Artistic Opportunities

CPT invests in innovation and diversity, and is the leading producer of new work and local playwrights in our community.

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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.

CPT Announces Auditions for Entry Point 2018

CPT is looking to cast a variety of performers, diverse in age, race, physical ability, background, and theatre experience. 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. Auditions are Tuesday, November 27 and Sunday, December 2. Click here for more information.

CPT & TPC Announce Auditions for / Anuncian Audiciones para La Gringa

Looking to cast: 2 Women (20’s – 40’s) with fluent Spanish speaking ability, 1 Woman (40’s – 60’s) with fluent Spanish speaking ability, 2 Men (40’s – 60’s) with fluent Spanish speaking ability, 1 Man (20’s – 40’s) with fluent Spanish speaking ability. La Gringa will be performed entirely in Spanish with English Supertitles. Auditions: Monday, November 26, 6-9pm, Tuesday, November 27, 6-9pm. Click here for more information.

Buscamos: 2 mujeres (20’s – 40’s) con habilidad de hablar español fluentemente, 1 mujer (40’s – 60’s) con habilidad de hablar español fluentemente, 2 hombres (40’s – 60’s) con habilidad de hablar español fluentemente, 1 hombre (20’s – 40’s) con habilidad de hablar español fluentemente. La Gringa será actuada completamente en español con super-títulos en inglés. Audiciones: Lunes, 26 de noviembre, 6-9pm, Martes, 27 de noviembre, 6-9pm. Haga clic aquí para mayor información.

DanceWorks 2019 Request for Proposals

DanceWorks 2019 is an important part of Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2018/2019 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 – 6 local dance companies to be part of DanceWorks 2019 in the Gordon Square Theatre. DanceWorks 2019 will take place over 5 weeks, May 13 – June 15. We are accepting submissions for three weeks: May 27 – June 1, June 3 – June 8, and June 10 – 15. (Verb Ballets will perform in DanceWorks May 16 – 18, and Inlet Dance Theatre will perform in DanceWorks May 23 – 25.) Deadline to apply is Monday, October 29, 2018. Click here for more information.



Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is seeking exceptional Teaching Artists for its celebrated Brick City Theatre. Artists with experience in theatre creation and/or spoken word performance are welcome to apply. The Lead Teaching Artist position has the following core areas of responsibility: Lead Creation of Original Performance based in the artist’s primary discipline and area of mastery, inspired by Black History; Nurture, develop, and uplift youth voices while celebrating CMHA community; Create and implement session curriculum, daily class plans, and voice reports; Collaborate with CPT Education Staff and other professional artists to lead development of original performance material. Deadline to apply is Saturday, December 15, 2018. Click here for more information.

CPT is hiring a Technical Director

CPT seeks an experienced Technical Director interested in joining its hard-working team with the ambitious goals of growing the organization and changing the community. The Technical Director manages and implements all technical aspects of productions except costumes for CPT’s season of full productions (8-12); four developmental series; Pandemonium (a massive annual event); Station Hope (a one-day social justice festival); as well as other artistic projects and productions. CPT programs in two theatres and embraces the opportunity to produce theatre in nontraditional spaces. The TD, along with their direct reporting Master Carpenter, will handle all builds, lighting, video, and sound installations, with only occasional additional over-hire. The Technical Director reports to the Associate Artistic Director/Director of Production as a year-round, salaried, staff position working well over 40 hours a week. Salary is competitive based on comparable theatres nationally and is commensurate with experience. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 16, 2018. 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.

CPT announces a New Staff Position: Full-Time Teaching Artist/Site Manager

The Full-Time Teaching Artist/Site Manager works closely with and reports directly to Director of Community Ensembles/Brick City Theatre Program Director. This position is a year-round, full time staff position, with a salary that is competitive with theatre teaching artist salaries locally and nationally. Benefits included. The position requires a highly motivated and organized individual who will take on management, administrative, creative, and teaching responsibilities in support of CPT’s flagship education program, Brick City Theatre, and Cleveland Act Now, which offer afterschool and summer theatre arts education to children ages 5-14 who reside in Cleveland neighborhoods and public housing. Based on experience and training time, the Full-Time Teaching Artist/Site Manager will ultimately be the director and leader of two program sites. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 10, 2018. Click here for more information.

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