CPT is now accepting applications for Big Box 2016!

Cleveland Public Theatre

Local Request for Proposals

Big Box

Deadline for submissions is

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Big Box has been the centerpiece of Cleveland Public Theatre’s season over the past twelve years. New work development is a core value at CPT, and we are always looking for the best way to support the new work by Northeast Ohio artists. Big Box has played an integral role in new work moving onto full, professional productions (at CPT and elsewhere) and the formation and growth of three local theatres. We are proud of Big Box’s impact on our artistic community over the years.

The idea of Big Box from its inception has been to serve as a launch pad for artists who are ready to move work forward. Big Box 2016 will focus more on this goal and we are seeking work in development that has extraordinary potential for future success. Future success includes, but is not limited to, full professional productions and tours. CPT believes that the greatest strength of Big Box is its ability to function as an incubator of new work and artistic growth. We anticipate that this greater focus will limit selection to 4 – 6 exceptional projects ready to move to the next level after a workshop production.

If you have applied to the Big Box Series before—it’s important that you read the new guidelines and adjust your proposal accordingly. Read More ›

Upcoming Workshop! Physical Approaches to Acting Workshop with Jeffrey Fracé


Taught by Nationally Acclaimed Artist, Jeffrey Fracé of Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant

MARCH 21st, 10:30am -4:30pm
Cleveland Public Theatre

Wonder how to apply that Viewpoints, Suzuki or Lecoq method to your professional practice?
Curious how to get your body expressing and moving with intention and purpose?
Need some feedback on that left arm habit that keeps coming back?

Join us for Physical Approaches to Acting, a focused coaching workshop, led by Jeffrey Fracé of the loved Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant.  With 20 years of experience in physical theatre practices, Jeffrey will lead workshop participants through activities that engage and open the body, uncovering hidden potential and innate ability. All workshop participants must prepare a fully memorized 1-2 minute monologue, classical or contemporary. This is an intermediate course and space is limited.


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Teens ages 14-19 interested in the arts can work at
Cleveland Public Theatre this summer through CPT’s
Student Theatre Enrichment Program STEP

STEP runs June 15 – Aug 9, 4pm-9pm Monday-Friday at Cleveland Public Theatre. Teens will work with professional theatre artist-mentors in the following areas: acting, singing, dance, writing, set construction, marketing, performance creation and touring. Teens receive bus tickets and healthy snacks. Those who successfully complete the program will earn a stipend ($300) and will perform in city parks all over Cleveland.  Read More ›


cg_157r1The Director’s Pitch: How to Design and Discuss your Big Idea

Taught by New York Director, Craig George

MARCH 7th, 1:00-5:00pm

Cleveland Public Theatre


The Director’s Pitch: Concept Design and Persuasive Dialogue

You have a great idea, but how do you communicate that idea to designers, actors, artistic directors, or your supporters? The Director’s Pitch will be an interactive discussion about conceptualizing material and effectively expressing your vision.   Topics will include dreaming up your initial concept, selling your vision to your producer, and collaborating with artists to fulfill your vision.   Participants will be given the opportunity to informally “pitch” a real or dream project and receive feedback on the presentation. Recommended reading: Advance copies of the short play On Facebook from Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays will be available and used as a reference point. Read More ›

CPT Announces Auditions for Johanna: Facing Forward

Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for

Johanna: Facing Forward

Written and Directed by Tlaloc Rivas
Inspired by the writings of Johanna Orozco and the investigative journalism of Rachel Dissell

About the play…

Based on the true story of Johanna Orozco, a Cleveland teen who survived a gunshot wound to the face by her boyfriend in 2007 and whose story sparked a nation-wide movement against teen domestic violence. Johanna’s story is complex and raises critical questions, but it is also a life-affirming story of triumph. Named after The Plain Dealer’s award-winning series “Facing Forward” by journalist Rachel Dissell and produced in conjunction with Teatro Publico de Cleveland. Play is performed mostly in English. World Premiere. Read More ›

Upcoming Fitzmaurice Voicework® Workshop with Holly Holsinger

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Hone your vocal skills this February in Fitzmaurice Voicework® Workshop, led by acclaimed Cleveland theatre artist Holly Holsinger.

Fitzmaurice Voicework® Workshop takes place over two weekends at the end of February in 4 intensive vocal classes that will explore the dynamics between body, breath, voice, the imagination, language, and presence. All classes take place in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Orthodox Church Space from 12:30-3:00pm and full participation is compulsory.  Please complete application to be considered for this special vocal work. Space is limited to 12 artists. APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEB 15th Read More ›

Cleveland Public Theatre seeks Technical Director

CPT produces ground-breaking performances and life-changing educational programs to raise consciousness and nurture compassion.

CPT needs a Technical Director willing to join its hard-working team with the ambitious goals of growing the organization and changing the community. CPT’s season typically includes the production of 10-13 plays and four performance series in three theatres.

Summary of Position: This position is a year round, salaried, staff position. Salary is competitive and based on experience and capacity.  The Technical Director is responsible for implementing all technical aspects of productions except costumes.  Read More ›

CPT Now Accepting Proposals for Station Hope 2015

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CPT Now Accepting Applications for the Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellowship

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Station Hope Artist Informational Meeting: You’re Invited!

Dear Northeast Ohio Artists,

Last year on April 26th, 2014, 150 artists and over 2,000 attendees gathered to celebrate the triumphs of the Underground Railroad and explore contemporary issues of Social Justice at St. John’s Church in Ohio City for the inaugural Station Hope.

“Station Hope is a true gathering of community and demonstrates
how transformative and powerful an arts experience can be,
and its potential to change the fabric of our society.”
—Hon. Joe Cimperman, Ward 3 Councilman

We are beginning to plan the second annual Station Hope event, a one night festival of entertainment and art that commemorates St. John’s Church and the Underground Railroad and connects this powerful history with today, and CPT would like to invite you to be involved. Station Hope 2015 is scheduled for May 9th. Read More ›