Raymond Bobgan (Executive Artistic Director)
This is Raymond Bobgan’s 10th season in the leadership position at CPT. Raymond specializes in working through an ensemble process to create new performances that are bold, multilayered and highly physical. In 2014 he became the first recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in the discipline of Theatre. Raymond’s work has been seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, The United Kingdom and Canada and has been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Journal and in Lisa Wolford’s book Grotowski’s Objective Drama Research. Raymond has created many works for CPT including: Rusted Heart Broadcast; Insomnia, with Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert; Cut to Pieces, with Chris Seibert; Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, co-produced by CPT and La Mama ETC (NY); and The Confessions of Punch and Judy, co-produced by CPT, NaCl (NY) and Number 11 Theatre (Toronto), which was published in New Canadian Theatre Volume 9.
In 1994, Raymond initiated the Student Theatre Enrichment Program, a job training program that engages at-risk youth in writing, producing and performing new plays. Raymond was also the first director of CPT’s Y-Haven Theatre Project. Under his leadership CPT has eliminated significant debt, run consistent operating surpluses, and formed both a Building Reserve and an Innovation Reserve. This financial advancement was a result of mission-focused programming including a strong emphasis on supporting new works and local artists, a bold aesthetic vision and CPT’s educational and engagement programs.
Raymond is a two-time recipient of the Creative Workforce Fellowship (2010 for theatre, 2014 for music composition), a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture funded by the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. He is an alumnus of Theatre Communications Group/Pew Charitable Trust’s National Theatre Artist Residency Program and the TCG/NEA Career Development Program for Directors. Raymond was Acting Artistic Director of CPT (1995-1997) and served CPT in many roles including Stage Manager, Guest Director, Associate Artistic Director, Education Director and Resident Director at various times since 1991.
Sarah Coon (Development Assistant)
Sarah joined CPT in the summer of 2015. A Copley native, she recently returned to the area after completing her MA in Theatre at Bowling Green State University, and holds a BA in Theatre with a Minor in Creative Writing as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Kent State University. As a theatre artist with a focus on directing and education, she has previously worked with companies such as the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Coach House Theatre, and Stagecrafters. Recent credits include Mr. Marmalade (BGSU), Frankenstein (BGSU), and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Coach House Theatre).
Denis M. Griesmer (Chief Financial Officer and General Manager)
Denis has served as General Manager since 2007, but has worked in a variety of artistic and managerial positions at CPT since the fall of 2001. As General Manager, Denis acts as the CFO for the theatre and is responsible for day-to-day operations, the facility and Front of House. Currently, he’s deeply involved in the planning and management of CPT’s upcoming renovation. Denis was Director of the Y-Haven Theatre Project, one of CPT’s adult outreach programs from 2006 to 2009. The Y-Haven Theatre Project collaborates with residents of Y-Haven’s Transitional Housing Program to create an original play based on their personal experiences. Other notable artistic roles also include Associate Producer for CPT’s original production, Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead. Denis brings 15 years of theatre management and project management consulting to his role at CPT. A graduate of the Northwestern University School of Speech Theatre Program, Denis was Production Manager and then Associate Producer for San Francisco’s acclaimed Pickle Family Circus. He later worked as Production Coordinator on feature films by Cleveland screenwriter Joe Eszterhaus including Telling Lies in America and Burn, Hollywood, Burn. Denis currently is proud to serve on the board of Network of Ensemble Theatres which is dedicated to propelling ensemble theater practice to the forefront of American culture and society. Denis has also served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Greater Cleveland Community Shares of which CPT is a member.
Caitie Hannon (Director of Development)
Caitie joined the Cleveland Public Theatre team in May 2014. Prior to her arrival at CPT, she served as the Associate Managing Director of the Yale School of Drama / Special Events at Yale Repertory Theatre, including the Yale Institute for Music Theatre and the No Boundaries series of global performances. During her time at Yale, she also served as the Company Manager for Yale Rep, the Yale Fellow at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the General Manager for the Yale Summer Cabaret Shakespeare Festival. Before going to Yale, she worked for three years as the Grants Writer for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. While in LA, she also worked part-time for Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC), a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community through musical theatre and dance. She began as a Development Associate for ETC, then worked as an Associate Producer on a world premiere musical, joined the Board of Directors, became the Managing Director, and served as the Executive Producer for Starmites. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California, an MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Faye Hargate (Education Manager)
Faye is a performer, installation artist, educator and director. She creates new works, primarily working in devised theatre methods, and focuses on developing semiautobiographical pieces that explore American female identity. She joined the CPT staff as the Education Associate in 2009, after working at the theatre as an independent artist since 2007. As Education Manager, Faye is the Program Director of CPT’s Brick City Theatre, working with youth who live in public housing, and leads the creation of 3-5 original works each season. She is Program Coordinator of Teatro Publico de Cleveland, working with Raymond Bobgan and local Latino/a artists to create and produce plays that share the multiplicity of cultures, identities and traditions in Cleveland’s Latino community. Collaborating with visual artist, and mother, Joan Hargate, Faye has directed the creation of performance/art installations: She’s Wearing White…, Royal Ann’s Preserve, Echoless Shore and Fellsalie. She is a 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow. This December, she will perform Feefer Rising, a solo piece that she collaboratively created with Raymond Bobgan.
