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OCTOBER 2021

CPT is hiring an interim Assistant to the executive Director

CPT is hiring an Interim Assistant to the Executive Artistic Director. This position is temporary ending on June 30, 2022. This role is responsible for providing day-to-day support to the Executive Artistic Director (EAD) and includes project-based assignments that support the wide range of activities of the EAD. This position will work with artist, most notably those working with Teatro Público de Cleveland, Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi, and the Cleveland CORE Ensemble. Learn more about this unique position.(CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CPT is part-time, seasonal staff

CPT is hiring part-time, seasonal staff for our 2021/2022 Season. The House Manager is responsible for ensuring the best experience for all patrons and providing accurate records to CPT staff. CPT Bartenders are passionate about the arts, Cleveland, and positive change in their community. The CPT Parking Lot Attendant will be responsible for handling cash transactions for parking and keeping watch over the CPT parking lot. Beyond being responsible for selling refreshments to our patrons, our Bartenders and Parking Attendant are expected to be knowledgeable about Cleveland Public Theatre, our performances and programs, and the Gordon Square Arts District.

House Manager
Bartenders/Front of House (FOH) Staff
Parking Lot Attendant


CPT is hiring an Associate Artistic Director

CPT is hiring an Associate Artistic Director! The Associate Artistic Director (AAD) oversees and facilitates the day-to-day artistic operations of the theatre while supporting the Executive Artistic Director (EAD) in creating a groundbreaking season that seeks to raise consciousness and nurture compassion. The AAD is a key member of the senior management team also serves as a public face of CPT both locally and nationally. The ideal candidate will be a resourceful, energetic, curious, and positive professional with exceptional producing and communication skills. A passion for and deep experience in logistics, spreadsheets, and detailed precision is critical. Applications for this position will be accepted until the role is filled. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Cuyahoga Metropolitan housing authority (CMHA) Cleveland Act Now (CAN) announces after-school in-person courses

Under the guidance of CPT Teaching Artists, young artists learn how to create and perform their own plays, dances, poetry, music, and visual art. This year, take a journey with us to an antique shop where the past teaches us about our future! This program is for youth ages 5-14 years old living in a Cleveland Municipal Housing Authority (CMHA) community. The deadline to apply is October 14! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Announcing auditions for 10 minutes to midnight: 9 quirky plays for the holidays

The holidays are just around the corner and so is CPT’s holiday show! Announcing auditions for 10 Minutes to Midnight: 9 Quirky Plays for the Holidays. Part variety show, part cabaret, and part 10-minute play festival, 10 Minutes to Midnight celebrates the breadth of holiday happenings (or non-happenings) in this seasonal extravaganza dosed with live music, fun-sized scenes, hilarity, and humanity. Directed by Caitlin Lewins with Associate Director Ananias J. Dixon, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CPT is hiring an assistant general manager

CPT is hiring an Assistant General Manager! This role requires flexibility, initiative, and curiosity about how things work and reports to the General Manager (GM). This role has ongoing and direct responsibility for the management of the facility, information technology vendors, office management, and benefit event logistics. It also includes accounts payables management and payment. If you think you’re the right candidate for this position, send us your application by Friday, October 22. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Announcing auditions for panther women: an army for the liberation

Announcing auditions for the World Premiere of Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation. Written & Directed by CPT’s Artistic Associate India Nicole Burton, we are looking to cast 3-4 African American Women (over the age of 18) who can sing and dance and come with an open mind. The piece is highly physical and actors are present onstage for the entire play. The play is told through the lens of an African American woman who has decided to take a journey to understand herself more. The play uses the stories of 3 prominent women, who were a part of the Black Panther Party and Liberation movement of the 60’s and 70’s. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)

CPT Announces an update to 2021/2022 Season

Season update! Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan announces an update to CPT’s 2021/2022 Season. On September 30, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) announced new rehearsal and production guidelines. To give the play and the artists the best chance for success, CPT is moving Breakout Session (or Frogorse) into the winter slot, March/April, and How the Baby Died, by Tori Keenan-Zelt, will be rescheduled for the 2022/2023 Season. Though we are sad to postpone How the Baby Died yet another year, we are thrilled at the opportunity to promote the playwright and her work, and to support the launch of How the Baby Died into the national field. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CPT is hiring a development assistant

We are hiring a Development Assistant! Come be a core part of the CPT staff as the Development Assistant. The Development Assistant reports to the Director of Organizational Advancement and is responsible for supporting CPT in achieving its fundraising goals with a focus on administration. Duties include donor communications, special events management, coordination of donor benefits, and more. Review of candidates will begin immediately and the deadline to apply is by end of day Tuesday, October 12. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


SEPTEMBER 2021

CLEVELAND ACT NOW (CAN) ACADEMY AFTER-SCHOOL IN-PERSON COURSES

CPT’s Cleveland Act Now (CAN) Academy is back for the fall season! Picture This! – Juniors (Nov 1 – Dec 8 ) and Living Pictures – Seniors (Nov 2 – Dec 9), takes place in-person after school and is free. Youth will ignite their creativity by building imagined worlds and improvised stories both individually and as an ensemble. CAN Academy performing arts activities improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking. Join us this fall for this creative exploration of play.

Picture This! – Juniors Information
Living Pictures – Seniors Information


radical hospitality. CHOOSE WHAT YOU PAY.

RADICAL HOSPITALITY. Every ticket is now Choose What You Pay. CPT is eliminating standard ticket prices, and every ticket purchased will be valued at the discretion of the patron. At the discretion of YOU! CPT’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan says, “CPT believes theatre is essential. Our typical Box Office only covers one-fifth of the cost of a production and if patrons paid for the value of the ticket, pricing would no longer represent what we also believe to be true: theatre must be economically accessible. We believe in our audiences to choose what is best and appropriate.” This season, EVERY TICKET is Choose What You Pay and will be offered online, over the phone, at the Box Office, and can be purchased at any time. Follow the link below for more details⁠—and we can’t wait to see you soon! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


PANDEMONIUM 2021: THE BREAK OF DAWN

A NEW DAY IS COMING! Pandemonium 2021: The Break of Dawn is this upcoming Saturday. You have 4 days to make sure your name is on the guest list, pick out an outfit that makes you feel radiant, and get ready to welcome a new day with us! 80% of the performances are outdoors and 100% of the food and beverage service are outdoors. Vaccination in required to attend the event. Burst out of the darkness and let your golden light shine! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


August 2021

CPT announces auditions for Breakout session (or Frogorse)

We’re on the search for some talented artist to fill roles for the continued world premiere of Breakout Session (or Frogorse) by Nikkole Salter, directed by CPT Associate Artistic Director Beth Wood! Auditions will be held Saturday, September 4, 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Callbacks, if needed, will be on Monday, September 6, at 7:00pm. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)

Pandemonium 2021: the break of dawn

One weekend down, three to go! Arts in August kicked off last weekend with two awesome performances by our very own Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) and the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. This weekend is all about dance as Verb Ballets takes the stage Friday and Inlet Dance Theatre takes the stage on Saturday. Both evenings starts at 7:00pm. As a contemporary ballet company, the dancers of Verb Ballet combine classical ballet training with strong artistry. Inlet embodies their longstanding belief that dance viewing, training, and performing experiences may serve as tools to bring about personal growth and development. Bring a blanket and enjoy art every weekend in August! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Pandemonium 2021: the break of dawn

