Cleveland Public Theatre requests proposals for Station Hope 2022

Station Hope 2022

Deadline for submissions is on Monday, February 7.

Cleveland Public Theatre is planning the ninth annual STATION HOPE, a one night event of entertainment and art inspired by the history of St. John’s Church and the Underground Railroad, the repercussions of oppression, and contemporary struggles for social justice, on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

COVID-19 and CDC Protocol

For the safety of all artists and CPT staff and volunteers, all participants must be able to show proof of vaccination.

Though we cannot require all patrons to be vaccinated, all patrons will be required to wear masks indoors. CPT will follow all CDC requirements.

How Station Hope works

Audiences explore St. John’s campus on the corner of W 26th St and Church Ave. With 30+ performances to choose from, attendees will encounter choirs, dance, theatre, intimate solo performance, and interactive art – all happening at the same time in multiple indoor and outdoor venues.

Station Hope performances are 10–15 minutes in length and may be presented multiple times throughout the evening. Art installations will range from large to small, depending on the individual needs and space availability.

How to get involved with Station Hope

Station Hope is a large and complex project, and we need a lot of support to ensure its success. There are many opportunities to be involved, ranging from creative to technical assistance. Below is a list of different ways to participate in the event:

  1. Lead Artist: Lead a team of collaborators (or work individually) to create an original piece of theatre, performance, choral, or visual art. A Lead Artist can be an individual or an organization. Lead Artists will be selected through an application process, outlined at the end of this document.
  2. Actor: There will be multiple opportunities in a variety of performances. CPT will compile and share an “Interested Actor” list with all Lead Artists. Casting decisions are in the complete control of the Lead Artists.
  3. Stage Management & Technical Support: We will need help setting up spaces and running those spaces during the event(s).
  4. Volunteer: We need over 100 volunteers to help make this event run smoothly, such as parking assistance, greeters, runners, etc. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation in the week leading up to the event.

Individuals interested in being involved in Station Hope through the following roles, Actor, Stage Management & Technical Support or Volunteer, should email CPT’s Artistic Associate, India Nicole Burton (, with your name, contact information and role interested in filling.

Individuals and organizations interested in being a Lead Artist should read the additional information and complete the application included in this document.

What to expect…

Station Hope is an ongoing experiment in neighborhood arts presentation. CPT is a learning organization, and we value generosity, professionalism, and a spirit of good-will. We expect our partners to enter into the spirit of this experimentation while participating in the event as a whole.

Limited technical support is available to all lead artists. Each space will have basic lighting and sound support. Elaborate, highly-specific and proprietary technical needs are rarely offered. Station Hope is more about the performance and the art rather than elaborate technical elements, but don’t confuse minimalism and resourcefulness with lack of style and quality. Artists are welcome to make physical plans for their space, but they must be ready to implement the plans with little time in the space and technical support from CPT.

Station Hope venues have limitations and sometimes we need to place lead artists in spaces that may not fully accommodate the ideal elements of your performance. We need you, the artist, to work creatively to adapt your program to fit into this historical location and the flow of the event and to work well with the other artists.

There will be a Stage Manager (if necessary) available for your venue, but lead artists should provide their own artistic collaborators and produce their individual performance or installation. CPT staff will be available for consultation and support where possible.

Proposing a performance or visual art for Station Hope

Proposals should be bold, inventive, and thought provoking. Proposals can range from choirs, dance, short plays, art installations, poetry, performance art, wandering characters, solo pieces, etc.

In selecting works for this event we will be looking at several factors.

  • Has the artist/organization demonstrated the ability to produce the proposed work? We are not looking for expert producers, but we want to feel confident that the artist/group has a clear understanding of what it takes to pull off a show and the ability assess their own capacity.
  • How is the proposed art inspired by contemporary issues of social justice or the Underground Railroad? We are open to all kinds of work, but are most interested in contemporary theatre work that is inspired by the UGRR and its current parallels.
  • Can the work be fully accomplished in the time limitations? How will it fit in the spaces available?

We want to curate an aesthetically diverse range of work and are open to educational, community, amateur, and professional groups.

We have a special need for interactive performance and visual art, especially pieces that could engage audiences while waiting in line outside and works that could take over a large outdoor area.

Informational Meeting and Tour of St. John’s Church

To make the best proposal possible for Station Hope, we strongly recommend that interested artists and organizations attend the Station Hope Informational Meeting on Saturday, January 8th via Zoom, from 10am-11:30am. At this meeting we will discuss the history of Station Hope, how the event works and review the application process.

The meeting is open to anyone considering a proposal for Station Hope but you must RSVP. Please RSVP by emailing CPT’s Artistic Associate, India Nicole Burton, at

Venues for Station Hope

  • Outdoor Stage
    – Choirs and Music
    – 20-30 minutes
    – Most choirs will only perform once, but some may be asked to perform twice
    – Volume must be limited due to the proximity of spaces and sound bleed
    – There will be minimal sound support on this stage
  • Outdoor Wandering
    – Time frame flexible (i.e., wandering and performing in two 45 min shifts.)
    – Cast size: flexible
    – Performance space flexible
  • Parish Hall
    – 10-15 minutes
    – Each piece performs 2-5 times
    – Cast size 3-10
    – 1 minute set up, 1 minute strike
    – Performance space: app. 12′ deep x 24′ wide
  • Basement
    – 10-15 minutes
    – Each piece performs 2-5 times
    – Cast size: 3-10
    – Large open space
    – Piece must be quiet due to sound bleed from sanctuary above
  • Main Sanctuary
    – 10-15 minutes
    – Each piece performs 2-5 times
    – Cast size: 3-12
    – 1 minute set up, 1 minute strike
    – Performance space: app. 16’ deep x 16’ wide
  • Alternate Venues
    – 10-15 minutes
    – Each piece performs 2-5 times
    – Cast size: 3-7
    – 1 minute set up, 1 minute strike
    – Performance space: app. 12’ deep x 12’ wide
  • Visual Art Installation
    – Art Installations should have an interactive quality
    – Installations can range from intimate encounters in a corner to a large piece on an outdoor wall
  • Other Venues
    – CPT is looking at a variety of other “venues” for performance including tents and adjacent buildings.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, February 7, 2022.



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