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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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Staging the Problem: A play directing workshop with August Scarpelli

Western Reserve Playhouse
Jan 09, 2021 - Mar 06, 2021 3-5 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Staging the Problem: A play directing workshop with August Scarpelli (01/09/21 -3/06/21 Saturdays 3pm-5pm).

Plays are full of problems, from pitching ideas to theatres, finding a cast, working with delicate content or specific production demands. One of our jobs, as directors, is to understand and solve those problems. In this workshop, we will explore, in-depth, both the fundamentals of play directing (dramaturgy, expressing your ideas to theatre managers, production designers, and actors, casting, organizing, and executing rehearsals), some of theatre history’s most problematic plays, and the infinite possibilities of the solutions. For students ages 16+; $75 per student.

Improvisation & Play! - Juniors

Cleveland Public Theatre
Jan 19, 2021 - Mar 11, 2021 4-5 p.m. | Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Ages 7-10. CAN Academy programming is open to the public, and non-Cleveland residents are welcome to apply, however Cleveland Public Theatre has a priority to engage Cleveland residents.
Complete Google Form Application by January 15th at the latest: https://tinyurl.com/y7mxlk3f

Taught by Zyrece Montgomery, Cleveland Public Theatre Education Associate, IMPROVISATION & PLAY! – JUNIORS explores acting fundamentals with a special focus on imaginative play! Diving into the world of improvisation, young artists will engage in theatre games that develop their creative expressivity and openness to play, while nurturing their ability to be present in each moment. Young artists will also develop their vocal and physical expression through daily body-voice training. Winter session culminates with a virtual showcase for family and friends on March 11, 2021. CAN Academy performing arts activities improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking. Join in this winter for this JOYFUL exploration of play!

This program is offered at NO COST thanks to the Cleveland Foundation. All classes are through Zoom.
Young artist must have a device and stable internet connection to participate.

Devising Theatre Techniques - Seniors

Cleveland Public Theatre
Jan 19, 2021 - Mar 12, 2021 4-5:30 p.m. | Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Ages 11-14. CAN Academy programming is open to the public, and non-Cleveland residents are welcome to apply, however Cleveland Public Theatre has a priority to engage Cleveland residents.
Complete Google Form Application by January 15th at the latest: https://tinyurl.com/y7pna3qq

Taught by Faye Hargate, Cleveland Public Theatre Director of Community Ensembles, DEVISING THEATRE TECHNIQUES – SENIORS explores acting fundamentals with a special focus on devising theatre techniques! Young artists will engage in original creation techniques that explore their artistic voice and grow their creative writing and storytelling skills, while nurturing their awareness of themselves and their world. Young artists will also develop their vocal and physical expression through daily body-voice training. Winter session culminates with a virtual showcase for family and friends on Friday, March 12, 2021. CAN Academy performing arts activities improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking. Join us this winter for the JOYFUL exploration of play!

This program is offered at NO COST thanks to the Cleveland Foundation. All classes are through Zoom.
Young artist must have a device and stable internet connection to participate.

Improvisation & Play! - Seniors

Cleveland Public Theatre
Jan 20, 2021 - Mar 10, 2021 4-5:15 p.m. | Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Ages 11-14. CAN Academy programming is open to the public, and non-Cleveland residents are welcome to apply, however Cleveland Public Theatre has a priority to engage Cleveland residents.
Complete Google Form Application by January 15th at the latest: https://tinyurl.com/y8mexjm3

Taught by Zyrece Montgomery, Cleveland Public Theatre Education Associate, IMPROVISATION & PLAY! – SENIORS explores acting fundamentals with a special focus on imaginative play! Diving into the world of improvisation, young artists will engage in theatre games that develop their creative expressivity and openness to play, while nurturing their ability to be present in each moment. Young artists will also develop their vocal and physical expression through daily body-voice training. Winter session culminates with a virtual showcase for family and friends on March 10, 2021. CAN Academy performing arts activities improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking. Join in this winter for this JOYFUL exploration of play!

This program is offered at NO COST thanks to the Cleveland Foundation. All classes are through Zoom.
Young artist must have a device and stable internet connection to participate

Sketch Comedy Writing: Level One

Imposters Theater
Feb 02, 2021 - Mar 23, 2021 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
In this 8-week course you will learn:
Proper script formatting
Ways to generate ideas
Tips on the writing process
How to confidently pitch
Writing/revising sketches
Practical experience in a (virtual) writers room setting
At the end of the 8-week course you will have 4-5 finished sketches. This class is for both experienced comedians and people just starting out - as long as you have a desire to write your own material, you are welcome. You will be required to write outside of class.

