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March 2020


Cleveland Act Now Academy at Cleveland Public Theatre

Cleveland Public Theatre
Feb 04, 2020 - Mar 19, 2020 4-5:45 p.m. | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102 | Hone Your Craft
Spring Session: 7-week after school theatre training program
WHEN: February 4th – March 19th, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm – 5:45pm
WHO: 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
WHAT: Taught by Cleveland Act Now (CAN) Academy Lead Teaching Artists Faye Hargate and Zyrece Montgomery, the spring session explores acting fundamentals and ensemble theatre practices with special attention on building vocal power, exploring creative movement, and introductory scene work.
COST: This program is offered at NO COST thanks to the support of the Cleveland Foundation and other generous supporters.
ENROLL: Youth who are new to CAN must participate fully in one audition and then be selected by Lead Teaching Artists for admittance into session. Youth who successfully completed the fall session are invited to participate in the spring session without audition. Enrollment is capped at 20 young artists.
TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION: Contact Faye Hargate, CPT Director of Community Ensembles, at 216.631.2727 x207 or to sign up for one of the listed audition slots.
AUDITIONS: Tues, Jan 28th, 4:30pm-5:45pm, Wed, Jan 29th, 4:30pm-5:45pm, Thurs, Jan 30th, 4:30pm-5:45pm and Fri, Jan 31st, 4:30pm-5:45pm
PREPARE: Prepare a 1-2 minute performance (monologue, poem, dance, rap, song, etc.). They conduct group auditions, and youth must be able to stay for the whole audition time frame. They request that a guardian or caregiver is present for the first 30 minutes of the audition. If this is not possible, contact Faye Hargate.
QUESTIONS: Contact Faye Hargate, Director of Community Ensembles, at 216.631.2727 x207 or

African American Artists Alumni

Case Western Reserve University Art Education Program
Feb 08, 2020 - Mar 06, 2020 5-8 p.m. | Case Western Reserve University Art Studio Gallery, 2215 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH 44106 | Community
“African American Alumni Art Exhibition” sponsored by Case Western Reserve University Art Education Program. The artists showcased in this exhibit exemplify the impact of African culture on the arts today. It features CWRU Art Education Alumni: Anna Arnold, Gina Brent, Danny Carver, Napoleon Dismuke, Sandra Noble, Georgio Sabino III, Jerome White, Tucker White, Travis Williams with a selections of paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles, masks, crafts, musical instruments and artifacts.

Also on exhibit learn about West African Culture by viewing the ethnographic arts collection of CWRU Director Art Education/Art Studio, Tim Shuckerow. Featured in this collection is Nigerian artist/storyteller, Bodunde Motoni and textile artist, Grace Motoni. See a variety of paintings, sculptures, textiles, masks, musical instruments, and artifacts. We hope that the viewer will find this dual event a culturally enriching experience.

Heartful Living Cafe

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation
Feb 18, 2020 - Mar 31, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | 26633 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145 | Community
Free arts enrichment and socialization café to engage individuals affected by memory loss/dementia and their care partner (spouse, child, caregiver). Each session will include music, sing-a-longs and dance/movement. Before the session, enjoy coffee/tea, snacks, and socialization. Class runs from 2 pm to 4 pm. Pre-register by calling 440-414-0434. The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation at the Center for Artful Living, 26633 Detroit Rd., Westlake, Ohio 44145.

The Sweet Arts Cafe

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation
Feb 19, 2020 - Mar 25, 2020 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | 26633 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145 | Community
Free arts enrichment and socialization café for those with memory loss/dementia and their care partners (spouse, child, caregiver). It begins with a brown bag lunch and is followed by an arts, music, storytelling or dance/movement activity. Class runs from 11 am to 1 pm. Pre-register at 440-414-0434. The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation at the Center for Artful Living, 26633 Detroit Rd., Westlake, Ohio 44145.

Creative Connections (TM)

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation
Feb 21, 2020 - Mar 27, 2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | 26633 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145 | Community
Arts enrichment program for individuals with memory loss/dementia and their care partners (spouse, child, caregiver). Participate in a visual art activity, music, storytelling, poetry and dance/movement. Enjoy coffee/tea, snacks, and socialization. No cost. Class runs from 2 pm to 4 pm. Please pre-register at 440-414-0434. The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation at the Center for Artful Living, 26633 Detroit Rd., Westlake, Ohio 44145.

Breakout Session (or Frogorse)

Cleveland Public Theatre
Feb 22, 2020 - Mar 14, 2020 7:00 PM | Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102 | Community
Can a society legislate a change of heart? In Nikkole Salter's Breakout Session (or Frogorse), inspired by Cleveland’s Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, a corporate training company is vying for the contract for anti-bias training with Cleveland’s Police Department. When the white facilitator tosses the approved curriculum out the window, the session spirals. Can a mantis shrimp and a crocodile teach us about building trust and the strength of vulnerability? Commissioned by CPT with funding from the National New Play Network (NNPN). World Premiere.

The Real Inspector Hound

CSU Theatre and Dance
Feb 27, 2020 - Mar 08, 2020 Thurs-Sat @ 7:30 PM; Sun @ 2:00 PM | Outcalt Theatre (Allen Theatre Complex, Playhouse Square) | Community
CSU's second theatre production of the year is Tom Stoppard's THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND. This play within a play is part parody, part farce, part whodunit, and explores the ideology of free will and fate. A murder mystery with a twist ending, intertwines classic characters of melodrama with the commentary and insecurities of modern critics. Directed by Russ Borski.

