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February 2019


Staging Success Career Fair

Playhouse Square
Dec 20, 2018 - Feb 22, 2019 | Playhouse Square | Employment
Calling college students and recent graduates! Meet with producers of national tours, production houses, lighting & sound companies, and more. ‘Staging Success’ is geared towards early career opportunities and internships in arts management, technical, stage & production management. Participation is free, application is required.

Adult Scene Study Class

Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy
Jan 09, 2019 - Feb 13, 2019 6-9 p.m. | Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy | Hone Your Craft
This class is geared towards adults wanting to learn how to break the scene down and make split decisions that will help you book jobs and get paid!. The first week begins with an evaluation of where the student is and where they need to go. In the following weeks students work on prepared scenes that will be analyzed and workshopped This class is limited to 10 students and will last for 3-4 hours.

An Iliad

Cleveland Play House
Jan 12, 2019 - Feb 10, 2019 | The Outcalt Theatre | Community
One actor. One musician. The Trojan War. With vivid storytelling and live cello, two women transform a bare stage into a raging battlefield where gods, heroes, and empires clash in a quest for vengeance and glory. This searing adaptation of Homer’s timeless epic catapults an ancient tale of fate and fury into the present day.

An Iliad

Cleveland Play House
Jan 12, 2019 - Feb 10, 2019 Various times | The Outcalt Theatre | Community
One actor. One musician. The Trojan War. With vivid storytelling and live cello, two women transform a bare stage into a raging battlefield where gods, heroes, and empires clash in a quest for vengeance and glory. This searing adaptation of Homer’s timeless epic catapults an ancient tale of fate and fury into the present day.

Teen On Camera & Audition Class

Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy
Jan 12, 2019 - Feb 16, 2019 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy | Hone Your Craft
In this six week class students, ages 13-17, learn the do's and don't of auditioning as well as the art of scene study. Students will begin the first week with a prepared monologue. From there they will learn how to command the room's attention, and create an environment.

Students will learn how to break a scene down to get to the heart of each scene. They will also learn how to create the emotional arc that is needed to bring a fully fleshed out character to life. Final scenes are taped each and emailed to each student so that they can see what progress has been made.

This Class is limited to 10 students per 6 week session to allow for the time and attention required.

Sew, Baby, Sew Beginner Sewing Course

Dru Christine Fabrics & Design
Jan 12, 2019 - Feb 16, 2019 10 am - 12 noon | Dru Christine Fabrics and Design | Hone Your Craft
Sew, Baby, Sew Winter Session
Begins: Saturday, January 12th, 10 am to noon

Always wanted to learn to sew? Want to revisit a lost passion for sewing?
Then, this class is for you!

This hands on course was developed to provide you with basic sewing skills to start you on your way! By the end of the session, you will walk away with an apparel item - made by you! You will also learn about sewing basics such as notions, interfacings, and reading sewing patterns.

$125 (Plus $25 supply fee due at first session)

The Power of Poetry: An Introduction

Literary Cleveland
Jan 22, 2019 - Feb 05, 2019 7 - 9 p.m. | Lit Cleveland, 7405 Detroit Ave, Cleveland OH 44102 | Hone Your Craft
In this 3-week introductory workshop, you will explore and discover how poems are generated, crafted and refined. Each week, there will be writing prompts that will surprise and inspire the imagination, discussions on craft through the reading and sharing of poetry, and group feedback on your work. Expect to be delightfully nudged out of your usual habits with language and discover yourself as a poet in the process. This class is appropriate for total beginners as well as those who want a refresher or who write in other genres but want to venture into verse.

Introduction to Personal Essay Writing w/ Lee Chilcote

Literary Cleveland
Feb 01, 2019 - Feb 22, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Siegal Lifelong Learning, 25700 Science Park Dr #100, Beachwood OH 44122 | Hone Your Craft
Learn the fundamentals of writing personal essays, including turning memories into stories, establishing yourself as a character, and using tools like scene and dialogue to make your writing more compelling. Led by writer and Lit Cleveland co-founder Lee Chilcote, this workshop will offer exercises and feedback on participants' work.

Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood

Cleveland Play House
Feb 02, 2019 - Feb 24, 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM | Allen Theatre | Community
Cleveland favorite Ken Ludwig (Baskerville, A Comedy of Tenors) is back with a rollicking new take on a beloved legend. A greedy prince has taken control of England, and it is up to dashing outlaw Robin Hood to save the day. Join up and take aim with Robin and his band of Merry Men—and women!— as they champion the underdog and fight for justice. Laughs, romance, and plenty of arrows fly in this all-out comic adventure.

