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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


September 2017


Fiction in All Forms w/ Laura Maylene Walter

Literary Cleveland
Sep 06, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017 7 - 9 p.m. | Gordon Square Arcade Conference Room, 6516 Detroit Ave., Cleve. OH 44102 | Hone Your Craft
Are you writing a novel? Short stories? Flash fiction? It’s all welcome in this four-week workshop designed to help strengthen, deepen, and enrich your fiction, no matter the form. Writers should be prepared to submit one piece of fiction in advance of the first workshop. (Workshop submissions are limited to 25 double-spaced pages—one story, a novel excerpt, or up to three pieces of flash fiction. Ideally, novel excerpts should consist of first 25 pages rather than a chapter from the middle of the manuscript.) During close readings of these submissions, we’ll discuss plot, character development, structure, style, tension, pacing, and more, while additional assignments will help generate new material.

Writing Out Loud w/ Dana Norris

Literary Cleveland
Sep 07, 2017 - Sep 28, 2017 7 - 9 p.m. | TBD | Hone Your Craft
Harness your natural affinity for narrative and learn how to become a magnetic storyteller at our Writing Out Loud workshop with Dana Norris!

Ever seen someone on stage, captivating the crowd, and thought "I want to do that"? This class will show you how to create, edit, and perform your own stories. We'll show you how to turn off your inner critic and turn up your creative juices.

Each student will move a personal story from the draft stage to a performance-ready piece of electrifying theater. In class we’ll create stories, discuss the fundamentals of live storytelling, and provide feedback on each others' work. Outside of class you'll be encouraged to attend storytelling shows and discover techniques you can use to enhance your own writing and performances. The class will conclude with a public show on Wed. 10/29 where students will join the storytelling community in full. Always wanted to be on that stage, reading your work? Now's your chance!

Shakespeare in Love

Cleveland Play House
Sep 09, 2017 - Oct 01, 2017 | Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, 1407 Euclid Ave. | Community
The Academy Award-winning romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love comes to the stage, complete with swordfights, secret trysts, and backstage drama. Young playwright Will Shakespeare is short on inspiration until he encounters the beguiling Viola, and their star-crossed love inspires a masterpiece. Filled with action-packed adventure, fiery romance, and wit, get ready to fall head over heels for Cleveland Play House Artistic Director Laura Kepley’s lush, lavish, and lusty production that celebrates the power of live theatre.

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall; based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard

Tickets on sale now!

Pandemonium 2017: UNLEASH

Cleveland Public Theatre
Sep 09, 2017 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
Cleveland Public Theatre’s annual fundraising extravaganza and “Party of the Year” transforms the CPT campus into a labyrinth of theatre, dance, visual art and performance in every corner. Tickets are all-inclusive, featuring fabulous local food, free valet and complimentary drinks served all night long. A feast for the eyes, mind, appetite and imagination – Pandemonium proceeds benefit CPT’s groundbreaking artistic work and life-changing education programs.

Tickets: $165. $95 is tax deductible.

Motive, Means, and Opportunity: Building a Mystery w/ Shelley Costa & Casey Daniels

Literary Cleveland
Sep 09, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | CPL Memorial-Nottingham Branch, 17109 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleve. OH 44110 | Hone Your Craft
Learn how to write compelling mysteries with published authors Shelley Costa and Casey Daniels! Develop your work and get feedback in a supportive group environment. This workshop is recommended for beginning and intermediate writers that have completed a draft of at least one short story. Participants will study the craft, complete writing exercises, and read each other’s work. Note: Registrants can sign up for one or both sessions, as there will be some repetition but different material will be covered in each one.

Acting Out! Cleveland Arts Fest for Mental Health and Addiction Awareness

Acting Out! Cleveland
Sep 13, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017 | Various Locations | Community
Four day arts fest for mental health and addiction awareness. Includes comedy, talk, music, film and art.

Kickstarting Your Evaluation: Strategies for Planning and Assessment

Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium
Sep 13, 2017 - Sep 14, 2017 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. | CSU’s Parker Hannifin, Room 104–105 2258 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44115 | Hone Your Craft
Kickstarting Your Evaluation: Strategies for Planning and Assessment
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
What are the best ways to plan for evaluation and assess your organization’s evaluation capacity? During this interactive workshop,
Dr. Powers will highlight a variety of approaches and introduce free resources and tools needed to establish frameworks for effective evaluation.

