Test Flight



CPT’s NEW New Play Development Program is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production. Test Flight provides both local and national/international artists with the keys to the theatre and the opportunity to co-produce original works-in-progress. The series encourages risk-taking and an entrepreneurial spirit towards creating new work while offering artists a structured support system, activating an art-focused environment. Test Flight includes world-premiere workshop performances of theatre and genre-defying performances.

Cleveland Public Theatre is proud to support and foster the work of local and national artists in this unique program.

CPT provides:
– The James Levin Theatre
– Basic production staff, stage management, box office support
– Marketing and advertising support

The artists provide the rest!

The writers, directors, actors and designers selected for Test Flight dedicate themselves to creating new and original work, or stretching their artistic powers by working in new disciplines.

Test Flight 2018 runs March 29 through April 28.


The deadline to apply FOR Test Flight 2018 Has passed, but feel free to click the links below to explore the application process – and Start gearing up for next year!

Test Flight Local Request for Proposals – Microsoft Word
Test Flight Local Request for Proposals – PDF
Test Flight Non-local Request for Proposals – Microsoft Word
Test Flight Non-local Request for Proposals – PDF

New Play Development at CPT

CPT is proud to be a national leader in providing platforms for new work and emerging artists.

In just the past 11 years, CPT has produced 85 staged readings, 12 workshop showings, 107 fully staged workshop productions, and 45 full productions of world premieres – in addition to hundreds of community-created plays read, workshopped and performed through our education and community programs.


Programs include:

ENTRY POINT | Jan 18 – 21

a new platform for artists to share their work in the early stages of creation, presented in a festival-like environment that encourages artist-audience exchange

TEST FLIGHT | Mar 29 – Apr 28

local and national artists are offered the keys to the theatre and the opportunity to self-produce workshop productions of new works, presented in a multi-week series

CATAPULT | year-round, ongoing

a customizable fellowship program that was developed to move projects from early-to-mid development phase to being “production-ready” – made possible through support from the Nord Family Foundation


Special Thanks to our New Play Development Sponsors…