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Cleveland Public Theatre is Hiring a Physical Operations Manager

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring a full-time Physical Operations Manager. This role makes a meaningful contribution to life at CPT and its success. CPT will be accepting applications for this position thru Friday, June 21.

Job Description

Cleveland Public Theatre has an opening for a Physical Operations Manager (POM). This role requires a broad skill set as well as leadership and initiative and will be part of a team-driven staff. The role will work across production, facilities, front of house, and administrative areas and will report to the General Manager. CPT runs three flexible-seating performance spaces and uses unconventional outside venues. The position will manage the day-to-day needs of the physical plant, facilities staff, and vendors, as well as small-scale improvement projects. The POM will also manage CPT’s outside IT vendor and respond to the staff & production department’s day-to-day IT and office needs. Salary: $30k to $36k. Anticipated start date is Monday, July 8. This position may include limited theatrical construction and design if that is an interest of the successful candidate. Read More ›

CPT Announces Request for Proposals: Pandemonium 2019

Pandemonium 2019: Alchemy

Request for Proposals

Application Deadline: Monday, June 10

Cleveland Public Theatre is planning a festive evening in keeping with its tradition of presenting innovative, original artistic work, featuring diverse artists. On Saturday, September 7, 2019, CPT will present its annual fundraising extravaganza and party of the year – Pandemonium 2019: Alchemy. Featuring dozens of area theatre, dance, visual, and performance artists and with fabulous food and drink, Pandemonium is a benefit like no other and an opportunity for you to be a featured performer.

Your participation in Pandemonium 2019 will support Cleveland Public Theatre’s challenging and inspiring performance work, ensure that emerging artists and small performance companies have opportunities to participate in the arts, and sustain CPT’s work with youth and adults in transition. In its 30+ years on Cleveland’s near west side, CPT has been a catalyst for economic activity, job creation, private-sector investment in the community, and led to the area’s designation as an arts district.

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Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) Announces 2019/2020 Premiere Fellowship Recipients

5 local artists receive financial award and year-long Fellowship at CPT

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT)’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan is proud to announce the selection of five Cuyahoga County-based artists as 2019/2020 Premiere Fellows, made possible by dedicated funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC).

The purpose of the Premiere Fellowship is to celebrate, reward, and support artists who have demonstrated excellence in and are committed to new play development. The award is for theatre artists from multiple disciplines including acting, directing, playwriting, design, and stage management. Fellows receive a $5,000 cash award, plus additional fees for projects, professional development, and access to space, equipment, and other important assets needed to create their work. Each Fellowship is designed in collaboration with the Fellows.

CPT’s 2019/2020 Premiere Fellows include Aaron Benson, Sheffia Randall Dooley, Les Hunter, Andrew Aaron Valdez, and Jimmie Woody.

CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan says, “We know from experience that substantial financial awards to individual artists have a massive impact on our artists and beyond. We also have a great track record of supporting artists in project-based Fellowships that have served as important growth opportunities for both projects and individual artists. We wanted to create a Fellowship that combined both of these aspects—a direct financial award and project-based professional development. The entire community benefits from investments like this, and we are grateful to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for their support of artists and their commitment to bolstering Cleveland’s artistic vibrancy. CPT values principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion and CPT celebrates diverse aesthetics and approaches to making theatre. The five artists selected, from early career to mid-career, have demonstrated excellence in their craft and a commitment to adventurous new theatre.”

Cuyahoga Arts and CultureABOUT CUYAHOGA ARTS & CULTURE (CAC)

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is one of the largest local public funders for arts and culture in the nation, helping hundreds of organizations in Cuyahoga County connect millions of people to cultural experiences each year. Cuyahoga County residents created Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in 2006 when they approved a tax on cigarettes to support arts and culture in our community. Since 2007, CAC has invested more than $182 million in more than 400 organizations both large and small, making our community a more vibrant place to live, work, and play. Learn more at


