In 2013, Cleveland Public Theatre launched Teatro Público de Cleveland (TPC), a local Latino theatre company, whose work reflects the artistic goals, interests, and ideals of its members. The purpose of this theatre ensemble is to share the rich diversity and perspectives of the Latino-Cleveland culture, and to fulfill CPT’s core mission.
At Cleveland Public Theatre, we believe when communities come together to share their stories, we grow a stronger and more vibrant city. Through Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi, Arabic-speaking communities of Cleveland share vital, life-affirming stories celebrating family, dignity, and freedom of expression. These stories affirm a rich heritage and seek to move Cleveland to shed preconceptions and stereotypes, and grow empathy and understanding.
Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi is open to all people who share a heritage from Arabic-speaking cultures with an interest in theatre regardless of experience. The ensemble broadly embraces Muslims, Christians, and those of other faiths, and includes people of different backgrounds who are curious and passionate about theatre.
Since Raymond Bobgan’s first full production at CPT in 1994, Pinocchio Rising, Raymond has been creating premiere performances through his unique (and ever-evolving) creation process. In 2012, he formed a new group dedicated to working together consistently over years, developing a distinctive body of work and practices, and investigating the potential of the craft of acting. The Cleveland CORE Ensemble currently includes Raymond Bobgan, Faye Hargate, Holly Holsinger, and Darius J. Stubbs. The group often collaborates with guest artists and will be sharing their newest work, Candlelight Hypothesis #1-12, in the spring of 2020. The purpose of the ensemble goes beyond the creation of new work, as it also influences the approach to theatre throughout the season, instills core values in the broader artistic work of CPT, and informs pedagogical practices for CPT’s education programs. The Cleveland CORE Ensemble aligns with Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET)’s definition of ensemble: “a group of individuals working together consistently over years to develop a distinctive body of work and practices.”