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The Creative Compass event calendar is focused on events geared toward individual artists. For a list of public arts and culture events in Cleveland, visit http://www.cacgrants.org/find-an-event/.

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Youth Theatre Classes at The Cassidy Theatre

The Cassidy Theatre
Feb 04, 2017 - Apr 08, 2017 9:00AM - 2:00PM | 6200 Pearl Road Parma Heights, Ohio 44130 | Community
Youth classes begin Saturday, February 4th and run through April 8th. * (10 weeks)
The last day of class, April 8th, will be a free recital including performances from each class. Teachers will give you additional details closer to the final day of class. Seating is on a first come basis.

STARDUST!
4-7 year olds Instructor- Alyssa Herbell
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.
Here’s a fun way for your youngest students to get their start in theatre! This non-stressful approach to basic acting, singing, and movement will teach your littlest stars to twinkle! Students will work on
imagination, memorization, and team work, as well as the technical basics of putting on a show. $75

ACT-OUT IMPROV AND SKETCH COMEDY!
8- 15 year olds Instructor- Britta Will
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. In this awesome acting class, students will be
instructed in improvisation, character work, basic acting techniques and sketch comedy. Students will also learn how to write and perform their own scenes as well as create characters on the spot! The class is designed to benefit students of all abilities and
experience levels (basic reading skills are a HUGE plus). Get ready to get on your feet and ACT-OUT in this special improvisation and sketch comedy course! Class is open to students ages 8 – 15. $80

BRAVO! Intro to Musical
Theatre Skills
8-15 year olds Instructor- TBD
Saturdays, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
This active and exciting class focuses on singing and acting. The class provides a safe
environment for students bring music to life. Students will learn healthy vocal techniques, use acting skills to create characters while singing, learn about music history, and develop audition skills. This class will benefit students of all
abilities and experience levels. Class is open to students ages 8 – 15. $80

STARWORKS! Advanced Acting and Playwriting
10- 16 year olds Instructor- Katie Atkinson
Saturdays, 12:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Students will learn through improvisation, voice and movement exercises and other various acting techniques. Classes will include audition preparation, character development, creating confidence on and offstage, as well as writing for the stage. Students of every experience level are encouraged to attend. In the playwriting portion, students will learn how to create shows of their own. Students will explore character and plot development as well as how to take their
creative ideas from the page to the stage! Class is open to students ages 10 – 16. $120

*Check out teacher bios on the Cassidy Theatre Facebook page, or website. *

Advanced Adult Modern Dance Classes

Studio 11
Feb 11, 2017 - Apr 15, 2017 12:45 - 2:15PM | 2337 W. 11th St., Suite 2, Cleveland, OH 44113 | Hone Your Craft
Classes will focus on exploring and strengthening the body’s natural pathways and sequences through various post-modern and modern techniques. Class will contain elements of improvisation, core-distal relationship, sequencing, spiraling, release, and dynamic contrast. Dancers will be encouraged to focus on individual goals and pathways with support and direction from the instructor. Prior dance experience is required.

Improv 1: Play

NathanielMontgomery
Feb 28, 2017 - Apr 04, 2017 7:00 - 10:00pm | Massage and Yoga Healing Arts, 3250 W. Market Street, Suite 104, Akron (Fairlawn), OH, 44333 | Hone Your Craft
Improv 1 is a six session course designed to get you up and playing. This workshop offers progressively challenging (and fun) improv exercises in a low-pressure environment. You will learn to tap into your natural spontaneity, creativity and your willingness to take risks.

Improv 1 is rooted in the teachings of Keith Johnstone (a Canadian improv teacher and author of Impro). Mr. Johnstone emphasizes the need to get the improvisers in an ‘anxiety-free’ state, to get them working well together (building upon each other’s ideas), and to use improv as a form of story-telling, not just for gags and jokes.