Aaron is a freelance Scenic Designer whose most recent designs include Cleveland Public Theatre’s American Falls; Teatro Público de Cleveland’s La Gringa (Spanish) and En el Tiempo de las Mariposas / In the Time of the Butterflies; Beck Center for the Arts’ productions of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Waiting for Godot; Dobama Theatre’s Peter and the Starcatcher, Superior Donuts, and The Aliens; and Cleveland Public Theatre at Playhouse Square’s The Santaland Diaries. He also designed Cleveland State University’s productions of Miss Julie, Bus Stop, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and five others. Prior to arriving in Northeast Ohio, Aaron was the Faculty Scenic Designer and Technical Director for Fullerton College in Fullerton, California for three years. His designs for Fullerton included Julius Caesar, Hair, and Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as many others. He also worked at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in many capacities, from Assistant Scenic Designer to Technical Director, between the 2004-2009 seasons. Aaron holds his MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Sheffia Randall Dooley is a theatre graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and has been an arts educator and administrator for over 20 years. She has held positions as the Director of Education at Karamu House, Master Teaching Artist for the Musical Theatre Project, and Teaching Artist at several organizations including Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, and the Cleveland School of the Arts, and is currently the Assistant Director for Community Engagement and Education at Playhouse Square. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Sheffia has extensive acting experience having appeared as Mama Nadi in Ruined, the title role in Caroline, or Change, and a reprised role in Simply Simone as Nina Simone 4 at Karamu House. Regional credits include: The Crucible, The Tempest, and Blithe Spirit at Great Lakes Theater; Pulp, Our Town, The Secretaries, and Nickel and Dimed at Cleveland Public Theatre; and RESPECT, a Musical Journey at Playhouse Square’s Hanna Theater. Other notable credits include: Sophia Jones in Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, Aiofe in Open Mind Firmament, as well as a recurring role as Butter Rum in The Loush Sisters DO the Nutcracker, The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Great Expectations, and The Loush Sisters get HARD for the Holidays (Yippie-Kai-Yay Mother-Loushers), all at Cleveland Public Theatre. Selected directing credits include Tale of Jiminirising (Test Flight 2018) and The Book of Grace at Cleveland Public Theatre, and Aida, Fences (Assistant Director), Sister Act, and Aladdin at Karamu House.


As a playwright, Les Hunter’s work contemplates the way theatre specifically can shed new light on emerging problems of selfhood. His plays include Down by Contact (Dobama Theatre/Playwrights Local), Weimar (Baldwin Wallace University), and To the Orchard (Playwrights Local and JPP 2016 International Jewish Playwriting Contest Top 10 Finalist). He wrote for all three parts of the collaboratively written, NYC hit, The Jackson Heights Trilogy (Theatre 167). His other dramatic works include an American adaptation with Turkish dramatist Ozen Yula of his play, For Rent (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center); a screenplay, Lion (Dubai Film Connection); and a musical, ’99 (Theatre 167), with Ben Morss of the band Cake. Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, and Indie Theatre publish and license his plays. Hunter is a 2019/2020 Cleveland Public Theatre Premiere Fellow and the Ohio Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild of America. He is an associate professor of English at Baldwin Wallace University, where he teaches theater history and playwriting. In 2014, he attended the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University. He is a member of the Playwrights GYM at Dobama Theatre and has received residencies from Ora Lerman and Millikin University. He was previously the Curator of New Plays at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in New York City, literary director of Theatre 167, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective. His articles and reviews have appeared in American Theatre magazine, The Dramatist, Text & Presentation, HowlRound, Theatre Journal, The Wallace Stevens Review, Ecumenica, Cutbank, Theatre Survey, and the edited collections Experimental O’Neill and Performing the Progressive Era. His creative prose appears in Fiction Southeast, Barnhouse, and the anthology Dating Games. He lives in Lakewood, Ohio with his wife, Elana, their son, Asher, and their Australian Shepherd, Maya.


Andrew Aaron Valdez is an actor, director, playwright, poet, and educator, and is a C.A.R.E. Teaching Artist at Cleveland Play House, Steering Committee Member of the Latinx Theatre Commons, and a 2019/2020 Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellow. As an educator he has worked with ZACH Theatre, Creative Action, Safe Place, The Indigenous Cultures Institute, and Cleveland Public Theatre. As a theatre artist, Andrew focuses on the development of new work. He’s worked with ZACH Theatre, Teatro Vivo, 14/48 Austin Theatre Festival, Paper Boats, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre, The Cohen New Works Festival, and on various productions at the University of Texas at Austin. As a playwright, his work was a part of the 2015 and 2016 Teatro Vivo Austin Latino New Play Festival, the 2015 Cohen New Works Festival, and the 14/48 Austin Theatre Festival. Andrew is a Terry Scholar and received his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts – Theatre Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.


