STUDENT THEATRE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (STEP) 2021: SONG OF SANKOFA
Producer Raymond Bobgan
Education Director Nicole Sumlin
Director John Dayo-Aliya, 2020/2021 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow
Co-Director Melissa Crum
Assistant Director, Fight Choreographer, & Teaching Artist Avery LaMar Pope
Education Associate, Stage Manager, & Teaching Artist Allyse Corbin
Tech Team Leader Garrett Markgraf
Costume Designer Inda Blatch-Geib
Assistant Costume Designer & Craftsperson Dred Geib
Dance Instructor Kenya Woods
Wardrobe Supervisor Brielle McGowan
Performance Ensemble: Paris Burrell, Kyondalyss Cruz, Yousif Elberri, Taylor Mahone, Jaiyah Pryor, Janiely Santiago, Easton Sumlin, Alija Toles
Tech Team: Jade Gantt, Shamere George, Rylee Horowitz, Michael Toles, Jr.
Very special thanks to Councilpersons: Jenny Spencer, Blaine A. Griffin, Kevin Conwell, Anthony Brancatelli, Kerry McCormack, Delores L. Gray, Charles Slife
Made possible through the generous support of: Cleveland City Council and the Mayor’s Office of Prevention, Intervention, and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Brewer-Garrett; Cleveland Foundation; George W. Codrington Foundation; Cuyahoga Arts & Culture; Dollar Bank Foundation; First Federal Lakewood; Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation; George Gund Foundation; Martha Holden Jennings Foundation; David & Inez Myers Foundation; Holly & David Neumann; Ohio Arts Council; PNC Bank; Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation; Third Federal Savings & Loan; William M. Weiss Foundation
Special thanks to these Community Partners:
Bellaire-Puritas Development Corporation; Broadway Public Art; Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.; City of Cleveland Department of Community Development; Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority; Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization; Ohio City Inc.; Slavic Village Development; Tremont West Development Corporation
What is STEP?
CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is a rigorous arts-based program that provides hands-on job training, engaging Cleveland youth from families defined as low-income in a powerful learning experience that develops job skills, academic achievement, and interpersonal skills. As part of this eight-week summer program, youth, ages 14-19, work together to create, produce, perform, and tour their own play. This program is the longest-running arts-based, workplace development program in Cleveland and is an international model for engaging youth. Since its beginning in 1994, STEP has received multiple awards and recognitions including those from the City of Cleveland, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Through STEP, teens see themselves as a positive and inspirational force, and watch as their work has an impact on the larger Cleveland community.
Thank you to our Partner Organizations: LAND studio and Youth Opportunities Unlimited
STEP is generously Funded by