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Seeking volunteers for STATION HOPE on April 30th

CPT Seeks Extraordinary Volunteers for STATION HOPE on APril 30th

Cleveland Public Theatre is seeking extraordinary individuals to volunteer for STATION HOPE 2016. To learn more about Station Hope, watch this video.

Station Hope, now in its third year, is on Saturday, April 30th from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Station Hope is an all-ages community arts event featuring 250 artists performing social justice-inspired works at Cleveland’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site, St. John’s Episcopal Church. Visitors will wander the historic site and surrounding grounds to experience original works of theatre, dance, visual art, music and spoken word celebrating hope, history and present day struggles for freedom and change. Volunteers are an important part of making this event work, and we require a large and dedicated force of them to make this event the celebratory and reflective triumph that it has grown into in the last three years.

station_hope_2014_0025We are looking for volunteer:
* ushers
* greeters
* runners
* haiku helpers
* general hands-on-deck

…for Station Hope, which will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2600 Church Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, located at the intersection of Church Ave. & W. 26th St. in Ohio City.  We will have two shifts available for volunteers.  1) 5:00 pm to 8pm and 2) 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Volunteers are required to attend one volunteer orientation session in order to familiarize them with the unique nature and layout of Station Hope.  There are two options available; Sunday, April 24th and Tuesday, April 26th.

If you are interested in volunteering for Station Hope on April 30th please contact the Station Hope Volunteer team:
T. Paul Lowry (Volunteer Coordinator) at or call
Caitlin Lewins (Station Hope Production team) at 216-631-2727 x 211 and leave a message with your interest and availability.

Thank you for playing a part in celebrating hope and making possible an extraordinary gathering of community!

Station Hope at St. John's Episcopal Church

Station Hope at St. John’s Episcopal Church





Teens ages 14-19 interested in the arts can work at Cleveland Public Theatre this summer through CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program STEP

STEP runs June 20th – Aug 12th, 4pm-9pm Monday-Friday at Cleveland Public Theatre. Teens will work with professional theatre artist-mentors in the following areas: acting, singing, dance, writing, set construction, marketing, performance creation and touring.

Teens receive bus tickets and healthy snacks. Those who successfully complete the program will earn a stipend ($300) and will perform in city parks all over Cleveland. Read More ›

CPT announces Box Office Manager opening

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring a new full-time position, Box Office Manager. This role will function as a department head, will be a core part of the CPT staff and will make a meaningful contribution to life at CPT and its success.

Job Description

CPT is experiencing rapid growth while trying to maintain an intimate, resilient, team-driven staff. In response, it has created a new role, Box Officer Manager (BOM) who is the first and primary contact for CPT patrons. CPT is looking for an upbeat, charming, helpful person to engage with patrons by phone and in person and get them excited about their CPT experience. This role is responsible for managing and recording box office transactions including online ticketing, and production and season ticket reporting. The BOM will manage the CPT ticketing and CRM database. This role also provides general reception duties for the organization, some clerical tasks and provides support for house managers, bartenders and other front of house staff. This role will also engage with donors around benefit events in the off-season. Like all staff members, the role will actively contribute to the working environment and culture at CPT and the success of the organization. This employee will report to the General Manager and must frequently exercise independent judgment, initiative and the ability to constantly re-prioritize competing responsibilities. Candidates fluent in Spanish are especially desirable. CPT serves a diverse audience and works to make its staff diverse as well. Work week is 40+ hours, with regular evenings and weekends required October through June. Pay ranges from $26,000 to $29,000 depending on experience and includes health benefits. CPT seeks to fill the position by April 1, 2016.

Overall Responsibilities

  • Provide the Best Possible Patron Experience
    • Make patrons feel welcome
    • Provide clear information about our performances, organization, neighborhood, aesthetic and mission
    • Conduct ticket sales by phone and in-person directly with patrons
    • Prevent and resolve customer disputes to mutual satisfaction
  • Provide Insight into Patron Reactions and Concerns
    • Document specific patron reactions to pricing, amenities, parking and other comments that patron make on their experience.
    • Share impressions of patron satisfaction based on daily interactions.
    • Anticipate patron needs and concerns
    • Participate in CPT Audience Engagement Committee
  • Manage and Record Box Office Transactions
    • Maintain regular public box office hours
    • Manage and maintain online ticketing transactions and ticketing server
    • Reconcile box office cash drawer and generate box office activity reports on daily basis
    • Management of box office deposits
  • Provide Ticket Sales and Patron Activity Reporting
    • Production ticket sales reporting and accounting reconciliation
    • Ongoing and end-of-season ticket sales reporting and analysis
    • Data analysis of patron activity, (first-time buyers, returning patrons, discount programs, etc.)
    • Managing ticketing database
  • Support Bar Management Activities
    • Manage bar cash box deposits and deposit entry
    • Assist in stocking of bars and concessions
    • Assist with bar for special events
  • Support House Management Activities
    • Create patron lists and Front of House Notes for House Managers.
    • Assist with usher management, including scheduling ushers for performances.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:


