Raymond Bobgan named one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People!

In the January, 2009 issue of Cleveland Magazine, CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan was chosen as one of the Most Interesting People! You can check out who else made the cut and read all about them by clicking here!

The full article on Bobgan is below.

Raymond Bobgan
I’m the executive artistic director for Cleveland Public Theatre

Why he’s interesting: Bobgan, who writes, directs and produces some pretty cool plays himself, guides Cleveland Public Theatre in staging experimental Ohio premieres from new (and often local) playwrights, including a program in which formerly homeless men write and perform original plays. Read More ›

CPT Awarded NEA Grant

In December, Cleveland Public Theatre was awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA grant will support the production of Cut to Pieces by CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan and CPT Education Director Chris Seibert.

The NEA Grant will support the final development phase and a full production of Cut to Pieces, a new work that will integrate live performance with video projections, animation, film, and television montage.

For the full list of NEA recipients, please click here

CPT announces the 25th Anniversary Season: Alive

Cleveland Public Theatre Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan is proud to announce the 2008-2009, 25th anniversary season:

Alive — A celebration of premiere performance and original work

“Cleveland Public Theatre is the place for bold, new, adventurous and relevant works of performance,” says Bobgan. “Our exciting line-up includes amazing new works from great American playwrights and home-grown premieres of national stature.” The 08-09 season includes 4 World Premieres, 3 Ohio premieres, the 8th year of Big [BOX], the return of Little Box and CPT’s acclaimed performance series DanceWorks. Bobgan adds, “Theatre is alive, full of energy, giving voice to contemporary artists and celebrating the moment while challenging the status quo.” Read More ›

Raymond Bobgan and Cleveland area artists travel to Turkey

The trip was arranged by The Council of International Programs USA (CIPUSA), a non-profit international exchange program, and the Turkish Arts for Peace Program. The goal of the trip was to use CPT’s STEP program as a model for developing a youth arts program to marginalized youth in Turkey.

In addition to Raymond Bobgan, other attendees included Kathleen Cerveny, program director for arts and culture at The Cleveland Foundation; Marsha Dobryzynski, executive director of the Cleveland chapter of Young Audiences; Tony Sias, Director of Arts Education for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, local theatre artist and educator and Director of CPT’s In the Continuum; Ismail Douglas, a Capoeira dance expert and coordinator of Cleveland schools’ Motivation Through Excellence program, and Lisa Purdy of CIPUSA.

You can read blog postings from Kathleen Cerveny of The Cleveland Foundation by clicking the links below:

The group prepares to leave for Turkey

Fairs, Food and New Friends in Turkey

Impressions upon return from Turkey

Senator Sherrod Brown visits CPT!

Cleveland Public Theatre was proud to host a roundtable discussion facilitated by Senator Sherrod Brown in the James Levin Theatre. Senator Brown met with the leaders of the Gordon Square Arts District for an informative discussion and tour of the Capitol Movie Theatre before heading to CPT.

Senator Brown facilitated a lively discussion focused on areas of interest for local arts leaders. Patricipants discussed the impact of collaboration among organizations and the importance of seeking alternate funding sources for the arts. Read More ›