Help Out At The Children's Theatre


Meet Emilie Dressler, our amazing School Volunteer Coordinator! Emilie makes sure each of our performances for school audiences runs as smoothly as possible and helps to make sure the 2,000 kids at each show are in their seats and ready for the performance when the lights come down and the curtain goes up. We could not do it without her!

Q: How long have you been involved with The Children’s Theatre?

I first got involved in 1994 when my son's best friend, auditioned and performed in one of TCTC’s productions. His mother ushered on school days and asked if I would like to help out. I did and have not stopped.

Q: In your volunteer coordinator role, what do you do?

I coordinate all the ushers for the school performances. I have a wonderful crew of four Day Chairs that each take a show day and secure ushers for their day. I take over the fifth day of school shows. I oversee the pool of ushers and while they do their job inside, I step outside to greet and escort the schools into the theater. 

Q: Why do you keep doing it?

I love the shows. I love the staff, and I love to see the students faces as they get off the bus, see the tall buildings and enter the theater to see a live performance. Many of them have never seen a live theater performance so it is a joy to see how excited they become when coming to the Taft, and their reaction after the show.  

Q: What is your favorite part?

To see all the faces of the kids and to share my love of theater with them, even if it is just welcoming them to the Taft. I want their experience to start off in an upbeat way. Each show is such a wonderful experience and seeing the set design on stage takes my breath away. Cincinnati is so lucky to have such a talented set designer, director, actors and stage crew. The Children’s Theatre is truly a gem in the Queen City.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself outside of The Children’s Theatre?

I am a Cincinnati native, currently living in Covington, which makes me a Greater Cincinnatian living in Kentucknati. I have three grown children, two sons, both married, and a daughter, soon to be married, and I have one grandson with another grandchild on the way.

Q: Where else do you volunteer?

I am at the Ronald McDonald House every Tuesday preparing a room for a new family, cleaning and stocking the kitchen, answering the phone and anything else that needs attention. I have been there almost 10 years. I also volunteered for the World Choir Games in July and I am on the board for the Wyoming Fine Arts Center. I've also been known to work a block party or two for the Reds Community Fund.

Q: What can people do to help or how can they get involved?

Feel free to contact the office at The Children's Theatre at volunteer@thechildrenstheatre.com if you are interested in ushering, and I will get in touch with you. The time commitment is one hour per performance and as a bonus, you'll be entitled to free parking, coffee and treats! But the best part will be seeing the students’ faces and enjoying a great show!