February Fight Night

Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Feb 04, 2019 7 - 8:30 p.m. | OSF at Greystone Hall events, 103 S. High Street Akron, OH 44308 | Hone Your Craft
Love Hurts
Ah Valentine's Day--a time to look into the eyes of those you love and throw down!

You'll be taking a look at Shakespeare's favorite feuding couples and the combat moments that lie between two lovers--hair pulls, grapples, tosses, bites! Hey, all's fair in love and war...

Fiction in All Forms

Literary Cleveland
Feb 05, 2019 - Feb 26, 2019 7-9 p.m. | Literary Cleveland, 7405 Detroit Ave, Cleveland 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.

CLE-ative Groove: A 12-Week Artist's Way Journey

Feb 05, 2019 - Apr 30, 2019 7-9:30 p.m. | The Green House, 20150 Lakeshore Boulevard, Euclid, OH 44123 | Hone Your Craft
Maybe you’re a devotee of the Artist’s Way, or maybe you’ve never heard of it before but are intrigued by Julia Cameron’s best-selling book. Here’s the good news: the Artist’s Way isn't just for artists. It's for everyone—from working creatives to closet people just looking to make a shift in their lives.

Join in for a 12-week course at The Green House in Euclid, where you’ll go through a series of interactive, insightful exercises and tools for making creative breakthroughs. CLEative Groove: A 12-Week Artist’s Way Journey can help you:

• Push past perfectionism
• Kickstart your art
• Spark your side hustle
• Make a personal or professional breakthrough
• Reinvent your relationship with your inner critic
• Connect with other Clevelanders who want to live creatively
• Engage in self-care + self-discovery
• Or any combination of the above!

Dates are every Tuesday from February 5 - April 30 (with one off week on March 5) from 7-9:30 p.m. Come get inspired, energized, and back into the CLE-ative groove!

Racial Justice Match Fund Kickoff Event

Feb 06, 2019 6-8 p.m. | The MidTown Tech Hive, 6815 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103 | Community
Fighting for racial justice has never been more important, and Clevelanders are rising up to meet the challenge.

Join ioby and Neighborhood connections for a kickoff event as they launch our Racial Justice Match Fund! Meet other Clevelanders committed to advancing racial equity, tap into Cleveland's growing racial justice movement, and learn about how you could get your donations doubled up to to $2,000 for eligible crowdfunding projects on

To learn more about the match fund and its eligibility requirements, visit

Developing a Writing Habit

Literary Cleveland
Feb 06, 2019 - Feb 27, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Siegal Lifelong Learning, 25700 Science Park Drive #100, Beachwood, OH 44122 | Hone Your Craft
Showing up to write isn’t half the battle – it is the battle. This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your "voice," and keep your writing process in motion. We’ll investigate ways to playfully expand the imagination and increase creative output as well as work with prompts that will help inspire specific writing projects, and most importantly generate new work. Participants will leave with a tool kit to keep the writing flowing.

How to Take Your Poem from "Oh, That's Nice" to "Oh, My Gosh!"

Literary Cleveland
Feb 06, 2019 - Feb 27, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
We will use the four weekly sessions to develop your poems in surprising new ways. Each week during the session, we will closely read and analyze your poems, providing positive feedback as well as constructive criticism. Then you will be given a personalized assignment, in anticipation of the next session, which will inspire you to explore that poem in different and sometimes startling new ways. The goal is to reveal how a poem can grow, both within itself and as an element of a larger, more layered work.

The Impact of Shuffle Along

Karamu House
Feb 07, 2019 - Feb 10, 2019 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Thurs-Sat; 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Sunday | Karamu House 2355 E. 89th Street | Community
It was one of the most significant musicals of the 20th century: a show written and performed entirely by African Americans; a show with exuberant songs by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle (including the mega-hit “I’m Just Wild About Harry”); the show that brought the Harlem Renaissance to the musical stage; and the first show that allowed black theatergoers to watch from the orchestra after so many years of segregated seating. George Gershwin, Fanny Brice and other luminaries of white musical theater gathered at Shuffle Along to see what they could learn from its ragtime music and spirited dancing, and the answer was: a lot. Two years ago, writer and director George C. Wolfe created a Broadway musical about this 1921 trailblazer; now it’s time for The Musical Theatre Project and Cleveland’s historic Karamu House to take our turn with a new multi-media concert.

written by BILL RUDMAN, directed by BILL RUDMAN and TONY F. SIAS

THE ACTING COMPANY - Treva Offutt, Tony F. Sias, Justin C. Woody, Evelyn Wright

TICKETS: General: $30, TMTP Members: $25, Contact Group Sales: (216) 795-7077
For Accessible and Handicapped Seating, Contact Box Office at (216) 795-7077

Writing Wild: A Nature Writing Retreat w/ Lee Chilcote

Literary Cleveland
Feb 09, 2019 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | November Lodge, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, 3675 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula, OH 44264 | Hone Your Craft
Literary Cleveland’s Lee Chilcote will be your guide to nature, environmental and outdoors writing in this one-day retreat. In the morning, you’ll read selections from award-winning nature writers, complete writing exercises, and go on a short hike during which you’ll explore the area’s natural history. After a brown bag lunch, you’ll have a chance to get feedback and helpful tips on your writing. Open to writers of all levels and abilities. You will spend time outdoors, so dress appropriately.