Pull back the veil of night. With this year’s theme, THE BREAK OF DAWN, you can let your golden light shine or bring on the pink horizon. Everyone’s Pandemonium experience is different, and embracing that freedom starts with your outfit. Whether you want to wear something majestic, or lustrous, or explosive, or all of the above, dressing for adventure means this is your chariot ride across the sky. Check out some of these outfits from year’s past for inspiration and get ready for September 18, 2021! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


july 2021

CPT announces call for short holiday scripts

It’s never too early to look forward to the holidays and CPT is seeking 10-minute scripts for the 2021/2022 season production of 10 Minutes to Midnight: 9 Quirky Plays for the Holidays, a montage of short holiday plays directed by Caitlin Lewins. The goal is to create a party-like celebration with a variety of themes, aesthetics, and content. We encourage you to be inspired by the breadth of holiday happenings or non-happenings. Humor and heart are both essential pieces of this larger event. Pull out your holiday décor and get inspired! Deadline for submission is September 1, 2021. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


sIaara Freeman’s Black Women & Femmes: A Lineage of Language

For our last July performance on the CPT outdoor summer stage as part of the 2021 Free Summer Season, we welcome a great friend of CPT, Siaara Freeman as she presents Black Women & Femmes: A Lineage of Language on Friday, July 30 at 7:00pm. Black Women & Femmes: A Lineage of Language showcases spoken word artists, accompanied by artists from a variety of artforms, to center and celebrate Black women, girl, and femmehood in its fullness. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Student theatre enrichment program (step): song of sankofa

This Thursday at 7pm, CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) will debut their original play, Song of Sankofa, on CPT’s outdoor summer stage! After a relocation from her idyllic homeland and the death of a loved one, Jetta, a once free-spirited teenage girl, embarks on a journey through the natural world to recapture the magic of her fading childhood. STEP will then go on tour to different outdoor venues such as the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Lincoln Park in Tremont as part of Arts in August. Song of Sankofa showcases the ensemble work of eight young artists who are currently navigating the balance between the worlds of childhood and adulthood. Join us to experience this unique piece of free outdoor theatre! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


twelve literary arts

Did you miss Twelve Literary Arts performing last tonight on CPT’s stage? Don’t worry, as there will be other times throughout the year, such as Station Hope, where they will grace the CPT stages! Twelve Literary Arts brings performance poetry to public spaces while supporting poets and writers of all ages with youth programming, adult professional development, and brave spaces to dream, write, and teach into reality a world of social justice and equity. https://www.twelvearts.org/. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi مسرح كليفلاند العربي

Spend your Friday evening with us as Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi مسرح كليفلاند العربي takes the CPT summer stage to present spoken word performances of poems, in collaboration with Raymond Bobgan and Faye Hargate, that seek to build bridges between performers and audiences in a powerful experience of cross-cultural work. Through Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi, Arabic-speaking communities of Cleveland share vital, life-affirming stories celebrating family, dignity, and freedom of expression. Immerse yourself in their stories and experiences. If you can’t see this performance, you have another opportunity to see them on July 25 at The Cleveland Cultural Gardens at 4:30pm. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CPT is hiring a grants writer / development associate

We are hiring a Grants Writer / Development Associate! The Grants Writer / Development Associate prepares proposals and reports for foundation, government, and corporate donors. Duties also include the production of correspondence and support documents in relation to grants, as well as funder research, database maintenance, proofreading and editing, and some administrative responsibilities. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CPT’S 2021/2022 SEASON: EVOLVE

“What happens when we have conversations with people who see the world differently than what we know? We challenge our thinking, we open our hearts, and our inner world expands. Together, we evolve.” – Raymond Bobgan. Announcing Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2021/2022 Season: Evolve. We are so excited to continue investing in innovation and diversity, and presenting work from artists creating theatre outside the mainstream. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Teatro Público de Cleveland (TPC): LA FRONTERA AND THE HEART (with Papo Ruiz Y La Dulzura De La Salsa)

Get out your dancing shoes tonight at 7pm and join TPC as they present spoken word performances of poems that seek to connect with Latino and non-Latino audiences in a powerful experience of cross-cultural work followed by music and dancing with Papo Ruiz Y La Delzura De La Salsa! TPC 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. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


The Dark Room

Tonight is The Dark Room live, in-person, and on CPT’s outdoor summer stage! This is an “open mic” for playwrights where writers take center stage and their work has a chance to grow. The Dark Room provides new and experienced writers the opportunity to test drive their new play, novel, poem, or any other written material in a supportive, yet critical, environment. This evening’s session is for adults only. See you at 7:00pm! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Eric Schmiedl’s The Kardiac Kid

While tonight is the last performance of Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation on CPT’s Outdoor Summer Stage, we welcome Eric Schmiedl’s The Kardiac Kid tomorrow at 7pm! Does the name Municipal stadium sound familiar? It might for those who remember January 4, 1981. The Kardiac Kid is a theatrical love letter uniting five stories of Cleveland joy, tears, hope, and most importantly, a passion for these people and this place and this team to change history… forever. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


PANDEMONIUM 2021: THE BREAK OF DAWN TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Pandemonium 2021: The Break of Dawn tickets are on sale NOW! Mark your calendar for September 18, 2021 from 7pm to midnight where we will honor Randell McShepard with the 2021 PAN Award. Pandemonium transforms CPT’s campus into a labyrinth of theatre, dance, visual art, and performance. While no one can predict what the world will be like this September, CPT is excited to use what we’ve learned this year to create an experience our Pandemonium guests (both old and new) will want to discover. Ascend with the sun and purchase your tickets now! Pandemonium proceeds benefit CPT’s groundbreaking artistic work and life-changing education programs. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Panther women: an army for the liberation

It’s opening night!!! Grab a friend and come on over to witness our very first #CPTFreeSummerSeason in-person performance since March 2020. We’re starting off strong with Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation, a piece that follows the stories of three prominent women who were members of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Movement and explores the lives and unique experiences of Black Women in America. The show starts at 7:00pm on our outdoor stage and a chair or blanket will be provided. After the performance, we are going to celebrate CPT-style with pizza, snack, and beverages. We can’t wait to see you all! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)

june 2021

CPT is hiring a technical director

We are hiring a Technical Director! This role requires leadership and initiative, is part of a team-driven staff, and reports to the Executive Artistic Director (EAD). This is a senior staff role participating in leading the theatre and supporting the EAD in strategy and decision-making. The Technical Director manages and implements all technical aspects of productions, except costumes, for CPT’s season, consisting of 6-11 full productions, 2-4 new work development series, 2 multi-site special events, and other artistic projects. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 16 with an anticipated start date of September 1. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Panther Women: An army for the Liberation opens CPT’s Free SUmmer Season

We are a week away from the opening of our Free Summer Season! Kicking off the month on July 1 is a workshop production of Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation, written and directed by our very own Artistic Associate India Nicole Burton. Three years in the making, Panther Women follows the stories of three prominent women who were members of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Movement, and explores the lives and unique experiences of Black Women in America. The performance starts on 7:00pm at CPT’s summer stage. There are no tickets and the performances are free. Audience members can sit in chairs or on blankets provided by CPT! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Pandemonium 2021 request for proposals

Pandemonium is September 18, 2021 and the request for proposals is out! This year’s theme is The Break of Dawn and is currently planned to be an in-person, outdoor event (with some indoor venues). Pandemonium is an opportunity for you to be a featured performer. Your participation in Pandemonium 2021 will support Cleveland Public Theatre’s challenging and inspiring performance work, ensuring that emerging artists and small performance companies have opportunities to participate in the arts, and sustaining CPT’s unique education programs that celebrate the artist within all of us. Proposals should be bold, inventive, entertaining, and thought-provoking. Application deadline is Monday, July 12.  (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


cpt is hiring two positions: Assistant General manager & patron services manager

We have two open positions, Assistant General Manager and Patron Services Manager, waiting to be filled by an two amazing people! The Assistant General Manager role has ongoing and direct responsibility for the management of the facility, information technology vendors, office management, and benefit event logistics. It also includes accounts payables management and payment and is responsible for providing day-to-day support to the General Manager. Patron Services Manager is responsible for managing the Front of House team including 1 full-time staff member (the Patron Services Associate) and 6-9 part-time staffers (house managers, bartenders, and a parking attendant). This includes hiring, training, and scheduling, while managing day-to-day Front of House operations. If either of these positions sounds like a good fit for you, go ahead and submit an application! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CPT’S 2021 FREE SUMMER SEASON: OUTDOORS. LIVE. IN-PERSON.

