Jobs & Auditions

Organizational Overview:

TCT’s mission is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming.  We fulfill our mission through three primary programs:

Vision: To awaken a lifelong love of theatre in children and the young at heart.

Core Beliefs:

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati believes the stories on our stages and the work we do behind the scenes must reflect the diverse communities we serve. We believe inclusive work cultures spark wide-ranging, exploratory conversations and learning. Therefore, we strongly welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender, gender identities, religions, abilities and ages to apply as we continue our commitment to diversity and build an inclusive environment at TCT.


TCT is holding online auditions for the 21-22 TCT on Tour Acting Company!

All roles are paid positions.

Auditions and Callbacks will be conducted via video submissions.

To be considered, email a PDF of your current headshot and resume, as well as a youtube link (marked unlisted) with a 1-minute song selection (Pop/Rock or Contemporary Musical Theatre) that shows off your range and personality.  Email to with subject line “ACTOR SUBMISSION-TCT On Tour.”  PLEASE SUBMIT BY AUGUST 1, 2021

You must follow all instructions above to be considered.  If we are considering you for our touring company, we will reach out with additional submission instructions and may ask you to put sides from the show on tape.


The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is seeking a diverse company of actors for the 2021-2022 TCT on Tour season, a division of the organization that brings the magic of live theatre to schools, libraries, event spaces, and beyond, with company members responsible for all aspects of production including tour management, travel and load in/out.  The ideal candidate is flexible, hard-working, and passionate about their craft and the organization’s mission.  They should be able to lift 50 lbs. safely, and have a valid driver’s license.   Local Actor Salary $500+ per week.  TCT on Tour rehearses each show for two weeks, and performs 5 days a week with two guaranteed days off each week. 

[ACTOR 1] – Male identifying, any ethnicity, versatile comedic singing actor to play multiple roles in Rapunzel’s Hairy Fairy Tale, Nutcracker Rocks and Lewis, Clark, and York. Puppeteering ability a PLUS! Contract dates on/about November 8, 2021-April 30, 2022. 

[ACTOR 2] – Female identifying, BIPOC Actress, versatile singing actor to play Rapunzel in Rapunzel’s Hairy Fairy Tale, multiple roles in Nutcracker Rocks and Sacagawea and others in Lewis, Clark, and York.  Puppeteering ability a PLUS! Contract dates on/about November 8, 2021-April 30, 2022. 

[ACTOR 3] – Male identifying, Black/African American Actor, versatile singing actor to play York in Lewis, Clark, and York, multiple rolesin Nutcracker Rocks, and Rapunzel’s Hairy Fairy Tale.  Puppeteering ability a PLUS! Contract dates on/about November 8, 2021-April 30, 2022. 



Elf The Musical JR. 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical JR. 

The Wiz JR. 

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is holding auditions ONLINE for the remaining three MainStage productions in their 102nd Season!  All shows at the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati.

TCT is the nation’s oldest children’s theatre. All roles are paid positions.    

Auditions are by online submission only. 

Young Artists ages 9-18 and Adults 18+ may submit an audition video. 

You must be 9 years old by the audition submission to be considered. 

You MUST register online and include a YouTube link (marked as unlisted) in the registration. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR VIDEO AUDITION.  If you need to cancel or make changes, please follow the link in your registration email.  Multiple slots for a single actor will be canceled.  You will need to register for a specific time which will be used for internal purposes only, DO NOT REPORT TO TCT IN PERSON. 

Submissions will be accepted from July 30 to August 9, 2021.  

You may be asked to return and attend a “socially distanced” in-person callback if you are being considered for a certain role.  We will reach out directly to all auditionees we’d like to callback.  Callbacks will be held August 21-22, 10a-6p, and September 12, 2021, 1p-9p. 

 Callbacks are held at TCT’s headquarters at 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227. 

For information concerning auditions email Eric Byrd at


Please prepare a video submission (2 minutes max) that includes two contrasting selections that are age-appropriate and reflective of the shows you are interested in being considered for.  If you are only interested in one show, you may choose to do one song, but the video should not be longer than (2-minutes).  Your song(s) should show off vocal range and personality. The song must be age-appropriate. It is highly encouraged you sing with accompaniment. 

You do NOT need to prepare a monologue.  

You must upload a RECENT headshot and UPDATED performance resume to the registration website.  

Due to concentrated rehearsal periods, we ask that you do not have conflicts during rehearsals. In an effort to best facilitate all rehearsal times, all those auditioning will be asked to list all conflicts at the time of the audition. Conflicts will result in a stipend adjustment. Please take note of when rehearsals begin, the day and evening tech, and the performance schedule.  

