Core to our mission, Cleveland Public Theatre nurtures Northeast Ohio artists—particularly those whose work is inventive, intelligent, and socially conscious.
We’re honored to serve as an incubator for local talent and homegrown art, and over the next couple of weeks we’ll be celebrating artists in what we’re calling the “CPT Artist Spotlight Series”, highlighting Fellows, staff members, and folks who call CPT their creative home.
This week, we’re excited to gush about 2019/2020 CPT Premiere Fellows Aaron Benson, Sheffia Randall Dooley, Les Hunter, Andrew Aaron Valdez, and Jimmie Woody.
The Premiere Fellowship celebrates, rewards, and supports artists who have demonstrated excellence in and are committed to new play development. The Fellowship is made possible by dedicated funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC). Click here to learn more.
Read on and check out snapshots of the Fellows’ work here at CPT in recent seasons. Several of the artists have also shared a bit about why they do what they do, and what they’re up to currently.
CPT artists: It is a tremendous joy to witness you grow in your craft, and a gift to be in the room when your important work sparks conversations, raises compassion, and nurtures consciousness. Thank you for all you do, and for being an inspiration to us all!
At this point, we all know what’s happening, and we all know the importance of decisions and communications. And we know you are getting a bunch of these emails, updating you with challenging decisions people are making every day. We are grateful to you all and will continue to update you as our plans develop.
Here are the current updates:
We announce that both the DanceWorks and Test Flight 2020 series are cancelled. We are heartbroken this work will not take the CPT stage this season.
The Absolutely Amazing and True Adventures of Ms. Joan Southgate is rescheduled for next fall. We’ll let you know specific dates soon (…our 2020/2021 Season Announcement is in the works…).
We will keep you apprised and continue to reach out.
We are writing with the unfortunate news that all remaining performances of Breakout Session (or Frogorse) and Marisol are canceled. Though we are saddened by these cancellations, we are grateful for the abundance of caution being taken.
The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is our number one priority. If you have tickets for these performances, we would be happy to exchange them or offer a refund. Please stay tuned to our website and social media platforms for more information as the situation evolves.
Thank you for your continued support of Cleveland Public Theatre.
We are grateful for those working to ensure the safety of our community, and our hearts go out to those who are affected by the spread of disease and its repercussions.
The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is our number one priority and we are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As you know, this is a changing situation, and if we need to reschedule or cancel any performances, we’ll let you know.
If you have tickets to a CPT show and you are feeling under the weather, please contact our Box Office at 216.631.2727 x501 to exchange or refund your tickets. Though this is not our usual policy – we understand the circumstances at hand and want to make sure folks are safe, healthy, and have the best experience possible when they enter our spaces.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MONDAY, April 13, 2020
Cleveland Public Theatre’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, locally impactful, 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.
The most extensive of CPT’s development programs, Catapult is intended to move projects that are outside the mainstream and align with CPT’s aesthetic from early to mid-development phase to being “production-ready”. Each process is customized to the work. Projects may receive a series of readings, significant rehearsal time, and workshop productions.
Playwright/Creators of Catapult projects will receive the Nord Family Foundation Fellowship and, while developing their work, will play an active role in the life of the theatre. Read More ›
Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) produces groundbreaking performances and life-changing education programs inside of our mission to raise consciousness and nurture compassion. CPT seeks up to three experienced collaborative theatre artists to fill a unique two-month position with CPT’s nationally recognized education program – Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP). For more information, visit www.cptonline.org or www.cptonline.org/education/student-theatre-enrichment-program
STEP – CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is an arts-based job training program that engages Cleveland teens from families defined as low-income in a powerful 8-week intensive that focuses on excellence in performance, play creation, physical theatre, 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 artists, teens develop an original play and then tour it to public parks throughout the city of Cleveland. Since its beginning in 1995, STEP has received multiple awards and recognitions including those from the City of Cleveland, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. STEP is the longest-running arts-based, job-training program in Cleveland and has been utilized as an international model for engaging youth. Through STEP, teens see themselves as a positive and inspirational force, and watch as their work has an impact on the larger Cleveland community. Read More ›
CPT’s STEP is a summer arts-based job training program that engages Cleveland teens from families defined as low-income in a powerful 8-week intensive that focuses on excellence in performance, play creation, physical theatre, writing, production, and set design/construction.
2020 STEP Auditions
CPT is hosting virtual auditions for STEP. These will be 10 to 15 minutes and must be scheduled with Molly, Program Director of STEP. To sign up for an audition slot, email Molly at email@example.com with your availability in the afternoon and evenings Mon-Fri.
Must be 14 – 19 yrs. old (Cuyahoga County residents)
Cast Audition – Perform a 1-minute piece (dance, monologue, or song)
Tech Audition – Prepare to work creatively to design and create structures
Must RSVP by contacting Molly Andrews-Hinders, STEP Program Director (info below)
Leave name, phone number, & preferred audition
STEP runs June 15 – August 7 including a two week Cleveland Tour!
Every September, Cleveland Public Theatre hosts its one and only fundraising spectacular: Pandemonium. It takes over 6 months to plan; hosts over 1,400 guests, features 300 artists who donate their time, engages 150 volunteers; and raises between $250,000 and $315,000 each year for our programming. The intern would work directly with our Director of Organizational Advancement and other Development staff on a wide variety of event planning tasks.
These tasks include, among others: proofreading content, coordinating mailing lists, liaising with vendors and the artistic department, helping to orient the volunteers, co-managing day-of guest registration, and building relationships with ticket buyers and funders. Pandemonium will be held on September 12, 2020, with the bulk of the work taking place in the months prior.
Additionally, as our fiscal year ends on June 30, our Finance department spends a large portion of each summer preparing for our annual audit. The intern would work directly with our CFO & General Manager to prepare all documents in alignment with our external auditor’s requests. Read More ›
Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring a Director of Patron Services. Reporting to the Director of Organizational Advancement, this role will be a core part of the CPT staff and will make a meaningful contribution to life at CPT and its success. Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.
CPT is looking for an upbeat, warm, helpful person to elevate the patron experience at the theatre. This role is responsible for managing the Front of House team including one full-time staff member (the Patron Services Associate), and 5-10 part-time house managers, bartenders, and a parking attendant. This includes hiring, training, and scheduling, while managing day-to-day Front of House operations, with significant support from the Patron Services Associate. Read More ›
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 through Friday, April 3, 2020.
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 CFO/General Manager. CPT runs two 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 and production department’s day-to-day office needs. Salary: $36k to $40k. Anticipated start date is Monday, April 20, 2020. This position may include limited theatrical construction and design if that is an interest of the successful candidate. Read More ›