Cleveland Public Theatre Announces Auditions for STEP 2024, celebrating 30 years of empowering artmaking! 

CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is a rigorous arts-based program that provides hands-on job training and engages youth from Cleveland families 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 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.  

STEP is a Paid Artistic Opportunity. This year’s program will run from June 10th-August 4th, Monday-Friday from 11:00am-5:00pm. Performances are scheduled during afternoons and evenings on weekdays and weekends from July 25th through August 4th. 

Audition Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2024, 6:00pm-8:00pm  


Auditions will be held at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave. Cleveland OH, 44102.  

What to Prepare:  

Young Artists should come prepared to perform 1 minute of material. This should highlight whatever talent you would like to showcase and can range from acting, singing, dancing, or even playing an instrument! (It’d be great to have an instrumental audition accompany an acting, singing, or dancing presentation.) 

How to reserve my place:  

To attend auditions please email Melissa Crum to reserve your spot.  


Any Questions:  

Please reach out to Melissa Crum, Artistic and Education Associate. 

Email:, Phone: 440-429-5876 

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