CPT Announces Request for Proposals: DanceWorks 2020

Request for Proposals

DanceWorks 2020

Deadline for submissions is August 30, 2019.

DanceWorks 2020 is an important part of Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2019/2020 Season. DanceWorks offers Northeast Ohio dance companies and choreographers the opportunity to have world premiere works presented in a series with other local dance companies.

Through a submission process, CPT hopes to select 4 local dance companies to be part of DanceWorks 2020 in the Gordon Square Theatre. DanceWorks 2020 will take place over 4 weeks, April 2 – April 25.

We are accepting submissions for two weeks: April 6 – 11 and April 13 – 18. (Inlet Dance Theatre will perform in DanceWorks April 2 – 4 and Verb Ballets will perform in DanceWorks April 23 – 25.)

In an effort to accommodate as many proposals as possible, CPT is only seeking submissions for groups to perform concerts of 45 – 60 minutes. CPT will pair selected groups to share an evening on a double bill, where each group will perform their individual concert to create a full evening.

Each pair of groups will have access to the Gordon Square Theatre for one week: Monday through Wednesday for load-in and rehearsal, and Thursday through Saturday for performances. Double bills will share revenue, rehearsal time, and technical time.

The Gordon Square Theatre will be set up with a repertory lighting plot suitable for dance. Companies may alter the light plot; however, they then take full responsibility for implementing the alterations and restoring the space to its original state directly following their final performance.

It is up to each company to provide its own artistic collaborators and additional technical staff as needed. CPT will provide a series stage manager, as well as box office and house management staff. CPT produces a direct mail brochure advertising the DanceWorks series. However, it is up to the individual companies to promote their own show. CPT will do what we can to assist your marketing efforts.

Selected groups will receive a minimum guarantee of $750 against a box office split of 30% for the dance company. For example if a project makes $2,000 at the box office, the project will keep the $750 guarantee. If the box office is $4,000, the project will get a total of $1,200, an additional $450 over the original $750. Ticket prices for DanceWorks 2020 range from $15 – $25.


The purpose of DanceWorks is to serve new work by established and emerging dance companies and choreographers in Cleveland that feature professional dancers. DanceWorks seeks to represent a diversity of forms, genres, and aesthetic values. We want to create an environment where companies can boldly experiment and stretch beyond their established repertory. Performances should be comprised of at least 50% world premiere work. DanceWorks features high quality work that is well thought out, rehearsed, and prepared.

Major factors in selecting works are capability, impact, and quality. Companies should demonstrate that they have experienced personnel capable of independently managing your production needs: including sound, lighting, and stage. CPT is looking for companies that can organize their needs and resources in an effective way that allows them to be fully prepared.

CPT expends a great deal of resources to make DanceWorks happen, and we are looking for projects for which DanceWorks will provide a significant impact both on the company that is performing and on our audience.


If you would like to be considered for DanceWorks 2020, please complete the application form and email it to Artistic Associate Molly Andrews-Hinders at mollyah@cptonline.org.

Click here for a Microsoft Word version of the application.
Click here for a PDF version of the application.

Deadline for submissions is August 30, 2019.

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