Cynthia Levin
Producing Artistic Director

Cynthia Levin is in her 41st season with the Unicorn. Over the years she has served as a director, actor, designer or producer for over 300 productions.Read More

Favorite Unicorn Shows: My Name is Asher Lev, Falsettoland

Ian R. Crawford
Associate Artistic Director

Ian is proud to be Unicorn Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director after serving as the Director of Development. At Unicorn theatre Ian's directing and design work can frequently be seen on stage.
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Favorite Unicorn Shows: Hir, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Good People

Jason Kralicek
Director of Finance

Jason is thrilled to be back at Unicorn Theatre after a short break to fulfill a long-time dream of becoming a Realtor.
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Favorite Unicorn Show: Bat Boy: The Musical

Em Swenson
Director of Production

Em takes great pride in working for the Unicorn Theatre. Aside from production management, Em has taken on many roles here in scenic, lighting, and projection designs.
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Favorite Unicorn Show: Eclipsed

Zia Levin-Gil
Security Coordinator

Zia Levin-Gil is the youngest daughter of Cynthia Levin. Zia is a devoted member of the Unicorn team and earned her position with hard work and ferocity.
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Favorite Unicorn Show: Grey Gardens

Tanya Brown
Resident Stage Manager

Tanya is our amazing Resident Stage Manager. The stage manager is the person who runs the show (literally!)
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Favorite Unicorn Show: Too many to choose

Hannah Taylor
Literary Manager

Hannah is thrilled to be the Unicorn’s Literary Manager after being involved in many Unicorn shows dramaturgically and as a Production Assistant.
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Favorite Unicorn Show: How to Use a Knife

Nathan Gwartney
Director of Marketing

Nathan is proud to be a part of Unicorn Theatre and is grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing staff and dedicated arts community.  As an actor, director, producer and arts administrator, Nathan has been a part of over 150 stage productions over the last 24 years.
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Favorite Unicorn Show: Red

Andrea Awad
Technical Director

Andrea is so excited to be a part of the Unicorn Theatre team. She is Kansas City born and bred, and is proud to be making art in such an amazing community.
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Daniel Harkins
Box Office Manager

Daniel is honored to be a part of the Unicorn Theatre team and takes great pleasure working with all of the patrons to ensure that a positive experience starts from the moment a ticket is purchased through all the performances they see.
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Favorite Unicorn Shows: Bond


Unicorn Theatre enhances the Kansas City community by developing and producing high-quality, thought-provoking plays that have never been seen in the region. We illuminate social issues by shining a light on diversity and inclusive stories which include race, religion and gender identity. Unicorn creates opportunities for the advancement of emerging and established actors, directors, playwrights, designers, technicians and administrative staff.


By producing provocative new plays Unicorn Theatre fosters the next generation of great American writers and artists, creating innovative and intimate theatrical experiences that transcend the ordinary. We inspire the community to think and feel deeply; to see the world in new and different ways. Unicorn strives to be one of the preeminent homes for new plays in the country.




Auditions for the 2020-2021 Season are complete. Auditions are held annually in the Spring. Please check back for updated information. You can submit a resume and headshot to eswenson@unicorntheatre.org

Designer Submissions
If you live in the Kansas City area and would like to submit a design portfolio, please e-mail your resume, cover letter and portfolio to eswenson@unicorntheatre.org. For further questions, please contact (816) 783-7529, x 15


There are no open positions at this time.


Scholarships for travel and living expenses available

Are you pursuing a career as a director or stage manager? Are you interested in learning more about marketing or fundraising?  Whatever your passion is, the Unicorn is a great place to do an apprenticeship. We would love to tailor an apprenticeship to your theatrical goals. Please send us a resume and cover letter telling us your story and what you would like to learn about.

Download Informational Flyer

Submit application to:
Em Swenson
Director of Production
Phone: 816.783.5515
Email: eswenson@unicorntheatre.org


Administrative Internship Information: Unicorn Administrative Internship Description

Development Internship Information: Unicorn Development Internship Description

Literary Internship Information: Unicorn Literary Department Internship Description

Marketing and PR Internship Information: Unicorn Marketing and PR Department Internship Description

 Production Internship Information: Unicorn Production Internship Description

To inquire about an internship please contact eswenson@unicorntheatre.org.


We don’t just produce plays, we develop new works. The Unicorn is a proud founding member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), an alliance of not-for-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays for the American theatre. Since 1998, NNPN has fostered the work of dozens of new voices in the American theatre and its unique network has created a longevity most plays never find. In addition to new plays we have helped develop with the NNPN, the Unicorn has commissioned many new works with the help of funders like the National Endowment for the Arts.

Learn more about the NNPN at www.nnpn.org.


Unicorn Theatre utilizes the New Play Exchange to read and evaluate new works. If you don’t yet have a NPX profile, you can sign up here.

We receive hundreds of plays each season and we do our best to read and respond to every single one. So that we can best serve and respond to the works we receive, we will no longer accept unsolicited plays outside of the In-Progress New Play Reading Series.


To be considered for the In-Progress New Play Reading Series, scripts must be submitted though NNPN’s New Play Exchange (NPX). Only submissions made though NPX will be considered – no hard copy or email submissions, please.

The submission window for this year’s Reading Series is now closed. The next opportunity will open in April, 2020. If you’re on NPX and your play fits what we’re looking for, you’ll receive a notification with instructions once the opportunity is available. Simply tag your play and it’ll be off to us for consideration!


Unicorn Theatre prides itself on producing bold new plays that grapple with today’s issues including (but not limited to) women, the LGBTQIA community, diverse and minority populations. We look for works that are issue-oriented and socially significant. We are interested in plays with contemporary themes that speak to diverse audiences. We do not typically produce a large number of musicals or theatre for young audiences.

Only full-length plays (not 10 minute plays, not short one acts) that have not been professionally produced will be considered. Samples are not eligible for consideration through NPX.

Be sure to check out our mission and vision statements before submitting. The best way to get a sense of what works we look for is by reading up on our production history.


NNPN started NPX to flip the script on the way new plays get shared and discovered. As a Founding Core Member of NNPN, we believe NPX plays an important role in connecting us with exciting new works from both familiar and unfamiliar voices.

NPX is a cloud-based script database, enhanced with a robust search-and-filter mechanism, crowd-sourced recommendations of plays, and personal script and coverage information storage, plus the connectivity of a social networking site.

Read more about NPX here!

If you have questions about submitting your play to us through NPX, please contact literary@unicorntheatre.org.