Cleveland Public Theatre is hiring an Artistic Associate

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring an Artistic Associate which is a core part of the CPT staff and will make a meaningful contribution to life at CPT and its success. This position is suited for an individual with an experience level ranging from early career Stage Management to a more seasoned theatre professional with significant line producing experience. CPT will be accepting applications for this position until the role is filled with a start date goal between July 1 and September 1, 2023.

Job description

The Artistic Associate (AA) facilitates artistic operations of the theatre in creating a groundbreaking season that seeks to raise consciousness and nurture compassion. The AA establishes and maintains excellent communications with visiting and internal artists and staff to manage flow of information, allotment of resources, and the overall producing of the season.

CPT’s season includes:

  • 5-9 full productions in the James Levin Theatre (120 seats avg), The Gordon Square Theatre (150 seats avg), and other locations on our campus.
  • Two presenting/coproduction series: Test Flight, a home for workshop productions beyond staged readings, and DanceWorks, an annual dance series featuring local companies.
  • 2 large scale multivenue events: Pandemonium, CPT’s annual benefit with 10-20 stages and 200-300 artists, and Station Hope, a site-specific social justice festival featuring 5-10 stages and 100-200 artists.
  • Our new play development programs, which include staged readings, in-house workshops, and a coproducing series.
  • Several community events in partnership with neighborhood organizations.

Essential functions include (but are not limited to):

  • Line producing and associate line producing
  • Intercommunicating with other departments.
  • Maintaining production budgets.
  • Maintaining artistic-producing practice.
  • Maintaining and contributing to CPT’s culture of courage, humanity, integrity, representation, respect, and joy
  • Working thoughtfully to continue CPT’s path towards becoming a fully anti-racist, multi-cultural organization.
  • Thoughtfully working to recruit, nurture, and support artists.
  • Representing artistic projects and working internally―i.e. working closely with all other departments, and externally as a representative to artists, donors, audiences, and the community at large.
  • Artistically engaging in at least one major project per year (or equivalent).
  • AA may also play an artistic, logistic, and/or leadership role of CPT internal companies, Teatro Público de Cleveland and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi.

Key competencies desired:

  • Event management
  • Strong logistics and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Commitment to leading with anti-racist principles.
  • Commitment to and a strong sense of the Cleveland community and the city itself, with an understanding of what is needed from CPT as a leader.
  • Team player
  • Integrity and discretion
  • New play development processes and practices


CPT gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.

The ideal candidate will be a resourceful, energetic, curious, and positive professional. A passion for producing, communication, logistics, spreadsheets, and detailed precision is critical.



Starting pay for this position will be $34,000-$46,000 and will be commensurate with experience and skillset. CPT offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability, vacation pay, and paid sick-time/personal days.

CPT staff description

CPT cares passionately about reflecting our community and pursuing diversity at all levels of the organization. CPT has a demanding work environment with long, intense hours, but we have fun and love what we do. We value hard work, and strive to center courage, humanity, integrity, representation, respect, and JOY, “challenging each other to do and be our collective best.” CPT is a deeply un-siloed organization and cross-department work is a norm.

For applicants considering relocating 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 affordable housing.

Cleveland Public Theatre

CPT is a nationally recognized center for contemporary performance. Its 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 6-12 adventurous professional productions and a robust series of new play development programs that support writers and devisers at multiple points in the creative process. CPT’s acclaimed education programs engage communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues and empower participants to work for positive change in our community. CPT is home to community ensembles Teatro Público de Cleveland and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi, and CPT annually presents Station Hope, a large-scale community arts festival. CPT’s annual budget is around $2.5 million a year. CPT has 22 full-time staff members.

To Apply…

Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter (equivalent of 2-3 pages) and resume to Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan at Please make your subject line reads: [LAST NAME], Artistic Associate. Candidates may be asked to provide additional materials after original application.

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