About the Shows


Book: Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin 

Lyrics: Matthew Sklar & Chad Beguilen 

Directed by: Roderick Justice 

Choreographed by: Eric Byrd 

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. 

Rehearsals: October 30 – November 28, 2021 (OFF November 24-27 for Thanksgiving)   

Mon – Thurs: 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat: 10AM – 4PM 

Tech at the Taft Theatre: December 1-3, 2021


Performances:  December 4-13, 2021 

Morning performances during school days. Morning, afternoon, and evening performances Friday-Sunday.  


SANTA CLAUS: Male identifying, Santa Claus has a lot on his plate during the Christmas season, and it is starting to show.  He is annoyed with the Elves, tired of lying to Buddy, and sad that people seem to be losing their Christmas spirit.  He is still same old jolly St. Nick, but the job is getting to him.  Seeking strong actor, singer, dancer (also doubles as ensemble dancer) vocal range Bb3-D5 

BUDDY: Male identifying, Buddy is the perfect elf!  He is good-natured, he means well and is happy all the time. There’s only one problem, he’s not an elf, he’s a human!  Our hero, who journey’s to NYC to find his real dad.  Seeking strong Actor/Singer/Dancer who taps, Tenor, vocal range B3-G5 

WALTER HOBBS: Male identifying, Buddy’s real father, who is so focused on keeping his job that he is not making time for his family.  He can be stern and unemotional at times, but ultimately he learns to recommit to his family.  Seeking strong actor, singer, mover, Baritone, vocal range B3-E5 

EMILY HOBBS: Female Identifying, Walter’s devoted wife who would prefer her husband spend a little more time at home.  She is a problem solver and an excellent mother who is doing everything she can to provide a positive family dynamic.  Seeking strong actor, singer, mover, Mezzo-belter, vocal range, G3-D5 

MICHAEL HOBBS: Male identifying, smarter-than-average 12-year-old son of Walter and Emily.  HE quickly befriends his new adult brother, Buddy, and does everything he can to make sure Buddy becomes a permanent part of the family.  Seeking strong actor, singer, mover with unchanged male voice, vocal range D5-G3. 

DEB: Female Identifying, Walter’s secretary who has the big responsibility of keeping her boss and the whole office happy.  She does this by sharing her positive attitude with everyone.  Seeking strong comedic actor, singer, mover.  

STORE MANAGER: Male identifying, Manager of Macy’s who is doing everything he can to keep his employees in line.  Seeking strong comedic actor, singer, mover. 

JOVIE: Female Identifying, a store elf at Macy’s who doesn’t quite exude the Christmas spirit.  She is a bit cynical and tough around the edges and now the target of Buddy’s complete adoration. Seeking strong singer, actor, Mezzo-belter, vocal range G3-Db5 

MR. GREENWAY: Male identifying, the big boss of Greenway Press, the crankiest businessman around.  Seeking strong singer, actor. 

ADULT/TEEN ENSEMBLE: A group of adults and teens to play multiple roles in the Ensemble including New Yorkers, Macy’s employees, carolers, as well as featured ensemble roles of Darlene Lambert, Emma Van Brocklin, Chadwick, Matthews, Charlotte Dennon, Sarah and others.  Seeking extremely versatile singer, actor, dancers with tap and jazz dance ability. 

ELF ENSEMBLE: Santa’s special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline, a group of young actors to also play elves and New York kids, as well as the featured roles of Charlie and Shawanda.  Seeking strong singer, actor, dancers with strong dance ability.  Tumbling a HUGE plus. 


Book: Dennis Kelly 

Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin 

From the novel by: Roald Dahl 

Directed by: Nate Bertone 

Choreographed by: Eric Byrd 

Broadway’s biggest little hero, Matilda, is an extraordinary little girl with a vivid imagination. Unloved by her cruel parents, Matilda is armed with astonishing wit, intelligence, and mysterious powers. At school, she catches the eye of her sweet schoolteacher, Miss Honey, but also the mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who loves to think of clever ways to punish children. Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other and together they dare to take a stand against Miss Trunchbull to change their destiny. 

Rehearsals: January 3 – January 29, 2022  

Mon – Thus: 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat: 10AM – 4PM 

Tech in the Taft Theatre: February 2-4, 2022  


Performances: February 5-14, 2022 

Morning and Afternoon performances during school days. Morning, afternoon and evening performances Friday-Sunday 


MATILDA: Female identifying to portray age range 6 to 10, An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched. Seeking confident Actor, Singer, Mover. 

