STEP is an arts-based job training program that engages Cleveland teens from low-income families in a powerful 8-week intensive that focuses on excellence in performance, play creation, writing, and production. Students ages 14-19, with little or no previous performance experience, are eligible for participation, and earn money while learning and practicing valuable job skills such as timeliness, communication, commitment and teamwork. Under the guidance of CPT artistic mentors, teens develop an original play and then tour it to public parks throughout the city of Cleveland. Since its beginning in 1995, STEP has received multiple awards and recognitions including those from the City of Cleveland, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. STEP is the longest running arts-based, job-training program in Cleveland and is an international model for engaging marginalized youth. Through STEP, teens see themselves as a positive and inspirational force, and watch as their work has an impact on the larger Cleveland community.
STEP 2016 Auditions are currently closed, but we are currently seeking youth to be a part of the Tech Team. For information, please contact Adam Seeholzer, Education Coordinator at 216.631.2727 x 219 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For photos of the past STEP ensemble productions in Cleveland city parks, visit the CPT Education Gallery.