CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan Presents in South Korea



Cleveland, OH – At the invitation from Busan Theater Company, Cleveland Public Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan travels to South Korea June 30- through July 7, 2022 to lead an acting/creation workshop, and present on symposia.

“I am so grateful to Hyeja Ju and everyone involved in making this exchange happen. Hyeja’s work advancing the rights and status of women in Korea is inspiring and her artistry is impressive! I am excited to learn from her and the other artists involved. I am also looking forward to sharing about CPT’s artistic work and philosophy and about our impact locally and beyond. Not only will this continue to build our relationships internationally, but I believe we gain new insight in our own struggles and challenges when we connect internationally. And I believe perspective is something we, I, really need at this time.” –CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan.

During this trip, Bobgan will engage with multiple arts organizations and will participate in a symposium hosted by Busan Theater Company Actors, Audiences and Space (B.K.G), conducted in connection with the Global Women Performing Arts Festival in which CPT has participated in the past.

The topic of the symposium is “Seeking Wisdom in World Theatre: After COVID-19, the Future of Women and Performing Arts,” and is a place for performing artists and planners from Korea, the United States, and Japan to meet and discuss the future possibilities for theatre.

Raymond Bobgan will attend meetings with Seo Seung-woo, head of the Art Management Division of the Busan Cinema Center, a landmark of Busan, known in South Korea as the “city of cinema;” then, visit Busanjin-gu, Geumjeong-gu, and Buk-gu to hold meetings with cultural and artistic administrators of the Busanjin Cultural Foundation, Geumjeong Foundation For Art & Culture, and Buk-gu Cultural City Support Center.

This trip is a continuation of CPT’s relationship with director, creator, and arts leader Hyeja Ju. In 2019 Cleveland Public produced Good at Heart directed and created by Hyeja Ju. This physical, non-verbal performance inspired by the story of Anne Frank was presented at the BorderLight Festival and supported by The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion Program.

Raymond is joined on this trip by Kent State University Associate Professor and Lighting Designer Jakyung Seo.


Raymond Bobgan creates new performances that are bold, multilayered, and highly physical through an ever-evolving ensemble process. Raymond’s work has been seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Raymond has created many works for CPT including Dream Rust Workshop (a Hypothesis project) for CPT and Kennedy Center’s Arts Across AmericaFrankenstein’s Wake with Holly Holsinger; Feefer Rising with Faye Hargate; Rusted Heart BroadcastInsomnia: The Waking of Herselves with Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert; and Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, co-produced by CPT and La MaMa ETC (Off-Broadway). Raymond initiated the formation of Teatro Público de Cleveland, CPT’s resident Latinx/a/o theatre company, Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi مسرح كليفلاند العربي, a group dedicated to creating and performing theatre from Arabic-speaking communities, and Station Hope, a community arts festival exploring contemporary issues of social justice. Raymond also founded the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP), a job-training theatre program for teens, and co-created the Y-Haven Theatre Project with James Levin, which engages formerly homeless men in writing and performing theatre. He was the first winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize in the discipline of Theatre. He is a two-time recipient of the Creative Workforce Fellowship and was an Ohio Arts Council Fellow. Raymond also received the Cisgender Ally Award at Cleveland’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, Equality Ohio’s Ally Award, The Cleveland Foundation’s Homer C. Wadsworth, and The Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio.  This is Raymond Bobgan’s 16th season in the leadership position at Cleveland Public Theatre.


HyeJa Ju is the standing director of theatre group “Bae Kwan Gong” (B.K.G.), which translates to “Actor, Audience, and Space.” She works at the Department of Theatre and Film at Kyungsung University and is the director of the Nakdong River GupoNaru Festival. She is the representative of Original City Street Artist Community and belongs to Hanaro Performing Arts Exchange Council, an international exchange group in Fukuoka (Japan) and Busan. She focuses on the creation of dramas in Busan; and creates content for local performances unique to the region. She is working to introduce a new stage language in the form of non-verbal theatre where dramas are alive and emphasize stage energy. In addition to being a director, she is also active as a performing arts and culture activist working to develop various fields such as public art, cultural planning, and art education in Busan. She has been working as a writer and director for numerous works at the professional stage since 2002 including the drama The Bridge (2003/2008), the non-verbal drama My Diary Helen (2012/2014), Korea-India coproduction Bowul-Varidegi Story (2013), Deaf Samryong (Pohang Municipal Theater, 2015), “Geupjerok” (Excellence Prize for the Busan Theater Festival, 2016), The Diary of Young Girl Anne Frank (Busan City Theater, 2014/ Busan International Performance Art Festival 2017, Seoul Cecil Theater 2018/Colombia Bogota Sala Seki Sano 2018).


Jakyung Seo is an associate professor of lighting design and the coordinator of BFA/MFA design, technology and production at Kent State University. She is also co-artistic director of Global Women Performing Arts Festival. Prior to joining the faculty at Kent State, she taught at the University of Cincinnati (CCM) and California State University at Fresno. Jakyung has worked as a professional lighting designer and assistant lighting designer in USA regional theatre including Cleveland Play House, Steppenwolf, Congo Square Theatre (Chicago), Eye to Soul (NYC), CATCO (Columbus), Porthouse and Lodestone Theatre (LA). Her international credits include: “Face” with Eye to Soul at Edinburgh, U.K., and “What We Want Is” for Thrust Dance Company in Japan, where she was awarded the best prize at the International Dance Festival in Saitama. Recently, she designed “BINARI” with MAC theatre company at Avignon Off Theatre festival and Theatre Laboratory Elizabeth Czerczuk, Paris at France, Sibiu International Theatre Festival at Romania, Busan Performing Arts International Festival at South Korea. She has designed more than 60 shows including “South Pacific,” “Peterman,” “Man of La Mancha” and many dance performances. She is actively presenting at international conferences such as PQ Scenofest 2007 in Prague where she was lead lecturer, USITT, SETC and  KCACTF at USA. Also, she has been teaching lighting design workshops at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts at Singapore and Dongseo University and Kyungsung University at South Korea. Jakyung was the lighting designer for CPT’s recent Dream Rust Workshop (a Hypothesis project) for CPT and Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America.


Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for the continued world premiere of BREAKOUT SESSION (OR FROGORSE)

Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for the continued world premiere of BREAKOUT SESSION (OR FROGORSE)

By Nikkole Salter
Directed by Beth Wood

Looking to cast the following roles…

  • Officer Preston Walker: late 30s – early 40s, Black, male. A 5-year patrolman with the Cleveland Division of Police. Formal. By-the-book. Loyal. Sensitive. Oh, and he can sing.
  • Mantis Shrimp: 40s – 50s, a non-Black person of color… Latinx, Asian, MENASA, or Indigenous, male. A corporate, self-help, motivational speaker. Wild. Intentionally weird. Committed. Nurturing. Brilliant.

Disclosure: Some roles in the production have been cast. The current cast includes Nicole Sumlin* and Tina Stump*, Rachel Lee Kolis, and Tony Velez.
*Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

No additional equity agreements are available for this production.

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Cleveland Public Theatre announces a Workshop Audition for Candlelight Hypothesis

Cleveland Public Theatre announces a Workshop Audition for

Candlelight Hypothesis

with Raymond Bobgan

Looking to cast two types of roles…

Principal Ensemble (2 roles open) – one role requires actor to be Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color and one role that is open for all. Principles begin rehearsals July 25.

Second Wave Ensemble (3 roles open) two roles require actors to be Black, Indigenous, or People of Color and one role that is open for all. These roles are essential for the performance and are mostly moving/singing parts with some speaking lines. Second Wave begins rehearsals on/around August 23.

About The Workshop…

This workshop will serve as an introduction (or reintroduction for past collaborators) to Raymond’s unique approach to physical, experimental theatre. This workshop will serve as a selection session/audition for Candlelight Hypothesis.

This will be a 4-hour workshop on July 10, from 4pm-8pm and will consist of ensemble work, text, singing, and movement. Movement is significant—comparable to a dance class.

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Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for the Rolling World Premiere of can i touch it?

Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for
the Rolling World Premiere of

can i touch it?

By Francisca Da Silveira

Directed by India Nicole Burton

Looking to cast the following roles…

  • Shay: early/mid 40s; Black; whatever style, she wears it like a boss. think viola davis.
  • Ruth: late teens; Black; she’s gone natural after years of perms and is still getting used to it.
    • Also, Lili: early 20s; Black
  • Meeka: early 20s; Black; it’s short, shaved on the sides. think punk.
    • Also, Beth: early/mid 40s; White
  • Mark: early/mid 40s; White; he might be thinning at the top. it’s probably all that 3-in-1 head and shoulders.
    • Also, Nicky: mid 30s; White
    • Also, Leo: early/mid 40s; White

*We are open to seeing both Equity and Non-Equity actors for these auditions.

Cleveland Public Theatre is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, CPT encourages performers of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

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Test Flight 2023 Request for Proposals

Test Flight

Request for Proposals

Deadline for submissions is Friday, July 29th, 2022


Cleveland Public Theatre’s New Play Development

Our new play development programs are based on our years of experience, community input, and key principles of focusing on artists, valuing diversity of approach, aesthetics, and perspective, and balancing impact with investment.

Test Flight supports work that is outside the mainstream aesthetically, thematically, and in the creative process.

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Pandemonium 2022: The Doors of Imagination Request for Proposals

Pandemonium 2022: The Doors of Imagination

Request for Proposals

Application Deadline: Monday, July 11

On Saturday, September 10, 2022, Cleveland Public Theatre will transform its campus into a labyrinth of theatre, dance, visual arts, and performance for Pandemonium 2022: The Doors of Imagination.

Tickets are all-inclusive, featuring fabulous local food, free valet, and complimentary drinks served all night long. A feast for the eyes, mind, appetite, and imagination – Pandemonium proceeds benefit CPT’s groundbreaking artistic work and life-changing education programs.

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Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring seasonal FULL-TIME and PART-TIME Pandemonium Production Staff. These roles are integral to the creation & implementation of all artistic & technical components for CPT’s annual fundraiser gala, Pandemonium! Positions can begin as early as July 5th and can last through September 23rd. Part-time rate is $15/hour, and Full-time salary range is $650-750/week. CPT will be accepting applications through Friday, June 24th.

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Cleveland Public Theatre is hiring a Patron Services Associate

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring a Patron Services Associate who is a core part of the CPT staff and will make a meaningful contribution to life at CPT and our community impact.

Review of candidates will begin immediately. To apply for the position, send an email to Gregory Markgraf-Grimes, Patron Services Manager at ggrimes@cptonline.org by end of day May 30th, 2022. Subject line should read: YOUR LAST NAME, YOUR FIRST NAME – PATRON SERVICES ASSOCIATE. Your email should include two attachments: a resume, and a two-page cover letter giving examples of your related experiences and explaining why you are interested in this position. No phone calls, please.

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Seeking Volunteers for Station Hope on May 28th