Raymond Bobgan (Executive Artistic Director)
This is Raymond Bobgan’s 9th 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 the first director of CPT’s Y-Haven Theatre Project. Under his leadership CPT has eliminated significant debt, run consistent operating surpluses, and formed 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.
Alex Corona (Graphic Designer)
Alex is a freelance graphic designer from Cleveland, Ohio who joined CPT in 2012. Born and raised in what’s known today as the Gordon Square Arts District, home to CPT, he has seen the revitalization of this neighborhood. He is happy to return home and be part of the CPT creative team. Alex earned a BA in Communications from CSU, where he studied art, film and marketing. He also earned a certificate in Graphic Design from Tri-C. He has been working professionally as a graphic designer for over 5 years. Some of his clients include: Wall Eye Gallery, Virus Enterprises, FBL Technologies and Young Latino Network. See his work at www.alexcoronadesigns.com.
Michael Cunningham (Technical Director)
Michael joined CPT at the beginning of the 2014/15 season. He studied technical design/production and computer science at Oberlin College, where he worked as a carpenter and was Student Technical Director for the experimental theater facility, and also studied in the design studio at NYU Tisch. Michael has worked with Oberlin High School, Marymount School of New York, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, NYU StageWorks, Atlantic Theater Company, and Classical Theatre of Harlem in a wide range of technical capacities.
Denis M. Griesmer (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 Associate)
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 female identity and the tensions between innocence, sexuality and power in American culture. She joined the CPT staff as the Education Associate in 2009, after working at the theatre as an independent artist since 2007. As Education Associate, 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 every year. She is Program Coordinator of Teatro Publico de Cleveland, working with Raymond Bobgan and local Latin American artists and community members to collaboratively create original plays that authentically share the stories, family memories and legends from native countries of Teatro participants and reflect the multiplicity of cultures, identities and traditions in Cleveland’s Latin American community. Collaborating with visual artist, and mother, Joan Hargate, Faye has led 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, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture created through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and is now developing an original devised piece, The Virgin, The Slut and Other Mythical Creatures, with Dionne Atchison, Marcia Custer, Carly Garinger, Caitlin Lewins and Renee Schilling.
As an actor, CPT credits include: 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. 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 recently completed the 2013-2014 Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellowship that culminated in the production Left in Ink which she conceived, directed, and co-created. A Clevelander, actor, writer, director and musician, Caitlin joined the CPT staff in the fall of 2013 as Story Connector. Recently at CPT, Caitlin co-created and directed Edison and Ford which appeared in Air Waves (Part Three of the Elements Cycle). Caitlin completed her second year in the Directing/Theatre Creation class and developed 15 minutes of Left in Ink for Leap/Conceive. Last 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 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.
Cathleen O’Malley (Director of Audience Engagement and Media Relations)
Cathleen is an actor/creator 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, PDL, On the Boards (Seattle) and with inmates of the WA State Corrections Center for Women through Freehold Studio’s Engaged Theatre Project. Notable film credits include principal roles in Brand Upon the Brain!, a silent melodrama by Canadian auteur Guy Maddin, and Jenny’s Wedding by Mary Agnes Donaghue, a feature shot in Cleveland starring Katherine Heigl. Cleveland stage credits include the original performance installation Cultivated at Pandemonium ’13, Earth Plays (CPT), Cocopelli (Ensemble), The Emperor’s Ears (Talespinner) and Boston Marriage (Mamai). 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.
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.
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 on CPT’s core outreach programs, the Y-Haven Theatre Project, the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) and Brick City Theatre. Starting last June, he brought that experience to his role as a full time staff member, providing leadership and helping to grow these programs. He served as the Program Manager and Co-Director for the Y-Haven Theatre Project and the Assistant Director for STEP since 2010, and a Teaching Artist for Brick City Theatre since 2007. 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; The Excavation both at Theatre Ninjas.CPT credits include: The Other Shore; Open Mind Firmament; At-TEN-tion Span; Akarui; Poor little Lulu; Earth Plays; numerous original performances at CPT’s annual Pandemonium event; Rusted Heart Broadcast and Air Waves Directing credits include: The Dutchman by Amiri Baraka; What’s Good About Me? by Eljay Chandlier (NEOMFA 2009); and Bird Behind the Curtain by Amy Schwabauer (CPT Big Box). 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 primarily working in the devised theatre method, 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. Currently she is the co-director of the annual CPT Y-Haven Theatre Project, and has directed/co-created over 13 original plays with CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program STEP. She 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 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 Air Waves, Rusted Heart Broadcast, Akarui, Open Mind Firmament, Osama the Hero, Two-Headed, Our Town, and Fefu and Her Friends. Her 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.
Renee Schilling (Development Assistant)
Renee joined the CPT staff in 2012. She was one of the 2011-2012 Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellows at Cleveland Public Theatre. Renee’s most recent directed and devised works include, Ancestra (w. Holly Holsinger, Chris Seibert and Sally Groth), Doug is a D-Bag, AGP and The Family Topography. Renee is a graduate of CSU’s Theatre Program.
Natividad Uehara (Box Office Manager)
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.
Beth Wood (Associate Artistic Director)
After appearing on the CPT stage since 2002, Beth joined the CPT staff in 2007. An actress, educator, director, administrator 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 PlayhouseSquare’s 14th Street Theatre, 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 and in the Spring of 2015, the World Premiere of in a word by Lauren Yee. In addition to her work with scripted productions, Beth co-created The Loush Sisters for PlayhouseSquare in 2011 and CPT in 2013.
Board of Directors
Marcia Levine, President
Philip Oliss, Vice President
Joanne Montagner-Hull, Treasurer
Kristofer Spreen, Secretary
Sheffia Randall Dooley
Diane S. Stupay