Calling for Haiku Volunteers!

Calling for Haiku Volunteers!

The Haiku Mistress is returning to CPT for the Gordon Square Fall Fest: TEST FLIGHT on October 17th and we are looking for volunteers!

This is not your typical volunteer experience. You will work in teams on a scavenger hunt to get people to write haiku with you. Yes. Haiku, the ancient Japanese form of verse with a line of five syllables, a line of seven syllables and a final line of five syllables.

Here are the logistics:
Training: Friday, October 16th from 6-7:30pm or Saturday October 17th from 2:00-3:30pm
Event: Saturday, October 17th

Email Caitlin Lewins at with the following information:
Phone Number
Shirt Size (Unisex Sm-XXL and women’s cut S-XL)

What shift would you prefer?

Short Answer:
Do you have any past experience with haiku or Cleveland Public Theatre?
Why are you interested?
Do you have any special needs (limited mobility, etc.)?
Is there any other relevant information you wish to share?

Want more info? Check out these sites for more details about how it works.

What is Guerilla Haiku? Biography & Photos.

Video Guerilla Haiku’s event in 2013 at CPT:

Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellowship Readings

Cleveland Public Theatre announces

Auditions for
Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellowship Readings

Cleveland Public Theatre is looking to cast 3 plays for a series of readings for our Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellows. We are looking for a diverse group of all ages and types interested in originating roles in three new plays. The Nord Family Foundation Playwright Residency Readings consist of 3 readings for each play written by 3 local writers. Each play will have two private readings and one fully staged reading open to the public.

When: Saturday, September 26th from 1:00-4:00pm
Where: CPT’s Campus (6415 Detroit Ave)

Auditions are by appointment only and will be scheduled in one hour increments. Actors will be given sides at the audition for cold readings. They should also come with one prepared contemporary monologue that they may be asked to perform. Please bring 3 copies of your headshot and resume, if available. Actors should be prepared to stay for the entire hour.

The Nord Readings will need the following commitment:

  1. First Reading: a private, invitation-only cold read with no prior rehearsals that will take place the weekend of October 22nd – 24th
  2. Second Reading: a private, invitation-only reading with 10 hours of rehearsal. Performance will take place the weekend of November 12th – 14th
  3. Final Reading: 2 fully staged-reading performances open to the general public with 20 hours of rehearsal (similar to CPT’s SpringBoard series from previous seasons). Performances will take place the weekend of January 6th – 10th

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CPT announces Auditions for “The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Great Expectations

Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for

The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Great Expectations

Created by Liz Conway, Michael Seevers, Jr. & Beth Wood

Directed by Beth Wood

Looking to cast…

2 – 3 funny women (over the age of 18) who can sing/carry a tune, move/shake your maracas, and don’t take themselves too seriously, to join the dysfunctional Loush Sisters. Specific characters will be created based on the actors cast.

About the play…

Holly and Jolly Loush (aka The Loush Sisters) return to the stage for a bawdy, boozy holiday cabaret. Fueled by song, sidekicks and a hefty dose of “holiday cheer,” the Loush Sisters reinterpret A CHRISTMAS CAROL as you’ve never, ever seen it before. World Premiere.

About The Loush Sisters…

Originally created in 2003 for a Cleveland Public Theatre special event, The Loush Sisters have become a favorite of CPT audiences, performing in 2011 at Playhouse Square’s 14th Street Theatre and in 2013 at CPT with The Loush Sisters DO the Nutcracker to critical acclaim. The brain children of Liz Conway, Michael Seevers, Jr. and Beth Wood, The Sisters are an unapologetically raunchy, lounge-singing duo. (Imagine Saturday Night Live’s Sweeney Sisters (1980’s) but raunchier & more inappropriate.)

About the process…

There may be a workshop period to develop material from September 16th – October 21st. There may be 1 – 2 rehearsals a week during this period for some cast members.

Full rehearsals will begin October 26th with 5 – 6 rehearsals a week. Performances are November 27th through December 19th; Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in CPT’s Gordon Square Theatre.


Saturday 8/15: 1p-3p

Auditions are by appointment only and will be conducted in a group setting. Auditioners must attend the full session.

What to prepare…

  • 1-2 minute contemporary comedic monologue
  • 16 bars of a POP song; bring sheet music in your key (a cappella and CD accompaniment are acceptable)
  • Be ready to improvise as a member of the Loush Family
  • Dress appropriately for shimming-ing and movement
  • Bring your sense of humor and be prepared to play and have fun!

To schedule an audition appointment, please email New Play Associate, Caitlin Lewins at Be sure to include your name, email address, phone number and preferred audition date & time in your email. No phone calls please.

CPT Announces auditions for Mr. Burns

Cleveland Public Theatre announces Auditions for

Mr. Burns

Written by Anne Washburn.
Score by Michael Friedman. Lyrics by Anne Washburn.
Directed by Matthew Wright.

About the play…

A post-apocalyptic tale of survival, passion, and… the enduring power of Bart Simpson. Across a devastated landscape, gangs of survivors band together to keep the pilot light of civilization burning, exchanging memories for currency as society rebuilds itself one Simpsons episode at a time. Told over three acts and several decades, Mr. Burns culminates in a DIY musical spectacular, suggesting that humanity’s path to redemption is as unexpected as it is inevitable. Regional Premiere. Read More ›

CPT’s 2015/2016 Season has been announced!


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

Teatro Publico de Cleveland FREE Theatre Workshops

2015 workshop flyer ALL

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 ›