How We Got Here

The Tribe

Know Theatre began in 1997 when a “Tribe” of artists got together, traveling to bookstores and other venues throughout Cincinnati to perform original, collaborative works.

In 1999, the Know Theatre Tribe took up its first residence in Gabriel’s Corner, a community performance space in an Over-the-Rhine church basement, and produced a full season of plays.

The Theatre

In 2006, thanks to the generous support of David C. Herriman, Know Theatre moved to a new home, a versatile performance space at 1120 Jackson Street in the up-and-coming historic neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine.
At this time, the theatre merged with the then four year old Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and relaunched the resulting organization as Know Theatre of Cincinnati. This merger created what was, at the time, the only regional theatre that also produced a Fringe Festival.

In the fall of 2008, Know Theatre partnered with Matheatre to launch our first national tour with Calculus: The Musical! To date, Calculus has served over 50,000 students and teachers across the country.
In 2010, Know Theatre launched the Jackson Street Market, a program created to share resources, foster collaborations, and to strengthen the local community of individual artists and independent arts organizations. Its goal is to help Cincinnati retain its artists by creating opportunities for them to make a living from their artistic endeavors.

In 2013, Know Theatre became an associate member of the National New Play Network, giving us access to a wide network of resources and raising the profile of both Know and the greater Cincinnati Theatre community.
Know Theatre is now among the region’s most dynamic small arts organizations, producing an award winning MainStage Season, a National Educational Tour, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and cultivating the unique artist services program of the Jackson Street Market.

To sum up

We think we’ve done some really cool stuff over the last 18 years, and we hope to do even bigger stuff in the next seventeen. We hope you’ll join us.