MISS AGATHA TRUNCHBULL: Any Gender Identity, the tyrannical headmistress at Matilda’s school who despises children. Seeking strong Actor, Singer, Mover. Tumbling/Trampoline experience a plus!  

MISS HONEY: Female identifying, Matilda’s kind-hearted teacher, she is tired of living under fear of Miss Trunchbull.  Seeking strong Actor, Singer. 

MR. WORMWOOD:  Male identifying, Matilda’s un-caring father, a slimy, greedy used-car salesman.  Seeking strong Actor, Singer with great comedic abilities. 

MRS. WORMWOOD:  Female identifying, Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.  Seeking strong Actor, Singer, and Dancer. 

MICHAEL WORMOOD: Male identifying, Matilda’s older brother, who is not very bright and favored by their parents.  Seeking strong Singer, Actor. 

BRUCE:  Male identifying to portray age 7 to 14, Matilda’s classmate, he is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.  Seeking strong Singer, Actor, Dancer. 

LAVENDER:  Female identifying to portray age 7 to 10, Matilda’s classmate and friend.  Seeking strong Singer, Actor, Dancer. 

MRS. PHELPS: Female identifying, a nice librarian who loves listening to Matilda’s stories.  Seeking strong actress.  Seeking understudy ONLY. 

THE ESCAPOLOGIST:  Male identifying, A character in a story Matilda tells Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Seeking strong Actor, Singer.   

THE ACROBAT: Female identifying, A character in a story Matilda tells Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. Seeking strong Singer, Actor, Dancer with acrobat abilities. 

RUDOLPHO: Male identifying, Mrs. Wormwood’s ballroom dance partner. Seeking strong Actor, Singer, Dancer. 

ENSEMBLE: A group of Adults, Teens, and children to play a wide variety of characters and features including parents, students, and understudy principal roles.  Seeking extremely strong and versatile Dancer, Singer, Actors. Tumbling ability a HUGE plus! 


Book: William F. Brown 

Music & Lyrics: Charlie Smalls 

Additional Material: Tina Tippit 

This Sixty-Minute Version of THE WIZ JR. was developed by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Deondra Kamau Means, Resident Artist.

Directed by: Zhailon Levingston 

Choreographed by: Ayodele Casel, Torya Beard & Amanda Castro 

A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz  infuses L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. This timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures through the Land of Oz is a fun, family-friendly, and modern musical. 

Rehearsals: February 28 – March 26, 2022  

Mon – Thus: 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat: 10AM – 4PM 

Tech in the Taft Theatre: March 30-April 1, 2022  


Performances: April 2-11, 2022 

Morning and Afternoon performances during school days. Morning, afternoon and evening performances Friday-Sunday 

AUNT EM: Female Identifying, Dorothy’s Aunt. Life has not been easy for her and promises little else. Harsh towards Dorothy at times, but acts out of love. 
DOROTHY: Female Identifying, Bright-eyed and alive as can be. Would rather remain a child as long as possible instead of accepting the responsibilities of adulthood. 
UNCLE HENRY: Male Identifying, Dorothy’s Uncle. Physically run-down from years of hard work on the farm. Often acts as the voice of reason towards Aunt Em. 
ADDAPERLE: Any gender identity, any age, Good Witch of the North. Has magic powers they refer to as “doing tricks.” Their magical abilities don’t always pan out as well as they would like them to. 
SCARECROW: Any gender identity, any age, Tired of being a scarecrow and the prospect of not going anywhere. Embarks on the journey to see The Wiz in hopes they can provide a brain. 
TIN MAN: Any gender identity, any age,  Human at one time. Lost all their limbs to a cursed axe. Joins in the journey in hopes the Wiz will provide them a heart because “it isn’t enough to be good looking.” 
LION: Any gender identity, any age, Travels around the jungle scaring people, but has “a yellow streak a mile wide.” Coward state stems from deeper mother issues and gets. Joins in the journey to see the wiz to gain some courage. 
THE WIZ: Any gender identity, any age, All-powerful leader over the land of Oz. Hides their true nature behind the façade of a temperamental leader. Their true identity is an enigma. 
EVILLENE: Any gender identity, any age, Wicked Witch of the West. Low-down evil. Not a kind bone in their body nor kind thought in their rotten mind. 
GLINDA: Any gender identity, any age, Good Witch of the South. Prettiest of all the witches. Very wise in the way of show-business. 
ENSEMBLE: A group of Adults, Teens, and children to play a wide variety of characters and features including munchkins, Citizens of Oz, Gatekeeper, Lord High Underling, Winged Monkeys and understudy principal roles.  Seeking extremely strong and versatile Dancer, Singer, Actors. Tumbling and tap ability a HUGE plus