In 2013, Cleveland Public Theatre launched Teatro Público de Cleveland, 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.
Teatro Público de Cleveland inspires inter/intra cultural exchange through thought-provoking bilingual storytelling and performance that fosters social consciousness and builds community. TPC is committed to identifying, developing, celebrating, and inspiring Cleveland Latino artists to share their experiences, cultures, perspectives, and talents. Collaborating on the artistic continuum, Teatro Público de Cleveland welcomes amateur to experienced artists who share a common language regardless of cultural origin.
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, Masks of Flight, 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.”