Station Hope 2020

A Virtual Celebration of Hope. A Dialogue for Change.

June 27, 2020

5:00-10:00pm (ET)

NOTE: Family-friendly programming until 7:30pm (ET). After 7:30pm (ET), performances may include adult content.

On Saturday, June 27, visit for links to the platforms on which we will be livestreaming.

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Station Hope—this year, a virtual festival—is a jubilant community event celebrating Cleveland’s social justice history and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. Engage with local artists as they envision, interrogate, and seek out hope from where they are stationed. Audience members will participate virtually and witness livestreamed performances of theatre, music, storytelling, and dance inspired by the most important issues of our time. CPT Staff will broadcast (safely and responsibly) from the historic grounds of Cleveland’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site, St. John’s Episcopal Church.


3 Winds Project featuring Michele Rudolph; Inda Blatch-Geib Designs; Cleveland Classical Guitar Society; Cleveland Act Now (formerly Brick City Theatre) Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Lakeview Terrace; Creative Concepts in Music; Dike School of the Arts & India Nicole Burton, NNPN Producer in Residence; Djapo Cultural Arts Institute; Sheffia Randall Dooley, CPT Premiere Fellow; Marian Fairman; Fostering Hope & Elaine Hullihen; Generation L.Y.G.H.T. featuring Martinique Mims; Les Hunter, CPT Premiere Fellow; Inlet Dance Theatre; Kings & Queens of Art featuring Gwendolyn Garth; Philip Metres; Neo Dance featuring Nehemiah Spencer; Ohio City Theatre Project; Restore Cleveland Hope & Bodwin Theatre Company featuring Kevin Cronin; Shri Kalaa Mandir & Kulture Kids; Sound Body Culture (Sound Body Productions, LLC) & Obediya Jones-Darrell, CPT Kulas Composer Fellow; Nicole & Eugene Sumlin; The Superhero Project; Teatro Público de Cleveland; Eric Schmiedl & The Cleveland Treatment Center; Twelve Literary Arts; Andrew Aaron Valdez, CPT Premiere Fellow, with Siaara Freeman, Ephraim Nehemiah, Clarity Levine, Damien McClendon, Akeem Rollins; Anne McEvoy & Women in History; The Wright Family Singers

Click here for the order of performances

download the Station Hope Program

Click here or on the image below.

Station Hope in the news

Click, watch, and read below for a glimpse of what to expect at this year’s virtual festival, courtesy of WKYC, The News-Herald, and News 5 Cleveland!

Click here or on the image above to get a 2-minute sneak peek from WKYC of what’s in store for tonight! We’re so grateful to the artists from this year and years past—many of whom make an appearance in this awesome news clip.

Station Hope was also recently featured in The News-Herald and on News 5 Cleveland—click here to read about Station Hope in The News-Herald, and click here to watch the video from News 5 Cleveland, featuring Station Hope artist Nicole Sumlin and Station Hope Co-Line Producer & CPT Associate Artistic Director & Director of Production Beth Wood.

station hope emcees

Pictured (from left): AdeOlomo, photo courtesy of AdeOlomo; India Nicole Burton, photo by Jennifer Hearn; Beth Wood, photo by Steve Wagner.

India Nicole Burton
Beth Wood

click here to learn more about the emcees

Activate Hope: Text to Give

CPT is proud to recognize three Cleveland organizations who have made social justice central to their mission as part of Station Hope 2020. Restore Cleveland HopeACLU of Ohio, and NAACP Cleveland Branch call us to defend our rights, end discrimination, and know our history. Please consider supporting these organizations with a financial contribution and help our community grow strong into the future. Click here to donate and learn more about the organizations.

Click here for more information or to make a donation.

Station Hope Activity Book

Click here or on the image above to download the Station Hope family activity book for all ages, featuring historical and contemporary activities, created and designed by Inda Blatch-Geib, Dred Geib, and Chialla Geib-Fenske. Packets also available for pick up at St. John’s Episcopal Church – 2600 Church Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113 – on Saturday, June 27th from 11:00am-2:00pm (ET). While supplies last, packets picked up in person will also include crayons, felt, construction paper, and scissors.


