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Raymond Bobgan

Raymond Bobgan
CPAC: Who or what has influenced you locally and elsewhere?
Raymond:
1) Cornerstone Theatre (L. A.)
2) Jerzy Grotowski/Peter Brook
3) U2 (sorry to be so pop cultural)
4) The many actor/creators I have worked with here and elsewhere
5) James Levin
6) Holly Holsinger (artistically and personally—she’s my wife)

CPAC: How do you generate new ideas?
Raymond:
1) Get in a room with some music and start doing stuff.
2) Get in a room with performers and start doing stuff.
3) Reading source materials: great literature, folklore/myth, psychology non-fiction, religious materials (typically from non-conventional perspectives)

CPAC: What is the hardest part about creating?
Raymond: Creating the personal space (time/attention) to feel at leisure.

CPAC: What is the best moment you have had creating or presenting your work?
Raymond: There are so many “best moments” it is hard to choose one. I really loved working on Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, because I had the resources I needed and so did all the collaborating artists. We could primarily focus on the work itself.

CPAC: Why have you chosen Cuyahoga County as a place to live and work?
Raymond:
1) Cleveland Public Theatre
2) Low cost of living, good centralized location (Chicago, NY, Phili)
3) My particular interests and talents are well aligned with the community needs.

CPAC: What is your favorite place, event, or “hidden gem” in Cuyahoga County?
Raymond:
1) Cleveland Public Theatre
2) Gordon Square Arts District
3) Lincoln Park
4) Edgewater Park