#CPTFreeSummerSeason is almost here! With 10 unique performances full of amazing artists, we’ve got your activities for the month of July covered. We can’t wait to welcome you all back to experience in-person performances again! NO tickets are needed for any of our summer performances; simply show up and choose a seat or a spot on a blanket and soak up the art! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CPT’S 2021 FREE SUMMER SEASON: OUTDOORS. LIVE. IN-PERSON.

OUTDOORS. LIVE. IN-PERSON. We are thrilled to offer live, onsite performances for the first time since March 2020! All performances will be free and take place outdoors on CPT’s summer stage, positioned on the lawn between CPT’s Parish Hall and Church buildings. There are no tickets; simply show up just before the performances begin and choose a seat or a spot on a blanket. CPT is committed to public health and safety and will continue to follow the latest COVID-19 protocols for staff, artists, and patrons. We open the 2021 Free Summer Season with Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation followed by ten other live offerings. CPT will once again be home to live and in-person programming that is daring, relevant, and socially conscious. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


announcing Catapult Reuquest for proposals

Announcing Catapult Request for Proposals! The most extensive of CPT’s development programs, Catapult is focused on projects that are outside the mainstream and align with CPT’s diversity of aesthetic. Catapult is intended to move projects from early to mid-development phase, to being “production-ready.” Playwright/Creators of the selected Catapult projects will receive the Nord Family Foundation Fellowship and, while developing their work, will play an active role in the life of the theatre. Deadline to apply is Monday, June 28, 2021. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


announcing kulas foundation theatre composer initiative application

CPT’S Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative Application is now open! We are now accepting applications for this yearlong fellowship program providing early-career composers with first-hand experience creating music and sound design for theatre. Under the guidance of the show producer and director, you will compose and produce original music for full productions and works-in-development in CPT’s Season, and learn about other parts of the creative and production process of theatre. Deadline is Monday, August 2, 2021. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


MAY 2021

final pop-up performance: Dragon Hypothesis

Follow the river to the sea, follow a blind man falling into the depths, follow his daughter as she leaps beneath the waters, and the sea captain who plucks a flower off the water’s surface. Dragon Hypothesis is a mythical meditation on worlds of dream and divinity and will be rebroadcast tomorrow evening! Starting at 6pm (ET), tune in on CPT’s Facebook and YouTube pages to explore our deep interconnectedness. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Three new workshops

With summer upon us, we wanted to let you all know about three upcoming workshops that will be held IN-PERSON! Two of our resident ensembles, Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi and Teatro Público de Cleveland (TPC) are offering their own Free In-Person Theatre Workshops. These are for beginners and experienced theatre artists ages 18 and up who identify as either Latino or as coming from Arabic-speaking communities. The third workshop, Research and Development Workshop, is hosted by CPT’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan. This intensive one-week workshop is free and welcomes artists of all experience levels and disciplines who are curious and dedicated to deepening their craft.

Research and Development Workshop
Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi Free In-Person Workshop
Teatro Público de Cleveland (TPC) Free In-Person Workshops


NOMINATED FOR A REGIONAL EMMY!

WE HAVE EXCITING NEWS!! We are proud to announce that Awakenings, A Celebration of Cleveland Public Theatre has been nominated for a Regional Emmy through The Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Nataslgl) under the “Documentary Culture” category! Thank you to our collaborators WKYC Channel 3 – Cleveland, Jeff Reidel, The Cleveland Film Company, the hundreds of artists involved, and of course YOU, the audience who tuned in to rally behind not only CPT but your community and local creators. Click here to watch the on-hour TV special Awakenings, A Celebration of Cleveland Public Theatre. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


an extraordinary love (three short plays in progress)

For generations, Black love and relationships have pressed through amazing obstacles to soothe, nourish, and bloom. Directed by Nicole Sumlin, An Extraordinary Love (three short plays in progress) brings Black artists together to authentically explore this unbreakable love. This weekend, join us in the context of three 10-minute plays presented as readings on Zoom with extended post-show discussions to unpack its beauty. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


cpt is hiring 3 positions: Pandemonium intern, STEP Technical Director/Lead teacher, & a Production associate

CPT is looking to hire for 3 seasonal full-time positions: A Pandemonium Intern, a STEP Technical Director/Lead Teacher, and a Production Associate. The Pandemonium Intern works directly with our Director of Organizational Advancement and other Development staff on a wide variety of event planning tasks. The STEP Technical Director/Lead Teacher reports to the Education Director and leads and supervises a group of teenagers in implementing the set and sound needs for an outdoor touring show. Lastly, the Production Associate reports to the Associate Artistic Director/Director of Production to oversee CPT’s limited summer season, which includes performances on an outdoor stage, four shows touring to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, and Arts in August in Lincoln Park.

Pandemonium Intern | STEP Technical Director/Lead Teacher | Production Associate


pop-up performance: Savory Taṇhā (sixteen short plays performed by a rotating ensemble)

An ensemble of five performers playing different roles from the same text each evening. How does that work? Written by David Hansen and directed by Caitlin Lewins, Savory Taṇhā (sixteen short plays performed by a rotating ensemble) does just that! It is a virtual memory play of longing and loss, happiness and hopefulness, and navigating the pathways of human desire. Starting at 7pm (ET), tune in on CPT’s Facebook and YouTube pages! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


pop-up performance: dream rust workshop

With a cast full of amazing artists of many origins, Dream Rust Workshop will rebroadcast its performance from December 7 tonight at 6pm! Emerging from the increase of dreamtime in 2020, this surreal theatrical experiment follows a network of dream lines. Borders of identity, home, country, and kin blend as a group of dreamers look to the past, present, and future for meaningfulness and purpose. Tune in on CPT’s Facebook and YouTube pages! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


pop-up performance: …or does it explode?

