CPT’s 2015/2016 Season has been announced!


Stay tuned! Tickets go on sale Monday, August 3rd!

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CPT now accepting applications for DanceWorks 2016

Request for Proposals

DanceWorks 2016

Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2015.

DanceWorks 2016 is an important part of Cleveland Public Theatre’s 15-16 Season. DanceWorks offers Northeast Ohio dance companies and choreographers the opportunity to have world premiere works presented in a series with other local dance companies.

Through a submission process, CPT hopes to select 2- 4 dance companies to be part of DanceWorks 2016 in the Gordon Square Theatre. This year CPT is only accepting submissions for groups to perform half of a double bill. Groups that share an evening will share revenue, rehearsal time and technical time.

Each pair of groups will have access to the Gordon Square Theatre for one week: Monday through Wednesday for load-in and rehearsal, and Thursday through Saturday for performances.

We are accepting submissions for three weeks that will feature local companies: March 14th – March 20th, March 21 – March 27 and March 23 – April 3. Read More ›

Pandemonium ’15: TRANSFORM Request for Proposals

Pandemonium ‘15; TRANSFORM

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, June 30th, 2015.

Cleveland Public Theatre is planning a festive evening in keeping with its tradition of presenting innovative, original artistic work, featuring diverse artists. On Saturday, September 12, 2015 CPT will present its annual fundraising extravaganza and party of the year – PANDEMONIUM ‘15, TRANSFORM.  Featuring dozens of area theatre, dance, visual and performance artists and with fabulous food and drink, Pandemonium is a benefit like no other and an opportunity for you to be a featured performer.

Your participation in PANDEMONIUM ‘15 will support Cleveland Public Theatre’s challenging and inspiring performance work, ensure that emerging artists and small performance companies have opportunities to participate in the arts, and sustain CPT’s work with youth and with adults in transition. In its 30-years on Cleveland’s Near Westside, CPT has been a catalyst for economic activity, job creation, private-sector investment in the community, and led to the area’s designation as an arts district. Read More ›

Summer Internship at Cleveland Public Theatre in Arts Management

Summer Internship at Cleveland Public Theatre


Arts Management

Range of Duties: Assist with financial record keeping and preparation of audited financial statements.

  • DATES & STIPEND: This unpaid 20 hour/week internship starts June 1st and can run as late as Sept 25th (17 weeks). Earlier end dates are possible based on the intern’s schedule. Exceptional candidates may be awarded a modest stipend paid at the end of the internship.
  • SUPERVISION: The intern will work under the direct supervision of the Assistant General Manager.
  • FOCUS: This internship will focus on not-for-profit financial management and record keeping.
      • To learn how to read and evaluate the meaning of financial statements.
      • To learn and experience the steps in preparing for a financial audit conducted by an outside auditor.
      • To learn basic bookkeeping using Intuit QuickBooks
      • To understand how accounting and financial management are practically applied in the day-to-day decision-making for a not-for profit performing arts organization.
      • To develop a clear understanding of the value of financial management in the life of an organization.
      • Preparation of financial reports, work papers and schedules for presentation to auditor
      • Participation in meetings with outside auditor
      • Entry of account payables and receivables into QuickBooks (previous knowledge not required)
      • Archiving of previous years financial records
      • Management of daily bank deposits.

This internship will also include exposure to a wide range of other arts management issues including marketing, fund-raising and theatrical production.

The intern will work on a daily basis with experienced arts management professionals. Read More ›

Cleveland Public Theatre presents two workshops this month

IMAGINING ACTIVISM creating work that touches hearts and minds of our community

taught by Tlaloc Rivas, director of Johanna: Facing Forward

A collaborative workshop that combines rigorous physical and creative exercises that focuses on how we can create work based on social / economic / environmental issues.

Saturday, May 30th, 12-5pm
Fee: $60.00*

Tlaloc Rivas is a writer, director, and theatre-maker who creates, develops and directs new plays focusing on the complexity, diversity and history of Latina/os in the United States and abroad. He also directs bilingual plays, classical and contemporary pieces, and new work by some of America’s most exciting writers. Originally from Baja California, Mexico and raised in Northern California, Tlaloc graduated with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz, and received his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington’s School of Drama. He splits his time between Iowa City (as Assistant Professor of Theatre at The University of Iowa) and Pittsburgh, where his wife Megan teaches at Carnegie Mellon University. He also enjoys running and hiking with his dog Xóchitl. Tlaloc is a co-founder of the Latina/o Theatre Commons and serves on the Editorial Board of its online platform, Café Onda.  As former Co-Chair of the LTC’s National Steering Committee, he helped organize the largest gathering of Latina/o artists in 25 years at Emerson College, Boston. He is a member of ATHE’s Latina/o Focus Group, a member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the national union for stage directors and choreographers. Read More ›

CPT Now Accepting Applications for the 2015/2016 Nord Playwright Fellowship

CPT’s Nord Playwright Fellowship Application

Deadline: June 1st, 2015

CPT’s Nord Playwright Fellowship is a year-long program for a local emerging playwright supported by the Nord Family Foundation. CPT initiated this program to provide greater support to the region’s playwright community and to nurture active artists. Up to two residencies may be awarded in 2015, which includes a $2,000 stipend for the playwright, development support and a workshop production. Please note that CPT is investing over $15,000 in staff time, support and direct costs associated with the residency.

Based on writing samples and one complete play, we will select a playwright with extraordinary potential. This resident artist will be given space at the theatre to write, create and rehearse work. Additionally, the program provides access to CPT’s artistic staff and is eligible for the theatre’s development programming. The residency is also an opportunity to be on site at CPT over the course of the year, interacting with and learning from designers, actors, directors and other writers. Read More ›

Cleveland Public Theatre’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) featured in Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Annual Report

Click here to view the report.

CPT now accepting applications for Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative

CPT’s Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative


Deadline for Application is
May 15, 2015

The Kulas Foundation Theatre Composer Initiative is a nine month fellowship program providing early-career composers with first-hand experience creating music and sound design for theatre.

This initiative engages composer/designers in a collaborative process under the guidance of the show producer and director to compose and produce original music for two full productions in CPT’s Season and to learn about other parts of the creative and production process of theatre. Composers gain hands-on learning experiences through sound design opportunities.

The program is intended to significantly grow CPT’s capacity for developing original music and sound design, and to support the growth and emergence of local artists.

In order to insure the development of work past this residency, both the composer and Cleveland Public Theatre will own full rights to composed materials developed through the Theatre Composer Initiative. Read More ›

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 ›