As an actor, CPT credits include: Fire on the Water, American Falls, Ancestra, Airwaves, Rusted Heart Broadcast, Earth Plays, Akarui, Fever/Dream, Anna Bella Eema, Open Mind Firmament, Don’t Call Me Fat and The Other Shore. Prior to CPT, she was Associate Artistic Director of Cleveland’s Theater Ninjas from 2006-2009 and taught for Cleveland School of the Arts, Laurel School, Art House and Beck Center for the Arts. Faye is a graduate of Ecole Jacques Lecoq (Paris, France), a professional theatre training program, and has performed in France and Portugal. She holds a BA degree in Religious Studies and Theatre from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) and trained with Cleveland’s Inlet Dance Theatre. She is a Cleveland native and lives in Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.
James Kosmatka (Assistant General Manager)
James joined the Cleveland Public Theatre staff in 2011, but has been associated with CPT since he served as a marketing intern in 2006. He served as Director of Patron Services for 3 years before transitioning to the role of Assistant General Manager in 2014. At CPT, James has worked as a sound designer, director, assistant director and stage manager and productions have included The SantaLand Diaries, Osama the Hero and poor little lulu and Big Box productions including Seppuku, InCogNegro and The Beetlebug and the Bad Worm. Prior to CPT, James worked as an office manager at Cleveland State University and as a freelance theatre artist with such companies as The Beck Center for the Arts, The Cleveland Play House and The University of Rochester International Theatre Program. He is an alumnus of Cleveland State University, where he co-created the hit adaptation Night of the Living Dead.
Caitlin Lewins (New Play Associate)
Caitlin, a Cleveland native, is a performer, writer, director, master crafter and musician. Caitlin joined the CPT staff in the fall of 2013 as Story Connector and transitioned into her current role in the summer of 2014. Caitlin completed the 2013-2014 Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellowship that culminated in the production Left in Ink which she conceived, directed and co-created. Recently at CPT, Caitlin co-created and directed pieces for the last three Pandemoniums, co-created and directed Edison and Ford which appeared in Air Waves (Part Three of the Elements Cycle) and completed her third year in the Directing/Theatre Creation class. In the 12/13 season, Caitlin was Stage Manager/Assistant Director to Raymond Bobgan for Rusted Heart Broadcast and made her writing/directing debut at CPT with The Environmented in Earth Plays (Part Two of the Elements Cycle). Cleveland internships include an Education and Artistic Internship at Cleveland Play House and an Education Internship at Great Lakes Theater. Recent/favorite performances include She’s Wearing White…, Air Waves, Earth Plays, Bird Behind the Curtain (Big Box ’13), 13 Most American Dreams, Grizzly Mama and The New Century. Caitlin has taught theatre and music with several education programs including Brick City at CPT, Shaker Summer Theatre, SmArt in the City and Camp Mendocino, a Boys and Girls Club Camp in California. Caitlin served as Grant Program Coordinator and Fine Arts Coordinator for three Cleveland YMCAs and studied Theatre, Philosophy, and Music at Baldwin-Wallace College graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2010.
Colleen McCaughey (Grants Writer/Development Associate)
Colleen returned to her native Ohio to join the CPT team in 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both Theatre and Political Science from Allegheny College. From 2013-2015, she worked in New York City as a stage manager for various theatre companies including The Play Company and the Flea Theater, while serving as the Administrative Associate for Dixon Place Theater. Originally from Hudson, Ohio, Colleen has appeared onstage in several Northeast Ohio community theatre productions.