We are starting the weekend with the second pop-up performance tonight of …Or Does it Explode?, written and directed by John Dayo-Aliya, the 2020/2021 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow. This theatrical piece uses poetry, dance, and other contemporary theatre forms to explore questions of what it means to be Black, male, and young in the 21st century. Tune in at 7pm (ET) on CPT’s Facebook and YouTube pages! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


pop-up performance: FRANKENSTEIN’S WAKE

Didn’t get the chance to make it to some of our past online performances?! Don’t worry, we are streaming past Pop-Up performances from May 6 – 27 on Thursdays and Fridays! Tonight, we welcome back Frankenstein’s Wake, directed by Raymond Bobgan and performed by Holly Holsinger. With this virtual restaging of the work, the creators seek to reflect a deeper knowledge and evolved perspective on multiple  themes. The performance starts at 6pm (ET) on CPT’s Facebook and YouTube pages! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


STATION HOPE 2021

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT! Station Hope 2021, a virtual event this year, is a community event celebrating Cleveland’s social justice history and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. Audience members will participate virtually and witness livestreamed performances of theatre, music, storytelling, and dance inspired by the most important issues of our time. The event is free and open to all! So, tune in tonight from 5-9pm (ET) on CPT’s websiteFacebook, and YouTube pages! See you all in a few hours! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


APRIL 2021

CPT’s Second spring season: alive on line

What is better than one spring season of art? A second spring season of art! We are excited to announce CPT’s Second Spring Season: Alive On Line featuring pop-up performances from our past virtual seasons and a new piece called An Extraordinary Love (Three Short Plays in Progress) directed by Nicole Sumlin. Starting on May 5 and going until May 26, the art will continue to flourish just like the spring flowers all the way into summer! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


A PANDEMIC POINT OF VIEW

TONIGHT! The Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) take the virtual stage for A Pandemic Point of View. This performance takes a penetrating look at our current state of affairs from the lens of young minds yearning to be heard in a world full of noise and distraction. Performances are tonight at 7pm and tomorrow at 5pm. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CPT is hiring a technical director

Are you highly organized, focused, and interested in working in the arts? We are hiring a Technical Director! This role requires leadership and initiative, is part of a team-driven staff, and reports to the Associate Artistic Director/Director of Production. The Technical Director will be integral to rebuilding the production department. The deadline to apply is May 21 with anticipated start date is June 15. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CLEVELAND ACT NOW (CAN) ACADEMY FREE SUMMER IN-PERSON PROGRAM

Summer is almost here and so is a new Cleveland Act Now (CAN) Academy program! CPT is excited to announce a 3-week intensive summer arts program called The Voyage to… that is free and in-person. Youth will learn acting fundamentals, storytelling methods, ensemble play creation, creative movement, and more under the dedicated guidance of CPT Teaching Artists. The application deadline is May 20. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Live forever

Tonight, we touchdown with the final performance of Test Flight 2021. Written and Directed by Obediya Jones-Darrell, Live Forever is a sci-fi story introducing a series of questionable pseudo-scientific and mystical experiences that explore the depth of what makes us human. Integrating original animations and comic book images, join the cast virtually tonight and uncover some answers. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Our lady of common sorrows

We’ve passed the halfway point for Test Flight 2021! Week 3 brings us Our Lady of Common Sorrows Written & Directed by John Dayo-Aliya, the 2020/2021 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow. Our Lady of Common Sorrows explores the spectrum of innocence and guilt and what it means for Black lives, divine innocence, Black guiltiness, and the ways cultural perceptions justify Black death, physical and social. Join us via Zoom for this powerful piece on Thursday and Friday. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


bedroom culture, a virtual adaptation

You may have seen it on the CPT stage back in 2019 and we are so excited to bring it back! Tonight, Bedroom Culture, a virtual adaptation, written and directed by Hannah Rae Leach, takes the virtual stage as part of Test Flight 2021. With music by The Prom Queens, come experience a sun-drenched coming-of-age story about the power of pop culture, fantasy, and first love. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


March 2021

Van Sonata

Tomorrow night, Van Sonata by Anthony X kicks off Test Flight 2021. Directed by Ananias J. Dixon, CPT’s 2020/2021 Premiere Fellow, Van Sonata is a reading, an exploration, and a play in fragments. It is a quilt of three storylines tied together. It is about media, music, and myths, and how claiming space is a physical act. Be part of the art and this exploration of Van Sonata. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


TEST FLIGHT 2021

Test Flight 2021 takes off this Thursday and goes until April 16! This multi-week series showcases new work on its way to full production, presented as virtual staged readings this season. For the next 4 Thursdays and Fridays, 4 different performances will be presented: Van Sonata, Bedroom Culture, A Virtual Adaptation, Our Lady of Common Sorrows, and Live Forever. Lots of new art coming your way! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Stop asian hate

Our hearts are breaking today over the violent murders in Atlanta. I wanted to share this blog from Theatre Communications Group’s Teresa Eyring and suggest to all of you theatre lovers to consider supporting Asian American theatre companies who have done so much to combat stereotypes and racism and who continue to make amazing and powerful art! Today I will be donating to: https://eastwestplayers.org/. – Raymond
(CLICK HERE TO READ BLOG POST)


Y-Haven Theatre Project

To kick-off the 2020/2021 Spring Season is the Y-Haven Theatre Project. We are honored and excited to showcase the hard work and creativity of this year’s participants! This weekend (Mar 19 – Mar 21) and this weekend ONLY, join us for the online premiere of Y-Haven Theatre Project Crossroads to Hope: Scenes of Decision, a series of short scenes, monologues, and poems that share the experiences and imagination of the residents of Y-Haven as they interrogate their pasts, meditate on their present, and dream of their future selves. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CPT is hiring two new positions: Assistant General Manager & Finance Manager

We are hiring not one, but two positions! Join our team as an Assistant General Manager or a Finance Manager. Both positions are core parts of the CPT staff and will make meaningful contributions to life at CPT and its success. We are passionate about our community and the work we create. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 26.

Assistant General Manager Application
Finance Manager Application


February 2021

CPT’s Spring season: alive on line

Who is ready for SPRING? Who is ready for more ART? CPT is proud to announce the Spring Season: Alive On Line opening on March 19! We are bringing you the Y-Haven Theatre Project, Test Flight, Station Hope, and STEP.  CPT continues to be a leader in the support and development of new work and the amplification of emerging voices. Start your spring cleaning, pre your gardens, and get these dates on your calendars! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


dragon hypothesis

HAPPY OPENING! Dragon Hypothesis is a mythical meditation on worlds of dream and divinity. Follow the river to the sea, follow a blind man falling into the depths, follow his daughter as she leaps beneath the waters, and the sea captain who plucks a flower off the water’s surface. Follow four actors who dive beneath the surface, seeking. Calling us to listen to the stories, and to the flame within, Dragon Hypothesis explores sacrifice and loss, hunger and dreams, birth and blindness, and above all, our deep interconnectedness. Magical storytelling digs at the surface world, and beneath the deep. For as we know, as infinitely as we can go outward, we can go as infinitely within. To fulfill our destiny, we go on… Check out the link in our bio for more info and to purchase tickets! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Announcing 2020/2021 Premiere Fellows

We are excited to announce 2020/2021 CPT Premiere Fellows Ananias J. Dixon, Nina Domingue, Siaara Freeman, and Toby Vera Bercovici! We can’t wait to follow their journey and witness the incredible creativity they will inevitably cultivate and inspire! These amazing artists have demonstrated excellence in their craft and a commitment to new plays. Visit our website to read about each fellow and their work!  (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


STEP AnnounCes 2021 summer hybrid SESSION

We are super excited to announce the STEP (Student Theatre Enrichment Program) 2021 Summer Session! Running from June 14 – August 7, youth ages 14-19 will work together to create, produce, perform, and tour their own play. Through STEP, teens see themselves as a positive and inspirational force and watch as their work impacts the larger Cleveland community. Registration is required so sign up now and get excited for summer! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


SAVORY TAṆHĀ (SIXTEEN SHORT PLAYS PERFORMED BY A ROTATING ENSEMBLE)

TONIGHT. Five performers will play different roles from the same text each evening. The same script interpreted differently by each member of the ensemble. The version tonight is called ALOFT. Savory Taṇhā is a virtual memory play that navigates the pathways of human desire. What are the other versions you may wonder? Only one way to find out. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


…or does it explode?