  • Exceptional conversation skills, verbal expression and warm attitude
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and exceptional knowledge of Excel
  • Experience with ticketing software or use of customer relation management (CRM) databases
  • Candidates fluent in Spanish are especially desirable.
  • Basic knowledge of QuickBooks and accounting is a plus
  • Background in Information Technology Management is a plus


  • Previous live theatre box office experience. Box office management experience a plus.
  • Previous retail or customer service experience
  • Cash handling and cash drawer reconciliation experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, performing arts, humanities or related fields

Qualities & Personality

  • A genuine interest in the arts and knowledge of live theatre
  • Enjoy speaking with and helping the general public
  • Natural curiosity in how things work
  • Able to work efficiently and calmly in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to multi-function/prioritize and keep busy at all times
  • Ability to focus on details and work with numbers
  • Energetic, enthusiastic and always willing


  • Must be able to lift and transport cases of beverages throughout a multi-level facility
  • In addition to normal business hours, availability required to work most Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, October through June

Interested candidates should send a resume and a letter of interest to Natividad Uehara, Director of Patron Services at or via mail to 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44102.

No phone calls, please.

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is a nationally recognized center for contemporary performance and new plays, with an annual budget of $1.9 million and a full-time staff of fourteen. A non-profit with a culture of staff collaboration, our mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through ground-breaking performances and life-changing education programs. CPT is the place to discover original, adventurous and relevant theatre. Each season CPT produces world premieres of cutting edge theatre, utilizing mostly local artists, and addressing vital community issues. CPT’s education programs serve hundreds of disadvantaged youth and vulnerable men and women.


CPT TrailerOur friends are awesome.

And one of the equally awesome things about Northeast Ohio is that publicly-funded programs, such as the Creative Workforce Fellowship, exist to support their work: making plays that stir the soul, building companies, championing change and contributing to the vibrant arts and culture offerings that make our region a great place to live.

Congratulations to the 40 Northeast Ohio artists selected for the 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship – among whom, we are bursting with pride to note, are a number of friends and collaborators of CPT, past and present. In fact, 6 of the 6 Fellows in the Theatre category are artists that have played an important role in the life of the theatre. They are directors, performers and creators, joined by an additional 4 artists creating work in the disciplines of film and dance – take a look, see who you might recognize from CPT’s pages and stages over the years.

We are proud that organizations such as CAC and CPAC have taken a stand to support research and development by individual artists and, to our peeps who have worked with us over the years (and in the 1516 season to come!), we are proud to have been part of that journey.

Click here to read the article about the Creative Workforce Fellowships.

-Cleveland Public Theatre Staff

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CPT is now Requesting Proposals for the 16/17 Season

IMG_4024Dear Northeast Ohio artists,

CPT is planning the 2016-2017 Season, and once again we are reaching out to you 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-envisionings 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 Big Box 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. Read More ›

“CPT pulls plug on Big Box 2016; construction delays are cause”

“CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Public Theatre has canceled Big Box 2016, the annual centerpiece of CPT’s eclectic season, citing delays in the renovations of the James Levin Theatre.

Designed to showcase and develop new work, Big Box is one of the theater’s most popular events and the sort of grassroots nurturing of artists CPT brass rightly says sets it apart from other Cleveland theaters.

Christine Howey built “Exact Change,” her one-woman show about her gender journey from man to woman at Big Box before taking it to CPT’s mainstage, Playhouse Square and then on to New York’s acclaimed Fringe Festival this summer. Read More ›

CPT Seeking Graphic Design Intern

Job Title: Graphic Design Intern

Job Description: Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is seeking a graphic design intern to perform design and layout of marketing materials to support the theatre’s 2015‐2016 season. The ideal candidate will be available 15 hours per week on site at CPT, with some periods of increased or decreased workload during special events. Design and/or layout projects will include:

  • Postcards, Flyers, Brochures
  • Posters
  • Programs (show, season and annual fundraiser)
  • Advertisements (CPT and sponsor)
  • Image formatting for web and social media

Applicants for this position should be fluent in the principals of layout and print production. Other duties may include hanging, framing and mounting of posters and display materials as needed. Read More ›

STATION HOPE // ROAD TO HOPE Request for Proposal

Station Hope // Road to Hope

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, December 15th.

Cleveland Public Theatre is planning the third 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 April 30, 2016.

ROAD TO HOPE is a series of performances and art projects that will be programmed in various sites in the Cleveland area. Road to Hope expands our work to include other neighborhoods in our community and will offer additional opportunities for artists and audiences February-April, 2016.

Station Hope Format

Audiences explore the 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.

