CINCINNATI – Cincinnati will host the 2018 Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company announced Wednesday.
The company made the announcement during an event for the first concrete pour of their future Otto M. Budig Theater at the corner of 12th and Elm streets in Over-the-Rhine.
Patrick Flick, executive director of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, said Cincinnati beat out cities as big as Boston and as far away as Prague.
“We are very excited by your city’s ongoing urban renaissance, thriving arts and culture scene, downtown walkability, streetcar development, centralized location, and, of course, the 2017 opening of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s brand new world-class facility in Over-the-Rhine,” Flick said.
Mayor John Cranley was on hand for the ceremonial first pour Wednesday afternoon.
Company Producing Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips said they were working with the Cincinnati Visitor’s Bureau, local hotels, Cincinnati USA Chamber and ArtsWave to plan the conference.
“Our organization is thrilled to be able to host this conference and believe it will have a ripple effect that will benefit our city’s restaurants, hotels and other fantastic attractions,” he said.
The conference will take place in January of 2018 at the new theater.