Black, male, and young in the 21st century. Written & Directed by John Dayo-Aliya, 2020/2021 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow, this piece was first shown back in August and then again in November. Immerse yourself in this unflinching portrayal of profound anger, hurt, and joy, blends stories gathered from men ages 16-35 in Akron, Ohio in ...Or Does it Explode?(CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


station hope 2021 request for proposals

We are now accepting proposals for #StationHope! On Saturday, May 1, CPT will present the eighth annual festival celebrating Cleveland’s social justice history and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. Station Hope will be presented virtually this year. Submit your proposal by Monday, February 22 to participate! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


january 2021

CPT’s winter season: alive on line

We are excited to announce CPT’s Winter Season: Alive On Line, which delivers on our mission of raising consciousness and nurturing compassion through theatre that is daring, relevant, and socially conscious. All of us here at CPT are humbled by this community that has supported art-making throughout this year. While we can’t be together in person, we can still virtually come together to laugh, think, and enjoy theatre. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CPT announces john dayo-aliya as the 2020/2021 nord familY foundation playwright fellow

CPT’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan is proud to announce John Dayo-Aliya as the 2020/2021 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow. He is a co-founder of the nationally recognized Ma’Sue Productions and has produced eight plays in the last nine years. John’s work explores various aspects of the Black experience and John is specifically interested in Black modern lives and the questions arising out of the challenge of holding on to faith, love, community, and familial ties while living against a backdrop of structural racism. Through this fellowship, John Dayo-Aliya will develop Our Lady of Common Sorrows, a play about a Black family whose faith is tested when their youngest member, a 14-year-old virgin, becomes pregnant. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CLEVELAND ACT NOW (CAN) WINTER KICKOFF ZOOM PARTY

It’s finally 2021 so let’s get this year started the right way! Cleveland Act Now (CAN) is having a Kickoff Zoom party on Saturday, January 16! Play some games with family and friends and get excited about the upcoming CAN programming. Registration is required, but the party is free! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


DECEMBER 2020

STEP WINTER VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Don’t worry, teens. We didn’t forget about you! CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) has a winter virtual workshop for ages 13-16. On January 2 and 9, join CPT’s Fall STEP performers and learn devised theatre skills to create an original piece of your own. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CAN after-school virtual cLASSES

Attention young artists! CPT’s CAN Academy is offering 3 virtual classes for young artists that include imaginative play, storytelling, theatre games, creative writing, and more! These are activities that improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking. Join us this winter for this joyful exploration of play! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CMHA CAN winter session

Calling all young artists! The deadline to apply for the CMHA CAN Winter session is TODAY. This is a 6-session workshop taught by Nicole Sumlin, CPT Education Director, and Faye Hargate, CPT Director of ComSunity Ensembles. This workshop will explore play creation and storytelling through the lens of family, heritage, and legacy. Spend the holidays celebrating family traditions and carrying on the legacy. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


STEP CTA

Through many virtual rehearsals, 5 young, amazing artists have put together the winter STEP performance titled “Women in Finding: W.T.A. (Who They Are).” Directed by India Nicole Burton, these 5 women present 5 different stories with 5 different arcs to interrogate themselves and find meaning in the worlds into which they were born. This virtual performance will be followed by a short post-show conversation. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


WINTERTIDE at gordon square 2020

In the mood for some holiday cheer? WINTERTIDE at Gordon Square is happening NOW and is a FREE, all-ages, arts-infused festival, presented virtually and in-person this year! This event features neighborhood businesses and arts organizations to present live performances, mixing holiday merriment with artistic wonder like nowhere else in Cleveland. There will be wandering performers, pop-up chalk murals, and a virtual broadcast streaming on YouTube and Facebook starting at 1pm (ET). (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


DREAM OF HOME حلم وطن | THE BEGINNING OF MASRAH CLEVELAND AL-ARABI مسرح كليفلاند العربي

Back in 2018, we launched Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi’s first show called Dream of Home حلم وطن. It started with a workshop production which then grew into a full production and has now become a staple Resident Ensemble at CPT. On December 16, we will be live-streaming Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi’s inaugural play Dream of Home حلم وطن with a post-show community conversation afterwards. Personal stories of home, heritage, and culture are told by the ensemble members. Don’t miss this second chance to see this special performance that started it all. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


the Loush Sisters #throwback

#throwback to last year’s photo shoot with Holly, Jolly, and Butter Rum! Butter Rum is always looking out for the sisters even when she is off on her own adventure. In celebration of #theloushsisters selling out multiple times (…don’t worry, we’ve added “seats!), enjoy this gift gif. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


dream rust workshop (a hypothesis project) | DEC 5-9

HAVE YOU HEARD? On Monday, December 7 at 4:00pm (ET), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will host a live-stream of CPT’s Dream Rust Workshop (a hypothesis project). The prestigious US National Cultural Center is celebrating one arts organization from each state, and CPT was chosen to represent Ohio! Tune in on their Facebook page, or by visiting their YouTube stream. Directed by Raymond Bobgan, Dream Rust Workshop (a hypothesis project) follows a group of dreamers who look to the past, present, and future for meaningfulness and purpose. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


NOVEMBER 2020

The Loush Sister Pay Per View (Buffer This!)

In need of some holiday cheer? Is the cold weather bringing you down? We’ve got just the cure to excite you and your holiday season. It involves two of our favorite people, Holly and Jolly Loush (aka the Loush Sisters)! After months of isolation, they are back in a bawdy, boozy, over-the-top, virtual holiday celebration. This past opening weekend was a HUGE success and they are ready to do it over and over and over again this December.  (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Teatro publico de cleveland grandes monologos

TONIGHT AND TOMORROW: Teatro Público de Cleveland (TPC) presents a virtual evening of monologues by local playwrights and from previous TPC productions. These extraordinary monologues explore the heart of change through the lens of the past, present, and future. A lot of voices came together to create these all with many roles including playwrights, performers, and monologue coaches. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


…Or Does it Explode

People have told us that they love seeing the process and changes a show goes through. Back an August, we showed An Excerpt from …Or Does it Explode? and now we are thrilled to bring it back for not just an excerpt, but the whole piece. Written and Directed by John Dayo-Aliya, this theatrical piece uses poetry, dance, and other contemporary theatre forms to explore questions of what it means to be Black, male, and young in the 21st century. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Masrah cleveland Al-Arabi

Ever wonder how Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi was formed? Did you miss a chance to see one of their beautiful shows? This Wednesday night, join the ensemble of Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi for a sharing of past work, the premiere of a mini-documentary, and a discussion with the ensemble about the founding of this group. This will be presented in English. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


october 2020

Dia de Muertos

THIS WEEKEND, experience some beautiful art and celebrate with us for Día de Muertos via virtual and in-person programming! Presented by CPT/Teatro Público de Cleveland & Día de Muertos Ohio with Artistic Director Héctor Castellanos Lara, folks will be able to visit the Church Altar Exhibition and Cemetery Installations in-person while following social-distance guidelines. Our virtual exhibitions will be broadcast on our Facebook and YouTube page on October 31 and November 1. See you all this Halloween weekend. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Frankenstein’s Wake

Halloween is fast approaching and so is the first performance of our Fall Season: Alive On Line, Frankenstein’s Wake! This twisted adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece revives a tour-de-force performance. Created by Holly Holsinger and Raymond Bobgan, come reflect and expand your perspective on different themes such as longing and what it means to be human. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