PUBLIC CONSCIENCE through Graphics and Illustration

Heights Arts
Mar 03, 2017 - Apr 16, 2017 | Heights Arts | Community
Opening Friday, March 3 at Heights Arts, PUBLIC CONSCIENCE through Graphics and Illustration examines social issues and popular culture through the original drawings and graphic design of 14 Northeast Ohio artists. Co-curated by artists Leslye Arian and Dave King, the group exhibition showcases the work of Laura and Gary Dumm, Derek Hess, Brian Jasinski, Nancy Schwartz Katz, Milan Kecman, Jake Kelly, George Kocar, Joe Lanzilotta, Angela Oster, Josh Usmani, Justin Wills, and Sean Higgins and Nichols Rezabeck of the Bubble Process. A related gallery talk with exhibition artists and invited poets will be held Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

The exhibition will be on view at Heights Arts through Sunday, April 16. For more information, please call 216-371-3457 or visit www.heightsarts.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Cleveland Play House
Apr 01, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017 | Outcalt Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115 | Community
Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Robert Barry Fleming

Ex-cop Walter “Pops” Washington is NOT one to let things go. NOT the memory of his recently deceased wife. NOT the racially-charged lawsuit he filed years ago against the NYPD. And most definitely NOT the impressive rent-controlled apartment he shares with his parolee son and colorful surrogate family. But, eviction notices and ultimatums are piling up, and Pops is caught between losing his honor and losing his home. Bringing together the poetic and the profane, this 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner is an exuberant and darkly comic tale of truth, family, and pride.
Produced by Cleveland Play House. Tickets: $25 – $100.
Call 216.241.6000 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com for tickets and a full list of performances.

Speed Building Short Stories w/ Eric Anderson (Session 1)

Literary Cleveland
Apr 01, 2017 - Apr 15, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM | CPL Memorial-Nottingham Branch, 17109 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland | Hone Your Craft
In this three week workshop, participants will engage in writing exercises designed to quickly develop the elements of short fiction. The first session will cover the basics of community workshops and include writing exercises to help kickstart the writing process. Later sessions will focus on the workshop process, including how to give and receive constructive feedback. Each writer will have their work reviewed by the other participants, and each session will conclude with a new writing assignment.

Acrylic Painting for Beginning/Intermediate

Lakeland Community College
Apr 06, 2017 - May 11, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Lakeland Community College (main campus): 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Create lovely works of art as you navigate the basics of color theory and mixing, application, composition, and design. Work from a still-life photo or just your imagination. Finish a work you've been struggling with while utilizing peer review and instructor input. Beginners take note: this is an exploration course, not a step-by-step. Choose your own subjects and learn at your own pace with individual instruction throughout each session. Beginners to intermediate will gain dexterity in brush work, as well as paint application. Each session will begin with a demonstration.

Test Flight Week #3: Noonday

Cleveland Public Theatre
Apr 06, 2017 - Apr 08, 2017 7:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102 | Community
On an otherwise unremarkable day, the furniture starts moving…and What’s Been Hiding Under the Table (or in a bowl of breakfast cereal) turns a woman’s world upside down.
Test Flight is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production.

Labio de Liebre (The Lip of the Hare)

Cleveland Public Theatre
Apr 06, 2017 - Apr 15, 2017 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102 | Community
PERFORMED IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Written by Fabio Rubiano Orjuela. Directed by Dante Fernando Larzabal. Performed by Teatro Publico de Cleveland ensemble. A magical and wildly dark comedy by Columbian playwright Fabio Rubiano Orjuela. A former military man, Salvo, has committed atrocious acts against thousands of families. Years later, he is haunted by unearthly visitors – a troupe of half-animal/half-human ghosts from his violent past, including a boy with a cleft lip.