Wednesday, June 24 | 8:00PM (ET)

Visit on Wednesday, June 24 to tune in to these special pop-up performances from Station Hope artists.

Twelve Literary Arts

readings featuring four past and present Barbara Smith Residency writers, a 3-month residency provided by Twelve Literary Arts
Written & Performed by: Adebe DeRango-Adem, Noor Hindi, Jason Harris, Quartez Harris | Directed by: Daniel Gray-Kontar

Neo Dance

oppressed by shackles, how does one find the strength to overcome the lynching of another black man?
Directed by: Andre Dailey | Performed by: Nehemiah Spencer | Videography by: Dwayne Jones

Have a Cookie

a Zoom interview reveals why mother and son started their immigration rights law practice
Written & Directed by: Les Hunter, CPT Premiere Fellow | Video Production by: Brian Douglas | Performed by: Brian Douglas, Lynna Metrisin, Les Hunter | Based on extensive interviews with Arizona immigration rights lawyer & activist Mo Goldman

Content Warning: CPT supports new play development, as well as social justice oriented-theatre. Sensitive material may be explored, and content continues to change as the art is developed. Because of the nature of new play development, we can’t provide additional content warnings for Station Hope Pop-Up Livestream performances.

Action is Hope: A Panel Discussion

Friday, June 26 | 7:00-8:15PM (ET)

Weren’t able to make the panel discussion? Click here to watch!

Pictured (from left): MyRon P. Edmonds, DMin, photo by Gianna Snell; Siaara Freeman, photo courtesy of Siaara Freeman; Dr. Yvonne Pointer, photo courtesy of Dr. Yvonne Pointer; Daniel Gray-Kontar, photo by Stephen Bivens.

Local leaders who have changed their community through activism in different ways speak about their process and what called them to activism. Action is Hope: a panel discussion is a call to action and a sharing of ideas to move us all toward action within our communities.

MyRon P. Edmonds, DMin
Pastor, Grace Community SDA Church

Siaara Freeman
Teaching artist for Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, co-founder of Outsiders Queer Midwest Writers Retreat, and founder and curator of WUSGOOD.BLACK and the Black Hogwarts Poetry Workshop

Dr. Yvonne Pointer
Activist, philanthropist, Humanitarian, speaker, and author

Moderated by Daniel Gray-Kontar
Poet, teacher, youth mentor, rapper, journalist, education activist, and Executive Artistic Director at Twelve Literary Arts



Watch the 2017 Station Hope Video


One night a year, 250 artists from across Northeast Ohio inhabit historic St. John’s Episcopal Church—Cleveland’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site and a beacon of freedom symbolizing the city’s social justice heritage. Station Hope addresses many of the most important issues of our time and celebrates hope through powerful theatre, spoken word, dance, music, and multimedia performances inspired by contemporary issues of freedom and justice. Audiences are invited to explore the historic buildings and surrounding grounds while visual art installations, choir performances, and other interactive activities set the atmosphere around the church.

Every year, over 2,000 people attend Station Hope, which features art and performance staged in and around St. John’s Episcopal Church. Station Hope 2020 will feature both new and returning artists, tackling such contemporary topics as immigration, education, police brutality, human trafficking, gun violence, income inequality, racism, and gender discrimination—alongside historically-based original works that celebrate the people and stories comprising Northeast Ohio’s Underground Railroad History.

Arts & Community

Residents of the nearby public housing estate at Lakeview Terrace join long-time and new residents of the Ohio City neighborhood, along with real-estate developers, arts lovers, business owners, and politicians, to make up a highly economically diverse crowd.

About St. John’s

St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 2600 Church Avenue in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland—known as “Station Hope” on the Underground Railroad. The oldest consecrated building in Cuyahoga County, St. John’s was the last stop for freedom seekers before crossing the waters of Lake Erie, and its steeple acted as a beacon of freedom.


Station Hope 2020 is presented in partnership with The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio & The Institute at St. John’s, Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack, Ohio City Incorporated, and Restore Cleveland Hope, Inc. & the Cozad-Bates House, with over 30 participating arts groups and 150 individual artists from the Northeast Ohio region.

Other Leadership Supporters of Station Hope 2020 include The City of Cleveland, The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, Ohio City Incorporated, and Third Federal Savings & Loan.


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