Margins weaves together musical theatre songs from the classics to new creations in a musical manifesto of truth, vulnerability, and empowerment. 

Seeking a diverse, inclusive ensemble cast of about 8-10 artists who bring their own lived experience and/or a desire to learn to a collaborative creative experience. To be explicit, our production believes the following: solidarity is intersectional, black lives matter, gender isn't a binary, equity and justice over equality, and ally is a verb. We are committed to upholding an accessible, actively anti-racist, inclusive space; and welcome people of all abilities, classes, ethnicities, gender identities, races, sexual orientations, and sizes. 

Audition requirements are the standard fare: 16-32 bar cut of a song along with sheet music in the proper key with cuts marked. Ideally, song choice should highlight the artist's storytelling chops, ability to emotionally connect with both song and audience, and their vocal range. But we'd rather a person come with a song they're comfortable with than not audition at all. No dancing audition; but the show will contain both staged movement and portions of choreography designed per cast ability. 

Rehearsals begin in early January with a rehearsal schedule based on availability. Due to the condensed rehearsal process, few to no conflicts preferred.

BETWEEN THE LINES, OUTSIDE THE MARGINS opens February 4, 2022, and runs through February 12, 2022, at the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater.

Conceived and written by Jacqlyn Schott and Matthew Nassida, the show is produced by Peter Merten and Kendra Struthers and directed by Jacqlyn Schott, with choreography by Emily Brinkman and music direction by Joshua Goines.


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