BAYarts April Opening Receptions

BAYarts
Apr 07, 2017 Call BAYarts for hours | 28795 Lake Road Bay Village Ohio 44140 | Community
TWO YODY'S: Father and daughter artists, Rebecca and Tom Yody bring us two and three dimensional work in a show based on their lifelong collaboration. Rebecca Yody continuously strives to find new ways of expressing her artistic vision by exploring alternate creative outlets using painting techniques, texture, photos and random materials to build visual images that inspire thought and peace of mind. Tom Yody's work is a celebration of life through his use of form and color. Both his two and three dimensional works utilize elements in the material world to draw viewers into his inner world. Yody refers to his work as "My Journey Your Journey." While the artists work as individuals, the result is uniquely connected based on their relationship to each other. Opening Reception: Friday, April 7 from 7-9 pm

BAYARTS PORTFOLIO PREP & ADVANCED CARTOONING STUDENTS: Celebrating the work of High School students enrolled in these on-going advanced programs. Opening Reception: Friday, April 7 from 7-9 pm

"Pro Bono Day" | Free professional PR and communications advice

Public Relations Society of America
Apr 07, 2017 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. | Baldwin Wallace Univeristy, 275 Eastland Rd, Berea, OH 44017 | Build Your Business
As part of our mission to strengthen and grow the PR profession, we need your help. Register today to volunteer at PRSA of Greater Cleveland Pro-Bono Day on Friday, April 7, at Baldwin Wallace University. It’s an opportunity to give back to those organizations that do so much for Northeast Ohio. Participate solo or grab a group of coworkers, and spend a couple hours to help!

Test Flight Week #4: The Tongue That Tells Me So

Cleveland Public Theatre
Apr 13, 2017 - Apr 15, 2017 7:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102 | Community
At a young age, ambitious Anne is willing to pay any price to get ahead. Her mysterious mentor Simone is there to help. Once Anne becomes a mother and a successful physician, Anne must go to greater lengths to hold on to what she has. The Tongue That Tells Me So examines the ethics of protective parenting, modern medicine, and virtue tested. This project is being produced by Dawn Landino.

Test Flight is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production.

Freaky Friday

Cleveland Play House
Apr 15, 2017 - May 14, 2017 | 1407 Euclid Avenue Cleveland Ohio 44115 | Community
Tickets are on sale now! A musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films. It's a hilarious contemporary update of an American classic.

Disney's Freaky Friday

Cleveland Play House
Apr 15, 2017 - May 14, 2017 | Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115 | Community
From the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Songwriters of “Next to Normal” and the Writer of TV’s “Parenthood”
“A polished, peppy, modern fairy tale!” —Washington Post

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. “Freaky Friday,” a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family and experience each other’s lives first-hand, if only for a day.

Produced by Cleveland Play House. Tickets: $25 – $110.
Call 216.241.6000 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com for tickets and a full list of performances.

Book by Bridget Carpenter
Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Based on the novel by Mary Rodgers and the Walt Disney motion pictures
Directed by Christopher Ashley

Introduction to Writing Personal Essays

Literary Cleveland
Apr 15, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Cleveland Public Library, Carnegie West Branch 1900 Fulton Rd., Cleveland OH, 44113 | Hone Your Craft
Writers of all levels and backgrounds welcome. Learn the fundamentals of writing personal essays, including turning memories into stories, establishing yourself as a character, using tools like scene and dialogue, conducting research and interviews, and revising for publication. Workshops will offer participants opportunities to write and get feedback.

Third Saturdays, 4/15, 5/20, 6/17, 7/15, 8/19 and 9/16

Please note: Registration is requested, and participants are asked to attend the majority of the six sessions.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Board of Trustees Annual Meeting

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Apr 17, 2017 4:00 PM | Ensemble Theatre 2843 Washington Boulevard Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 | Community
All are invited to join Cuyahoga Arts & Culture at its Board of Trustees' annual meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 4 pm, at Ensemble Theatre.

Want to learn more about CAC's Board of Trustees? Visit their website to read about their Trustees, view a list of upcoming meetings, and minutes and materials from previous meetings.

