Cleveland Public Theatre Awarded the Inaugural 50/50 Applause International Centre for Women Award from the Playwrights (ICWP)

Cleveland Public Theatre is proud to announce they are one of five recipients of the inaugural 50/50 Applause Award from the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP). The 50/50 Applause Award is for theatres in the United States that have at least 50 percent of their 2011-2012 season feature plays written by women. Other recipients include Little Colonel Theatre, Pee Wee Valley, KY; Nora Theater, Cambridge, MA; Playwrights Horizons, New York, NY; and, Symmetry Theatre, Berkeley, CA.

Cleveland Public Theatre is committed to supporting new, adventurous work by minorities, women and local writers and is proud to have had 50% of their 2011-2012 season feature plays by women, the majority of those being Northeast Ohio artists.

CPT continues to support a diverse group of playwrights though out new work development series like The Dark Room, Springboard and Big Box.

The ICWP is dedicated to the support of female dramatists to express their artistic vision without censorship, harassment or personal danger throughout the world.

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Cleveland Public Theatre Announces 2012 – 2013 Season

 

12.13seasonCleveland Public Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan announces the 2012 – 2013 season: REMARKABLE.

Cleveland Public Theatre is the place for original, adventurous and relevant works of performance. The 2012-2013 Season: REMARKABLE delivers on CPT’s mission by including seven world premiere productions five by Northeast Ohio artists, and a host of regional premieres. Read More ›

Raymond Bobgan Announces 2012-13 Director Fellow

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Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT), Northeast Ohio’s most innovative and adventurous theatre announces the second year awardee of The Director Fellows Program funded by a generous grant from Joan Yellen Horvitz, a long-time friend of CPT.

The 2012-2013 Director Fellow is Denise Astorino. Ms. Astorino will receive $3,000 and full underwriting of her learning and artistic activities during the fellowship year, culminating in a full production of an original work in May of 2013 in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Store Front Studio.

“The intent of this initiative, inaugurated last September, is to address Cleveland’s limited pool of directors by providing a program that will allow select directors with extraordinary potential to focus intensively on artistic growth over the course of a season,” said Raymond Bobgan, CPT’s Executive Artistic Director. Focused on innovation and developing new work, this year-long residency provides mentoring and opportunities for formal classwork, assistant directing, directing, play creation and assistant producing. Read More ›

Raymond Bobgan and CPT Featured in American Theatre Magazine

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Cleveland Public Theatre Executive Artistic Director, Raymond Bobgan, is being featured in American Theatre Magazine for his work at CPT, turning around CPT’s financial situation and creating a home where local artists can build their craft.

Click here to read the whole article and see how a public theatre and a man with a vision can help change a neighborhood.

Cleveland Public Theatre’s Inaugural Director Fellows

Cleveland Public Theatre, Northeast Ohio’s most innovative and adventurous theatre is proud to announce The Director Fellows Program funded by a generous grant from Joan Yellen Horvitz, a long-time friend of CPT.

“The intent of this new initiative is to address Cleveland’s limited pool of directors with experience creating new theatrical work” said Raymond Bobgan, CPT’s Executive Artistic Director. The Director Fellows Program is a year-long residency that provides mentoring, formal classwork and involves Fellows in play creation and directing at least one show in CPT’s season. Two women have been selected as the 2012 Inaugural Director Fellows, Pandora Robinson and Renee Schilling. Each director receives an award of $3,000 and full underwriting of all of their learning and artistic activities during the fellowship.

PANDORA ROBERTSON earned a Master of Arts in Theater Arts from Case Western University. Her extensive portfolio includes directing, acting, dancing and choreography at Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, and Ensemble Theatre. Last season in Big Box, CPT’s festival of new work, Ms. Robinson introduced her original play, Voice Over. This season, she recently created Crash Project a short work forAt-TEN-tion Span and will premiere her new play 13 Most American Dreams in May 2012.

RENEE SCHILLING is a graduate of CSU’s Theatre Program. An actor and director, Ms. Schilling was most recently seen in The Excavation (Theater Ninjas) and as performer and co-author (with Lew Wallace) of 30 Awkward Minutes with Pat and Glenn featured in CPT’s 2011 Big Box series. Ms. Schilling has also directed and developed new work for Ingenuity Festival. At CPT this season, Ms. Schilling created To Fasten Your Seatbelts for At-TEN-tion Span and she directed Lew Wallace in his Big Box solo show Jesus is Dead… and Jerry Garcia is God. Ms. Schilling will also direct Not the Flying Stupendas, a play she is creating with Jill Levin in April 2012. Read More ›

Building Reserve Grant will be utilized to offset cost of maintaining CPT campus

Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan announces that Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) has received a one million dollar grant from The Kresge Foundation’s Building Reserve Grant program. The awarded funds will be utilized to offset the cost of long-term care and maintenance of the buildings and facilities on the CPT campus.
Now in its 30th year, CPT serves as the anchor of the Gordon Square Arts District on Cleveland’s near west side. The CPT campus at West 65th Street and Detroit Avenue is comprised of four buildings that feature multiple performance and rehearsal venues. The dynamic performing arts center is a hub for original, adventurous and relevant works of performance and is dedicated to cultivating local artists in the creation of new work. CPT engages the community through a bold series of educational programs for urban youth, residents of public housing and homeless adults. The Kresge Foundation’s one million dollar grant will allow CPT to continue to thrive as a creator and as an artistic home for hundreds of artists across multiple disciplines. Read More ›

CPT Announces the 2011 – 2012 Season!

Cleveland Public Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan announces the 2011 – 2012 season:

Seven World Premieres!

Cleveland Public Theatre is the place for original, adventurous and relevant works of performance. The 2011 – 2012 season delivers on CPT’s mission. The season includes seven world premiere productions, five by Northeast Ohio artists. Six of the plays are devised theatre, originating from unconventional creative processes. CPT also continues its commitment to artist development with groundbreaking programs: Big Box, seven weeks of world premiere workshop productions by Northeast Ohio artists; Springboard, a new series for staged readings and director development; the inaugural Leap/Conceive project for works-in-progress; and DanceWorks a premiere showcase for local companies and choreographers. Read More ›

James Levin Awarded 2012 Cleveland Arts Prize!

JameslevinFounder of Cleveland Public Theatre, James Levin, is the winner of the 2012 Cleveland Arts Prize’s Robert Bergman Prize. Awarded only from time to time, The Robert P. Bergman Prize applauds the rare leaders whose life and work are illuminated by an energetic and inspiring dedication to a democratic vision of the arts.

Click here to read the Plain Dealer article.

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Chris Seibert’s Released CPAC Video!

CPT Director of Education Chris Seibert discusses her work in devised theatre and the creation of original productions in this video for The Creative Workforce Fellowship

Chris Seibert from CPAC on Vimeo.

Raymond Bobgan in the Spotlight!

Raymond Bobgan from CPAC on Vimeo.