Cleveland Public Theatre Announces a New Staff Position: Artistic Associate

Cleveland Public Theatre’s (CPT) mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking performances and life-changing educational programs. CPT seeks an Artistic Associate interested in joining its hard-working team with the ambitious goals of growing the organization and changing the community. For more information, visit

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 17, 2017

Description of Position

The Artistic Associate (AA) works as an assistant to Executive Artistic Director who leads the interwoven artistic and education programming. This position is a year-round, salaried, staff position well over 40 hours a week. Salary range $28,000-32,000, commensurate with experience. Some benefits included.

The Artistic Associate works collaboratively across all departments managing calendars, maintaining and growing partnerships, representing CPT in community meetings, collaborating on new program development, assistant-producing and line-producing shows, education programs and special events.

Experience in professional theatre is a must, with a minimum of 1 year of full-time theatre work or 3 years of consistent freelance work or equivalent. Experience in producing plays is important and experiences in new play development, education, devised theatre, community organizing and production management would be very helpful. CPT primarily produces work that is outside the mainstream theatre, so a past history of such work indicates a potentially good fit.

All positions at CPT work across departmental lines and the AA is involved in nearly all aspects of the theatre. The AA will be very involved in three aspects of CPT’s programming: the season of plays (including our new play development work); special community events, especially Station Hope, a neighborhood festival focusing on the triumphs of the Underground Railroad and challenges of current issues of inequity and social justice; and CPT core education programs that teach theatre creation techniques to under-privileged youth and adults.

Education and Artistic staff at CPT are expected to engage in their own artistic work and growth.

The successful candidate will be collaborative, eager to learn and dedicated to working in theatre. Candidate must possess excellent logistics skills, and have the creativity to create warm, exciting, empowering community experiences for our programs’ participants and families. Because of our track record of success we are particularly interested in candidates who are eager to support current programs and participate in developing new programs.

CPT cares passionately about reflecting our community and pursuing diversity at all levels of the organization. CPT has a demanding working environment with long, intense hours, but we have fun and love what we do. We value hard work, kindness, generosity, passion and grace-under-pressure. For applicants considering relocation to Cleveland: our city is an excellent community to live in, with top-notch arts and culture, a vibrant theatre scene, beautiful public parks, a great lake and VERY affordable housing.


Interested candidates should email two-page cover letter, résumé and references to: Subject header should read: [LAST NAME], Artistic Associate.


CPT’s mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking theatre and life-changing education programs. CPT implements this mission through its annual theatrical season, featuring between 10-15 adventurous professional productions, a robust series of play development programs that support writers and devisers at multiple points in the creative process and a bold educational program that engages disadvantaged youth and adults in creating their own plays and sharing them with the community. CPT’s annual budget is approximately $2,000,000. CPT’s accumulated surplus, building reserve, strong cash position and significant working capital provide for a relatively stable business environment. CPT has 16 fulltime staff members.

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