Macy’s Internship for Diverse Arts Administrators & Production Artists

By The Children's Theatre
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21-22 Change Fund Intern Aleah Vassell with TCT Artistic Director Roderick Justice


The mission of The Children’s of Cincinnati (TCT) is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. Now entering its 104th season, TCT is the oldest professional theatre for young audiences in the country and is recognized as one of the top children’s theatres in the nation. TCT brings art to life through three divisions: TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre, TCT on Tour/WorkShops, and TCT Academy.

Arts organizations have the power to heal, uplift, and create lasting cultural change. Our goal is that the quality and inclusivity of TCT productions will continue to inspire all youth, with increasing numbers from historically marginalized populations, to love theatre and/or pursue careers both on- and off-stage, particularly through a practice of diverse representation in all areas of our operations.

The Change Fund at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati was launched in October 2020 with the goal of creating an inclusive culture and innovation through the addition of previously excluded voices. The Change Fund provides exclusive funding for projects dedicated to eight pillar areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. TCT has currently identified these pillars as:

  1. Diverse Arts Administrators 
  2. Diverse Educators, Guest Speakers, Ambassadors, & Cultural Consultants
  3. Development of diversity-focused new works and adaptations
  4. Diverse Playwrights & Composers
  5. Diverse Directors & Choreographers
  6. Diverse Designers & Artists
  7. Diverse Production Crew
  8. Diversity-Focused Community Engagement Initiatives

The Change Fund seeks to offer opportunities for diverse individuals throughout the country including those of various races, ethnicities, religions, genders, abilities, socio-economic status, and more.

A generous donation from Macy’s will provide a second season of exclusive funding for The Change Fund in support of advancing a more equitable future for present and future theatre artists and administrators. In alignment with Macy’s Mission Every One, TCT will provide learning and leadership opportunities for underrepresented youth through the Change Fund Internship for Diverse Arts Administrators or Diverse Production Artists. During the 2022-23 season, Macy’s funded its inaugural Change Fund Internship for Diverse Production Artist R’reyonna Parker, who joined the Stage Management Team for Disney’s Descendants.

Macy’s has previously supported The Change Fund by funding the filming of the TCT on Tour production of ABIYOYO, a diversity-focused new work that was brought to life in the 2021-22 season.

How It Works

The Change Fund at TCT will provide professional and educational opportunities for diverse people interested in pursuing a career in the arts through internships for arts administrators and/or theatre production artists. Internships will amplify the voices of individuals who have been historically underrepresented. The Change Fund will be an educational resource dedicated to projects that specifically and intentionally propel the perspectives of people who are of varying race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and more, for many years to come.

Interested participants may apply for internships related to their professional goals in non-profit arts management and/or theatre production. Applicants may be aspiring non-profit marketing directors, CEOs, producers, development leaders, venue managers, scenic designers, technical directors, lighting designers, and beyond. Interns will lead various programming efforts, share in mentorship by TCT leaders, partake in professional development, engage in networking opportunities with other arts and business leaders in the community, and will be provided with valuable educational opportunities pertaining to their field of choice. Interns will also offer fresh expertise and perspective to TCT’s operations and programming departments.

Interns will work with TCT for a total of 8 weeks during the 2023-24 season. Interns will be provided of stipend of $500 per week as well as a housing and/or travel allowance of $1,000.

2022 Change Fund Intern R’reyonna Parker with TCT Director of Production Dani Lobello and TCT Resident Stage Manager Jadi Davis


Applicants must be:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate students, or recent Graduates, who identify with a diverse and/or marginalized population, including those marginalized in terms of gender, sexual orientation, race, income, and ability.
    • Interested in pursuing a career in Arts Administration and/or Theatre Production
    • Available for a minimum of 20 but up to 35 hours per week for a maximum of twelve weeks during the Fall or Spring.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their resume/cover letter via  In addition, please submit an essay not to exceed 500 words, or a video not to exceed five minutes, indicating how an internship at TCT is of interest to you and how it will impact you personally, and how you hope to impact TCT in the context of arts administration and/or theatre production.

Applications must be received by June 2, 2023.

Questions? Contact Development Manager Annie Bloemer (513) 569-8080 ext. 32.

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