Implementing Evaluation Design and Data Collection
Thursday, September 14, 2017
This follow-up session will cover the requirements for different types of studies, the value of choosing different designs for funding reports, best practices in data collection and the efficient use of technology to manage and analyze data.

Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival

Tremont West Development Corporation
Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 11:00AM-6:00PM (Saturday) 12:00PM-5:00PM (Sunday) | Lincoln Park, 1050 Starkweather Ave. | Community
The Nineteenth Annual Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival returns to Lincoln Park on September 16-17, 2017. The mission of the Festival is to celebrate the cultural and artistic diversity of Tremont and Greater Cleveland by encouraging the artistic and cultural endeavors of its visual and performing artists.

The weekend Festival is comprised of four categories or program areas which include: Children's-hands-on arts, historical, and educational projects; Community-area non-profit organizations presenting material about their mission and services; Cultural-food sales by Tremont churches, other non-profit organizations, and Tremont restaurants reflecting the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood; and sales of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and photographs created by Tremont and Northeast Ohio artists.

The Festival will also have music and dance performances both Saturday and Sunday on one main stage located near Kenilworth Avenue between West 14th Street and West 11th Street.
Hours : Saturday – 11AM – 6PM & Sunday – 12PM– 5PM


Admission to the Festival is free. The Festival is presented by Merrick House and co-presented by Tremont West Development Corp. and Cleveland Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman. For questions and information contact Festival Manager, Scott Rosenstein, at 216-575-0920 ext. 106 or -

CLICKS Ballet Intensive

Verb Ballets
Sep 16, 2017 9:00 am - 3:30 pm | Verb Ballets Studio | Community, Hone Your Craft
"CLICK” into gear at Verb Ballets’ Fall Ballet Intensive. This full day program will help you improve and strengthen your technique with classes including conditioning, ballet, pointe and company repertory.

Master classes led by Verb Ballets’ Associate Director, Richard Dickinson, MFA and Verb dancers. These classes are recommended for all students and pre-professionals ages 12+. Cost is $75 and includes lunch.

Writing About Nature w/ Lee Chilcote

Literary Cleveland
Sep 21, 2017 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Look About Lodge at South Chagrin Reservation, 37374 Miles Road, Bentleyville | Hone Your Craft
Lit Cleveland Director Lee Chilcote will be your guide to explore poetry and personal essays with a focus on nature and environment. Read selections from writers who explore a connection between their lives and the environment, complete a writing exercise, and share your work with other participants.

The 3rd Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival

Playwrights Local
Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017 12pm - 11:59pm | Waterloo Arts | Community
Playwrights Local announces the 3rd Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival, the latest staging of this free, annual celebration of dramatic writing in Northeast Ohio. Presented on Saturday, September 23, the Festival features open workshop and craft talk sessions, new plays by local authors, a special video screening with the Oatman Players, and additional co-presentations with the Dramatists Guild and the Bessemer Project. Sessions run from noon to midnight at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts in North Collinwood (397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110). All offerings are open to the public, and tickets or reservations are not required. The Festival is intended for adults and teens.

Building New Worlds: Creating the Perfect Sci-Fi/Fantasy Settings

Lake Erie Ink
Sep 23, 2017 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland | Hone Your Craft
Lake Erie Ink’s Weekend Ink workshop series kicks off in September with a journey to another world. At this workshop, youth of all ages will learn to perfect the art of creating alternate realities with guest author Charlotte Morgan.

Workshop leader Charlotte Morgan teaches composition and rhetoric at Cleveland State University. She is a veteran journalist and non-fiction writer who has been published locally, regionally and nationally; and in addition, she has been building worlds in her film scripts, plays, and short science fiction stories. Presently she is completing work on a novel, The Warhol Moment and a play, The Least, the Last and the Lost.

Weekend Ink is a series of creative expression workshops for all ages where youth explore fun genres with guest artists and writers. Weekend Ink is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Ohio Board of Education aka The State School Board (League of Women Voters)

League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland
Sep 25, 2017 7 - 8:30 p.m. | Shaker Heights Public Library | Community
Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Shaker Heights Public Library: Panelists, Meryl Johnson, Member, Board of Education; Peggy Lehner, Ohio Senator (R-6) Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Education; Mary Rose Oakar, Former Member, Board of Education. The purpose of this program is to let parents and the entire community know what the State Board of Education does, its relationship to the Ohio legislature and most importantly, how the public can help our elected officials, on both the State School Board and the legislature be more effective.