Some of Jimmie Woody’s most recent directorial credits include: The Art of Longing, InCogNegro (Big Box 2009), How Blood Go (Entry Point 2017), and The Bomb (Station Hope 2016) by Lisa Langford, 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, and Song by Daniel Gray Kontar (Cleveland Public Theatre); brownsville song/b-side for tray (Dobama Theatre); To Kill a Mockingbird, Clybourne Park, and Raisin in the Sun (Weathervane Playhouse); MLK Day and When the Chickens Came Home to Roost (Karamu House); The Panther Dancer by Logan Smith (Playwrights Local); Split Show by Lisa Langford (convergence-continuum and Tri-C Metro); The Lower Depths and The America Play (University of Akron); Glass Menagerie, For Colored Girls…, Jitney, Two Trains Running, and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (featuring Bill Cobbs) (Tri-C Metro); Seedfolks (Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, Cleveland Public Library, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden); Underground Griots and Wilberforce by Keith Josef Adkins (Here Café/NYC, The National Black Theater Festival, and Cleveland Public Theatre); Hollis Mugley’s Only Wish by Keith Josef Adkins (New York Hip Hop Festival/Joseph Papp Public Theater and The National Black Theater Festival); The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite (Oscar Hammerstein Theater/Columbia University and Cleveland Public Theatre). As an actor he has appeared in numerous productions including: Brucie in Sweat and Paul in 8 at Cleveland Play House; Yank in The Hairy Ape directed by David Herskovitz and Dionysus in The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite at Cleveland Public Theatre; Hollis in Hollis Mugley’s Only Wish directed by Robert O’Hara at Joseph Papp Public Theater; Pozzo in Waiting for Godot at Oscar Hammerstein Theater; Spaniard in Cymbeline at New York Shakespeare Festival directed by Andrei Serban; Tigre in Dream on Monkey Mountain, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Cholly in The Bluest Eye, and multiple characters in The Colored Museum at Karamu House; Macbeth in Voodoo Macbeth at Ensemble Theater; Julio in The Mother F**ker With The Hat, Robert in The Exonerated, and multiple roles in Ten Minutes from Cleveland at Dobama Theatre; Booth in Top Dog/Underdog, William in Lobby Hero, and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet at Beck Center for the Arts; Hamlet in Hamlet at Tri-C Metro; and Cobbler in Julius Caesar directed by Diane Paulus at Horace Mann Theater. Jimmie received his MFA in acting from Columbia University. He is a 2012 Creative Workforce Fellow and is currently a film teacher at the Cleveland High School for Digital Arts and an acting professor at Cuyahoga Community College.

To schedule interviews or for information about Cleveland Public Theatre, please contact Caitlin Lewins, Director of Audience Engagement & Media Relations, at or 216-631-2727 x211, or visit

CPT announces ADDED auditions for youth (7-14 years old) summer program: CLEVELAND ACT NOW



Cleveland Act Now is an intensive summer arts program for young artists that is fun and challenging. Youth will learn acting fundamentals, storytelling methods, and ensemble play creation. Under the dedicated guidance of CPT Teaching Artists, children learn how to create and perform their own theatrical works. Enrollment is by audition. Youth who have successfully participated in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Brick City Theatre program are guaranteed placement in the program upon successful audition. All youth must participate in an audition to be eligible for the program. Enrollment is capped at 20 participants per session. This program is offered at NO COST thanks to the support of the Cleveland Foundation and other generous supporters. Read More ›

Teatro Público de Cleveland and Cleveland Public Theatre announce Auditions for A Xmas Cuento Remix

Teatro Público de Cleveland and Cleveland Public Theatre announce AUDITIONS:

A Xmas Cuento Remix

Written by Maya Malán-González

Composition & Arrangements by Emiliano Valdez & Daniel Valdez
Directed by Holly Holsinger with Jason Estremera
Music Direction by Maria DiDonato

Performed in English with some songs in Spanish and Spanish Subtitles.

Runs December 5 – 21. Previews December 5. James Levin Theatre.

About the play…

¡Este no es el cuento navideño de la abuela! Teatro Público de Cleveland blows the roof off with this Latino culture and modern music-infused take on Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Performed in English with some songs in Spanish and Spanish subtitles. National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere with Milagro Theatre, Portland.