Writing Memoir: The Main Ingredients w/ Charlotte Morgan

Literary Cleveland
Feb 09, 2019 - Mar 02, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
As in cooking, the better the ingredients for your recipe, the better the results. The same is true when writing true life stories. This workshop is about learning the ingredients of good memoir--voice, tone, plot, setting, narration or tension--by reading and writing. Participants will read curated selections and learn the craft of nonfiction. You will be expected to develop a piece, participate in thoughtful workshop after reviewing craft and learning workshop protocol, and revise and present your draft.

Creating Conscious Characters

Feb 10, 2019 - Mar 17, 2019 Sundays only, 6:30 - 8:45 p.m. | Art On Madison, 14203 Madison Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Over the course of six sessions in a creatively supportive and holistic atmosphere, Ray Caspio will unfold principles of the Michael Chekhov technique to increase your psycho-physical awareness and open portals of imaginative transformation to create and embody fully conscious characters. You will explore on your feet in movement, playing with energy, imagination, concentration, and improvisation. This offering is experiential over academic. Check expectations, plans, and a sense of right and wrong at the door! Wear clothing and shoes you are comfortable moving in. Be prepared to be surprised!

Plenty of free parking is available on Madison and nearby side streets. Please avoid metered parking so you can remain in the stream of our exploration. Meters do not run on weekends.

$145.00 for this six session, 16.5 hour offering.

A non-refundable online deposit of $45.00 is required to guarantee your spot. If you cancel seven (7) or more days before the workshop start date, you will receive credit good for one year from the date of payment. If MC3 cancels the workshop, your deposit may be refunded or credited toward future workshop offerings.

Your remaining balance must be received online prior to the first session, or at the door in cash or check at the first session. Within 36 hours of your registration e-mail (see below) being received, you will be directed to a payment page with the following options:

•$45.00 deposit, pay balance online prior to our first session
•$45.00 deposit, pay balance in cash or check at door prior to first session
•$145.00 pay in full

To begin registration, e-mail Ray Caspio at with answers to the following:
•What is your experience with the Michael Chekhov technique?
•What appeals to you about this offering?
•MC3 welcomes performers of all gender expressions and orientations. What is your preferred pronoun?

*Registration closes Friday, February 8 at 11:59pm.

CAEC presents Special Needs and Accessibility - Two-part Series

Cleveland Arts Education Consortium
Feb 12, 2019 - Feb 19, 2019 9 - 11:30 a.m. | Two Locations | Build Your Business
How do we invite, include and involve people with disabilities? Create sensory friendly spaces? Use understandable language to communicate? Clearer signage? How do we interact?
Want to learn more about serving those special needs?
Come. Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Dobama Theatre at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, 2345 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Guest presenters Lori Mago and Amy Smith from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities will join Erin Hoppe, Executive Director of VSA Ohio, to explore the many ways we can welcome those with special needs to our arts organizations and actively involve them in our programs.

And, join in Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Near West Theatre, 6702 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102
Guest presenters Monique Holt, Artist, Director, Sign Coach and Shadow Interpreter at Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Gallaudet and Towson Universities and Larry Nehring, Interpreter and Kent State University NTT Lecturer, American Sign Language will talk about the most effective ways to engage hearing impaired and deaf patrons and participants.

Fire on the Water

Cleveland Public Theatre
Feb 14, 2019 - Mar 02, 2019 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
FIRE ON THE WATER, the acclaimed multimedia theatrical event, returns to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River in an all-new version. FIRE ON THE WATER is a fast-paced series of short plays inspired by this pivotal moment in Cleveland's history. Created by a team of playwrights, directors, and actors, the production features original work woven into a powerful production exploring how the environment shapes identity, while celebrating the remarkable recovery of Cleveland's waterways. Created & Performed by Northeast Ohio artists. Tickets: $15-35.

