Student Theatre Enrichment Program

CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (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, production and set design/construction. 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.

Do You Want To…

Be an actor? Work alongside theatre masters? Design a set? Be Paid for your hard work? Make a difference?

If YES… then come join the 2017 STEP Cast or Set Design Team!

Audition days and times*

March 11th, Saturday, 1pm – 4pm

March 18th, Saturday, 1pm – 4pm

March 19th, Sunday, 1pm – 4pm

*Expect to stay the full three hours of the audition. All dates and times subject to change.

CLick here For Information on How to Audition

For information about the Student Theatre Enrichment Program Please Contact Adam Seeholzer, Education Manager, At 216.631.2727 X 219 OR

CPT is seeking full-time summer season THEATRE CREATORS/DIRECTORS

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) seeks devising/ensemble-based teaching-directors with strong leadership skills and a passion for working with teens. Theatre Creator/Director positions require extraordinary theatre making; adaptability; professionalism; grace-under-pressure; imagination; willingness to embrace, share and incorporate feedback in script writing, blocking and overall play production. CPT primarily produces theatrical work that is outside-of-the-mainstream, so a past history of such work indicates a potentially good fit.

Click here for the full job description.


Goodman, Vivian. “For 22 Years, Cleveland Public Theatre Has Helped Teens Find Their Voice.” State of the Arts. 89.7FM/WKSU Kent, OH. 25 August 2016. Click here to read or listen:

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

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