Student Theatre Enrichment Program


CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is a rigorous arts-based program that provides hands-on job training, engaging Cleveland youth from families defined as low-income in a powerful learning experience that develops job skills, academic achievement, and interpersonal skills. As part of this eight-week summer program, 30 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. 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. Through STEP, teens see themselves as a positive and inspirational force, and watch as their work has an impact on the larger Cleveland community.


For information about the Student Theatre Enrichment Program Please Contact Adam Seeholzer, Education Manager (Student Theatre Enrichment Program, Y-Haven Theatre Project), At 216.631.2727 ext. 219 OR aseeholzer@cptonline.org.


STEP 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

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. 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/

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



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



STEP is generously funded by