Improv 1 and Sketch Comedy Writing 1 with Michael Busch

Michael Busch Classes
Mar 02, 2020 7-9 p.m. | The Film Space, 15022 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
The Improv 1 course is an introduction to long-form improvisation, based on the style developed by The iO Theater and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. You 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. You will also get into things like establishing the reality of the scene, connecting with your scene partner, and heightening based off game/premise.

In this Sketch Writing Course, you will learn: Proper script formatting; Ways to generate ideas; Tips on the writing process; How to confidently pitch; Writing/revising sketches; and practical experience in a writers room setting.

Creating Artistic Learners: Reception + ArtWorks Live!

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Mar 07, 2020 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Tri-C Metro Campus | Community
Join Center for Arts-Inspired Learning at their Creating Artistic Learners event as they celebrate the work of the 2019-’20 program year and acknowledge the supporters who make their work possible!
5:30pm | Reception; Cost: $50 Individual tickets; Campus Center 201
Tribute to Deborah Ratner, co-founder of CAL’s ArtWorks program; Meet ArtWorks alumni and parents and discuss the program impact; Enjoy heavy appetizers, wine, and beer

7pm | ArtWorks Live! Performance + Exhibit, The John P. Murphy Foundation Theatre
A celebration of ArtWorks 15th Anniversary, where you can see our student apprentices in action, performing dance, spoken word, fashion and more!

Applied Intimacy: Deepening our Connection to Chemistry and Exploring Intimate Kinesphere

Cleveland Play House
Mar 08, 2020 5-8 p.m. | Cleveland Play House • 1901 E. 13th Cleveland, OH 44114 | Hone Your Craft
Presented by Alexis Black and Samantha Kaufman, Intimacy Directors, Intimacy Directors International from 5-8pm on March 8th. *You must either attend the Introduction to Intimacy workshop on January 12th or have attended a prior introductory workshop as a prerequisite for this course. Register for both Intimacy: Informed Advocacy for Performers on 1/12 and Applied Intimacy on 3/8 and save $25! The first step in applying what you've learned is to make it specific to your task. This class aims to introduce tools to take on situations as a performer – “Deepening our Connection to Chemistry” and “Exploring Intimate Kinesphere.” Deepening our Connection to Chemistry: Technical and imagination-based exercises to create on-stage connections to acting partners in various scripted relationships (romantic, platonic, familial). Exploring Intimate Kinesphere: an exercise on how to create a full kinesphere and a discussion of how to use kinesphere to communicate your character’s level of comfortability and consent Find out how best to introduce these topics, overcome obstacles in a safe and respectable manner, and follow a roadmap that leads to the successful creation of dynamic, intimate moments made sustainable by the collaboration of all parties involved.

Shtetl in the Sun: Works by Andy Sweet

Cleveland Print Room
Mar 13, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm | Cleveland Print Room, 2550 Superior Ave Cleveland OH 44114 | Community
A subject of the 2018 documentary The Last Resort, Andy Sweet (Nov 9, 1953 – Oct 17, 1982) was an American photographer known for his street and documentary photography.

Sweet photographed the life and residents of South Beach, with a particular focus on the Jewish community, many of them Holocaust survivors. In the film, The Last Resort, viewers embark on a journey to the iconic Miami Beach of yesterday thru the lens of young photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe, where they captured the disappearing Jewish Community in South Beach.

The son of a prominent Miami Beach family, his sudden death diverted attention from his art just when his work was gaining a following.

The discovery of Sweet's test prints in a family storage unit has garnered new interest in his photography and some of his surviving prints have been restored over the last decade. The Cleveland Print Room will be exhibiting works from Sweet's Shtetl In The Sun series.

Join us for the opening reception of this show on Friday, March 13, from 5-8pm. The show will be on view until April 17, 2020.

"The Blacker the Berry..." A Theatrical Experience

dkWard Quality Entertainment Group
Mar 14, 2020 - Mar 14, 2020 6:00 pm | Glenoak Theater, 901 44th St., NW Canton, OH 44709 | Community
The story opens when two young girls discover their grandmother’s diary. As they sneak and read the diary, the intriguing story found within the pages is unfolded on the stage. The diary is full of family secrets that could destroy everything!
The story begins in 1948 when Hattie Clark is a bright 17-year-old that lives over Bowtee’s bar down on 4th Street, with her mother, the infamous, Deloris Mae Clark.
Living with Deloris is not easy. Unhappy with the choices she’s made in life, Deloris is a bitter and negative bar maid who’s lost all hope for happiness. In that misery loves company and Hattie is an only child, Deloris beats Hattie down constantly with her nasty disposition, fowl mouth, neglect, and verbal abuse. She constantly tells Hattie how unattractive and “black” she is.
In spite of her mother, Hattie still dreams of being an attorney one day and with the help of a true friend named Naomi, she manages to keep a relatively good outlook on life, until...
Watch Hattie's life spiral down to its lowest point through a series of events no one would have ever imagined. Then watch how God steps in and helps her go from grit to glory in this floor slappin', high impact story of despair then destiny.

Some of the subject matter is a bit mature, so they suggest parental discretion and recommend you not bring anyone under the age of 10.
Their goal is to launch a National Tour in February 2020. All proceeds will be used to secure the initial dates.

Staging Success Career Fair

Playhouse Square
Mar 18, 2020 | Playhouse Square | Employment
‘Staging Success’ is geared towards early career opportunities and internships in arts management, technical labor, film/television, and stage & production management.

Participation is free, but an application is required. Applications are due by February 10, 2020.