101 Stories: TCT Designers

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. 

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has been fortunate to work with a myriad of nationally and locally-recognized designers and artists throughout the company’s 101 seasons. 

Jennifer Rhodus is TCT’s current Resident Scenic Designer & Charge Artist. Jennifer, a Cincinnati native, has been designing for the company since 2016 and has been the Change Artist since her inception with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati in 2012.  She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she earned her B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Production, with an emphasis on scenic design. She has worked as a Scenic Designer, Assistant Designer, Charge Artist, and Scenic Painter throughout the community with numerous theatres, including The Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Carnegie, Dayton’s Human Race Theatre Company, & The Cincinnati Ballet. Her favorite design credits include CASPER THE FRIENDLY MUSICAL, SANTA CLAUS: THE MUSICAL, LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN, LET’S COOK UP AN OPERA, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR., and SNOOPY! THE MUSICAL.  

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Jennifer Rhodus, TCT Scenic Charge Artist

We spoke with Ms. Rhodus about her TCT experience: 

What makes designing theatre for children so special to you?  

“Designing sets for young minds is such a unique and important opportunity.  We create these huge productions using vibrant colors, special effects, and theatre magic for a lot of kids that have never been to the theatre before.  It’s incredible to see their stunned faces when we do even the most simplistic of theatre tricks.  You can see them trying to figure it out, they’re so genuinely curious about how it all goes together.  Starting this early curiosity of how things move and work is so import for the designers and builders of the future, and is one of the main reasons why designing for children is so special to me.” 

Would you honor TCT Designers Past and Present with a gift to recognize the impact made on TCT?