Artistic and Production
Raymond Bobgan, Executive Artistic Director, x202,
Beth Wood, Associate Artistic Director, x206, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caitlin Lewins, New Play Associate, x211,
Denis M. Griesmer, General Manager, x208, email@example.com
James Kosmatka, Assistant General Manager, x203,
Cathleen O'Malley, Director of Audience Engagement and Media Relations, x212,
Alex Corona, Graphic Designer, x204, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caitie Hannon, Director of Development, x213, email@example.com
Renee Schilling, Development Assistant, x205, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Seibert, Director of Education, x201, email@example.com
Faye Hargate, Education Associate, x207, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Seeholzer, Education Coordinator, x219, email@example.com
Technical and Production
Willie Riddle, Technical Staff/Custodian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gordon Square Theatre Renovation
David Ellison, AIA, Project Architect
John Rivera-Resto, Muralist
Board of Directors
Marcia Levine, President
Philip Oliss, Vice President
Joanne Montagner-Hull, Treasurer
Kristofer Spreen, Secretary
Sheffia Randall Dooley
Diane S. Stupay
Raymond Bobgan (Executive Artistic Director)
Raymond Bobgan was recently awarded a 2014 Cleveland Arts Prize and is a Creative Workforce Fellow. The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. The Fellowship program is supported by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Raymond is now in his eighth year as Executive Artistic Director. During his tenure, CPT has eliminated over $200,000 in debt, developed an operating reserve of $100,000, made significant progress on renovating its buildings, produced 15 world premieres (9 by local artists), expanded its programs to support new work and achieved unprecedented national coverage. Raymond specializes in creating new work through an ensemble process. He was the founding Artistic Director of Wishhounds (aka Theatre Labyrinth) and has directed and collaboratively conceived and created more than thirty new theatrical works. Recent creations include: Year 25 Vigil, with Karin Randoja for Humber College at Theatre Passe Murraille (Toronto), 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. Other recent shows include: Open Mind Firmament: An Evening of William Butler Yeats, Gao Xingjian's The Other Shore, Dennis Kelly's Osama the Hero, and Thornton Wilder's Our Town.
In 1994, Bobgan 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. Raymond's theatrical work seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, The United Kingdom and Canada and featured in American Theatre Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Journal and in Lisa Wolford’s book Grotowski's Objective Drama Research. Raymond was recently recognized by American Theatre Magazine as 1 of 25 national theatre artists that will shape the next 25 years of American theatre. He is a Creative Workforce Fellow of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, funded by the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and 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 Associate Artistic Director, Education Director and Resident Director at various times since 1991.
Chris Seibert (Education Director)
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.
Denis M. Griesmer (General Manager)
Denis has served as General Manager for the past five years but has worked in a variety of artistic and managerial positions at CPT since the fall of 2001. 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. 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 writer Joe Eszterhaus including Telling Lies in America and Burn, Hollywood, Burn. Denis has also served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Greater Cleveland Community Shares of which CPT is a member.
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 and Akarui. 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) and in the Spring of 2013, There Is a Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher. In addition to her work with scripted productions, Beth co-created and directed the acclaimed two-person cabaret show The Loush Sisters for PlayhouseSquare in 2011.
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.
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.
Renee Schilling (Development Assistant)
Renee recently joined the CPT staff in 2012. She was one of the 2011-2012 Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellows at Cleveland Public Theatre. As an actor she was most recently seen in The Excavation (Theater Ninjas) and as performer and co-author of 30 Awkward Minutes with Pat and Glenn featured in CPT's 2011 Big Box series. Most recent directed and devised works include, To Fasten Your Seatbelts (AtTENtionSpan '12), Jesus is Dead... and Jerry Garcia is God (Big Box '12) and Not the Flying Stupendas (Co-written with Jill Levin). Renee is a graduate of CSU's Theatre Program.
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 aids in the creation and production of the original, ensemble-driven theatre works created by CPT's core education programs. She 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. Collaborating with visual artist, Joan Hargate, Faye has led the creation of performance art installations: Royal Ann’s Preserve, Echoless Shore and Fellsalie. As a 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture created through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, she is developing 3 new pieces: Feefer Rising, an original solo play, created with Raymond Bobgan, She’s Wearing White, an installation piece created with Joan Hargate, and Undoing the Virgin, the Slut and other Mythical Creatures, a devised piece. 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.
