Theatre Creation Workshop (online!) with Raymond Bobgan

May 30, 2020

11:00am-12:30pm (ET)

24 virtual spots available
Workshop: $1
Suggested Donation: $1 to $99

Kickstart your weekend with a creativity workshop led by Raymond Bobgan, CPT Executive Artistic Director. This virtual session will include theatre creation techniques, some physical movement, games, and a class sharing of improvisational creation. This workshop is for those who are curious about creating original work and wanting to spark new thoughts or go on a guided imagination adventure. We are seeking a workshop class with diverse backgrounds and skill sets—we hope it will be fulfilling for advanced theatre creators as well as beginners. The class will be limited to 24 participants. This class is intended for adults but teenagers are also welcome.

You will need the following to participate:

  • A device to connect you to the Zoom meeting (phone or computer)—all participants are expected to leave their video camera on throughout the workshop.
  • A 3 foot circle around you in which to move.
  • A table in front of you on which you can place and move small objects.
  • Paper and writing utensils (preferably NOT the device you are using to connect to Zoom)
  • Special requirement: 10-15 practical small household items you can easily handle in one hand (i.e. a screwdriver, spoon, key, etc.) Preferably not decorative items like a photograph or tchotchke. Please have these within reach on the table.

CPT will record the meeting for archival and teacher training purposes only. The copyright is held by the teacher and CPT, and participants may not film or share class video in any way.

Thank you for your interest in this workshop. Registration is now closed.

About the Process

Raymond creates new performances that are bold, multilayered, and highly physical through an ever-evolving ensemble process. His work centers on collaborating with performers to create performance. Deep work with actors on the creation of physical, mental, and emotional scores, montage of these scores with original text, layering of various elements, song creation, storytelling, and the moving of objects to transform space are all hallmarks of his unique approach to theatre.


Raymond’s work has been seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and has been featured in American Theatre magazine, Canadian Theatre ReviewTheatre Journal, and in Lisa Wolford’s book Grotowski’s Objective Drama Research. Raymond has created many works for CPT including: Feefer Rising, with Faye Hargate; Rusted Heart BroadcastInsomnia: The Waking of Herselves, with Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert; Cut to Pieces, with Chris Seibert; and Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, co-produced by CPT and La MaMa ETC (Off-Broadway).

Raymond founded the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP), a job-training theatre program for teens, and co-created the Y-Haven Theatre Project with James Levin which engages formerly homeless men in writing and performing theatre, and initiated Station Hope, a community arts festival exploring contemporary issues of social justice. With Faye Hargate, Raymond initiated Teatro Público de Cleveland, CPT’s resident Latino theatre company, and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi مسرح كليفلاند العربي, a new group dedicated to creating and performing theatre from Arabic-speaking communities.

Raymond’s professional troupe, Cleveland CORE Ensemble, recently toured Red Ash Mosaic, a surreal journey through projection to purpose. They are currently working on a new project, Candlelight Hypothesis #1-12, which will premiere in June of 2020.

Raymond was the first recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in the discipline of Theatre. He is a two-time winner of the Creative Workforce Fellowship and a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Fellowship. He is an alumnus of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG)’s Early Career Development Program for Directors, and of the National Theatre Artist Residency Program (Pew Charitable Trust and TCG). Raymond also received the Cisgender Ally Award at Cleveland’s Transgender Day of Remembrance and Equality Ohio’s Ally Award. In 2018, he was honored with the Cleveland Foundation’s Homer C. Wadsworth Award and in 2017, his administrative leadership was recognized with The Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio.

He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the National New Play Network, serves on the Theatre Communications Group Board of Directors, and is the Chair of the Board of the Gordon Square Arts District Cleveland Improvement Corporation.

This is Raymond Bobgan’s 14th season in the leadership position at Cleveland Public Theatre.