Archives by Year: 2019

CPT is Now Requesting Proposals for the 2020/2021 Season

Dear Northeast Ohio artists,

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is planning our 2020/2021 Season, and we are reaching out to you for great ideas.

CPT is focused on new work that is surprising, unexpected, and outside the realm of conventional theatre.

CPT is looking for proposals from Northeast Ohio artists for complete projects. Proposals may be for world premieres, second or third US productions, radical re-envisioning 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. Read More ›

CPT announces Auditions for Breakout Session (or Frogorse)

CPT announces Auditions for
the world premiere of


By Nikkole Salter

Directed by Beth Wood, CPT’s Associate Artistic Director and Director of Production

Looking to cast the following roles…

  • Sara Benton: 30’s, white, female. A group facilitator. Passionate. Assertive. Self-congratulatory. Savior complex.
  • Sergeant Karen Spencer: early 50’s, black, female. A 20+ year sergeant with the Cleveland Division of Police. Cynical. Strategic. Ball-busting. Loyal. Sensitive. Thick-skinned.
  • Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Perez: 20’s, Latino, male. A one-month rookie patrolman with the Cleveland Division of Police. Enthusiastic. Open. Charming. Naïve. All-or-nothing. Absorbent.
  • Mantis Shrimp: late 30’s – 50’s, any ethnicity, male. A corporate, self-help, motivational speaker. Wild. Intentionally weird. Committed. Nurturing. Brilliant.

Equity agreements may be considered for this production.

Cleveland Public Theatre is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, CPT encourages performers of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition. Read More ›

Station Hope 2020 Request for Proposals

Station Hope

Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 6.

Cleveland Public Theatre is planning the seventh annual STATION HOPE, a one night event of entertainment and art inspired by the history of St. John’s Church and the Underground Railroad, the repercussions of oppression, and contemporary struggles for social justice, on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

How Station Hope Works

Audiences explore St. John’s campus on the corner of W 26th St and Church Ave. With 30+ performances to choose from, attendees will encounter choirs, dance, theatre, intimate solo performance, and interactive art – all happening at the same time in multiple indoor and outdoor venues.

Station Hope performances are 10 – 15 minutes in length and presented multiple times throughout the evening. Art installations will range from large to small, depending on the individual needs and space availability.

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TPC y CPT Anuncian audiciones para / TPC and CPT Announce Auditions for Ana en el Trópico

Cleveland Public Theatre y el Teatro Público de Cleveland anuncian audiciones para /

Cleveland Public Theatre and Teatro Público de Cleveland announce Auditions for:

Ana en el Trópico

de / By Nilo Cruz
dirigida por / Directed by Julia Rosa Sosa
Presentada en español con subtítulos en inglés / Performed in Spanish with English subtitles
Del  5 al 21 de marzo. Presentación preliminar el 5 de marzo. Noche de Estreno el 6 de marzo. Gordon Square Theatre. / 
Runs March 5 – 21. Previews March 5. Opening night is March 6. Gordon Square Theatre.

Acerca de la obra…

Florida, 1929, dentro de una compañía de tabaco Cubano-americana, los cigarros se enrollan a mano y se emplean “lectores” para entretener a los trabajadores de la fábrica. La llegada de un nuevo lector es motivo de celebración, pero cuando este lee a Anna Karenina en voz alta, se convierte en un catalizador en la vida de sus ávidos oyentes, para quienes Tolstoi, los trópicos y el “sueño americano” demuestran una combinación voluble. Presentada en español con subtítulos en inglés. Estreno Regional.

About the play…

Florida, 1929, inside a Cuban-American cigar factory, cigars are rolled by hand and “lectors” are employed to entertain factory workers. A new lector’s arrival is cause for celebration, but when he reads Anna Karenina aloud, he becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics, and the “American Dream” prove a volatile combination. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles. Regional Premiere.

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CPT Announces Auditions for Entry Point 2020

Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for

Entry Point

Created & Performed by various Northeast Ohio artists

Looking to cast…

A variety of performers, diverse in age*, race, physical ability, background, and theatre experience.

*At this time we are only casting actors 18 and above.

About the festival…

Entry Point is a platform for artists to develop their work in the early stages of creation, and then share that work with the public in a festival forum. Entry Point activities include staged readings, short excerpts from works-in-progress, guest panel discussions, and facilitated feedback between artists and audience after every showing.  Read More ›

Cleveland Act Now Academy Free Theatre Training – Fall 2019 Session

Free Theatre Training

Fall Session – 7 weeks long
Audition-Based Youth Theatre Program
for current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders

Auditions take place in October
Classes take place Nov 5 – Dec 17
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:45pm


6th, 7th, and 8th graders


Taught by Cleveland Act Now Academy Lead Teachers, Faye Hargate and Zyrece Montgomery, the fall session will explore acting fundamentals and ensemble theatre techniques with special attention on building improvisation skills and creating original performance material. Read More ›

Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi مســرح كليفلاند العربــي Free Theatre Workshops


Experience acting and theatre creation!

For beginners and experienced theatre artists

For people who identify as coming from Arabic-speaking communities

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is proud to announce FREE THEATRE WORKSHOPS for Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi مســرح كليفلانــد العربــي, a theatre project by, for, and with people from Arabic-speaking communities. There will be five open workshops for people with or without any theatre experience. These workshops are fun, easy, and focus on storytelling, self-expression, and teamwork.


Saturday, October 19, 2–5pm
Sunday, October 20, 3–6pm
Wednesday, October 23, 6–9pm
Sunday October 27, 3–6pm
Tuesday, October 29, 6–9pm

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CPT’s Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative

CPT’s Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative


Deadline for Application is
Monday September 9, 2019

CPT is now accepting applications for The Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer fellowships. The Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative is a yearlong fellowship program providing early-career composers with first-hand experience creating music and sound design for theatre.

This initiative engages composers/designers in a collaborative process, under the guidance of the show producer and director, to compose and produce original music for full productions and works-in-development in CPT’s Season and to learn about other parts of the creative and production process of theatre. Composers gain hands-on learning experiences through sound design opportunities. Read More ›

CPT Announces Request for Proposals: DanceWorks 2020

Request for Proposals

DanceWorks 2020

Deadline for submissions is August 30, 2019.

DanceWorks 2020 is an important part of Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2019/2020 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 4 local dance companies to be part of DanceWorks 2020 in the Gordon Square Theatre. DanceWorks 2020 will take place over 4 weeks, April 2 – April 25.

We are accepting submissions for two weeks: April 6 – 11 and April 13 – 18. (Inlet Dance Theatre will perform in DanceWorks April 2 – 4 and Verb Ballets will perform in DanceWorks April 23 – 25.) Read More ›

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is Hiring Teaching Artists

Fall 2019 – Summer 2020
46 week commitment

CPT is seeking energetic, flexible, and collaborative interdisciplinary Teaching Artists to join our core, who are dedicated to working with youth to create art focused on furthering racial and economic justice with Cleveland Act Now (formerly Brick City Theatre). Theatre experience is a plus, but not required.


CLEVELAND ACT NOW (CAN) is a free, year-round theatre arts program for young artists ages 5-14. Under the guidance of CPT Teaching Artists, children and family learn how to create and perform their own plays, dance, poetry, music, and visual art. These original performances are crafted and presented annually at CMHA and Cleveland community centers as well as arts festivals throughout Cleveland. Read More ›