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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


March 2019


Songwriting Workshop Series

Falls Music School
Feb 02, 2019 - Mar 02, 2019 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. | Falls Music School, 2160 Front St Unit B, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 | Hone Your Craft
Falls Music School is hosting a series of songwriting workshops hosted by Northeast Ohio Musician, Ray Flanagan. The class will cover lyricism, rhyme schemes, melodic lines, chord progressions, and more!

The series consists of 3 workshops, taking play February 2, February 16th, and March 2. All 3 classes will be held at Falls Music School from 2:30 to 3:15pm. The cost for students is $20 and for non-students $30, this cost covers all 3 days of the workshops series.

Interested? Contact Falls Music School at for more information or to sign up!

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.

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.


Feb 14, 2019 - Mar 10, 2019 Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Sun 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Karamu House 2355 East 89th Street Cleveland, OH 44106 | Community


Set during the Great Depression, in the midst of the oppressive Mississippi Blue Mountain summer heat, business has not been going well for a cotton gin owner and his young wife. In a desperate attempt to rescue himself from his financial woes, he sets fire to his neighbor’s thriving plantation. Unable to prove the act of arson, the neighbor seeks revenge in the most unconventional of ways.

A chance encounter between two young people along a Mississippi railroad amidst the Great Depression leaves them both exposed in ways unimaginable. The young woman’s passionate account of her fragmented family somehow captivates the nervous young man’s curiosity, leaving him wanting more than just a little conversation.

Tickets: Adult $40, Senior (62 +) $35, Student (under 25 with ID) $20
Group Pricing: 25 or more = $30 per ticket, Student group rates available
For handicapped/accessible seating and group sales: (216) 795-7077


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

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.

Hay Fever

Cleveland Play House
Feb 27, 2019 - Mar 09, 2019 7:30 PM | Helen Theatre | Community
A witty British comedy from “The Master” Noël Coward. Hay Fever enters the eccentric minds of a retired actress, her novelist husband, and their family. A weekend retreat is anything but relaxing when unsuspecting family and their guests are enlisted as pawns in their outrageous theatrical games. Mismatched romantic pairings and explosive familial rivalries bring out the worst in this dysfunctional team of players.

Your Best 32

Cleveland Play House
Mar 02, 2019 4 - 6 p.m. | Cleveland Play House | Hone Your Craft
In this masterclass, students will learn how to choose music appropriate for specific auditions, will gain insight on how to select a memorable 16 and 32 bar cut, will receive professional feedback on offerings, as well as headshots, resumes, and audition books. Artists will build and refine the techniques necessary to craft authentic characters and deliver honest storytelling through song.

Sip N Sew: Kimono

Dru Christine Fabrics & Design
Mar 03, 2019 2pm - 5pm | Dru Christine Fabrics and Design | Hone Your Craft
The Kimono is back for the Spring! The first Kimono session was a big hit! Great in all sizes and colors, this is the perfect items to add to your wardrobe. All made by YOU! 
All sewing levels welcome. They have the supplies, sewing machine usage, snacks and two complimentary glasses of wine (or other beverage) to complete the project. Plus receive 20% off their entire shop while in this class! 
21 and over, please. 

Dru Christine Fabrics and Design (Located inside Lake Affect Studios), 1615 East 25th Street ~ Cleveland, Ohio 44114 1.440.941.0052

Improv I

Mar 09, 2019 noon - 2 p.m. | Mahall's, 13200 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Begins 03/09/2019
This course is an introduction to long-form improvisation, based on the style developed by The iO Theater and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. They will start with a focus on the fundamentals - agreement, listening, and support - as well as the thing that should come across in every scene: the fun. They will also get into things like establishing the reality of the scene, connecting with your scene partner, and heightening based off game/premise.​

This class is designed for beginners up to those with jam or short form improv experience.

Each week they will develop your group and individual skills through scene work and exercises.

Staging Success Career Fair

Playhouse Square
Mar 13, 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, film/video, stage & production management.

Career Fair takes place on March 13, 2019. Participation is free, application is required. All applications are due by February 22, 2019.