Looking to cast…

5 Women and 3 Men to play multiple roles with varying ages and personas: human, spirit, ghost, and other. For example:

  • Anita Chapa, woman, 30 years old
  • Tomas Chapa, man, Early 30’s
  • Abuelo Chapa, father, 50’s/60’s
  • Dominique, young boy, has asthma, 10 years old
  • Gina, young girl, 8 years old
  • Dolores Avara, woman, Late 40’s/early 50’s
  • Ixchel, Spirit of Christmas Past. She’s modern and mythic. A walking full moon.
  • Sol, La Chicana, Spirit of Christmas Present. The ‘hostess with the mostest.’
  • La Catrina, Spirit of Christmas Future. She is mysterious, elegant, and wise.
  • Joaquin, a hipster bartender, fabulous and charming.
  • Chorus/Carolers

About The Process…

Rehearsals will begin in late September, 3-4 times per week and will increase in frequency in mid-October and November until opening.


Thursday, June 6th 6-9pm & Saturday, June 8th 12-3pm


Auditions are by appointment only and will be scheduled in 10 minute slots. Actors should plan to stay at the audition for up to 60 minutes, though you may be released sooner. Auditions will be individual, but you may be asked to read with a fellow actor. The Director, Associate Director, and Music Director will be at the audition.

What to prepare…

Once you sign up for a slot, you will receive a scene from the play to prepare for your audition. Memorization is NOT required. You may be asked to read with other actors.

This is a musical and you will be asked to sing. Please prepare 30 seconds of a holiday song. The music director will also lead you through vocal scales to determine your range.

Optional: Headshot and Résumé

To schedule an audition appointment

Please email Be sure to include:

  • your name
  • email address
  • phone number
  • preferred audition date & time in your email.
  • Please include [Xmas Cuento Remix] in your subject line.

No phone calls please.

About the Playwright:

Maya Malán-González is a multidisciplinary artist focused on performing, ensemble collaboration, and writing original content. She’s an ensemble member with Teatro Luna and a lifelong member of Milagro. Maya has also worked with Cara Mia, San Diego Rep, El Teatro Campesino, Teatro Vision, and Northwest Children’s Theatre, among others. She’s performed at The Edinburg Fringe Festival (Edinburg), Fury Factory Festival (San Francisco), Carnaval of New Work (Chicago), and The Encuentro De Las Americas (Los Angeles). Maya received her BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

About the Director:

Holly Holsinger is a Creator, Director, and Performer of Theatre, Playwright, Composer, and Educator, with specialization in devising new plays, and using theatre to engage, empower and educate. Cleveland Public Theatre has served as her primary artistic home for the past twenty years. Holly’s theatrical work has been seen in London, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Romania, and throughout the United States. She has shared her research with artists in Spain, Columbia, Denmark, and Ireland. Holly has been featured in Time Out New York, American Theatre magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, The Chicago Reader, The Drama Review, Theatre Forum Journal, throughout Lisa Wolford’s book Grotowski’s Objective Drama Research, and her published work in Slavic and East European Performance. Holly is an Associate Professor at Cleveland State University where she has been acknowledged with the university’s top honors for her teaching. She holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine where she studied with Jerzy Grotowski, Robert Cohen, and Dudley Knight. She is also a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

About the Associate Director:

Jason Estremera serves on the Board of Directors for Cleveland Public Theatre and co-chairs the Teatro Público de Cleveland leadership committee. Jason has performed in A Recipe Para La Vida¿Dónde Está My Home? (Where is Mi Hogar)¡Celebrando 3 Years!, ¡OBRAS EN EVOLUCIÓN! A Festival of New Play Readings (2017, 2018), and performed in Station Hope and Pandemonium. In 2018, Jason wrote and directed his first pieces for ¡OBRAS EN EVOLUCIÓN! A Festival of New Play Readings and Pandemonium.

About the Music Director:

Maria DiDonato is an area music director/performer. She can often be found at Cleveland State University, where she has worked on Avenue Q, Company, Emotional Creature, and Violet. She is also an adjunct professor of musical theatre at the college. Maria’s other recent music directing credits include: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. at St. Mary’s, and Lion King Jr. and Children of Eden at Cuyahoga Community College’s performing arts camp. When she isn’t music directing Maria enjoys performing in area opera and theatre productions, as a soloist for concerts, and gigging with her band Hip to That. She holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a minor in Theatre and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Cleveland State University.

Cleveland Act Now – Summer Arts Program

Cleveland Act Now

Summer Arts Program

Cleveland Act Now is an intensive summer arts program for young artists that is fun and challenging. Youth will learn acting fundamentals, storytelling methods, and ensemble play creation. Under the dedicated guidance of CPT Teaching Artists, children learn how to create and perform their own theatrical works. Enrollment is by audition. Youth who have successfully participated in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Brick City Theatre program are guaranteed placement in the program upon successful audition. All youth must participate in an audition to be eligible for the program. Enrollment is capped at 20 participants per session. This program is offered at NO COST thanks to the support of the Cleveland Foundation and other generous supporters.