La Gringa (Spanish)

Cleveland Public Theatre
Feb 14, 2019 - Mar 02, 2019 7:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
A heartwarming and hilarious comedy by Carmen Rivera, performed by Teatro Público de Cleveland ensemble in Spanish with English subtitles. María Elena García is excited to connect with her homeland and visit her extended family in Puerto Rico for the first time. María has grown up with an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican studies in college. Upon her arrival, and much to her surprise, María isn’t exactly welcomed with open arms. Many consider her an American—a gringa. If she’s a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, is she a somebody anywhere? On her journey to fit in, María muddles through misperceptions and misadventures while searching for what we all seek: belonging. Tickets: $15-35.

2-Day Workshop with Tom Logan

Houde School of Acting
Feb 16, 2019 - Feb 17, 2019 Saturday, February 16th from 4:00pm to 8:30pm, and the 17th from 9:00am to 1:30pm | Houde School of Acting, 1777 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, Oh 44118 | Hone Your Craft
The Houde School of Acting will be hosting the critically acclaimed L.A. Director and Writer, Tom Logan February on 16th and 17th at their Cleveland Heights location. Tom Logan has directed over 100 national commercials, as well as General Hospital, Days of our Lives, Young and the Restless, and over 50 feature films. Tom wrote the critically acclaimed book, "How to Act and Eat at the Same Time". His book is in its fifth printing. He will be offering a 2-Day Workshop regarding how to book the job and how to keep the job. He will go over what works in the audition room and what works on set to be a director’s favorite.


CSU Theatre & Dance Dept
Feb 21, 2019 - Mar 03, 2019 Thurs-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:00pm | Outcalt Theatre - Playhouse Square | Community
Presented by Cleveland State University Department of Theatre and Dance
The Outcalt Theatre @ Allen Theatre Complex- Playhouse Square

Directed by Russ Borski
Tickets $5.00-$15.00
02/22/19 $25 Dinner and a Show Night by pre-reservation only.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST ("a trivial comedy for serious people") uses humor to play with themes of society, marriage, and relationships in a witty manner. With mistaken identities, plot twists, and madcap action, this is a cheeky production that will leave audiences snickering. Written by Oscar Wilde.

Tickets will go on sale July 1, 2018

Shaker Arts Council Presents Conversations in Courage: A Theatrical Performance of The Meeting

Shaker Arts Council
Feb 22, 2019 7:30 PM | Heights Christian Church 17300 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120 | Community
On Friday, February 22, 2019, the Shaker Arts Council (SHAC) will present Conversations in Courage: A Theatrical Performance of The Meeting, a fictional conversation between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The reading will star Peter Lawson Jones as Malcolm X and Greg White as Martin Luther King, Jr. and will be directed by Monica Lee Boone. The performance will be held at Heights Christian Church, 17300 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120. The evening begins at 7:30 pm, and tickets are $15 for students and $25 for adults. SHAC members receive a $5 discount. For reservations and more information call 216.916.9360. Tickets also can be purchased at

Shaker Arts Council's Conversations in Courage is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Weekend Warrior - Learn to Sew in one Weekend!

Dru Christine Fabrics & Design
Feb 23, 2019 - Feb 24, 2019 10 am - 5pm | Dru Christine Fabrics and Design | Hone Your Craft
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.

By the end of the weekend, students will leave with:
-One completed garment -List of sewing terminology -Basic information on basic sewing supplies & sewing machines -A new LOVE and appreciation for the art of sewing!
All supplies & materials included in this course. However, you may bring your own sewing machine, if desired.

Poetry Workshop: Claudia Rankine's Citizen

Literary Cleveland
Feb 23, 2019 - Mar 02, 2019 2-4 p.m. | CPL Carnegie West branch, 1900 Fulton Road, Cleveland, Oh 44113 | Hone Your Craft
Claudia Rankine’s book-length poem Citizen confronts racial injustice through her own personal experiences. It is “one of those American art works that … teaches us to ‘no longer take things at second and third hand,’ as Whitman wrote, to ‘listen to all sides and filter them from yourself,’” wrote Dan Chiasson in The New Yorker. In this workshop, you’ll look at Rankine's poems as examples, write about social justice issues in our own worlds, and discuss your poems in a helpful atmosphere.

DSCDO 2019 Membership + Spaghetti Dinner

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
Feb 28, 2019 Doors open: 5pm | Dinner: 5:30-6:30pm | Meeting: 6:30pm | Our Lady of Mount Carmel School (Gym), 6928 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44102 | Space
Neighborhood residents and business owners must purchase or renew their DSCDO membership in order to attend the Annual Meeting/Spaghetti Dinner and vote in board member elections. Those unable to attend the Annual Meeting in person may also purchase membership and vote by mail.

If Annual Benefit ticket(s) were purchased by a neighborhood resident for the year prior, the purchaser is already a DSCDO member and will receive complimentary admission to the Annual Meeting.

Keynote speaker: Tania Menesse
Director of Community Development, City of Cleveland