Global Teen Performance Project: Making Our Way

Presented by Global Cleveland and Cleveland Public Theatre
in partnership with Thomas Jefferson INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMERS ACADEMY of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Created by GLOBAL TEEN PERFORMANCE PROJECT ensemble and Cleveland Public Theatre teaching artists.

March 16, 2018

7:00pm, James Levin Theatre.

30 min

A young woman’s world is turned upside down when she is forced to leave her home. Along her journey to safety, she collides with a family torn by war, a group of friends fleeing danger, a young man in search of a new life and his long-lost friend, and a mysterious woman who knows their path forward. Making Our Way, an original performance based on the personal experiences of 15 international teenagers from eight countries, is a story of finding footing, forging new pathways, and discovering the power of friendship and family. GLOBAL TEEN PERFORMANCE PROJECT participants navigate hope and despair, and uncover magic and new life as they look to each other for help and answers.

Featuring: Bilal Almustafa, Wiringiyimana Frezinele, Ban Idan, Ranya Idan, Radjabu Kasole, Andrew (Sweet Boy) Kiiza, Armend Krasniqi, Ahmed Mohammed, Ruba Mohammed, Anifa Mulasi, Agron Muqolli, Intisar Musa, Chance Nsabiyeze, with Benafshe Ali Shah, Siwita Ali Shah

The newly-renovated James Levin Theatre is fully ADA compliant featuring a patron elevator and an all gender, wheelchair accessible restroom.

We are no longer accepting reservations. A few seats remain that are first come, first served on the night of the event. A waiting list will begin at 6:00pm in CPT’s Box Office Lobby.


The Creative Production Team Includes:

Adam Seeholzer – Co-Director
Molly Andrews-Hinders – Co-Director
Chialla Geib-Fenske – Scenic Designer
Hillary Wheelock – Costume Designer


Making Our Way Performances

march 16 | 7:00pm

CPT’s James Levin Theatre

We are no longer accepting reservations. A few seats remain that are first come, first served on the night of the event. A waiting list will begin at 6:00pm in CPT’s Box Office Lobby.

There are also 2 in-school showings on Wednesday, March 14 at 8:15AM and 9:30AM. If you would like to attend, email courtney@globalcleveland.org.


About Global Teen Performance Project

Making Our Way features original stories and performances created by GLOBAL TEEN PERFORMANCE PROJECT, students from Thomas Jefferson INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMERS ACADEMY, ages 14-19. This performance is the culmination of a rigorous and collaborative after-school rehearsal process between students and CPT teaching artists, with the support and involvement of the school’s teachers and staff. Together they have created an original work of theatre based on the students’ stories and cultures, and their experiences as newcomers in the U.S. This program, a collaboration between Cleveland Public Theatre and Global Cleveland, seeks to enhance cross-cultural understanding among a diverse group of international teens and their new Cleveland community. Special thanks to the entire student body who participated in a series of workshops, contributing their talents in the creation of this work.


Made possible through the generous support from: Global Cleveland, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Ohio Arts Council.

Special thanks to Councilpersons: Kerry McCormack, Jasmin Santana, Matt Zone.

Special thanks to Community Partners: City of Cleveland Department of Community Development, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, Metro West Community Development Organization.

Very special thanks to: CMSD CEO Eric S. Gordon and staff, Principal Marisol Burgos, Assistant Principal Jennifer Rhone, Assistant Principal Christa Jemison, Dean of Engagement Kaleb Garcia, Guidance Counselor Maria Bozak, Teaching Staff, Chris Seibert, Fred Geis, Rafid Fadul, Thomas Jefferson INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMERS ACADEMY Facilities and Security Staff.