Teatro Público de Cleveland

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En el 2013, Cleveland Public Theatre trajo a la luz a Teatro Público de Cleveland, una compañía local de teatro Latino, cuyo trabajo refleja los objetivos, intereses e ideales artísticos de sus miembros. El propósito de este conjunto teatral es compartir la rica diversidad y perspectivas de la cultura Latina en Cleveland, y cumplir con la misión central de CPT.

El Teatro Público de Cleveland inspira el intercambio inter y transcultural a través de una narración bilingüe que invita a la reflexión, y la actuación que fomenta conciencia social y crea comunidad. TPC se compromete a identificar, desarrollar, celebrar e inspirar a los artistas latinos de Cleveland a compartir sus experiencias, culturas, perspectivas y talentos. Colaborando con el progreso artístico, Teatro Público de Cleveland da la bienvenida a artistas aficionados y con experiencia que comparten un idioma común independientemente de su origen cultural.

In 2013, Cleveland Public Theatre launched Teatro Público de Cleveland, a local Latino theatre company, whose work reflects the artistic goals, interests, and ideals of its members. The purpose of this theatre ensemble is to share the rich diversity and perspectives of the Latino-Cleveland culture, and to fulfill CPT’s core mission.

Teatro Público de Cleveland inspires inter/intra cultural exchange through thought-provoking bilingual storytelling and performance that fosters social consciousness and builds community. TPC is committed to identifying, developing, celebrating, and inspiring Cleveland Latino artists to share their experiences, cultures, perspectives, and talents. Collaborating on the artistic continuum, Teatro Público de Cleveland welcomes amateur to experienced artists who share a common language regardless of cultural origin.


The Teatro Público de Cleveland Leadership Committee guides the overarching direction of the company, functioning as both the community curators of Teatro Público de Cleveland, and as an advisory board. Elected by company membership, the Leadership Committee is responsible for artistic curation, company management, and facilitation of communication within the company and Cleveland Public Theatre executive leadership.

Chair: Mónica A. Cerpa Zúñiga
Vice Chair: Alisha M. Caraballo
Committee: Ernesto Luna Camargo, Letitia Lopez, Gil Peña, and Blanca Iris García Rivera Salva

“When I joined Teatro Público de Cleveland, I was an amateur actor, having never done anything like this before. Now in my 5th year with the company, I have acted, stage managed, created new plays, directed, curated, and promoted the development of new work by TPC! And as I serve as the Chair of Teatro Público de Cleveland’s Leadership Committee, I feel proud and eagerly encouraged to continue our growth. We are growing not only as actors, writers, and directors, but also by taking all the in-between opportunities that are leading us into a self-sustained ensemble, which is a path Cleveland Public Theatre and the community have been supporting from the beginning.”

-Mónica Cerpa Zúñiga, TPC Leadership Committee Chair

“If you have a passion for your community or civic engagement or the arts, it’s important to become part of the TPC family. And we’re here – so come on!”

-Alisha M. Caraballo, TPC Leadership Committee Vice Chair


Teatro Público de Cleveland is a collective of Latino theatre artists, and produces performances that preserve and promote the cultures of Cleveland Latinos for Spanish-speaking audiences and the broader public.


  1. Teatro Público de Cleveland is by, for, and with the Latino Community of Northeast Ohio.
  2. We seek to impact social consciousness and justice. We intend to fight prejudice and offer cross-cultural perspectives through work that has relevance in today’s society and life.
  3. We invest in growth of Latino artists through classroom learning, hands-on development, and actual performance, in an environment that is nurturing and aspirational. We value the contributions of artists at all levels of development, and we support risk/experimentation and the development of technique and artistry.
  4. We seek truth and authenticity that maintains pride and integrity in our cultural heritage while exploring ideas of inclusivity and the challenging of prescribed social customs. We preserve and build upon our cultures by deepening our relationship with our ancestors’ legacies, understanding how traditions have created our identities, and sharing these intangible and tangible cultural assets that make up the unique identities of Cleveland Latinos.
  5. We aspire to make great theatre! We believe that the value and impact of the arts in our communities are essential for their well-being.
  6. We are a diverse group sharing diverse stories. We value cross-cultural exchange that creates a greater sense of understanding. We seek authenticity and respect the ability for actors to perform characters from other cultures in respectful and thoughtful ways.

