Student Theatre Enrichment Program

CPT announces auditions for 2019 STEP TEch Team

Cleveland Public Theatre is recruiting teens ages 14-19 who are interested in working at CPT this summer through the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP). Teens will work with professional theatre artist-mentors in the following areas: set design, sound, stage set-up, costume management, & house management. Teens receive bus tickets and healthy snacks. Those who successfully complete the program will earn a stipend ($500) and will tour to city parks all over Cleveland. An Interview Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 15. Click here for more information and instructions on how to sign up for an interview.

CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is a rigorous arts-based program that provides hands-on job training, engaging Cleveland youth in a powerful 8-week intensive that focuses on excellence in performance, play creation, 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 artistic mentors, teens develop an original play and then tour it to public parks throughout the city of Cleveland. The majority of these teens come from families defined as low-income, live within the city limits, attend public schools, and are artists of color. Since its beginning in 1994, 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 is 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.

CPT is offering two individual scholarships for STEP alumni planning to attend Cuyahoga Community College for the 2019-20 Academic year!

All applicants are required to be or have been a part of STEP cast or tech team in completion.
This is NOT exclusively a theatre studies scholarship; applicants only need to be attending Tri-C.

To apply, download and submit the application below to
CPT Education Manager Adam Seeholzer,
or mail to Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102, Attn: Adam Seeholzer.

Click to download a Microsoft Word version of the application.
Click here to download a PDF version of the application.

Applications due by July 12, 2019 by 5pm.

For information about the Student Theatre Enrichment Program Please Contact Adam Seeholzer, Education Manager, At 216.631.2727 X 219 OR


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Kramer, Gabriel. “Cleveland Public Theatre’s STEP Program for Urban Teens.” WVIZ/PBS ideastream, 10 August 2017. Click here to watch:

Simakis, Andrea. “Cleveland Public Theatre’s STEP program teens explore power of art in ‘And Yet, We Shine’.” The Plain Dealer, 6 August 2017. Click here to read:

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:

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:

For photos of the past STEP ensemble productions in Cleveland city parks, visit the STEP Gallery.

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