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July 11, 2014

RAA gave theater founder his start

When John Leo Muething was 5 and living in Batesville, his three older siblings and parents, Dr. Steve and Meg Muething, starred in the Rural Alliance for the Arts production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” but, much to his dismay, he was too young to participate.

A year later, Muething was cast as Lil’ Jake in RAA’s “Annie get Your Gun” and got bit by the acting bug, later appearing in Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre productions here and other plays in Cincinnati, once his family moved there.

Now the 22-year-old is the founder and artistic director of Stone on a Walk Theatre (www.stoneonawalk.com/) in Over-the-Rhine, an area near downtown Cincinnati.

Education: St. Louis School, Batesville, grades K-4 (1998-2002); 2010 St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, graduate; 2013 Durham University, northern England, graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics

Theater resume: Performed in and directed over a dozen shows and acted as second in command for the largest student-run theater company in the United Kingdom; directed for several companies: Tone Deaf Theatre Company for five years; Durham University Light Opera Group, “Hair” and the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe cult-hit production of “Bat Boy: The Musical”; 3dTC, “The Odyssey,” “Cain”; Hild Bede Theatre, “Arcadia”; served on the initial team of the Durham Drama Outreach Zambia Project, setting up contacts and theater exchange/service projects all over the African country.

After university graduation: My visa didn’t expire till September, so I got in a bit more travel before I came home (Luxembourg, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland). I then went down to Austin, Texas, to baby-sit my nephew for a week and ended up staying for three months to assistant direct “Christmas Story” at its regional theater. I flitted about for a bit after that (even getting to visit England again) till I finally settled in OTR with a job at Playhouse in the Park for its summer teaching camp.

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