History & Impact

Teatro Público de Cleveland’s premiere show Cuando Cierras Your Eyes (2013) and subsequent original works, A Recipe para la Vida (2014), ¿Donde Está My Home? (2015), and ¡CELEBRANDO THREE YEARS! (2016) exceeded expectations with:

  • Sold out performances – and added shows, totaling over 7,000 attendees.
  • Audience development – A majority of early audience members were first-time theatre goers.
  • Community response – Teatro Público de Cleveland’s productions were acclaimed by audiences and community leaders, who praised the work as filling an important need in the community.
  • Lasting engagement – The 30+ company membership regularly attends Cleveland Public Theatre arts events and participates in community meetings.

“There were many questions when we started dreaming about a theatre company of ALL Latino artists, a multi-cultural group that would share the important stories of Cleveland Latinos — Teatro Público de Cleveland. ‘Who will come? What will we make? What will happen when this diverse group comes together?’ I can tell you we laughed, we cried, we ate, we shared our stories and our cultures, and we grew together and learned from each other. We learned the power of storytelling.”

-Blanca Iris García Rivera Salva, TPC Leadership Committee and founding member, and Executive Assistant for Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone of Ward 15

In March of 2015, Teatro Público de Cleveland produced the US Premiere of Mi Muñequita by Gabriel Calderón. This was the company’s first all-Spanish language production. The following year, Teatro Público de Cleveland premiered another work by Calderón, Uz, El Pueblo. Following the success of Fabio Rubiano Orjuela’s Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare) in April 2017, the company performed their fourth Spanish language production in February 2018: En el Tiempo de las Mariposas / In the Time of the Butterflies by Caridad Svich based on the novel by Julia Alvarez, presented in Spanish with English subtitles, which was made possible with the support of The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund. Most recently, Teatro Público de Cleveland produced La Gringa (Spanish) by Carmen Rivera in February 2019.

Teatro Público de Cleveland’s shorter works, ¿Advocate or Adversary?, Los Cabazudos, Yo Sueno of Home, Vuelo del Ocean, A Dream of Estrella del Norte, Mi Nombre Es, and Mariel’s List, have been featured at CPT’s annual Pandemonium fundraiser, and Station Hope, a social justice-based neighborhood event, serving thousands of audience members from across Northeast Ohio. In Fall 2018, the company presented their second Festival of New Play Readings, ¡OBRAS EN EVOLUCIÓN! (2017, 2018), which featured 5 original plays written, directed, and performed by TPC ensemble members. In the summer of 2019, Teatro Público de Cleveland performed ensemble member Alejandro Moreno’s original work Colt 45 at the inaugural Borderlight Festival of International Theatre.

“All of [TPC’s] plays have topics that are related to the Latino experience. But at the same time, they can appeal to anybody – it doesn’t matter the race or culture, because it’s about unity, the human experience.”

-Luis Ramírez-Alonzo, TPC ensemble member

Commitment & Future

Since its founding in 2013, Teatro Público de Cleveland has been an integral part of Cleveland Public Theatre’s season. This 2019/2020 season, Teatro Público de Cleveland presents two full productions: the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Maya Malan-Gonzalez’s A Xmas Cuento Remix, and a Spanish language production in spring 2020, performed in Spanish with English subtitles. Along with mainstage productions, Teatro Público de Cleveland supports and participates in Cleveland Public Theatre community events: Pandemonium, Día de Muertos Ohio’s annual Día de Muertos, and Station Hope.


Teatro Público de Cleveland is an ensemble of actors and creators with a broad range of experience, from amateur to professionally trained artists. A majority of members can trace heritage to Puerto Rico, and there is representation from other countries of origin: Mexico, Uruguay, Guatemala, Peru, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Cuba, as well as diverse educational and economic backgrounds. Plays are often multi-lingual, presented in a combination of Spanish and English.

“It’s beautiful to see theatre in Spanish in Cleveland. There are a lot of Latino families here, from different places – Puerto Rico, Mexico, Uruguay – so to have a place where they can come together as a family in their native language is extraordinary… and I love the outreach it has to our communities… not only to people who speak Spanish as part of their culture, but also to our non-Spanish-speaking community members.”

-Liney Cintrón, TPC ensemble member

“It changed my personality. It’s a very big freedom for me and takes me out of my normal element. I really feel like [Teatro Público de Cleveland] is part of who I am now.”

-Letitia Lopez, TPC Leadership Committee and founding member, and non-profit executive director of Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center 

“Teatro Público de Cleveland is helping us to forge a Cleveland Latino identity. Its impact goes well beyond the walls of the theatre to support community change and growth, socially and economically.”

-Jason Estremera, former TPC Leadership Committee Chair


Faye Hargate
Director of Community Ensembles
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