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. 

CPI Elected Officers


Doug Decatur

Doug Decatur is an accomplished Cincinnati playwright and non-fiction author. He’s also a proud Bearcat and Xavier alum and still plays basketball in his sixties. Doug has been an active CPI member and served on its board since 2012.

Doug wrote The Pool Boy, a ten-minute play staged for CPI’s “Lovefest, Romantic Shorts from the Heart” fundraiser in February 2019.  Prior to that, Doug wrote The Big Bad Wolves another 10-minute play, which was staged in June 2018 at the Village Players in Fort Thomas, KY. Doug’s third ten-minute play, written Special Delivery co-written with his wife, Susan Decatur, was selected and performed at the Know Theatre for its Thunderzoom Serials 11 play competition in March 2021.

Over the past 9 years Doug has had four full-length staged readings with CPI, 1832, Redford’s Rules, Righting Redford and Ticket to a Lotto Love.

Doug was also chosen to appear in the ensemble cast of the Loveland Stage Company’s production of Cole, An Entertainment in November 2018 where he narrated and danced with his wife, Susan Decatur to the Cole Porter classic, “Night and Day.”

Doug’s newest full-length play, Unfinished Business, which he also co-wrote with his wife, Susan Decatur, has been nationally recognized by the Austin Film Festival in 2020 where it was selected for the Second Round in its playwriting script competition and by ScreenCraft in Los Angeles in 2020, where it was selected as a Finalist in their stage playwriting competition. It also received a CPI staged reading in September 2021 at the Aronoff to a sold out audience.

His two non-fiction books Behind the Scenes Baseball and Traded were published by ACTA Sports in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Doug also co-wrote with his wife and publicist, Susan Decatur, Black Acre, a mystery romance novel that is being submitted for publication.

Vice President

Roger Collins

Roger Collins is a clinical psychologist by training (Ph.D.) and a Professor Emeritus with the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Human Development, and Criminal Justice.  He received the Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching at the university and was known for integrating fiction into his psychology courses.  He eventually moved from assigning fiction to writing fiction; short stories at first, and eventually stage plays.  The Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative – the playwrights, theater professionals, and its programs – have significantly helped him hone his craft as a creative writer.  Over the last several years, his short stories and short dramas have been published in a variety of literary journals and his stage plays have been produced in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, Fort Thomas, Kentucky, Brooklyn, NY, and San Francisco, CA.  His debut novel, ‘Cities of Glass,’ is forthcoming (All Things That Matter Press, 2022).


Susan Decatur

Susan rejuvenated her love of the Dramatic Arts after a successful business career in Advertising. She was reintroduced to the theater working as an actor and now a playwright. 

Susan has been cast in Cincinnati Playwright Initiatives staged readings for the plays 1832 (August 2017), Humble Pie (February 2018), All Decked Out and Going West (March 2019) and Cold Serial in May 2019. She currently serves on its board as the Treasurer and Marketing Manager.

Susan has performed on stage as Snow White in the Contrary Tales production of The Big Bad Wolves at Village Players in Fort Thomas, KY in June 2018. She was cast in August 2019 as Destiny, a featured dancer with the ensemble for Rock of Ages with Queen City Productions. In September 2019, she performed the role of Emily Gorski in the Sunset Players September 2019 production of Greetings! Susan was also cast in Cole, an Entertainment where she performed as a vocalist and dancer for the Loveland Stage Company in November 2019.

As a playwright, Susan’s first 10-minute play, Denise’s Do-Over was selected for the February 2019 CPI and American Heart Association staged readings, “Lovefest, Romantic Shorts from the Heart.” Denise’s Do-Over was also selected for a staged production at The Drama Workshop’s 10-minute play festival, “Home Brew Theater” in June 2019 at the Glenmore Playhouse in Cheviot. Denise’s Do-Over was again selected by TDW for their “Home View Theater”    virtual play performances on December 4th 2020. 

She co-wrote her first full length play Unfinished Business with her husband, Doug Decatur, which was selected for a staged reading at the Aronoff by CPI for its 2021 season and was previously selected to the Second Round in the playwriting competition at the October 2020 Austin Film Festival in addition to being selected as a Finalist in the ScreenCraft stage playwriting competition in December 2020. She has recently finished her own full-length play Not Just Cousins which was performed virtually by the Dramatists Guild of NY on May 15, 2020 and upon which her 10-minute play Buy the Book was excerpted and selected to be performed virtually at the Know Theatre in February, 2021 for its Thunderzoom Serials 11 playwriting competition.

Susan is a graduate of Miami University, Oxford, OH and obtained her MBA in 2013 from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has served as CPI’s Treasurer and Marketing Manager since 2018.