Upcoming Fitzmaurice Voicework® Workshop with Holly Holsinger

Hone your vocal skills this February in Fitzmaurice Voicework® Workshop, led by acclaimed Cleveland theatre artist Holly Holsinger.

Fitzmaurice Voicework® Workshop takes place over two weekends at the end of February in 4 intensive vocal classes that will explore the dynamics between body, breath, voice, the imagination, language, and presence. All classes take place in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Orthodox Church Space from 12:30-3:00pm and full participation is compulsory.  Please complete application to be considered for this special vocal work. Space is limited to 12 artists. APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEB 15th


  • Saturday, FEB 21st
  • Sunday, FEB 22nd
  • Saturday, FEB 28th
  • Sunday, MAR 1st
  • Orthodox Church Space is located at 6201 Detroit Ave, Cleveland 44102 on the Cleveland Public Theatre Campus.


  • $150 is workshop fee.

APPLICATION Please send us your current performing resume and answer the following questions. Please limit responses to 250 words. Send application materials to CPT Education Associate, Faye Hargate, @ fhargate@cptonline.org

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses as a performer?
  • What do you perceive as your vocal issues?
  • What do you hope to learn in taking this course?


HOLLY HOLSINGER  is an Associate Professor at Cleveland State University specializing in acting, voice, movement, and devised theatre techniques. Holly has been a Cleveland artist for over twenty years and has created/performed in over fifteen original plays including Blue Sky Transmission and her solo piece Frankenstein’s Wake both of which toured Off Broadway. Her original work, Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves, which she co-devised and performed at Cleveland Public Theatre, toured to the North American Cultural Laboratory last fall. She recently co-wrote and directed Ancestra for CPT, a play about women’s rights in Ohio, past and present. Holly is a certified Associate Teacher of the Fitzmaurice Voice technique. Her areas of focus in the Fitzmaurice model include using breath to connect with personal creativity, linking text to inner process, and exploring the voice as action. She received an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine where she studied with Robert Cohen, Dudley Knight and Jerzy Grotowski.

FITZMAURICE VOICEWORK®  is a comprehensive approach to voice training that can include, as needed, work on breathing, resonance, speech, dialects, impromptu speaking, text, singing, and voice with movement. While the training is specific, it is also compatible with other approaches. Fitzmaurice Voicework® explores the dynamics between body, breath, voice, the imagination, language, and presence. It encourages vibrant voices that communicate intention and feeling without excess effort. The work brings together physical experience and mental focus. Destructuring, the first phase, promotes awareness of the body, spontaneous and free breathing, and vocal expressivity, through Tremorwork® and sometimes also hands-on interventions. Restructuring, the second phase, encourages economy of effort while speaking or performing, using modified bel canto techniques and Catherine’s “focus line”. The resulting freedom and focus allow for a wide range of vocal expression without strain. There are many practical benefits to improved vocal functioning. And, since breath and voice lie at the intersection of the material and the non-material, this work can also assist in creative, intellectual, and spiritual growth.

Cleveland Public Theatre seeks Technical Director

CPT produces ground-breaking performances and life-changing educational programs to raise consciousness and nurture compassion.

CPT needs a Technical Director willing to join its hard-working team with the ambitious goals of growing the organization and changing the community. CPT’s season typically includes the production of 10-13 plays and four performance series in three theatres.

Summary of Position: This position is a year round, salaried, staff position. Salary is competitive and based on experience and capacity.  The Technical Director is responsible for implementing all technical aspects of productions except costumes.

The Technical Director reports to the Executive Artistic Director and has the following responsibilities:

  • Manage scene shop and maintain its organization
  • Maintain tools and equipment
  • Maintain technical aspects of performance spaces
  • Work with designers to assure that they design within budget and capacity
  • Oversee budgets and assure compliance
  • Build sets, hang lights, and set up sound for performances
  • Work with General Manager for billing and documentation
  • Recruit, engage, and oversee limited over-hire
  • Purchase equipment and supplies as needed
  • Works with Executive Artistic Director to strategically develop the technical theatre department
  • Design opportunities may be available

Technical Director has a budget for over-hire but does not have full-time, year-round staff.

The ideal candidate will have proven track record of success in shop organization, communication, set building and master electrician work, and have direct experience working in a small scale theatre.

The working culture of CPT values creativity, boldness, generosity, kindness, perseverance, industriousness, dedication and a sense of humor.

Reviews start immediately and continue until position is filled (Goal to fill the position is July 15).

Please email cover letter, resume, and professional references to rbobgan@cptonline.org.

PS: Cleveland is an excellent community to live in with top-notch arts, a vibrant theatre scene, beautiful public parks, a great lake, and VERY affordable housing!

CPT Now Accepting Proposals for Station Hope 2015

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CPT Now Accepting Applications for the Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellowship

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Station Hope Artist Informational Meeting: You’re Invited!

