101 Stories: Mario San Marco

By The Children's Theatre

Celebrate TCT’s 101st season as it comes to a close as we applaud and appreciate those who contributed to the organization’s magic throughout our century-long journey.  During 10 weeks of recognition, we honor individuals who have been instrumental in the success of TCT, and who have not only helped TCT grow in mission, but also thrive, thanks to their passion.  It is these people and their moments in our history that shaped TCT to become what it is today. We encourage you to consider giving a gift in their honor to ensure the sustainability of TCT’s mission for the next 100+ years. 

Mario San Marco at the Glass Slipper Gala, 2017 with Roderick Justice, his wife Kathy, and Kim Kern

A giant in the Cincinnati community, Mr. Mario San Marco stepped down as President of Eagle Realty Group, a member of Western & Southern Financial Group, in November of 2017.  Mr. San Marco had guided Eagle through numerous development projects across the United States, most notably the Queen City Square complex in downtown Cincinnati, including 303 Broadway and Great American Tower at Queen City Square.  With nearly 50 years of diversified real estate experience, up until his retirement, he led all operations of Eagle, which included real estate equity and mortgage loan investments as well as all owned real estate. He is very active and sits on several Western & Southern Financial Group committees in addition to supporting critical economic initiatives to make the region a better place for everyone to live, work and enjoy life. 

Mr. San Marco took time to reflect on his connection with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati: 

“I first became involved with TCT through Eagle Realty, a subsidiary of Western & Southern Life. We would help TCT with parking for its MainStage Performances at the Taft Theatre. Then, I began bringing my grandchildren to the performances. Though my grandchildren are more involved in sports and academics, they have an appreciation for the theatre and always enjoyed attending TCT productions.” 

He continues: “I believe that theatre is a great opportunity for young children to get involved beyond sports and other extracurricular activities at their schools. Since so many schools have discontinued the performing arts in their schools, TCT gives children interested in the theatre the opportunity to develop their talent and perform using those talents. I believe that one of the greatest benefits to a child being involved in the theatre is that it teaches them great communication skills and increases their self-confidence. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is excellent entertainment for children and the young at heart. Our family has always enjoyed attending performances at TCT!” 

Would you honor Mario San Marco with a gift to recognize the impact made on TCT?