Cathleen O’Malley (Director of Audience Engagement and Media Relations)
Cathleen is a performer, director and theatre-maker with over a decade of experience in the performing arts, education and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the CPT staff in 2013, Cathleen served as the Education Director and Ensemble Member of Touchstone Theatre, where she managed the company’s award-winning education division and collaborated as a performer/devisor on three seasons of original shows. Since relocating to Cleveland, Cathleen has worked as a consultant and teaching artist with PlayhouseSquare’s Community Engagement & Education department, CSU Theatre & Dance, Montessori High School of University Circle, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio ArtWorks and on the grant-making committee of the Cleveland Foundation’s Neighborhood Connections initiative. She has enjoyed collaborations with companies regionally and abroad, including Relax Your Face (London/Budapest), Zany Umbrella Circus (Amman), Akropolis Performance Lab, CorpusCorpus, SuttonBeresCuller (Seattle) and with inmates of the WA State Corrections Center for Women through Freehold Studio’s Engaged Theatre Project. Cleveland stage credits include the original performance installation Cultivated at Pandemonium ’13, Earth Plays, Spirits to Enforce, Fire on the Water (CPT), Cocopelli (Ensemble), The Emperor’s Ears (Talespinner) and Boston Marriage (Mamai). Cathleen has directed locally at Talespinner Children’s Theatre and was the creator/director of several original short works for CPT, including Cuyahoga, Briefly, Petite E.T. and Wayward Rufous. Cathleen is a graduate of the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) where she trained in Lecoq-based physical theatre, mask, clown, buffoon and ensemble process. She holds an MFA from Naropa University.
Ryan Patterson (Technical Director)
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Fine Arts from Kent State University concentrated in Technical Direction. He began his career at FTSI, and performance art automation company in Las Vegas. He then ventured outside the world of performance art, working for Zimmer Orthopedics Company where he assisted with 6 total hip replacements, and worked as a post market engineer. Ryan worked with Heinz North America where he served as a continuous improvement engineering. Although these ventures were valuable, he always knew his passion lied in creation of experiences. Upon completion of graduate school he became the Technical Director of Porthouse Theatre and has now joined CPT in the same role.
Donna Pedaci (Senior House Manager)
Donna began working as a House Manager for Cleveland Public Theatre in 2007 during AtTENtion Span: A Festival of 10-Minute Plays. As Senior House Manager, she is responsible for the training of new House Management staff and managing Front of House logistics and craft services for special events such as CPT’s Pandemonium and pARTy in Gordon Square. Donna also worked as dramaturg on CPT’s 2014 production of The Drowning Girls and both her daughter Ivy and her husband Brian have appeared as artists in a variety of CPT performances. Donna is a graduate of CSU with a BS in Anthropology.
john Rawlings (Assistant Technical Director)
A native of North Port, FL, John joined the CPT staff in April 2015. John earned a BA in Theatre from The University of West Florida in Pensacola. While in school, he also worked with Pensacola Opera and Mobile Opera on various productions including a regional tour of a new opera, The Widows Lantern. During his summers, John worked shows at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, GA and for Texas! Outdoor Drama. In 2012, John moved to Cleveland where he began working locally with “Trumpet in the Land” as the Assistant Technical Director. He worked with Orange City Schools as their Technical Director from 2013-2015 and Magic Gives Back a touring “Las Vegas-style magic show” that helped raise money for local schools. John is also a current member of Something Dada; Cleveland’s longest running Improvisational comedy troupe.
Willie Riddle (Facilities Coordinator)
Willie is responsible for daily appearance and functionality of CPT’s over 40,000 square feet of building space as well as its grounds. Willie joined CPT through our partnership with Y-Haven Transitional Housing as a part-time employee in 2006 and a year later became the first full-time staff member in the history of the organization to be exclusively dedicated to building and facilities issues. Since that time, he’s moved the CPT campus forward in its appearance and contributes to the everyday experience for patrons, artists and staff at CPT. Prior to working at CPT, Willie managed the custodial crew at University of Charleston, West Virginia College and worked for the City of Cleveland Heights, Division of Waste.
Adam Seeholzer (Education Coordinator)
Since 2006, Adam has worked repeatedly as an artist with CPT’s core outreach programs, the Y-Haven Theatre Project, the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) and Brick City Theatre. Starting in the summer of 2014, he brought that experience to his role as a full time staff member, providing leadership and helping to grow these programs. Adam received a B.A. in Theatre Arts at Cleveland State University, where he studied with Holly Holsinger, a long-time CPT artist. He trained at Second City (CHI), SITI Co. (NYC) and graduated from Cleveland Improv Institute’s performance school. His acting credits include: Woyzeck: A Proper Murder and The Excavation with Theatre Ninjas. CPT acting credits include: The Other Shore; Open Mind Firmament; At-TEN-tion Span; Poor little Lulu; Earth Plays; numerous original performances at CPT’s annual Pandemonium event; Rusted Heart Broadcast; Air Waves; F*** Me, Love Me, Aphrodite and American Falls. Adam is proud to be a CPT staff member, a life changing organization in the city where he was born, raised and resides, and in the community in which he believes.
