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Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) produces groundbreaking performances and life-changing education programs inside of our mission to raise consciousness and nurture compassion.


CPT Announces Auditions for STEP 2019

CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is a rigorous arts-based program that provides hands-on job training, engaging Cleveland youth in a powerful 8-week intensive that focuses on excellence in performance, play creation, writing, production, and set design/construction. Students ages 14-19, with little or no previous performance experience, are eligible for participation, and earn money while learning and practicing valuable job skills such as timeliness, communication, commitment, and teamwork. Under the guidance of CPT artistic mentors, teens develop an original play and then tour it to public parks throughout the city of Cleveland. Auditions for STEP 2019 are March 2, Saturday, 2 – 5pm; March 9, Saturday, 2 – 5pm; and March 10, Sunday, 2 – 5pm. Click here for more information.

Paid Bartending Position

Cleveland Public Theatre is currently looking for Bartenders for our 2018/2019 season. CPT bartenders are passionate about the arts, about Cleveland, and about positive change in their community. Beyond being responsible for selling refreshments to our patrons, our bartenders are expected to be knowledgeable about Cleveland Public Theatre, our performances and programs, and our neighborhood, the Gordon Square Arts District. Bartending and serving experience are preferred. Click here for more information.

Other Artistic Opportunities

CPT is now requesting proposals for the 2019/2020 Season

CPT is planning the 2019/2020 Season, and we are reaching out to Northeast Ohio artists for great ideas. CPT is focused on new work that is surprising, unexpected, and somehow 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. The deadline for proposals is Monday, February 11. Click here for more information.

CPT Announces Applications for Premiere Fellowship

With dedicated funding from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, CPT launches the Premiere Fellowship for theatre artists committed to new play development. CPT will award five artists who have demonstrated excellence in their craft and a commitment to new plays. We are especially seeking artists who can most benefit from working with CPT artistic staff and artistic teams. The premiere fellowship is available for a vast array of artists: designers, stage managers, scriptwriters and other playwrights, directors, and actors. Fellows will enter into a one-year contract with CPT to undertake artistic work, collaborate with CPT artists, and engage in the life of the theatre. Fellows will receive an award of $5,000 on top of standard CPT fees for work as part of the fellowship. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 1. Click here for more information.

CPT is accepting Proposals for Station Hope 2019

Cleveland Public Theatre is planning the sixth 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 4, 2019. 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. Proposals should be bold, inventive and thought provoking. Proposals can range from choirs, dance, short plays, art installations, poetry, performance art, wandering characters, solo pieces, etc. We want to curate an aesthetically diverse range of work and are open to educational, community, amateur, and professional groups. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 7. Click here for more information.

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