CAC's board meetings are always open to the public, and all members of the community - including cultural partners - are welcome to attend and make public comments (see CAC's public comment policy for more information).

Reaching Out to Include - Expanding the Circle

Cleveland Arts Education Consortium
Apr 19, 2017 | Talespinner's Children's Theatre | Build Your Business
Member Program

Truth and Beauty: Writing about Art w/ Lee Chilcote

Literary Cleveland
Apr 19, 2017 7:00 PM | Cleveland Museum of Art | Community
Ekphrasis, from the Greek, means description or interpretation. Join Literary Cleveland and poet Lee Chilcote for a two-session workshop exploring links between the visual arts and the art of words. In this hands-on workshop, explore and discuss examples of ekphrastic poems and learn how to use art to inspire your own work in the first session, then return for the second session with a poem of your own for critique. $35 / $30 members.

Public Reading: Writing about Art: Weds. May 17th at 7p in Gallery 201. Join the workshop participants and other Cleveland poets as they share their work.

Social Justice Training Workshop

Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium (CAEC)
Apr 19, 2017 8:30 to 11:30 am | Parker Hannifin Hall at CSU 2258 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115 | Build Your Business
Join us for this highly interactive three-hour workshop where Ama Codjoe will help us explore concepts of race, social identity, privilege, and equity. Ama will lead discussions about how these concepts influence our roles as arts leaders.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Cleveland State University Theatre & Dance Dept
Apr 20, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017 Thurs-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:00pm | The Helen @ Allen Theatre Complex (Playhouse Square) | Community
A Streetcar Named Desire
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Nathan Motta

Considered one of the greatest plays written for the American Theatre, "A Streetcar Named Desire" is Tennessee Williams' timeless classic about delusion, reality, madness, love, and loss. Set in a small garden apartment in 1940s New Orleans, Stanley Kowalski's primitive desires violently class with Blanch Dubois' longing for a past which may or may not have ever existed. Immortalized by the film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, this iconic play blends grittiness and lyricism to create some of the most memorable and heart-wrenching characters ever created.

Presented by Cleveland State University Department of Theatre & Dance

Tickets are $5-$10 and can be purchased by contacting Playhouse Square at 216-241-6000 / http://www.playhousesquare.org/events/detail/a-streetcar-named-desire

Test Flight Week #5: Fayettenam and The Black Card Project

Cleveland Public Theatre
Apr 20, 2017 - Apr 22, 2017 7:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102 | Community
Double Bill!
“Fayettenam” = Water, Ghosts in the Mountain, Johnny Appleseed, Early Settlement, American Conscience/Transience.
The Black Card Project is a one-character show (played by 2 male performers) that examines the African-American ideal of the “Black Card.”
Test Flight is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production.

CPT "TEST FLIGHT" Week #5: Fayettenam and The Black Card Project

Cleveland Public Theatre
Apr 20, 2017 - Apr 22, 2017 7:00pm, Thu/Fri/Sat, | 6415 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
WEEK #5: FAYETTENAM AND THE BLACK CARD PROJECT

Tickets: $12-18

TEST FLIGHT is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production. TEST FLIGHT provides both local and national/international artists with the keys to the theatre and the opportunity to co-produce original works-in-progress. TEST FLIGHT encourages risk-taking and an entrepreneurial spirit towards creating new work while offering artists a structured support system, activating an art-focused environment.

For further information

Speed Building Short Stories (Session 2)

Literary Cleveland
Apr 22, 2017 - May 06, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM | CPL Jefferson Branch, 850 Jefferson Ave, Cleve. | Community
In this three week workshop, participants will engage in writing exercises designed to quickly develop the elements of short fiction. The first session will cover the basics of community workshops and include writing exercises to help kickstart the writing process. Later sessions will focus on the workshop process, including how to give and receive constructive feedback. Each writer will have their work reviewed by the other participants, and each session will conclude with a new writing assignment.