STUDENT THEATRE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (STEP) 2022: The Myth of Me
Producer Raymond Bobgan
Education Director Nicole Sumlin
Director Melissa Crum
Teaching Artists Cyril Amanfo, Zavi Odetta, Christian Mintah
Tech Team Lead Garrett Markgraf
Tech Team Assistant Janya Robinson
Costume Designer Inda Blatch-Geib
Assistant Designer and Crafts Person Dred Geib
Performance Ensemble Hope (Zion) Benson, Nicole Capellan, Yousif Elberri, Avieana Faulks-Williams, Samantha Gallo, Samia Keeton, Jaylen King, Elisa Lovelace, Kayla Ponyard, Jaiyah Pryor, Tatyana Rojas-Hibbitt, Lauryn Stewart, Alija Toles, Isaiah Young, Ja’Miyah Youngs
Very special thanks to Councilpersons: Council President Blaine A. Griffin, Kevin Conwell, Kerry McCormack, Rebecca Maurer, Charles Slife, Jenny Spencer, Richard A. Starr.
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; Brewer-Garrett; Cleveland Foundation; Dollar Bank Foundation; First Federal Lakewood; Martha Holden Jennings Foundation; David & Inez Myers Foundation, PNC Bank
Special thanks to these Community Partners Bellaire-Puritas Development Corporation; Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.; City of Cleveland Department of Community Development; Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority; Northwest Neighborhoods CDC, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization; Slavic Village Development; Tremont West Development Corporation, The Iron Ward
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.