Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative

New Plays, New Voices, New Talents

CPI was formed in November 1996 and exists to serve the local Cincinnati community of playwrights, directors and actors who wish to pursue the art and craft of playwriting. CPI’s goal is to enhance the cultural awareness of the community by offering new, original work by local playwrights in both an entertaining and educational setting. We present low cost staged readings to the general public for playwrights to receive valuable feedback on their work and for audiences to be part of the creative process with the playwright. 

Aronoff Resident Company

CPI has been a resident company of the Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts since its inception as a 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in July, 2001. All staged reading performances take place in the Fifth Third Theater unless capacity attendance requires us to move our performances to the larger Jarson-Kaplan Theater.

Deadline for submissions has been extended for our third iteration of the wildly popular “Lovefest” ten-minute play festival where we will select 8 short plays for an evening of staged readings on Tuesday, February 11th which will again support the work of the American Heart Association fundraiser as part  of our 2024/2025 season! 2 ten-minute plays per playwright can be submitted and only one selected for this event. Send your blind copy script(s) with Lovefest 3 in the subject line by Friday, August 30th, 2024 as outlined on our submissions tab by clicking the box below.

November 2023 staged reading Can't Stop What's Coming by Barry Cobb

November 2023 staged reading Boy Meets Girl by Bertha Davis

November 2023 staged reading Lovestruck/Forever Soulmates by Susan and Doug Decatur

Contact Us

P.O. Box 40
Terrace Park, OH 45174-0040