Cleveland Public Theatre
Cleveland Public Theatre is about bold innovation, adventurous performance, and powerful community engagement. Anchoring the Gordon Square Arts District, this professional theatre has a broad patron base, attracting a high percentage of urbanites and theatregoers under 40. CPT’s ambitious season emphasizes new, often unconventional plays and offers programs for local theatre-makers to create work. Recent seasons featured a majority of female creators and stories from artists of color, including members of CPT’s new Latino ensemble Teatro Publico de Cleveland. Each year, the organization engages low-income youth and homeless adults in long-term, intensive theatre creation and education programs.
CPT will host Conference attendees on Thursday night for an opening night party—the likes of which the Conference has never seen!—modeled after its renowned annual benefit Pandemonium. Featuring fabulous local food, complimentary drinks and dozens of short works by area theatre, dance, visual and performance artists, presented in and around CPT’s campus, Pandemonium@TCG: Party on the Edge is not to be missed!
6415 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH. 44102
The Middough Building
Cleveland State University (CSU) recently relocated its Department of Theatre and Dance to the Middough Building at Playhouse Square, a critical step in creating a multidisciplinary Arts Campus in the heart of Cleveland's growing theater district. The central Arts Campus itself covers two expansive floors of the refurbished Middough Building and includes multiple rehearsal theatre spaces, dance studios, set design facilities, costume shop, classrooms and offices. Part of the Arts Campus also houses art and design studios, as well as darkroom and computer labs for CSU's 220 visual arts majors in many disciplines. Michael Mauldin, chairman of CSU's theatre and Dance Department, says he can't think of an undergraduate theatre and dance school anywhere else that is nestled together with a professional theatre company, in this case the renowned Cleveland Play House, which recently moved its headquarters to the Middough Building, and conducts performances next door at the Allen theatres.
1901 E 13th St
Cleveland, OH 44114
As the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York, Playhouse Square is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is presenting and producing a wide variety of quality performing arts, advancing arts education and creating a destination that is a superior location for entertainment, business and residential living, thereby strengthening the economic vitality of the region.
1501 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Info: (216) 771-4444
Tickets: (216) 241-6000, (866) 546-1353
Theatres of Playhouse Square
Originally built as an opulent silent movie house on April 1, 1921, the Allen Theatre required no backstage facilities (dressing rooms, storage, etc.). To later accommodate legitimate theater presentations, it was necessary to build a “stage house” onto the venue during restoration in preparation for its reopening October 3, 1998. In August of 2010, the Allen was closed to undergo a dramatic reconfiguration from an historic theater with 2,500 seats to an intimate, 500-seat contemporary theater nestled in historic environs, and is now the mainstage performance home of Cleveland Play House.
Originally seating 1,397 for legitimate theater, the Hanna Theatre opened March 28, 1921, and would go on to host such stage and film luminaries as Al Jolson, Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Ethel Barrymore, Ginger Rogers, Helen Hayes, Mary Martin and Yul Brynner. PlayhouseSquare assumed management of the Hanna in August 1999 following its purchase of the Hanna Office Building, which houses the venue. In 2008, the Hanna underwent a renovation to add a thrust stage, re-work its seating to 550 and become the main performance base for PlayhouseSquare’s long-time constituent, Great Lakes Theater.
The Ohio Theatre’s opening night, February 14, 1921, revealed one of Playhouse Square’s most elaborate lobbies with a breathtaking frescoed ceiling, stately Corinthian columns and three original murals by a famous Italian artist (all of which would be lost to a devastating lobby fire in 1964). In addition to legitimate theater productions, such musical greats as Sophie Tucker, Benny Goodman and Ozzie Nelson would play the Ohio. The venue also boasted a brief (1935-36) incarnation as the Mayfair Casino, an elegant supper club featuring both a circular lobby bar and a circular performance stage. Today, the intimate Ohio seats 1000.
The State Theatre, the first and largest of the Playhouse Square theaters to be constructed, had the distinction of being the venue with “the world’s longest theater lobby” when it premiered Feb. 5, 1921. The lobby also displayed four (now-priceless) murals by American modernist James Daugherty. Opened as a movie/vaudeville house, the State attracted such legendary performers as Abbott & Costello, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Jack Benny and The Marx Brothers.
One of only three such theater spaces in the country, the adaptability of the Outcalt Theatre can be reconfigured to present events in Thrust, Arena, End-stage or Runway modes, with capacities ranging from 259 – 334. Debuting January 13, 2012, this contemporary designed and technically state-of-the-art venue offers superb facilities for learning and experimentation for both artists and technical theater students.
The Helen Lab
At just 150 seats, the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre is the “workhorse” of the PlayhouseSquare complex, and is available for Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University student productions, as well as children’s theater, readings and other events. Opened February 1, 2012, the space offers the flexibility for experimental programs, as well as technical learning opportunities for students.
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