Station Hope 2017 Request for Proposals

Station Hope

Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 30th.

Cleveland Public Theatre is planning the fourth 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 April 29, 2017.

How Station Hope Will Work

Audiences explore the 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, presented multiple times throughout the evening. Art installations will range from large to small, depending on the individual needs and space available.

How to get involved with Station Hope

Station Hope is a large and complex project and we need a lot of support to make it a success. There are many different roles available; ranging from creative to technical assistance. Below is a list of different ways to participate in the event:

Lead Artist:Lead a team of collaborators (or work individually) to create an original piece of theatre, performance, choir or visual art. A Lead Artist can be an individual or an organization. Lead Artists will be selected through an application process, outlined in this document.
Actor:There will be multiple opportunities in various 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.
Stage Management & Technical Support:We will need help setting up spaces and running those spaces during the event(s).
Volunteer:There will be multiple volunteer needs to make this event run smoothly, such as parking assistance, ticket takers, runners, etc. Volunteers will be 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 Artistic and Education Associate, Andy Weyenberg (, with your name, contact information, role interested in filling and resume*. (*resumes not needed for Volunteer inquiries)

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 and 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 can rarely be offered. Station Hope is more about the performance and the art, than elaborate technical elements, but don’t confuse minimalism and resourcefulness with lack of style and quality. Artists are welcome to make elaborate 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 fit things in that don’t really fit the limitations. We need you, the artist, to work creatively to adapt your program to fit into the event and work well with the other performances.

There will be a Stage Manager (if necessary) available for the event, 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 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 a number of factors.

  • Has the artist/organization demonstrated the ability to produce the proposed work? We aren’t looking for top notch 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 the Underground Railroad and contemporary issues of social justice? We are open to all kinds of works, 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 and how will it fit in the spaces available?

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

We are anticipating 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 the brick wall facing the church.

Tours of St. John’s Church…

To make the best proposal possible for Station Hope, we strongly recommend that artists/organizations attend one of two tours of St. John’s Church and the venues described below before submitting an application.

Tour dates and times will be determined in early January 2017.

The tours are open to anyone considering a proposal for Station Hope but require RSVP. Please RSVP by emailing CPT Artistic and Education Associate, Andy Weyenberg, at


Outdoor stageOutdoor WanderingParish Hall
  • 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


  • Time frame flexible
    • i.e. wandering and performing in two 45 min shifts.
  •  Cast size: flexible
  • Performance space flexible
  • 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
BasementMain Sanctuary 
  • 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.


  • 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
Visual Art InstallationOther Venues
  • Art Installations should have an interactive quality
  • Installations can range from intimate encounters in a corner to a large piece on an outdoor wall.
  • CPT is looking at a variety of other “venues” for performance including tents and adjacent buildings.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 30th.

Click Here for the full application (in Microsoft Word).

Click Here for the full application (in PDF form).

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