Most Station Hope performances are 10 – 15 minutes in length, presented multiple times throughout the evening. Art installations will range from large to small, depending on the individual needs and space available.

Road to Hope Format

Road to Hope is a new program in development. This will be an experiment as we learn about the best way to support artists and have the maximum impact on the community.

Currently we are envisioning a wide range of possibilities:

  • full length works
  • a sort of “truth vaudeville” format with a variety of acts
  • a mini-Station Hope event with multiple short acts in multiple spaces
  • community participatory performance events (like Parade the Circle)
  • installation and duration pieces
  • and a variety of other permutations.

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Cleveland Public Theatre Announces a New Staff Position: Education Assistant

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) produces groundbreaking performances and life-changing educational programs to raise consciousness and nurture compassion. CPT seeks an Education Assistant interested in joining its hard-working team with the ambitious goals of growing the organization and changing the community.

Description of Position

The Education Assistant works with the Education Staff at CPT, and works closely with and reports directly to the Education Manager/Brick City Theatre Program Director. This position is a year-round, salaried, staff position.  Salary range: 23,000-26,000/annually, with some benefits.

The position requires a highly motivated and organized individual who will take on administrative, creative and teaching responsibilities in support of the continued expansion of Brick City Theatre and CPT’s Family Collective, the family component of Brick City Theatre and CPT’s other core education programs.  In addition, all positions at CPT work across departmental lines on multiple organization-wide events such as Station Hope, a neighborhood festival focusing on the triumphs of the Underground Railroad and challenges of current issues of inequity and social justice.

The successful candidate will be collaborative, eager to learn, obsessed with working in the theatre, and have experience in administration, education, and performance. Ideal candidates will have experience in program management, curriculum planning, and teaching theatre, both to children and to adults with little or no previous exposure to the arts.  Candidate must possess excellent logistics skills, and have the creativity to create warm, exciting, empowering community experiences for our programs’ participants and families. CPT education staff members are expected to maintain their own artistic work, while also contributing their skills, energy, and talents to the larger organization.

CPT cares passionately about reflecting our community and pursuing diversity at all levels of the organization. CPT has an intense working environment with long working hours (10-14 hour days during tech weeks), but we have fun and love what we do. We value hard work, kindness, generosity, passion, and grace-under-pressure.


Education Assistant will be responsible for assisting, inventing, and facilitating Brick City Theatre and Family Collective programming. This includes – but is not limited to – family workshops; guardian-teacher conferences; creating curriculum for Brick City classes; facilitating and teaching adult-only workshops for CMHA residents; organizing and managing family field trips; conducting program evaluations; providing teaching and administrative support to CPT’s other core education programs; and providing as-needed support to CPT initiatives and events.

CPT’s core Education programs:

Brick City Theatre A partnership with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority that offers afterschool and summer theatre arts activities for children 5-14 who live in public housing.

Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) Arts education and job training for teens, who create and perform an original play that is toured to public parks across Cleveland.

Y-Haven Theatre Project A theatre program for residents of Y-Haven, a transitional facility for homeless men in recovery. The men learn performance and technical theatre skills and create an original play based on their life experiences.

Deadline to Apply is November 20th.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. To apply for the position, send email to  Please put your last name as the subject header followed by Education Assistant. The email should include two attachments: a resume, and a cover letter describing your history, passion, why you are interested in this position, and what you have to offer (up to two pages).

CPT Station Hope Artist Informational Meeting: Call for Artists!

Dear Northeast Ohio Artists,

This year, Station Hope will be bigger and better than ever. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant, Station Hope 2016 will include ROAD TO HOPE: smaller, pop-up performances and community events that will span 4-5 neighborhoods across Greater Cleveland occurring over a 2 month span, culminating in a massive community celebration at and surrounding Ohio City’s historic St. John’s Church – Cleveland’s only authenticated Underground Railroad site, and CPT would like to invite you to be involved. Station Hope 2016 will take place on April 30th, 2016.

We are beginning to plan the third annual Station Hope event – a free multi-arts event that celebrates the triumphs of the Underground Railroad, Cleveland’s social justice history, and contemporary struggles for freedom and justice. The format of Station Hope includes multiple stages with 10-15 minute pieces performing simultaneously throughout the evening.

CPT is looking for artists, performance groups, choirs and organizations to create original work and perform at this powerful event and in various neighborhoods throughout Cleveland during Road to Hope. Performances can range from site-specific plays, actors in character wandering through the event, or your church choir singing. We are also seeking visual artists who are interested in creating community generated art and installations.

If you are interested in learning more about Station Hope, you are invited to an informational meeting on Saturday, November 14th at 10am at Cleveland Public Theatre. We will be discussing how Station Hope worked the past two years, how it will grow this year and sharing information about the application process.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by November 11th to

Thank you for your consideration and attention. We hope you can be a part of this incredible event.