Savory Taṇhā (sixteen short plays performed by a rotating ensemble)

Cleveland Public Theater
Feb 17, 2021 - Mar 06, 2021 February 17, 6:00pm (ET) February 18 & 19, 7:00pm (ET) February 20, 8:00pm (ET) February 21 & 28, 6:00pm (ET) March 4, 7:00pm (ET) March 6, 8:00pm (ET) | Online | Community
Savory Taṇhā (sixteen short plays performed by a rotating ensemble) is a virtual memory play of longing and loss, happiness and hopefulness, and navigating the pathways of human desire. An ensemble of five performers will play different roles from the same text each evening.

Tickets: $1
Suggested Donation: $1 to $99

Female Gaze

Beachwood Community Center
Feb 18, 2021 - Mar 29, 2021 9:30-3:30 | Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd. | Community
Female Gaze art exhibit showcases the work of many women artists. To schedule an appointment, please call 595-3733.

Dragon Hypothesis

Cleveland Public Theatre
Feb 24, 2021 - Mar 07, 2021 February 24, 6:00pm (ET) February 25 & 26, 7:00pm (ET) February 27, 8:00pm (ET) March 3, 6:00pm (ET) March 5, 7:00pm (ET) March 7, 6:00pm (ET) | Online | Community
Dragon Hypothesis is a mythical meditation on worlds of dream and divinity. Follow the river to the sea, follow a blind man falling into the depths, follow his daughter as she leaps beneath the waters, and the sea captain who plucks a flower off the water’s surface. Follow four actors who dive beneath the surface, seeking. Calling us to listen to the stories, and to the flame within, Dragon Hypothesis explores sacrifice and loss, hunger and dreams, birth and blindness, and above all, our deep interconnectedness. Magical storytelling digs at the surface world, and beneath the deep. For as we know, as infinitely as we can go outward, we can go as infinitely within. To fulfill our destiny, we go on…

Tickets: $1
Suggested Donation: $1 to $99

Building Character(s) in Four Weeks

Literary Cleveland
Mar 02, 2021 - Mar 23, 2021 7-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Believable characters are essential to good novel writing. In this workshop, you actually create a character or characters you will be able to use in your fiction. The class includes guided out-of-class writing designed to flesh out characters; in–class sharing of readings, ideas, observations, and writings; and feedback and discussion from the group.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Poetry: A Blissful Pause

Literary Cleveland
Mar 02, 2021 - Apr 06, 2021 7-8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Join us to revel in poetry and write poems of our own. This class will include inspiring reads, group discussion, and playful exercises. You will come away with several drafts of your own poems. No previous writing experience necessary.‍

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Introduction to Developing a Writing Habit - March

Literary Cleveland
Mar 03, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This two-hour lecture will provide the foundational concepts that we’ll work with in the four-week Developing a Writing Habit Class. We’ll discuss strategies for getting you into your seat, how to combine playfulness with discipline, and discuss the three components necessary for a writing career. We’ll then cover the basics of a process guaranteed to get you started generating raw material.

Note
- New students: This class is a prerequisite for the more intensive, workshop-oriented four-week session (Register for the March class here). It can be taken independently for those wishing to jump-start their writing.
- Returning students: This introductory session contains material that in the past was discussed on the first week of the class.

‍This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Virtual Artist Meet-up (Monthly)

Arts Cleveland
Mar 03, 2021 noon - 1 p.m. | https://artscleveland.org/inspire_events/monthly-artist-video-call-8/ | Community
We’re so pleased to be welcoming Linda Jackson, Director, Arts in Health, Eileen Klein, Director of Payer Performance, and several other experts from the MetroHealth System to discuss artist access to health care and health care resources. We know health insurance and lack thereof, especially in our current environment, is a tremendous area of concern and need for artists. MetroHealth is committed to supporting the greater Cleveland artist community through their health care offerings. Their team is excited to share some available resources and ideas and to find out more about your unique health care needs as an artist.

Connection is so important to our mental health during this time so we’re hosting virtual meet-ups at 12 p.m., noon on the first Wednesday of each month. Drop in and listen, talk, turn your video off or keep it on, it’s up to you. The only rule is to keep the convo supportive. The rest is up to the group. We will be starting each chat with a prompt, then we’ll let the conversation go wherever people take it.