Dear Northeast Ohio Artists,

Last year on April 26th, 2014, 150 artists and over 2,000 attendees gathered to celebrate the triumphs of the Underground Railroad and explore contemporary issues of Social Justice at St. John’s Church in Ohio City for the inaugural Station Hope.

“Station Hope is a true gathering of community and demonstrates
how transformative and powerful an arts experience can be,
and its potential to change the fabric of our society.”
—Hon. Joe Cimperman, Ward 3 Councilman

We are beginning to plan the second annual Station Hope event, a one night festival of entertainment and art that commemorates St. John’s Church and the Underground Railroad and connects this powerful history with today, and CPT would like to invite you to be involved. Station Hope 2015 is scheduled for May 9th.

The format of Station Hope is modeled after CPT’s annual benefit, Pandemonium; multiple stages with 10-15 minute pieces performing simultaneously throughout the evening.

CPT is looking for artists, performance groups, choirs and organizations to create original work and perform at this powerful event. Performances can range from site-specific plays, actors in character wandering through the event, or your church choir singing. We are also seeking visual artists who are interested in creating community generated art and installations.

If you are interested in learning more about Station Hope, you are invited to an informational meeting on Saturday, December 6th at 10am at Cleveland Public Theatre. We will be discussing how Station Hope worked last year, how it may grow this year and sharing information about the application process.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by December 2nd to clewins@cptonline.org.

Thank you for your consideration and attention. We hope you can be a part of this incredible event.

CPT Now Accepting Proposals for the 2015/2016 Season!

Dear Northeast Ohio artists,

CPT is planning the 2015-2016 Season, and once again we are reaching out to you for great ideas.

CPT is focused on new work that is surprising, unexpected and somehow outside the realm of conventional theatre.

CPT is looking for proposals from Northeast Ohio artists for complete projects. Proposals may be for world premieres, second or third US productions, radical re-envisionings of classic plays or other projects. The show could be your own show or a script you would like to work on

Based on the success of past co-productions and our Big Box series, we are also interested in creating opportunities for artists and groups that would like to retain greater ownership of projects and who can share risk with CPT.

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A message from Cleveland Public Theatre: The Neighbor’s Grief is Greener

Due to unexpected Visa issues, CPT’s upcoming presentation of The Visual Theatre of Emanuella Amichai’s production The Neighbor’s Grief is Greener must be postponed. We are extremely disappointed by the situation and regret any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause to our audience and media colleagues.

Along with our partners at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, CPT is working to seek out an alternative date for this production, with hopes that we may present this work at a later point in our 14/15 season. Our partners at the JFC, along with Emanuella Amichai and her company of artists, are hopeful that this can happen and, despite this unexpected turn, we continue to feel strongly about the artistic importance of the work and the potential impact the performance will have on Cleveland audiences. 

Cathleen O’Malley
Director of Audience Engagement & Media Relations
Cleveland Public Theatre
(216) 631-2727 x 212

Faye Hargate’s Creative Workforce Fellowship Video is released!

fayeClick Here to view a video celebrating our Education Associate, Faye Hargate

Faye is a 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow for Theatre. 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. 

In that very church where the video was recorded, there is now an expansive, rich, and hauntingly beautiful performance art installation created by Faye and her mother, visual artist, Joan Hargate. She’s Wearing White… is unlike anything that’s being done in Cleveland right now. And our Faye Hargate is unlike anyone else; original work creator and devisor, performer, teaching artist, visual artist and incredible friend. We are lucky to have Faye call CPT her artistic home.

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
Strengthening, unifying and connecting greater Cleveland’s arts and culture sector

Well-resourced, connected and unified arts and culture has the power to improve lives and communities. To that end, CPAC serves and supports arts and cultural professionals and community leaders who are creating a bright future for greater Cleveland. CPAC’s research and advocacy fosters informed decision-making. CPAC’s training, counsel and online resources provide those we serve with the ideas, skills and connections to achieve their aims. By bringing people together, CPAC ensures arts and culture is a continued force for community vitality and personal development.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Strengthening Community by Supporting Arts & Culture.
Energetic neighborhoods. Stronger arts and cultural organizations.
A creative hub and destination for artists.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is the public funder for arts and culture in Cuyahoga County. Strong stewards of the public’s money, CAC invests more than $15 million annually in organizations who bring art and culture to life in our communities. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture. CAC’s vision for its first ten years of public funding for arts and culture is to help build stronger, more resilient arts and culture organizations, create vibrant and energetic neighborhoods infused with culture, and establish Cuyahoga County as a hub of creative activity and a destination for artists. CAC’s work strengthens our community by supporting education, investing in our local economy, and enhancing our quality of life.

