Test Flight

Test Flight is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production. Test Flight provides both local and national/international artists with the keys to the theatre and the opportunity to co-produce original works-in-progress. The series encourages risk-taking and an entrepreneurial spirit towards creating new work while offering artists a structured support system. Test Flight includes workshop performances of theatre, dance, performance art, and genre-defying performances.

Cleveland Public Theatre is proud to support and foster the work of local and national/international artists in this unique program.

CPT provides:
– The James Levin Theatre
– Basic production staff, stage management, box office support
– Marketing and advertising support

The artists provide the rest!

The writers, directors, actors, and designers selected for Test Flight dedicate themselves to creating new and original work, or stretching their artistic powers by working in new disciplines.

The deadline to apply for Test Flight 2021 has passed, but feel free to click the links below to explore the application process—and start gearing up for next year!

Test Flight Local Request for Proposals – Microsoft Word
Test Flight Local Request for Proposals – PDF
Test Flight Non-local Request for Proposals – Microsoft Word
Test Flight Non-local Request for Proposals – PDF

New Play Development at CPT

CPT is proud to be a leader in providing platforms for new work and emerging artists.

CPT has led the community in producing new plays by local and nationally recognized playwrights. In the past 10 years, CPT produced 107 staged readings and showcases, 98 workshop productions, and 55 full productions of world premieres—in addition to hundreds of community-created plays read, workshopped, and performed through our education and community programs.

Programs include:


a platform for artists to share their work in the early stages of creation, presented in a festival-like environment that encourages artist-audience exchange


local and national artists are offered the keys to the theatre and the opportunity to self-produce workshop productions of new works, presented in a multi-week series

CATAPULT | year-round, ongoing

a customizable fellowship program that was developed to move projects from early to mid-development phase to being “production-ready”—made possible through support from the Nord Family Foundation


                                  The Nord Family Foundation