CPT’s fall season: alive on line

We are proud to announce CPT’s Fall Season: Alive On Line, which delivers on our mission of raising consciousness and nurturing compassion through theatre that is daring, relevant, and socially conscious. The Fall Season will feature intimate showings playing in repertory with limited “seats” and has been designed as a special Zoom experience. While we can’t be together in person, we can still virtually come together to laugh, think, and enjoy theatre. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Nicole Sumlin as cpt’s new education director

Exciting Announcement Time… CPT is THRILLED to welcome Nicole Sumlin as the new Education Director. Nicole Sumlin’s extraordinary artistry, demonstrated leadership, and array of experience from in-school programming, out-of-school arts programs, and community-based engagement, align with CPT’s values and public commitment. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


SEPTEMBER 2020

StEP fall auditions (virtual)

If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of creating an original play and are between the ages of 14 and 19, now is your chance! STEP (student theatre enrichment program) is announcing auditions for their Virtual After-School Play Creation Course. Students will be guided through a rehearsal workshop via Zoom and explore themes of racial equity and personal empowerment. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


I heard you survived

The final spotlight we will shine for the Zoom After-Party is a piece created & Performed by Siaara Freeman & Nehemiah “Neemo” Spencer! Titled “I Heard You Survived”, this will be a beautiful, poetic dance piece that you will want to see! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


mother earth

We’ve been sharing bits and pieces of what the Zoom After-Party starting at 8:15pm (ET) will hold and here is another piece you could see! Directed by Raymond Bobgan and performed by CPT Education Associate Zyrece Montgomery, a woman asks if we can save ourselves. Find out what this entails tonight. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


1 day until awakenings: a virtual gala

1 DAY UNTIL AWAKENINGS: A VIRTUAL GALA. We are so excited for the world to see and experience this special event with us. Tickets to the Zoom Aftery-Party will be available until 4pm (ET) tomorrow. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Raymond Bobgan & the Cleveland CORE Ensemble

Recognize any of these familiar faces? You might be able to see them after Awakenings: A Virtual Gala | SEP 12 at the Zoom After-Party performing a segment of a particular show created by Raymond Bobgan and the Cleveland CORE Ensemble. Starting at 8:15pm (ET), take a journey with these 6 artists. What will you discover? (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


holly Loush’s Secret…

While it’s not the holiday season yet, that doesn’t mean one of the Loush sisters can’t come out to play! Holly Loush will be making an appearance after Awakenings: A Virtual Gala | SEP 12 at the Zoom After-Party starting at 8:15pm (ET). Created by Beth Wood & Michael Seevers, Jr., with Liz Conway, Holly’s got a secret to share with you. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Sheffia’s Storefront Cabaret

Celebrate love & light at Sheffia’s Storefront Cabaret after Awakenings: A Virtual Gala at the Zoom After party! This piece will be performed by Sheffia Randall Dooley, CPT’s 2019/2020 Premiere Fellow and Jacob Johnson. In typical Pandemonium fashion, you won’t be able to see every After-Party performance so keep checking back here for sneak peeks of who will be performing during the Zoom After-Party starting at 8:15pm (ET)! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


2 days until awakenings: a virtual gala

2 days until Awakenings: A Virtual Gala! Live performances, the PAN Award, and more on September 12 at 7:00pm (ET). Tune in to WKYC CHannel 3 for a 1-hour TV special created in collaboration with our executive producer WKYC Studios, along with our partner The Cleveland Film Company. Then at 8:15pm (ET), head on over the the Zoom After-Party (tickets required). (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Virtual After-Party Artist Spotlight: Denis m. Griesmer

While we won’t give away all the surprises and excitement for Awakenings: A Virtual Gala | SEP 12, we will let you in on some of the amazing artists performing at the Zoom After-Party starting at 8:15pm (ET)! The first artist we will spotlight is CPT’s very own Denis M. Griesmer presenting The Poetry Psychic Project in collaboration with and directed by Chris Seibert. Can you see your fortune in a random poem? Only one way to find out. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


3 days until AWAKENINGS: A VIRTUAL GALA

We are 3 days away from Awakenings: A Virtual Gala! First, tune in at 7pm (ET) to WKYC Channel 3 – Cleveland for a 1-hour TV special created in collaboration with our executive producer WKYC Studios, along with our partner The Cleveland Film Company. Then at 8:15pm (ET), head on over the the Zoom After-Party (tickets required)!  We’ll see even more live performances, present the PAN Award to our honoree, Micki Byrnes, and close it all out with a dance party DJ’d by Anthony Velez. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


awakenings Virtual After-party dj

Dust off your dance moves and meet Anthony “TonyFresh” Velez, Teatro Público de Cleveland Ensemble & Leadership Committee member, and your Awakenings: A Virtual Gala | SEP 12 Virtual After-Party DJ! Tony is a dancer, DJ, MC, actor, music producer, and the owner of ShowPeace Entertainment. His work was most recently seen on the CPT stage this past winter as the Choreographer & cast member (Joaquin, the fabulous and charming bartender of D’s Pub) in the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Maya Malan-Gonzalez’s A Xmas Cuento Remix with composition & arrangements by Emiliano Valdez & Daniel Valdez, and directed by Holly Holsinger with Assistant Director & Dramaturg Lilly Corona Moreno. So get ready to break out those dancing shoes this Saturday night & purchase your tickets. (CLICK HEREFOR MORE INFO)


AUGUST 2020

An excerpt from …Or does it Explode?

Starting this Thursday, Akron Arts Alive and Knight Arts Challenge Award-winning playwright, actor, and musician John Dayo-Aliya debuts his work-in-progress virtual reading of an excerpt from …Or Does it Explode?. This theatrical piece uses poetry, dance, and other contemporary theatre forms to explore questions of what it means to be Black, male, and young in the 21st century. You won’t want to miss this. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


AWAKEnings: a virtual gala

Are you ready to rise and shine? CPT is formally inviting YOU to join us on Saturday, September 12 for Awakenings: A Virtual Gala! The festivities start with a live on-air TV special on WKYC Channel 3 – Cleveland from 7:00-8:00PM (ET), featuring new performances, footage from the vault, and interviews with our community partners. The fun continues with an after-party on Zoom beginning at 8:15PM, where we’ll hang out with our CPT artists, celebrate our PAN Honoree Micki Byrnes, and wrap it all up with a dance party. Tickets are on sale now, and I can’t wait to see you all there! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


arts in august

Arts in August kicks off this weekend starting with Verb Ballets! Every summer, Tremont West Development Corporation partners with Cleveland City Councilman Kerry McCormack, LAND studio, and Cleveland Public Theatre to present a month-long series of free arts programming, curated by our very own CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan. This year’s Arts in August series will be a little different, but we remain committed to bringing dance, theatre, and music to the community. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


JuLY 2020

STEP 2020

It is the season of STEP here at CPT. On August 7 at 7:00pm (ET), the 2020 STEP ensemble will bring you not just one performance, but a double-bill VIRTUAL performance! RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: Artist & Activist ACT OUT! and The Trail of Black Degradation will premiere followed by a short post-show conversation. Co-Directors India Nicole Burton and Ed Blunt have been leading 12 teens in the creation of these unique stories. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Cleveland act now academy: free summer virtual workshop

YES, WE CAN! Announcing a FREE summer VIRTUAL workshop August 17-21 for young artists ages 7-14 pairing storytelling with social-distance curriculum and creative coping activities to help navigate our current times. There will also be an optional in-person Social Distance Family Workshop at Herman Park that supports social-distance learning. This program is offered at no cost thanks to the support of the Cleveland Foundation and other supporters. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Dragon hypothesis | july 24 & 25