Raymond is Proud to Announce the 2014/15 Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer

Sam FisherSamuel Fisher’s original compositions are an integral part of our Season Opening Production, Spirits to Enforce

“I am immensely grateful and excited to be CPT’s 2013-2014 Kulas Composer Fellow. Working on The Drowning Girls during my 2013 fellowship at CPT provoked in me the idea that the musical score and environmental soundscape of a play can exist as a singular entangled unit. This approach emphasizes the musicality and affect of so-called “non-musical” sounds and the connection of “musical” sounds to the tangible phenomena of one’s existence. My score for Spirits to Enforce is some of my proudest work and is an implementation of these ideas that, in my view, successfully deepens the connection between actor and observer. I’m looking forward to a challenging and enjoyable year.” – Sam Fisher, 14/15 Kulas Theatre Composer

Click Here for an epic musical teaser for Spirits to Enforce straight from Sam Fisher

About the Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative and Sam Fisher
The Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative is a nine month fellowship program providing early-career composers with first-hand experience creating music and sound design for theatre. This initiative engages composers in a collaborative process under the guidance of the show producer and director to compose and produce original music for at least one full production in CPT’s Season. Composers gain hands-on learning experiences and play an integral role in the creative process. The program is intended to significantly grow CPT’s capacity for developing original music and supports the growth of local artists.

Sam Fisher is a Cleveland-based sound designer and composer. Sam grew up in Athens, Georgia, a hub of eclectic independent music. He is a recently graduated alumnus of Oberlin Conservatory’s Technology in Music and Related Arts program. He is the 2014-2015 Kulas Composer Fellow at Cleveland Public Theatre. His projects at CPT this year include Spirits to Enforce, Fire on the Water, In a Word, and Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant as well as a sound installation in Pandemonium ’14: Take Flight. Sam was also a composer fellow for CPT’s 2013-2014 season, designing music and sound for The Drowning Girls. His first appearance at Cleveland Public Theatre was as the mayor in Water Ways, a multi-media theater collaboration created by CPT and Oberlin’s OASIS program. Sam has served as the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival’s resident sound designer and composer for three consecutive seasons. His growing portfolio of compositions and designs can be found at www.samfisheris.me.

CPT announces 14/15 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellows Andrew Kramer and Arwen Mitchell

Cleveland Public Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan is proud to announce the selection of two local playwrights for the second annual Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellowship. The 2014-2015 Fellows are Andrew Kramer and Arwen Mitchell.

Now in its second year, the Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellows program is funded by a 3-year grant from the Nord Family Foundation. The fellowship program was initiated by CPT to support local early-career playwrights who have demonstrated ability and extraordinary potential. The inaugural Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow was Juliette Regnier, who completed her fellowship in June of 2014 with a staged reading of her trilogy of new work, “S” Plays.

For the 2014-2015 season, CPT will support emerging playwrights Andrew Kramer and Arwen Mitchell through mentorship, logistical support and opportunities to produce and workshop new plays.

Andrew Kramer was born and raised in Cleveland and is a 2010 graduate of Ball State University’s Department of Theatre & Dance. He was a 2013 member of the Emerging Writer’s Group at The Public Theatre in New York. He is a former member of the Groundbreakers Playwrights’ Group with the terraNOVA Theatre Collective where he developed his play Whales & Souls. Andrew was a Core Apprentice Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, as well as a two-time semi-finalist in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival with his plays A Map of Our Country(2010) and We Happy Animals (2011). Andrew served as Playwright‐in‐Residence at the Cairns Arts Festival in Queensland, Australia and his play The Dog(run) Diarieswas shortlisted for the 2012 US/UK Old Vic New Voices. In 2012, Andrew was a member of the Ingram New Works Lab at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville. Andrew has worked with Cleveland Public Theatre in developing his plays Bridge,Crying for Lions and ARMATURE.

Arwen Mitchell is a Cleveland-based writer whose creative and academic work focuses on American history, women’s studies, pop culture and humanism. Her produced plays include RPM (Revolutions Per Minute), Bitter Pills, The Maybe Pile, Snake Oil, Everybody Has One and I’ve Got Nothing to Do Today But Smile. Her short piece About Face recently premiered at CPT’s performance event, Station Hope. She is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild, holds an MS in Theatre History & Criticism from Illinois State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. She has taught an extensive roster of college courses in theatre, English, creative writing and the humanities, and continues to do so in the downtown and greater Cleveland area.

The Nord Family Foundation, a private family foundation located in Amherst, Ohio, endeavors to build community through support of projects that bring opportunity to the disadvantaged, strengthen the bond of families and improve the quality of people’s lives.

To learn more about the Cleveland Public Theatre, including fellowship programs and other opportunities for artists, visit cptonline.org or contact Cathleen O’Malley, Director of Audience Engagement & Media Relations at (216) 631-2727 x 212 or comalley@cptonline.org.