Cathleen O'Malley (Director of Audience Engagement and Media Relations)
Cathleen joined the CPT staff in 2013. An artist, educator and theatre-maker, Cathleen brings to her position over 14 years of experience in the performing arts, education and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Cathleen served as the Education Director and an Ensemble Member of Touchstone Theatre, where she managed the company's award-winning education division, directed community outreach initiatives and collaborated on three seasons of original shows. In 2012, Cathleen was the Assistant Director of Touchstone’s community-based Civil War commemoration, A Resting Place, which featured a 19th century-style traveling circus and a cast of 100+ performers. Since relocating to Cleveland, Cathleen has worked as a consultant and teaching artist with PlayhouseSquare’s Community Engagement & Education department, CSU Theatre & Dance, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio ArtWorks and has served on the grant-making committee of the Cleveland Foundation’s Neighborhood Connections initiative. As a theatre artist, Cathleen has created original theatre regionally and abroad with Relax Your Face (London), Zany Umbrella Circus (Amman), Akropolis Performance Lab, On the Boards (Seattle) and with inmates of the Washington State Corrections Center for Women through Freehold Theatre’s Engaged Theatre Project. Cleveland stage credits include Pandemonium ’12 & ’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 movement, mask, clown and buffoon with theatre artists from over 25 nations. She holds an MFA from Naropa University.
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.
Adam Seeholzer (Education Coordinator)
Adam's first work at Cleveland Public Theatre was as a docent for Fefu and Her Friends. Since then he has been involved with Cleveland Public Theatre in a variety of ways. Starting as an intern in 2006, now assistant director, Adam has been a key member of the STEP staff. He teaches and will continue to further his leadership with the Brick City Program, and he is the Program Manager/Co-Director of the Y-Haven/CPT Theatre Project. Adam received a B.A. in Theatre Arts at Cleveland State University, where he learned much of his craft from Holly Holsinger, a longtime CPT artist. During college, he worked nightly at Cleveland's own Hilaritites comedy club for three plus years. He briefly trained at Second City (CHI), SITI Co. (NYC) and graduated from Cleveland Improv Institute's performance school. His numerous acting credits include: Woyzeck: A Proper Murder; The Excavation (both with Theatre Ninjas); Cut to Pieces (video actor); 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 (all CPT productions). Directing credits: 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 extremely proud to be a staff member of Cleveland Public Theatre, a life changing organization in the city he was born, raised and resides, and in the community he believes in.
James A. Levin (Founder of Cleveland Public Theatre)
Award-winning director, playwright and producer, James A. Levin founded the Cleveland Public Theatre in 1982, bringing innovative off-off Broadway-style theatre to Cleveland after three years with Dario D'Ambresio's Pathological Theatre Company in residence at Cafe LaMama in New York City. He has envisioned, launched and supervised the renovations of both the James Levin Theatre and Gordon Square Theatre. He has launched many regionally recognized projects such as the New Plays Festival, Danceworks, the Performance Art Festival, The American Indian Festival and Vaudeville. He has produced most of the work at CPT since its inception and all of the Shakespeare productions. Directing credits include Atomic Vaudeville, Marat/Sade, Beirut, Dolores Rain, The Sam Shepard Festival, and Killer Joe. Except in the courtroom, he has not acted for several years, the last major part being the title role in The Triumphant Return of Blackbird Flynt by Peter Ullian. He has written lyrics for various rock bands and for theatre productions including Lysistrata 2085, Marat/Sade and Star Wares and Let the Knowing Speak, a jazz cantata featuring Jon Hendricks, Jackie Byard and Phil Wilson. Writing credits include Star Wares (a rock musical in collaboration with Linda Eisenstein), which won a fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and CPT's late night satire, The Titanic, the true story. Born in Cleveland, James graduated from Shaker Hts. High, the University of Michigan, and CWRU law school.