Cleveland Public Theatre announces General Auditions for the 2017/2018 Season

Cleveland Public Theatre announces General Auditions for the 2017/2018 Season

Cleveland Public Theatre is holding general auditions for our 2017/2018 season. (Check out our season announcement here.) All Northeast Ohio actors interested in working with CPT are encouraged to audition. CPT has a history of multicultural casting and is committed to representing our community on stage. A casting breakdown for each show is below.

General Auditions

When: Saturday, June 24, 11:00am-8:00pm

There will be additional appointments available on Sunday, June 25, 7:00pm-10:00pm for those actors unavailable to audition on Saturday. NOTE: Some directors for the 2017/2018 season will not be at the Sunday auditions.

Where: Cleveland Public Theatre (6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102) – James Levin Theatre

Auditions are by appointment only and will be scheduled in five minute increments. Actors should prepare no more than two minutes of material which can include 1-2 brief monologues and/or a short a cappella song. (Please note: auditions will be stopped at 2 minutes.)

AEA contracts will be considered throughout the season.

When scheduling your audition, please provide your preferred time and phone number. Interested actors should schedule an appointment by emailing CPT at Read More ›

CPT Announces the 2017/2018 Season: STAND

Click here for the 2017/2018 Season Announcement!

Cleveland Public Theatre is Hiring a Director of Patron Services/Box Office Manager

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring a Director of Patron Services/Box Office Manager. This role will function as a department head, will be a core part of the CPT staff and will make a meaningful contribution to life at CPT and its success.

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CPT Announces Request for Proposals: DanceWorks 2018

Request for Proposals

DanceWorks 2018

Deadline for submissions is July 10, 2017.

DanceWorks 2018 is an important part of Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season. DanceWorks offers Northeast Ohio dance companies and choreographers the opportunity to have world premiere works presented in a series with other local dance companies.

Through a submission process, CPT hopes to select 2-4 dance companies to be part of DanceWorks 2018 in the Gordon Square Theatre. This year CPT is only accepting submissions for groups to perform half of a double bill. Groups that share an evening will share revenue, rehearsal time and technical time.

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CPT Announces Request for Proposals: Pandemonium ’17


DEADLINE Extended to MONDAY, JUly 3, 2017!

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is planning a festive evening in keeping with its tradition of presenting innovative, original artistic work, featuring diverse artists. On Saturday, September 9, 2017, CPT will present its annual fundraising extravaganza and party of the year – PANDEMONIUM ‘17: UNLEASH. Featuring dozens of area theatre, dance, visual and performance artists and with fabulous food and drink, Pandemonium is a benefit like no other and an opportunity for you to be a featured performer.

Your participation in PANDEMONIUM ‘17 will support Cleveland Public Theatre’s challenging and inspiring performance work, ensure that emerging artists and small performance companies have opportunities to participate in the arts and sustain CPT’s work with urban youth and adults in transition. In its 30-years on Cleveland’s Near West Side, CPT has been a catalyst for economic activity, job creation, private-sector investment in the community and led to the area’s designation as an arts district.

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Cleveland Public Theatre is Hiring a New Play Associate

Cleveland Public Theatre’s (CPT) mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking performances and life-changing educational programs. CPT seeks a New Play Associate interested in joining its hard-working team with the ambitious goals of growing the organization and changing the community. For more information, visit


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CPT Announces 2017-2018 New Play Development  Request for Proposals

CPT Announces

2017-2018 New Play Development Request for Proposals

The Deadline for Test Flight has been extended to Sunday, June 18, 2017!

The Deadline for Entry Point and Catapult is Monday, June 12, 2017.


CPT’s mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking performances and life-changing educational programs. CPT’s programming agenda is to produce work that is outside the mainstream, offering a much broader range of work available to the Cleveland public and expanding the impact and originality of theatre across the country. CPT strives to make work that is excellent, extraordinary and nationally competitive.

Our new play development programs are based on our years of experience, community input and key principles of: focusing on artists; valuing diversity of approach, aesthetics and perspective; and balancing impact with investment.

We envision CPT as a nationally recognized hub for the development of new theatre that is extraordinary, edgy and relevant. We hope to be a model for nurturing local talent in similar sized markets, the most regarded cultivator of new theatre for Cleveland audiences, a laboratory for promising research and investigation and a launcher of nationally significant new plays.

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Cleveland Public Theatre Announces a New Staff Position: Master Electrician and Carpenter

Cleveland Public Theatre’s (CPT) mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking performances and life-changing educational programs. CPT seeks a Master Electrician and Carpenter interested in joining its hard-working team with the ambitious goals of growing the organization and changing the community. CPT’s season typically includes 2 or more community events, 8-10 full productions and three performance series. CPT programs in two theatres, and embraces the opportunity to produce theatre in nontraditional spaces. For more information, visit

Description of Position

This position is a year-round, salaried, staff position. Salary range is 28,000-32,000 and is based on experience and capacity.  The Master Electrician and Carpenter is responsible for working with the Technical Director to implement all technical aspects of productions except costumes.

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Cleveland Public Theatre is hiring full-time summer season Theatre Creators/Directors for Unique Position

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) produces groundbreaking performances and life-changing educational programs inside of our mission to raise consciousness and nurture compassion. CPT seeks up to three experienced collaborative theatre artists to fill a unique two-month position with CPT’s nationally recognized education program – Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP).  For more information, visit or

Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2017

Description of Position

The Creator/Directors report to the Education Manager. This position is 8-10 week, intensive, full-time staff position, including evenings and weekends. Pay $500 – $1,000/week.

Theatre Creator/Directors are responsible for leading the creation of an original play with the Education Manager, a team of instructors and a cast of Cleveland teens with little theatre experience.

Program Description

STEPCPT’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, physical theatre, 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 artists, 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 has been utilized as 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.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: CPT Announces 2017/2018 Local Request for Season Proposals

We are extending the deadline for submission for the 17-18 season.

Typically over half of CPT’s season is locally created work! Let us know your ideas by February 20th!

Dear Northeast Ohio artists,

CPT is planning the 2017-2018 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.

Please send your proposals electronically to CPT’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan at See complete instructions below.

CPT is looking for proposals from Northeast Ohio artists for complete projects. Proposals may be from directors or playwrights 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 New Play Development 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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