Excellence in Entertainment and Education
To educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming.
Today, the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati brings art to life for children and the young-at-heart through three key programs: MainStage at the Taft, TCT on Tour (including WorkShops), and TCT Academy.
Our MainStage at the Taft series, performed in downtown Cincinnati includes daytime performances for school audiences and weekend performances for the public. Geared toward children ages 4-12, these family-friendly one-hour professional productions feature music, drama, visual arts and dance as a means of introducing children to the magic of the performing arts.
TCT On Tour (formerly ArtReach) brings the magic of live theater directly to those who would otherwise be unable to enjoy it. We tour five to six productions each season, serving children of all ages (kindergarten through high school) with titles taken from classic literature, fairy tales, history and other works studied in school curriculums. The acting troupe travels with innovative sets, which are designed to be both portable and visually enticing. TCT On Tour prides itself on productions that are both educational and entertaining, as well as being affordable for schools and other venues across the United States.
Both MainStage and TCT On Tour shows are accompanied by complimentary study guides, with state and national standards in mind, available here on our website. Our productions are intended to act as a bridge for local curricula, giving schools access to high quality arts education as well as serving as a catalyst for integrating the arts with other subjects.
TCT On Tour also includes the WorkShop division, which takes a teaching artist directly into individual classrooms or after school programs, for a more intimate arts integration experience with children from Pre-K through 16 years of age. Many of the workshops we offer examine contemporary concerns through the introduction of historical figures, such as Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King and Langston Hughes; while other workshops bring social topics such as healthy eating, self-esteem and bullying, to life through theater, music, writing, and role-playing. The main benefit of our TCT On Tour WorkShops is to give an individual voice to children who have not previously had the opportunity to express themselves in a public creative forum.
TCT Academy (formerly Learning the Craft) offers arts training to children in a variety of formats. The primary objective for these arts integrated classes is to provide students with the tools necessary to become successful adults. Whether the students continue in an arts field or choose a different career path, the skills they develop in these programs can be leveraged and will last a lifetime.
- STAR Intensive NKU is our audition-based summer training program designed to provide intensive musical theater training to talented children ages 9-18. The four week program utilizes nationally acclaimed teaching artists and culminates in a talent showcase where the participants’ newly-honed skills are put on display. STAR is a collaboration with Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Theatre and Dance.
- STAR Camp Red Bank is a three-week intensive techniques training program, culminating in a final performance at the end of each session. This half day summer program takes place in our new facility on Red Bank Road and is for children who want to explore their interest in musical theater but who are either not able to commit the time or are not ready for STAR.
- TCT Academy Classes are 7-week or 15-week sessions of drama, vocal music, and dance classes for students at all levels of ability and interest at brand new facility on Red Bank Road. Our professional staff teaches children 2-18 years old the techniques and principals behind the art of musical theater. We also offer one-week summer camps in June, July and August for students that are theatre beginners.
Each season we strive to reach 200,000 people in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.
Our MainStage performances reach more than 107,000 people annually, representing family and school audiences across the region. Our public audiences enjoy affordable prices and school audiences receive deeply discounted rates. We strive to reach diverse audiences with all components of our programming.
Our TCT On Tour productions go into Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, reaching nearly 70,000 audience members annually.
Also, approximately 20,000 children experience our TCT On Tour WorkShops each season. Children who participate represented a range of diverse races, ethnic backgrounds and income levels.
Our TCT Academy programs benefit nearly 1,500 children each year.