The Columbus Civic Theater

Columbus' most prolific professional theater.

Important facts about the Columbus Civic Theater

Incorporated in 2008

The organization is a 501(3)(c) non-profit

First production, The Fantasticks! opened January 15, 2009 in the back room of Areopagitica Books. Even then, the Greater Columbus Arts Council funded us.

The Civic opens its 89th production on September 12th, 2019

Permanent space was found at 3837 Indianola Ave. in Clintonville. The interior was renovated in the winter of 2010 for a cost of $53, 080.00. The Civic is up to fire code, ADA code, and building code.

First production in the new space was George Bernard Shaw’s Candida which opened on March 4, 2010

The house (auditorium) holds 49 patrons at one time. The seats are “stadium chairs” which were purchased from eBay and were once used in a Disney World facility.

The building is rented, not owned, at this time. The Civic’s landlord, Keith Cheeseman, was nominated for business partner award for assisting the Civic for years.

Actors are paid “honorariums” for their commitment to a production. The amounts range from $200.00 to 700.00. We also pay Equity (Union) actors as well. We plan on having an Equity contract by the end of 2018.

The web site was created by the Artistic Director, Richard Albert.

The productions have a four-week run typically.

The outside sign became operable in 2013 by a small grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the work of volunteers.

An RV, donated to us, was used as a storage area, but now has been removed.

Richard Albert has been the Civic’s Artistic Director since it was founded. The Civic was originally founded by Doug Rutledge, a local poet, Mark C Reeves, and Richard Albert.

The board is made up of nine people, two of which are staff members.

The Columbus Civic Theater is funded by individual donors and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, for the most part.

The Artistic Director is writing a book about the state of theater in America.

There is a core group of about ten, who share the work at the theater, with different tasks.

The programs are printed on demand on a laser printer. Ben Gorman designed the program.

The office of the Civic is located in the basement of the Artistic Director’s and the Outreach and Media Director, Britt Kline's home residence. Nearly all of the Civic’s storage is housed there as well.

We continue to make repairs and improvements to the theater.

Any inquiries or questions: Contact the Civic

Columbus Civic Theater

3837 Indianola Ave. Columbus, OH 43214

(614) 447-PLAY (7529)