For more information, please visit

Global Teen Performance Project

Cleveland Public Theatre
Mar 14, 2019 - Mar 15, 2019 7:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Global Teen Performance Project is an afterschool rehearsal process at Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy for students ages 14-19, emphasizing technique and mastery of the craft of theatre. With the support of CPT Teaching Artists and involvement of the school’s teachers and staff, the students create an original work of theatre based on the students’ stories and cultures, and their experiences as newcomers in the U.S. Global Teen Performance Project is produced by Cleveland Public Theatre in partnership with Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Global Cleveland.

Teacher Training Workshop: Physical Acting for Body Language Understanding and Communication

Center for Applied Drama and Autism
Mar 16, 2019 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Center for Applied Drama and Autism | Hone Your Craft
Workshop begins at 9 AM and end at 4 PM with a full hour lunch break between sessions. CADA students and volunteers will be on hand to assist with the training. Ample hand-outs will be available for participants to take home.

Cost of workshops: 6 hours @$150. Contact CACA at 234-678-7830 or by email at to enroll and/or for further information.

Test Flight 2019

Cleveland Public Theatre
Mar 21, 2019 - Apr 20, 2019 7:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
Test Flight is a multi-week series that showcases new work on its way to full production. Test Flight provides both local and national artists with the keys to the theatre and the opportunity to co-produce original works-in-progress. The series encourages risk-taking and an entrepreneurial spirit towards creating new work while offering artists a structured support system. Tickets: $10-15


CSU Theatre & Dance Dept
Mar 22, 2019 - Mar 23, 2019 7:30pm | The Allen Theatre - Playhouse Square | Community
Allen Theatre Mainstage
All Tickets $5.00

Featuring the Cleveland State University Dance Company, faculty, staff, musicians and guest artists, this repertory concert, under the direction of Lynn Deering, includes an eclectic evening of contemporary and traditional choreography.

Tickets go on sale July 1, 2018!


The Movement Project
Mar 22, 2019 - Mar 23, 2019 7:00 pm (Show 1); 9:00 pm (Show 2) | Pilgrim Church 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113 | Community
Join in for an evening of new work by New York City-based choreographer, Pam Tanowitz, performed by Pam Tanowitz Dance alongside dancers from Cleveland’s The Movement Project and selected local dancers. Recital #1 (five small dances for Cleveland) will occupy historic Pilgrim Congregational Church, March 22nd at 7pm and 9pm. The show will be influenced by the unique space and individual dancers. Each dance will be an intimate sketch, which the audience will observe close-up. *Music by Dana Jessen & Costumes by Maile Okamura

Time: Show 1/7:00 pm (Box Office opens at 6:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Show 2/9:00 pm (Box Office & Theater Doors open at 8:30 pm)
Price: $10 (Online Pre-sale & Door Price) -

*Online pre-sale ends March 21st at midnight. Tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 6:00 pm on March 22nd.

Parking: Limited free onsite parking lot & free street parking


Cleveland Public Theatre
Mar 23, 2019 - Apr 13, 2019 7:30 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
In Branden Jacobs-Jenkins GLORIA, a group of bickering editorial assistants at a prestigious magazine are chasing the dream: a book deal before they turn 30 and a shot at fame, when an ordinary day at the office becomes a living nightmare. The stakes for who gets the story skyrocket when crisis offers an opportunity for a career-defining moment. Inside America’s media machine, who has the right to tell whose story? Simultaneously funny and shocking, GLORIA is an adrenaline rush of a show skewering the opportunistic culture of modern media. Tickets: $15-35.

Shaker Arts Council’s Conversations in Courage: The Visit

Shaker Arts Council
Mar 24, 2019 2:00 - 5:00 PM | Tri-C East Simon and Rose Mandel Theatre, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH 44122 | Community
On Sunday, March 24, 2019, MetroHealth System will present the premiere of the Shaker Arts Council’s documentary film, Conversations in Courage: The Visit. The film, directed by Marquette Williams, depicts the events surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1965 visit to Shaker Heights and includes interviews with many of those involved.

The afternoon begins at 2:00 pm with a Director’s Reception attended by veteran Civil Rights activists including Edwina Moss, the Reverends Joan Campbell and Albert Pennybacker. The film begins at 3:00 pm followed by a panel conversation moderated by Dee Perry and an audience Q & A. Tickets for the pre-screening reception are $35 and include a ticket to the screening. General admission tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. For reservations and more information, call 216.916.9360. Tickets can also 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. In addition, this project is supported by MetroHealth System and Cuyahoga Community College.