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.

Each pair of groups will have access to the Gordon Square Theatre for one week: Monday through Wednesday for load-in and rehearsal, and Thursday through Saturday for performances.

We are accepting submissions for four weeks that will feature local companies: May 14 – 19, May 21 – 26, May 28 – June 2 and June 4 – 9.

The Gordon Square Theatre will be set up with a repertory lighting plot suitable for dance. Companies may alter that set-up; however, they then take full responsibility for implementing the alterations and restoring the space to its original state directly following their final performance.

It is up to each project to provide its own artistic collaborators and additional technical staff, as needed. CPT will provide a series stage manager, as well as box office and house management staff.

CPT produces a direct mail brochure advertising the DanceWorks series. However, it is up to the individual companies to promote their own show. CPT will do what we can to assist dance companies’ marketing efforts.

Each selected group will receive a minimum guarantee of $750 against a box office split of 30% for the dance company. For example, if a project makes $2,000 at the box office, the project will keep the $750 guarantee. If the box office is $4,000, the project will get a total of $1,200, an additional $450 over the original $750. Ticket prices for DanceWorks range from $12-30.


The purpose of DanceWorks is to serve new work by established and emerging dance companies and choreographers in Cleveland. DanceWorks seeks to represent a diversity of forms, genres and aesthetic values. We want to create an environment where companies can boldly experiment and stretch beyond their past repertory. Performances should be comprised of at least 50% world premiere work. DanceWorks performances should be high quality work and be well thought out, rehearsed and prepared.

Major factors in selecting works are capability, impact and quality. Companies should demonstrate that they have experienced personnel capable of independently managing production needs, including sound, lighting and stage. CPT is looking for companies that can organize their needs and resources in an effective way that allows them to be fully prepared.

CPT expends a great deal of resources to make DanceWorks happen, and we are looking for projects for which DanceWorks will provide a significant impact both on the company that is performing and on our audience.


If you would like to be considered for DanceWorks 2018, please complete the application form and send via email to Associate Artistic Director, Beth Wood, at bwood@cptonline.org.

Click here for a Microsoft Word version of the application.
Click here for a PDF version of the application.

Deadline for submissions is July 10, 2017.

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