About Cleveland Core Ensemble
In 2012, Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan began working with a group of actors to create Rusted Heart Broadcast. The principles of this work were guided by Raymond’s extensive experience in ensemble theatre creation. Raymond formed a core group of actors to continue working together as an ensemble company, aligning with the Network of Ensemble Theaters (a national organization of which CPT is a member) which defines ensemble as “a group of individuals dedicated to collaborative creation, committed to working together consistently over years to develop a distinctive body of work and practices.”
As part of its growth, the group has claimed a name—Cleveland Core Ensemble—and is working on a multitude of projects. The ensemble is made up of Raymond Bobgan, Faye Hargate, Adam Seeholzer and Darius Stubbs. On occasion, other actors will work inside the ensemble as guests and the ensemble members will continue to be a part of other theatrical projects, both independently and as a company. The purpose of the ensemble goes beyond the creation of new work, as it also influences the approach to theatre throughout the season, instills core values in the broader artistic work of CPT, contributes to CPT’s community work in events like Station Hope and forms the pedagogical basis for our education programs.
RAYMOND BOBGAN (Director)
This is Raymond Bobgan’s 12th season in the leadership position at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT). Raymond specializes in working through an ensemble process to create new performances that are bold, multilayered, and highly physical. 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: Red Ash Mosaic; Feefer Rising, with Faye Hargate; Rusted Heart Broadcast; Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves, 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.
While serving as Executive Artistic Director at Cleveland Public Theatre, Raymond initiated the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP), a job-training theatre program for low-income teens, Y-Haven Theatre Project which engages formerly homeless men in writing and performing theatre, Teatro Publico de Cleveland, CPT’s resident Latino theatre company, and Station Hope, a community arts festival honoring Cleveland’s social justice heritage and exploring contemporary issues of social justice. Raymond is currently working with Arabic speaking communities to create theatre projects in Arabic and English. Raymond and Cleveland Core Ensemble’s production of Red Ash Mosaic is currently touring nationally to New Orleans, Detroit, and Columbus.
In 2017, Raymond received the Cisgender Ally Award at Cleveland’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, and in 2015, received Equality Ohio’s Ally Award. He received the 2017 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio and in 2014 became the first recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in the discipline of Theatre. He currently serves on the National New Play Network Executive Committee, Theatre Communications Group Board of Directors, and is the Chair of the Board of the Gordon Square Arts District. 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. 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 education and engagement programs.
FAYE HARGATE (ENSEMBLE MEMBER)
Faye is a performer, installation artist, educator and director. She recently received the Greater Cleveland Community Shares 2017 Rising Activist Award in recognition of her work as Program Director with Brick City Theatre. Faye joined the CPT staff in 2009 after working at the theatre as an independent artist since 2007. Appointed to Director of Community Ensembles in 2016, Faye is the Program Director of CPT’s Brick City Theatre, working with youth and families who live in public housing and leading the threefold expansion of the program, thanks to a pilot grant from the Cleveland Foundation’s new mastery-based arts initiative. In fall 2016, Faye was project manager for the Creative Fusion mural project at CMHA Lakeview Terrace with guest international muralist, Ananda Nahú. This project resulted in an over 500 foot community-based public art mural on the Washington Avenue wall across from the Lakeview Terrace tower. Faye is Program Manager of Teatro Publico de Cleveland, working with Raymond Bobgan and local Latinx artists to create and produce plays that share the multiplicity of cultures, identities and traditions in Cleveland’s Latino community. As TPC program manager, she serves as community liaison, ensemble coordinator, associate director and production assistant. She has supported the production of four bilingual devised plays and three Spanish language scripted plays, all produced at Cleveland Public Theatre.
Faye is a lead CPT artist and a founding member of the Cleveland Core Ensemble. Under the direction of Raymond Bobgan, she has collaborated to create original works: Red Ash Mosaic, Feefer Rising, Fire on the Water, Airwaves, Rusted Heart Broadcast, Earth Plays and Open Mind Firmament. 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, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Other notable CPT credits include: American Falls, Akarui, Anna Bella Eema 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. Faye is a graduate of Ecole Jacques Lecoq (Paris, France) and has performed in France and Portugal. She holds a BA in Religious Studies and Theatre from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) and trained with Cleveland’s Inlet Dance Theatre. Faye is a Cleveland native.
ADAM SEEHOLZER (ENSEMBLE MEMBER)
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.
DARIUS STUBBS (ENSEMBLE MEMBER)
Darius Stubbs is a poet, playwright, performer, vocalist, educator and transgender advocate who has been living and working in Cleveland, OH since 2006. Artistically, he has collaborated with many fine creative thinkers across the city. Selected acting credits include Rusted Heart Broadcast (CatManDu, Cleveland Public Theatre ’13), Titus Andronicus (Aaron the Moor, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival ’10), Comedy of Errors (Sir Balthazar, Great Lakes Theatre ’09) and The Boys Next Door (Lucien P. Smith, Medina Showbiz ’07). His artistic home-base continues to be among the artists who work under the visionary guidance of Raymond Bobgan. At CPT, Darius has been involved in the creation of over a dozen original performance pieces spanning the genre spectrum from performance art to fully-staged production. For the last 3 years, Darius has been a member of the Cleveland Core Ensemble and played the lead role in their original play, Red Ash Mosaic, directed by Raymond Bobgan. Darius has also lent his talents as an instructor for CPT’s education programs, including the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP), a summer theatre intensive for Cleveland teens; the Y-Haven Theatre Project, assisting previously homeless men in recovery from chemical dependency to express themselves through performance; and Brick City Theatre, a summer and afterschool theatre performance program for children living in CMHA housing. As an advocate for Transgender Clevelanders, Darius actively seeks to lend his voice to the chorus of others in the city who are fighting to make sure that the “T” in LGBT does not remain a silent one. Darius has been a featured speaker in an array of venues and events, including TedXCle 2015 “Untold” series, City Club of Cleveland’s Forum on Transgender Identity in Northeast Ohio, CPT’s Station Hope and Guide to Kulchur’s “Uncanny Voices” series. In 2015, Darius was highlighted among Scene Magazine’s “Cleveland People” series, presenting Clevelanders who are “working every day to make the city better, to drive it forward, to contribute to its successes and rectify its shortcomings.” In July of 2016, Darius was awarded the Greater Cleveland Community Shares Rising Activist Award. Most recently, he was fortunate enough to have his poem “If It Takes a Village” published by GTK Press in A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts From A Segregated City.