JUNE 10th – JUNE 28th
Monday – Friday
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Three Week Long Audition Based Theatre Program


JULY 8th – AUGUST 2nd
Monday – Friday
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Four Week Long Audition Based Theatre Program

  • Both sessions are offered at NO COST
  • Lunch is not provided / snacks are
  • Classes take place at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102
  • Friday field trips and excursions included


  • Mon, April 22nd, 5pm-7pm
  • Sat, April 27th, 9am-11am
  • Sun, April 28th, 12pm-2pm
  • Wed, May 1st, 5pm-7pm


Youth must prepare a 1-2 minute performance (monologue, poem, dance, rap, song, etc.)


Contact Faye Hargate, Program Director, 216.631.2727 x207 to reserve a spot
Youth must stay for full 2 hours of time slot
Guardians must be present for the first 30 minutes of audition slot time

CPT Announces 2019/2020 New Play Development Request for Proposals

Cleveland Public Theatre Announces

2019/2020 New Play Development
Request for Proposals

Deadline EXTENDED!
DEADLINE FOR submissions is Monday, May 6, 2019

CPT’s New Play Development

CPT’s mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking performances and life-changing education programs. CPT’s programming agenda is to produce work that is outside the mainstream, offering a much broader range of work available to the Cleveland public and expanding the impact and originality of theatre across the country. CPT strives to make work that is excellent, extraordinary, and nationally competitive.

Our new play development programs are based on our years of experience, community input, and key principles of: focusing on artists; valuing diversity of approach, aesthetics, and perspective; and balancing impact with investment.

We envision CPT as a nationally recognized hub for the development of new theatre that is extraordinary, edgy, and relevant. We hope to be a model for nurturing local talent in similar sized markets, the most regarded cultivator of new theatre for Cleveland audiences, a laboratory for promising research and investigation, and a launcher of nationally significant new plays.

Check out CPT’s
New Play Development Programs
and applications below!

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Cleveland Public Theatre announces General Auditions for the 2019/2020 Season

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is holding general auditions for our 2019/2020 season. All Northeast Ohio actors interested in working with CPT are encouraged to audition. CPT has a history of multicultural casting and is committed to representing our community on stage.

General Auditions

Saturday, April 6, 12pm – 5pm
Monday, April 8, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Cleveland Public Theatre (6415 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102)

Auditions are by appointment only and will be scheduled in five-minute increments. Actors should prepare no more than three minutes of material which can include 1-2 brief monologues and/or a short a cappella song. (Please note: auditions will be stopped at 3 minutes.)

AEA contracts will be considered throughout the season.

When scheduling your audition, please provide your preferred time and phone number. Interested actors should schedule an appointment by emailing CPT’s 2018/2019 NNPN Producer in Residence, India Nicole Burton, at Read More ›

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is Hiring Teaching Artists for Summer Session of Brick City Theatre

DEADLINE April 12, 2019

CPT is seeking Teaching Artists for the summer session of our Brick City Theatre program. We are seeking interdisciplinary artists of all performance-related arts disciplines with experience leading youth and/or artistic projects. Theatre experience is a plus. We are looking to build a strong core of artists who are dedicated to creating work to further racial and economic justice.


Brick City Theatre is a year-round afterschool and intensive summer arts program for youth ages 5-14 and family members who reside in public housing. Multidisciplinary performing arts activities improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking. Brick City Theatre is offered in partnership with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and makes a powerful impact on local families, serving over 700 community members every year at four CMHA community center sites: Lakeview Terrace, Woodhill Homes, Outhwaite Homes, and Riverside Park. Read More ›

Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2019/2020 Season

Cleveland Public Theatre Announces 2019/2020 Season

Call and Response

“CALL AND RESPONSE speaks to the interactive nature of theatre. Inherent to the artistic process, artists and audience are called to listen and to respond. Their responsibility lies in the immediate moment, but also in listening to the world we live in, and responding back. CALL AND RESPONSE is present, active, and requires us to listen with our whole hearts—and answer—not simply echo. Theatre is a communal act. Our work is about people coming together, building trust, engaging and unlocking these paths to transformation.”

-Raymond Bobgan, CPT EXECUTIVE Artistic Director

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