Cleveland Public Theatre’s mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking performances and life-changing education programs.
CPT develops new, adventurous work; and nurtures Northeastern Ohio artists—particularly those whose work is inventive, intelligent, and socially conscious.
CPT’s acclaimed education programs engage communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues, and empower participants to work for positive change in our community.
2019/2020 Artistic Statement
“Art is not important, not needed,
We knew it would be hard,
We chose this path,
This narrative is all too familiar,
We choose it over and over again.
A voice whispers and drives us
I feel called,
pursue, explore, engage.
Sometimes we can barely hear the voice within
ineffable, beyond words.
But we respond to this call
effort and our heart
And that response becomes a call in and of itself
a cry out
to our neighborhoods, our communities, and
And we hope … …
for a reply.
We hope for something big
a ripple, a resonance, a movement—
A real response
a new call
from our world and the world beyond.
Our communities are speaking and listening
The aspiration of theatre—
celebrants and witnesses.
Calling and Responding.
The amazing 2019/2020 lead artists are responding to the world and calling out. We eagerly await the audience to join in the circle, the breathing, the heartbeat of this Call and Response—this very human act of sharing our compassion and consciousness.
Raymond Bobgan, Executive Artistic Director