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 ›

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 ›