Chris Seibert (Director of Education)
A performer, director, educator and playwright, Chris has been a staff member of Cleveland Public Theatre since 2001. As CPT’s Director of Education, Chris facilitates the production and tour of 6 to 8 original, ensemble-driven theatre works each season. Through these programs she works collaboratively with Cleveland inner-city teens, children in public housing and adults in recovery to create original performances based on the participant’s life experiences. She has served as the co-director of the annual CPT Y-Haven Theatre Project, and has directed/co-created over 14 original plays with CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program STEP. Chris has over 15 years of experience leading workshops and classes in the theatre arts, and over thirty years of experience as a performer. Notable works include F*** Me, Love Me Aphrodite, created in collaborations with Darius Stubbs and Adam Seeholzer; Ancestra, co-written by Holly Holsinger with Renee Schilling and Sally Groth; the multi-media one-woman performance Cut to Pieces, co-created with Raymond Bobgan; Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves, co-created with Raymond Bobgan and Holly Holsinger; Water Ways, co-created with Raymond Bobgan in collaboration with Oberlin College and Conservatory; and The Tranced, a solo work created for Cleveland Public Theatre’s Earth Plays. Additional CPT stage credits include American Falls, Air Waves, Rusted Heart Broadcast, Akarui, Open Mind Firmament, Osama the Hero, Two-Headed, Our Town, and Fefu and Her Friends. Chris’ work was featured in Convivium33 Gallery’s 21st Century Expressions of the Second Sex, a showcase of selected works by leading regional female artists, and in 2010, she was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, generously funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. In September 2014, Chris was selected to participate in a week-long creative laboratory with 24 other directors from seven different countries entitled Investigating Adaptation and Devised Work presented by DirectorsLabChicago, and in 2015, Chris was one of 25 national arts educators selected to participate in the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI), a seven-month leadership development program of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
Natividad Uehara (Director of Patron Services)
Nati joined the CPT staff at the start of the 14/15 season and has been involved with theatre since the age of 13. She most recently has worked as Box Office staff for Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado, Tipping Point Theatre in Metro Detroit and at her alma mater, Alma College Heritage Center for the Performing Arts in northern Michigan. Nati has worked as a professional freelance theatre artist for many theatre companies in the southeast Michigan area as a Box Office Manager, Stage Manager, House Manager, backstage crew, administrator and as a Stage Director since graduating from Alma with her BA in Theatre in 2011. She has been nominated for a Wilde Award for Best Ensemble work and was the winner of the 2012 BoxFest Detroit Grant, which enabled her to attend an apprenticeship program with One Year Lease Theatre Company in Greece during the summer of 2013. Nati is proud of her roots, being born and raised in Miami, Florida which has given her a love of different cultures and places. Proud member of Cleveland/Travelbackers and board member for the Young Non Profit Professionals Network of Cleveland.
Beth Wood (Associate Artistic Director)
After appearing on the CPT stage since 2002, Beth joined the CPT staff in 2007. A director, actress, administrator, designer, educator and theatre technician, she holds a BA in Communications and Theatre from John Carroll University. A former Actor-Teacher for Great Lakes Theater, Beth has taught a variety of theatre and acting courses throughout Northeast Ohio, and has served as the technical director for John Carroll University, Lakeland Theatre and Stagecrafters. CPT acting credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Mrs. Bob Cratchet’s Wild Christmas Binge, A Bright Room Called Day, Fefu and Her Friends, The Rocky Horror Show, Our Town, Pulp, Matt & Ben, Anna Bella Eema (co-production with Theater Ninjas), Open Mind Firmament, Don’t Call Me Fat, Akarui, Standing on Ceremony, Earth Plays and The Loush Sisters DO the Nutcracker. As a director of adventurous scripted work, Beth’s CPT directing credits include BOOM by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (third U.S. production), Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang (second U.S. production), FEVER/DREAM by Sheila Callaghan, The SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris at Playhouse Square (2011, 2014), Antebellum by Robert O’Hara (second U.S. production), There Is a Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher, The Loush Sisters DO the Nutcracker, the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of in a word by Lauren Yee. In addition to her work with scripted productions, Beth co-created The Loush Sisters for Playhouse Square in 2011 and CPT in 2013. This season, Beth will be directing and co-creating a new Loush Sisters production, The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Great Expectations, and directing Nikkole Salter’s powerful play, Lines in the Dust.
John Rawlings (Assistant Technical Director)
Cayla DeStefano (Technical Apprentice)
Board of Directors
Marcia Levine, President
Philip Oliss, Vice President
Joanne Montagner-Hull, Treasurer
Kristofer Spreen, Secretary
Sheffia Randall Dooley
Diane S. Stupay