Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 6.
Cleveland Public Theatre is planning the seventh 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 2, 2020.
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 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:
|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.|
|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.|
|Stage Management & Technical Support:||We will need help setting up spaces and running those spaces during the event.|
|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 NNPN Producer in Residence, India Nicole Burton (email@example.com), 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 goodwill. 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 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 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 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 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 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 a number of 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 to assess their own capacity.
- How is the proposed art inspired by contemporary issues of social justice or the Underground Railroad (UGRR)? 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 accomplished within the limitations of Station Hope? 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 are especially interested in performance and visual art that engages audiences while waiting in line outside or pieces that could take over a large outdoor area.
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, November 23 at 2pm. 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 NNPN Producer in Residence, India Nicole Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Venues for Station Hope
|Outdoor stage||Outdoor Wandering||Parish Hall|
|Basement||Main Sanctuary||Alternate Venue – Medium|
|Visual Art Installation||Other Venues||Alternate Venue – Small|
|CPT is looking at a variety of other “venues” for performance including tents and adjacent buildings.|