Mission and Artistic Statement

Mission Statement

STEPCleveland Public Theatre’s mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking performances and life-changing educational programs.

CPT develops new, adventurous work; and nurtures Northeastern Ohio artists — particularly those whose work is inventive, intelligent, and socially conscious.

CPT’s acclaimed education programs engage underserved communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues, and empower participants to work for positive change in our community.


RaymondAre you Experienced?

You can TXT, Tweet, FB, Instagram, Vine, and even Vimeo, but nothing will ever fully capture the moment of live experience.  We may try, but there is really no way to virtually “share” the moment of falling in love, getting just revenge, the thrill of riding a rollercoaster, the bitterness of a breaking heart, or the ineffable feeling of opening as you make a new realization. We mean it when we say it. “You had to be there.” And that’s the experience of theatre. It’s a living moment that only happens once and then it’s gone.

The recently launched Positively Cleveland anthem celebrates our city’s ethos with the slogan, “Never mainstream, never meant to be.” Well, we’ve been there since the beginning. We’ve demonstrated it over the years, working to build an empowered audience that expects more from us than an evening of passive entertainment. You are curious and ready for adventure. You know the rewards of experience grow exponentially when you make the effort to take a risk. You engage your mind, your heart, your spirit…and you know that such experience gives texture and richness to life, in ways that are lasting, surprising and immeasurable.

This season is all about Experience. From the subaquatic basecamp of 12 superheroes on a quest for power and acceptance in our mainstage season opener, Spirits to Enforce, to the final show of the season, Johanna: Facing Forward, about local hero and survivor Johanna Orozco, we want to share the human experience with you. With strong representation of women and artists of color, this season offers a rich diversity of perspectives and intriguing viewpoints. And there is a huge range of artistic styles. The performance installation She’s Wearing White… is an immersive, sensory journey of reflection on feminine ideals and identity. Fire on the Water will take the audience on a literal journey through the Gordon Square Theatre, in a meditation on the burning of the Cuyahoga River and its repercussions. Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant returns with their “mothership” of a smash hit featuring a five course meal and performance served up by the devotees of NYC’s patron saint of experimental theatre, and we are offering two world premieres and a regional premiere of scripted work from nationally-recognized emerging American playwrights.

You come to us for something different, new, and bold. We seek you out because we are kindred souls who hunger for knowledge, authenticity, and unique encounters. Theatre can be a visceral experience. That’s what we are seeking to share with you.

I hope to see you here.

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PS. On the subject of social media, don’t be alarmed—we aren’t luddites. You can always amplify your experience by connecting with us. In fact, we have great stories to share, insider info, spoilers, and candid glimpses of our process. And we invite to you share with us about your experience.