Heading into the weekend, we leave with you the anticipation for what is to come next weekend. Dragon Hypothesis. An open rehearsal, a story time meditation. The ensemble will story-tell through movement and song as a work-in-progress virtual sharing from a larger piece in development, Candlelight Hypothesis #1-12 created by Raymond Bobgan & Cleveland CORE Ensemble. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


AWAKENINGS: A VIRTUAL GALA

Awakenings: A Virtual Gala is Saturday, September 12! For 17 years, Cleveland Public Theatre’s annual fundraising extravaganza and “Party of the Year,” Pandemonium, transformed the CPT campus into a labyrinth of theatre, dance, visual art, and performance in every corner. The creative minds at CPT are dreaming up a different experience for 2020… Awakenings: A Virtual Gala, an experience that takes you inside the labyrinth—from the comfort of your own home. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Savory Taṇhā (sixteen short plays performed by a rotating ensemble)

Starting this Thursday, experience a virtual memory play through David Hansen’s Savory Taṇhā (sixteen short plays performed by a rotating ensemble). An ensemble of five performers will play different roles from the same text each evening which means no two performances will be the same! Come navigate the pathways of human desire. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


a celebration of Teatro Público de Cleveland (TPC)

In 2013, CPT launched Teatro Público de Cleveland (TPC), 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. Today, TPC is an integral part of the CPT season. Can you name all of these performances by TPC? Click the link in our bio to learn more about TPC’s past, present, and future. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


June 2020

Station hope 2020

3… 2… 1… And we are LIVE on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, folks! Station Hope 2020 happening now. If you want to start from the beginning of our programming, check out the PopUp Livestream that happened on Wednesday, June 24. Either way, we have a lot of inspiring theatre, art, discussion, and storytelling for you.

LINK TO STATION HOPE 2020
LINK TO POP-UP LIVESTREAMS


June 24: POP-UP STATION HOPE LIVESTREAM

TONIGHT at 8pm (ET) is a Pop-Up Station Hope Livestream! It will include readings featuring four past and present Barbara Smith Residency writers, a 3-month residency provided by Twelve Literary Arts Inc, and CPT Premiere Fellow Les Hunter’s “Have a Cookie”, in which a Zoom interview reveals why mother and son started their immigration rights law practice. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


June 26: ACTION IS HOPE: A PANEL DISCUSSION

ACTION IS HOPE: A PANEL DISCUSSION. On Friday, June 26 at 7pm (ET), local leaders who have changed their community through activism in different ways speak about their process and what called them to activism. Speakers include MyRon P. Edmonds, DMin, Siaara Freeman, and Dr. Yvonne Pointer with the discussion being moderated by Daniel Gray-Kontar. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


station hope 2020

This week, we celebrate, envision, interrogate, and seek out Hope as we approach Station Hope 2020 on Saturday, June 27. From 5-10pm (ET), witness livestreamed performances of theatre, music, storytelling, and dance inspired by the most important issues of our time. Every day this week, we will unveil new details. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


This Friday! Karamu House’s Freedom on juneteenth

This Friday at 7pm, join Karamu House as they present Freedom on Juneteenth. This event is designed to celebrate, educate, and activate communities. This one-hour production will stream on Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo, Roku, Fire TV, & Vimeo. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Tale of a gemini (jimini) rising: black lives matter edition

Mark your calendars for June 18 & 19 for a new performance Written & Performed by Jimmie Woody, CPT’s 2019/2020 Premiere Fellow. Experience a theatrical memoir combining poetry, hip hop, and digital storytelling about figuring out how to be a black man in the ever-changing landscape of what masculinity means in America. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


An online breath & release workshop with holly holsinger

Although registration for this is closed, we’d like to celebrate this beautiful workshop happening tomorrow night! Participants will be guided through a series of relaxation techniques and exercises designed to help you let go of physical tension and create more space for breath, release, and relief. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


An artist’s evolution from here to there

Ever wonder about the creative process and generation of new ideas for an artist? Travel behind the curtain TONIGHT via Zoom at 7:00pm for An Artist’s Evolution from Here to There, a conversation with India Nicole Burton and Pandora Robertson, Executive Artistic Director of Ohio City Theatre Project as they discuss topics such as these. They will also speak specifically about the inspiration and themes behind Central Concern which was performed at CPT in 2019. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Compassion and consciousness

We are all grieving as our hearts are broken again and again—not just by police, but by the wider system we are all part of. This onslaught of racism and violence against black lives is not new and it impacts us all, especially those who must witness people who look like them and their brothers, mothers, children, and loved ones murdered in the streets. We acknowledge this. It needs to be said again and again. Black Lives Matter. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STATEMENT)


may 2020

Family storytelling workshops with faye hargate

Participate from anywhere in the world! Join CPT Director of Community Ensembles and Cleveland Act Now Teaching Artist Zyrece Montgomery every Monday (starting June 1) until June 15 for weekly, intergenerational storytelling workshops celebrating creativity, community, and family.  (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


cleveland act now academy: free summer virtual classes

Calling all young artists! Announcing FREE summer VIRTUAL classes for Cleveland Act Now Academy! CPT Director of Community Ensembles Faye Hargate, CPT Teaching Artist Zyrece Montgomery, and Guest teachers will guide youth through acting fundamentals, storytelling methods, and play creation. This is a 3 to 5-week intensive summer arts program for young artists that is fun and challenging. The Junior session starts June 15 and the Senior session starts July 6!  (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


artist spotlight: Colleen mccaughey

As we end this week and head into the holiday weekend, we celebrate Stage Manager, Performer, Singer, and CPT Associate Director of Development Colleen McCaughey! A captivating actor, powerhouse vocalist, and a laser-focused stage manager, Colleen is a highly-sought artist who dazzles CPT audiences from both onstage and behind the scenes. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


artist spotlight: benjamin gantose

His lighting designs ignite the stage, breathing life into a myriad of imagined worlds through a vibrant rainbow of colors and shadows. Who is this we are talking about? None other than Benjamin Gantose—Lighting, Scenic, & Installation Designer, and CPT Resident Lighting Designer. Benjamin’s talent and skills shine in a wide range of mediums and forms, from lighting scripted to devised theatre, ballet to modern dance, or designing large-scale installations for events like Pandemonium. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Freeing the Spine – an online workshop with molly andrews-hinders

This Saturday is Freeing the Spine – an online workshop with Molly Andrews-Hinders! When we dig into the unknown landscapes within our bodies and seek to grow holistic body consciousness, we mirror and bolster the creative work of an artist. Molly will lead participants through a series of exercises and correlating visualizations that will offer new ways to approach working within the body. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


EXCERPTS FROM PANTHER WOMEN: AN ARMY FOR THE LIBERATION

Join us on May 21 – 23 for a virtual reading of new excerpts from Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation, a play following the stories of three prominent women who were members of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Movement. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES: may 14–16

Following a series of sold-out performances over the past several weeks, Cleveland CORE Ensemble’s Raymond Bobgan, Holly Holsinger, and Faye Hargate will reprise their explorations this weekend. Tickets for these performances are available through the links below:

Hypothesis 1c: an open solo rehearsal with creator Raymond Bobgan
Hypothesis 2b: an open solo rehearsal with Holly Holsinger
Hypothesis 3b: an open solo rehearsal with Faye Hargate


artist spotlight: Caitlin lewins

Thursday’s are for the theatre and the theatre wants to celebrate Writer, Composer, Performer, Crafter, & CPT Director of Audience Engagement & Media Relations Caitlin Lewins! Caitlin is a multi-talented theatre artist whose work holds a rare kindness while seeking to excavate the human condition. As a writer and composer/musician, Caitlin has a keen sense for detecting the complex layers that take a new work to the next level, as she deftly walks the line between gentle curation and strong artistic vision. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


artist spotlight: India Nicole burton

The first Artist Spotlight to kick off the month of May is Director, Playwright, Producer, Actor, & National New Play Network Producer in Residence India Nicole Burton! India’s expansive skill set enables her to contribute her gifts to the stage in a variety of ways, focusing on issues of social justice and equity, and creating work that reaches out to her culture, specifically African American women. She investigates and examines, asking important questions, and championing individual artists and their work, from early stages to full productions. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Hypothesis 3a: an open solo rehearsal with faye hargate

Tune in this Friday, May 8 at 9:00pm for a reading, a story time meditation. Faye will story-tell (alone, with some song and movement) as a work-in-progress virtual sharing from Candlelight Hypothesis #1-12, created by Raymond & Cleveland CORE Ensemble. This will be raw. This will be vulnerable. This will be a LIVE showing via Zoom. (This will not be available as a recorded video). (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


APRIL 2020

artist spotlight: Obediya jones-darrell

Time for your mid-week break to celebrate Music Composer, Playwright, Producer, FIlmmaker, and the 2019/2020 Kulas Theatre Composer Fellow Obediya Jones-Darrell! Obediya is a versatile artist with a diverse portfolio of creative productions in various mediums. Inspired by international travels over the past two decades, his work often reflects a global world view grounded in culture and self discovery. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Hypothesis #2a: an open solo rehearsal with holly holsinger 

Tune in this Friday, May 1 at 8:00pm for a reading, a story time meditation. Holly will story-tell (alone, with some song and movement) as a work-in-progress virtual sharing from Candlelight Hypothesis #1-12, created by Raymond & Cleveland CORE Ensemble. This will be raw. This will be vulnerable. This will be a LIVE showing via Zoom. (This will not be available as a recorded video). (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


artist spotlight: Faye hargate

#magicalmonday means a new Artist Spotlight to start the week with none other than CPT Director of Community Ensembles Faye Hargate. Strongly rooted in her hometown of Cleveland, Faye is an artist who starts from the deeply personal and dives into the complexity of the human spirit. Faye’s work does not fit neatly into a defined artist role and breaks new ground as a theatre artist. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


artist spotlight: holly holsinger

Holly Holsinger. A Creator, Performer, Director, Educator, and Cleveland CORE Ensemble Member. Her tenure at CPT spans 20+ years. Holly has touched every level of the organization and is most certainly at the heart of what CPT is all about. Ever walk through our business doors into a hallway filled with photo tiles? Well we call this place Holly’s Hall. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO).


Hypothesis #1b: an open solo rehearsal with creator raymond bobgan 

Tune in this Friday, April 24 at 8:00pm for a reading, a story time meditation. Following a sold-out performance last week, Raymond will reprise his exploration. He will story-tell (alone, with some song and movement) as a work-in-progress virtual sharing from Candlelight Hypothesis #1-12, created by Raymond & Cleveland CORE Ensemble. This will be raw. This will be vulnerable. This will be a LIVE showing via Zoom. (This will not be available as a recorded video). (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


artist spotlight: nina domingue

It’s a new week which means we have a new Artist to celebrate! Actor, Playwright, Director, and 2019/2020 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow Nina Domingue is a Cleveland superstar who shines mightily in all she does. Her intimate stories of love and loss, struggle and triumph, her spirit of risk-taking and adventurousness, and her unique charm and intense curiosity about human behavior set her apart. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Hypothesis #1A: an open solo rehearsal with creator raymond bobgan 

Tune in this Friday, April 17 @ 7pm for a reading, a story time meditation, with CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan! Raymond will story-tell (alone, with some song and movement) as a work-in-progress virtual sharing from Candlelight Hypothesis #1-12, created by Raymond & Cleveland CORE Ensemble. This will be raw. This will be vulnerable. This will be a LIVE showing via Zoom. (This will not be available as a recorded video.) Click over to the Facebook event, Hypothesis #1a: open rehearsal with Raymond Bobgan, for information. We hope you’ll join us virtually this Friday! (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO)


Artist Spotlight: Beth Wood

Today, the W in Wednesday stands for Wood. Beth Wood-CPT Associate Artistic Director & Director of Production, Creator, Director, Actor, & Designer. Whether you’re belly-laughing at Beth’s comedic genius in The Loush Sisters, dabbing a tear during a beautifully-crafted onstage moment shaped by Beth’s directorial finesse, or choosing your own adventure at a CPT event she’s line-produced, Beth’s versatile and adept artistry touches virtually every corner of CPT. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY)


Artist Spotlight: Hillary Wheelock

This #transformationtuesday goes out to Hillary Wheelock and all of the amazing characters she has portrayed. Hillary Wheelock­ is an Actor, Fight Choreographer, Educator, and the CPT Finance Associate. If you’ve seen Hillary perform, you’ve witnessed her vibrancy and power to warm hearts, open eyes, and shake audiences to the core. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY)


Artist Spotlight: denis M. griesmer

The Artist Spotlight series continues as we celebrate some of our very own staff members. CPT Chief Financial Officer & General Manager, Creator, and Performer Denis M. Griesmer blows us away with his awesome work this windy Monday. When he’s not balancing the budget, overseeing CPT’s day-to-day operations, or managing building renovations, Denis crafts interactive, intimate, and inspiring performances that imprint on our hearts and call us to consider our past, present, and future. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY)


Artist Spotlight: Jimmie woody

On this sunny Saturday, we brighten your feed with CPT 2019/2020 Premiere Fellow, Actor, Director, and Playwright Jimmie Woody! Jimmie is a dynamic artist whose work simultaneously shares the vulnerability of the human heart, and the explosive power of the human spirit. His virtuosity, adaptability, and sincerity engages and deeply moves audiences—whether from the stage, his written words on the page, or from the director’s chair. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY)


Artist Spotlight: Andrew Aaron Valdez

Taking the stage today is CPT 2019/2020 Premiere Fellow, Actor, Playwright, and Stage Manager Andrew Aaron Valdez! From the depth and honesty of Andrew’s powerful performances on stage, to his original plays and poetry that have you nodding your head, relating while also thinking in new ways—and often laughing out loud—Andrew’s artistry is versatile. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY)


Artist Spotlight: Les hunter

Artist Spotlight number 3 goes out to CPT 2019/2020 Premiere Fellow, Playwright, and Director Les Hunter! Les is an incredibly compassionate artist with the ability to write in a variety of styles—from heightened language, to quick-witted narratives of everyday life, to the poetic and poignant. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY)


Artist Spotlight: Sheffia Randall Dooley

For our second Artist Spotlight, we celebrate CPT 2019/2020 Premiere Fellow, Actor, Director, and Creator Sheffia Randall Dooley. Sheffia is a multifaceted artist—in one production, she’ll soothe (or awaken!) you with her stellar vocal power, in the next, she’ll beautifully shape moments on stage with her directorial dexterity. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY)


Artist Spotlight: Aaron Benson

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be celebrating artists in what we’re calling the “CPT Artist Spotlights Series”, highlighting Fellows, staff members, and folks who call CPT their creative home. First up is CPT 2019/2020 Premiere Fellow and Scenic Designer Aaron Benson. Aaron’s background as a sculptor uniquely positions him to transform theatrical spaces, transporting audiences to worldly and otherworldly places, and everywhere in between. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY)