Real Deal & Tour of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
3:30 – 5:45 PM
3:30 – 3:45 PM Check-In and Networking
3:45 – 4:45 PM Program
4:45 – 5:45 PM Tours and Happy Hour
Join ULI Cincinnati on Monday, August 21, 2017 for a Real Deal & Tour of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
On September 8th the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Otto M. Budig Theater on the corner of 12th and Elm Streets in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. This brand new theater will be the finale of the Classical Arts Corridor connecting Music Hall, Memorial Hall, the School for Creative and Performing Arts and Washington Park. The $17 million project showcases a facility that will be the home of the world class productions of the Company and will also be a staple in the OTR community with the expansion of educational classes and camps, outreach, and collaborations with other arts organizations.
Executive Director, Jay Woffington, will take you through the project from conception through construction. Learn about the funding, planning, design elements, and details that went into the Cincinnati Shakespeare’s new home.
See first hand this amazing project, unlimited networking, a tour and more.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company originally was incorporated under the name Fahrenheit Theatre Company. Beginning with a small grant in 1993, a group of young theater artists founded the FTC with the mission of producing Shakespeare and the classics for modern audiences. In 1997, the Company changed its name to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival and began offering its touring educational programs. A year later they moved into a small movie theater in downtown Cincinnati converted it into a small thrust-stage theater making it their new home. Since that time, the Company has enjoyed rapid artistic growth, a loyal audience base, and critical acclaim. In 2006, the Company changed its name again to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Expanding and growing in prestige over the years, completing Shakespeare’s Cannon and the Chronological History Cycle are among the many of the accomplishments that put Cincinnati Shakespeare Company on the map. Now in 2017 the Company hits another milestone with the completion of their capital campaign and building a world class theater of their very own.
Jay Woffington is in entering his fifth season at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company as Executive Director, after having been on the Board of Trustees for six years prior. Jay is focused on the design, construction and financing of the new home for CSC. In his first four years, Jay oversaw tremendous company growth. In recognition of these achievements, Jay won a C-Suite Award as COO of the Year in 2015. Additionally, the Company became one of the first five theaters in the U.S. to “complete the canon” by producing all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays. Prior to taking the helm at CSC, Jay was the Global President of Possible Worldwide/CEO of Bridge Worldwide. Jay led the rapid expansion of the digital marketing agency, growing the company from 30 people and $5MM net revenue to 1,000 people and $100MM net revenue in less than 10 years. Jay’s theater passion is credited to his father, a high school drama teacher in Pittsburgh.
$25 – ULI Members
$35 – Non-Members