Student Theatre Enrichment Program

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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 Technical theatre apprenticeship:

High school junior and senior students interested in technical theatre can work with CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP)
Technical Theatre Apprenticeship

CPT is now recruiting high school students to be a part of the
STEP Technical Theatre Apprenticeship running March 13th – May 5th**.
** All days and times are subject to change.

Teens will work with professional theatre artist-mentors in the following areas: carpentry, scenic painting, lighting, sound, stage construction, and theatre shop management.

Ten hours per week for up to 8 weeks – after school and weekends.
Apprentices who complete the program will be paid a stipend.


Application deadline Friday February 5th by 5pm.

Click here for the application in PDF.

Click here for the application in Word.

For photos of the past STEP ensemble productions in Cleveland city parks, visit the CPT Education Gallery.

For information about the Student Theatre Enrichment Program please contact Adam Seeholzer, Education Manager, at 216.631.2727 x 219 or 


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