Cincinnati Landmark Productions Welcomes Madcap Education Center Director

Cincinnati Landmark Productions announced today the appointment of Blaire M. H. Bartish to its management team. Bartish will serve as Director of the forthcoming Madcap Education Center, a new $4 million arts education facility in Westwood for one of the region’s fastest growing arts organizations.

Cincinnati Landmark Productions is the production and management company for the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, Madcap Puppets and the Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre teen summer program.

For CLP, Bartish will oversee the opening and operation of the Madcap Education Center, including developing class and camp programs and special events, recruiting and hiring teaching artists, coordinating the performance schedule in the center’s performance hall and managing financial affairs and revenue development for the center.

Bartish has worked in arts/culture education throughout her career. Before coming to CLP, she worked as Manager of School and Public Programs for the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton. She’s also worked at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and as a public school teacher in Ohio.

She’s also well acquainted with the arts. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Dance and Theater from Ohio Wesleyan University. She has also completed coursework (and is writing her final capstone paper) for her Masters in Education in Educational Policy Studies and Research from DePaul Univesity.

"I am thrilled to join the CLP family and be able to share my love of performing arts with the Cincinnati community in general and Westwood specifically,” Bartish said. “I started movement classes as a 5-year old in the Chicago Park District and it totally changed the course of my life. I am hoping to do the same with the youth and adults in Greater Cincinnati. 

The Madcap Education Center will be home to exciting life-size puppet performances, a jumping off point for show tours but also a hub for classes, camps and performing arts education opportunities – in the heart of Westwood’s revitalized business district.

The Madcap Education Center will host:

·         children's programming in its 137-seat theater

·         one-on-one vocal and instrument training in its small studio spaces

·         dance classes for a variety of skill levels in its two dance studios

·         acting and improv classes

·         puppet making and other arts/crafts classes in its art studio space

·         distance learning programming in its technology center

·         birthday parties

·         senior arts classes opportunities

·         neighborhood meetings and special events

·         the new home base for Madcap Puppets touring operations

The Education Center will be located across the street from Westwood Town Hall where CLP was born as Cincinnati Young People’s Theater in 1982. 

Bartish and her husband Dave reside in White Oak with their son Louie.