Shitty First Drafts: How to Mine First Drafts for Gold

Literary Cleveland
Mar 06, 2021 - Mar 27, 2021 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Anne Lamott says in an essay, "Shitty First Drafts," from her book Bird by Bird that "good writers write shitty first drafts," and writing that lousy first draft is only way you can get anything written at all. In this workshop, we will read selections from Lamott's text to learn craft then workshop our first drafts to mine for the gold Lamott promises is there.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Kids Sewing Classes

DRU CHRISTINE FABRICS AND DESIGN
Mar 06, 2021 - Apr 10, 2021 10 am | Dru Christine Fabrics and Design | Hone Your Craft
"Young Designers" Intro Sewing Course
Begins March 6th
Saturdays, 10:00am - 1 pm
Class Dates: March 6th, 13th. 20th. 27th and April 3rd
This class will teach young sewers about fabrics, patterns and sewing machine operation. Students will learn to combine these skills to create a wearable garment by the end if the session.
This is a great opportunity to spark a love for the art of fashion design and gives students the confidence to create sewing projects at home.
$199
Payment Plans Available
Sibling discounts available -please call 1.440.941.0052 for details.

***Due to social distancing, class sizes are reduced to 4 per class session.

March Improv Workout: 4-Week Workshop with Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
Mar 07, 2021 - Mar 28, 2021 3-5 p.m. | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Each Sunday in March will focus on a specific improv skill - sign up for the month or individually.
03/07: Patterns & POV
03/14: Justification
03/21: Giving Gifts
03/28: Group Scenes

Cleveland Dance Project Master Classes

Cleveland Dance Project
Mar 07, 2021 - May 09, 2021 1-2:30 p.m. | Zoom and in-person | Hone Your Craft
CDP workshops & master classes are open to ages 16 and up. Although classes are meant to challenge the intermediate to professional adult dancer, all levels are welcome to attend and learn a new style in an open, stress-free environment. This spring, all classes will be held Sundays from 1-2:30pm at Above The Barre in Berea (1450 W Bagley Rd)
In person dance classes are $15 each. Reserve your spot by pre-registering and pre-paying. Walk ins are welcome, IF there is still space available. You can attend our classes on Zoom if you’re not ready to be in the studio, or if space is full, for $10. Space is limited for social distancing so make sure you preregister now!

Creating Characters For Social Media with Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
Mar 10, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021 7-9 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
In this 4-week course you’ll study examples of different types of character videos which work well on social media, discuss and practice multiple ways to generate ideas, and workshop two original characters you’ll be ready to shoot by the end of week 4.

Playwriting Workshop: Finding Peace in the Midst of a Pandemic

Literary Cleveland
Mar 11, 2021 - Apr 01, 2021 6-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Finding Peace in the Midst of a Pandemic is an intensive playwriting workshop with a focus on positive monologues and short 2-3-character plays. During the workshop, you will be guided through prompted writings designed to draw from personal experiences, the experiences of family and friends, and/or stories of the pandemic encountered on social media; inspire hope; and remind us of the importance of love and empathy in the face of chaos. You will create and share new drafts with Dr. Weems and the other participants and receive feedback for editing. ‍

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.‍

Playwriting Workshop: Finding Peace in the Midst of a Pandemic is presented in partnership with Playwrights Local.

Reader Series: Refugee Narratives

Literary Cleveland
Mar 20, 2021 - May 15, 2021 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
This class examines contemporary authors’ engagement with forced migration, with an emphasis on three highly-acclaimed texts—Dave Eggers’ "What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng" (2006), Viet Thanh Nguyen’s "The Refugees" (2017), and Valeria Luiselli’s "Lost Children Archive" (2019). How are refugees represented in contemporary US narratives? How do literary authors dismantle stereotypical depictions of forced migration in their work? Can fiction writers challenge the power structures that block the movement of today’s refugees or do their narratives reinforce and erase these? And what can we learn about becoming witnesses of today's mass displacements from their work?

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Weekend Warrior Beginner Sewing Classes

DRU CHRISTINE FABRICS AND DESIGN
Mar 27, 2021 - Mar 28, 2021 10am | Dru Christine Fabrics and Design | Community
WEEKEND WARRIOR
Learn to sew in one weekend!
This class is aimed at beginner sewers who would like to start making clothes, cushions, bags, perform alterations, etc. and want to learn a wide range of sewing and construction techniques.
All supplies & materials included in this course. However, you may bring your own sewing machine, if desired.
Cost: $199
(Plus $20 supply fee)
Payment Plans Available
Call 1.440.941.0052 for more info.

Legal Aid at the Library: LIVE on Facebook - Guardianship and Mental Health

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Mar 30, 2021 5-6 p.m. | Facebook Live | Community
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Cleveland Public Library's 2021 Facebook LIVE series features legal information and "know your rights” details through interviews with our own Legal Aid attorneys, Cleveland librarians, and occasional special guests.
This March 30 session is focused on Guardianship and Mental Health.
Legal Aid attorneys and Cleveland Library staff will be in conversation with friends from NAMI Lorain and the Reminger law firm.