Cleveland Public Theatre Education
Celebrating the Artist in All of Us
Education is a core aspect of Cleveland Public Theatre’s mission. We believe art can change lives and that everyone is an artist. Throughout our history, we have offered unique education programs that celebrate the artist within all of us.
Based on CPT’s guiding education principles of Empowerment, Equity, Excellence, and Enthusiasm, CPT’s Teaching Artists work to build close, long-term relationships with participants, families, and community partners by facilitating trust and open exchange. Our education programming seeks to create, for participants and teachers alike, a reciprocal collaborative learning environment that supports awareness and fosters powerful and life-affirming art experiences.
Studies consistently find that arts programs are most effective when they engage students in “Out of School Time,” in small-class settings with long-term experiences, that culminate in completed projects. CPT’s education programs were conceived on these best practices, and the results are impressive. We are proud to be a leader in the arts and education community, offering powerful, meaningful experiences for adults and children.
CPT education programs follow four guiding principles that reflect our pedagogical, political, and aesthetic approach to education, and are deeply interrelated:
Together we create original works of theatre and our participants contribute to the spoken words, the movement, and the production elements. This layered approach engages participants dynamically, resulting in pride and ownership of the final product.
We strive to bridge the gap between the heard and the unheard by centering rarely shared stories with a wider audience. Our work brings awareness to issues such as racial and economic justice, nurturing relationships that cross the invisible boundaries of race and class. We believe representation matters, and we are committed to engaging Teaching Artists who are reflective of the communities with whom we collaborate.
We encourage the development of the whole artist, nurturing an artist’s personal, interpersonal, and artistic growth. This environment of self-mastery calls participants to own their greatness with pride, be accountable to their peers, and be engaged, curious, and connected to their community.
We approach the artistic process with openness, rigor, intention, and joy! Our programs cultivate an enthusiastic learning environment that supports creative expression while nurturing a high degree of discipline and focus. We encourage our participants’ creativity, and we also challenge them.
Core Education Programs
Cleveland Act Now (CAN) is a year-round theatre program for young artists ages 5-14. CMHA CAN takes place in partnership with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) at community centers for children and families who live in public housing. Under the guidance of CPT Teaching Artists, young artists learn how to create and perform their own plays, dance, poetry, music, and visual art. These multidisciplinary performing arts activities improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking. The students regularly perform at CMHA community centers as well as arts festivals throughout Cleveland. CMHA CAN is offered at four CMHA estates: Lakeview Terrace, Woodhill Homes, Outhwaite Homes, and Riverside Park. CPT also offers CAN Academy, a free performing arts program for younger teens and youth from Cleveland and surrounding neighborhoods, held on-site at the theatre. Young artists engage in rigorous (and fun!) theatre training, learning acting fundamentals, script analysis, storytelling techniques, and play creation. For more information about CAN, please contact Nicole Sumlin, Education Director at 216.631.2727 ext. 203 or email@example.com.
Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) a rigorous arts-based program that provides hands-on job training, engages youth from Cleveland families in a powerful learning experience that develops job skills, academic achievement, and interpersonal skills. As part of this eight-week summer program, youth ages 14-19 work together to create, produce, perform, and tour their own play. This program is the longest-running arts-based, workplace development program in Cleveland and is an international model for engaging youth. For information about the Student Theatre Enrichment Program please contact Nicole Sumlin, Education Director at 216.631.2727 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Y-Haven Theatre Project is a program for residents of Y-Haven, a YMCA center providing temporary housing and Substance Use Disorder Treatment to individuals who are homeless, re-entering the community from incarceration, and/or recovering from Opioid Use Disorder. The program teaches performing arts and technical aspects of theatre while addressing critical personal, interpersonal, and job-related skills through a comprehensive process. The program culminates in the performance and community-wide tour of an original play based on stories from the clients’ lives. For information about the Y-Haven Theatre Project please contact Raymond Bobgan, Executive Artistic Director at 216.631.2727 ext. 202 or email@example.com.
CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE EDUCATION IN THE NEWS
“Adam Seeholzer, Lexy Lattimore & Siwita Ali Shah – Cleveland Public Theatre’s STEP Program 7.23.18.” Live on Lakeside. WKYC-TV. July 23 2018. Click here to watch: https://www.wkyc.com/article/entertainment/television/liveonlakeside/adam-seeholzer-lexy-lattimore-siwita-ali-shah-cleveland-public-theatres-step-program-72318/95-576708790
VanAllen, Amanda. “Local performers act out stories of personal struggle on stage in community play.” News 5 Cleveland, 11 November 2017. Click here to watch and read: https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/cleveland-metro/local-performers-act-out-stories-of-personal-struggle-on-stage-in-community-play
Wise, Carrie. “Y-Haven Theatre Project Brings Recovery to Stage at Cleveland Public Theatre.” WVIZ/PBS ideastream, 30 October 2017. Click here to watch and read: http://www.ideastream.org/news/y-haven-theatre-project-brings-recovery-to-stage-at-cleveland-public-theatre
Benson, John. “Cleveland Public Theatre’s Y-Haven Theatre Project this year will be ‘Golden’.” The News-Herald, The News-Herald, 30 October 2017. Click here to read: http://www.news-herald.com/article/HR/20171030/FEATURES/171039950
“Brick City Theatre 10.13.2017.” We The People. WKYC-TV. Oct 13 2017. Click here to watch: http://www.wkyc.com/entertainment/television/programs/we-the-people/brick-city-theatre-10132017/483174826
Ryan, Lisa. “Theater Program Teaches Cleveland Teens Skills For Life.” The Sound of Applause. 90.3FM/WCPN Cleveland, OH. 17 August 2017. Click here to read or listen: http://www.ideastream.org/news/theater-program-teaches-cleveland-teens-skills-for-life
Kramer, Gabriel. “Cleveland Public Theatre’s STEP Program for Urban Teens.” WVIZ/PBS ideastream, 10 August 2017. Click here to watch http://www.ideastream.org/programs/ideas/cleveland-public-theatres-step-program-for-urban-teens
Simakis, Andrea. “Cleveland Public Theatre’s STEP program teens explore power of art in ‘And Yet, We Shine’.” The Plain Dealer, 6 August 2017. Web. Click here to read: http://www.cleveland.com/onstage/index.ssf/2017/08/cleveland_public_theatres_step_1.html
Benson, John. “Cleveland Public Theatre’s STEP Class Presents “And Yet, We Shine” Across the City.” CoolCleveland, 22 July 2017. Web. Click here to read: http://coolcleveland.com/2017/07/cleveland-public-theatres-step-class-presents-yet-shine-across-city/
Smedley, Chealsia. “A New Ohio City Mural Paints a Community of Togetherness.” Cleveland Magazine. Cleveland Magazine, 9 February 2017. Web. Click here to read: http://www.clevelandmagazine.com/entertainment/articles/new-ohio-city-mural
Dissell, Rachel. “‘Kings and queens’ of Lakeview Terrace reflected on mural wall that for decades has divided residents from Ohio City (photos, videos).” The Plain Dealer, 13 November 2016. Web. Click here to read: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/11/kings_and_queens_of_lakeview_terrace_reflected_on_mural_wall_that_for_decades_has_divided_residents_from_ohio_city_photos_videos.html
Dissell, Rachel. “Two Brick City alums reflect on how the theatre program helped shape their futures.” The Plain Dealer, 13 November 2016. Web. Click here to read: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/11/two_brick_city_alums_reflect_o.html
Goodman, Vivian. “For 22 Years, Cleveland Public Theatre Has Helped Teens Find Their Voice.” State of the Arts. 89.7FM/WKSU Kent, OH. 25 August 2016. Click here to read or listen: http://wksu.org/post/22-years-cleveland-public-theater-has-helped-teens-find-their-voice#stream/0
Litt, Steven. “Cleveland Foundation launches arts initiative for children in need with $500k grant to Cleveland Public Theatre.” The Plain Dealer, 1 April 2016. Web. Click here to read: http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2016/04/cleveland_foundation_launches_1.html
Barnett, David C. “Cleveland Kids Get to Tell Their Stories Through Theatre.” Here and Now. 90.9FM/WBUR Boston. 15 June 2015. Click here to listen: http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2015/06/15/brick-city-theatre-cleveland
Barnett, David C. “Brick City Theatre.” Sound of Applause. 90.3FM/WCPN Cleveland, OH. 26 May 2015. Click here to listen: http://www.ideastream.org/programs/sound-of-applause/brick-city-theatre
DeMarco, Laura. “Parade the Circle Spotlight: Cleveland Public Theatre helps CMHA kids take stage.” The Plain Dealer, 11 June 2015. Web. Click here to read: http://www.ideastream.org/programs/sound-of-applause/brick-city-theatre
Azab, Sherrine. “Youth Ensemble Project: Cleveland Public Theatre’s Brick City Theatre Youth Ensemble at Station Hope.” Network of Ensemble Theaters. 19 May 2014. Web. Click here to read: http://www.ensembletheaters.net/news/1205