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May 2022


Inlet Dance Theatre: "Second Saturday" Workshop Series

Inlet Dance Theatre
Feb 12, 2022 - May 14, 2022 12:00-2:00pm | 2937 West 25th St, Suite D, Cleveland, OH 44113 | Community
Inlet's new workshop series taking place on the second Saturday of each month this winter/spring has something to offer everyone. Come dance with us!

All levels welcome, ages 16 and up. All workshops are 12-2pm on dates listed below. All workshops are taught by the Company Members of Inlet Dance Theatre, except for May 14th with Guest Teacher Margie Colon.

The workshop is held at Inlet's studios at Pivot Center for Art, Dance & Expression at 2937 West 25th St (free parking lot accessible via Castle Ave).

Feb 12th - "Lean into Love" - Explore nontraditional partnering with friends, loved ones, or complete strangers.

March 12th - "Get Fit with Inlet" - Add to your cross-training repertoire with our dancer-focused workout.

April 9th - "Breathe in New" - Breathe new life into your body to achieve muscular and mental release through modern dance.

May 14th - "Salsa with Guest Teacher: Margie Colon" - Bring your friends & family to this beginner salsa class and get moving together!

Fee: $15 each OR $60 for all 5 workshops!

Payment can be made via cash or check (to Inlet Dance Theatre) and given to the instructor prior to class or online payment can be made via Inlet's Paypal page here:

Teen Open Classes with Inlet Dance Theatre

Inlet Dance Theatre
Feb 17, 2022 - May 19, 2022 6:30-8:00pm | 2937 West 25th St, Suite D, Cleveland, OH 44113 | Community
When: February 17 - May 19th 2022

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00PM: Open Level Class (mix of Modern technique, nontraditional partnering, and improvisation) for ages 11-15.

Price: $15 drop in/$130 for 10 class card *Financial assistance available*

Spring Children's Classes with Inlet Dance Theatre

Inlet Dance Theatre
Feb 17, 2022 - May 21, 2022 | 2937 West 25th St, Suite D, Cleveland, OH 44113 | Community
4:00-4:45pm - Children's Level 1 (Ages 3-5)
5:00-5:45pm - Children's Level 2 (Ages 6-10)

9:00-9:45am - Children's Level 1 (Ages 3-5)
10:00-10:45am - Children's Level 2 (Ages 6-10)

Thursdays: $168 for spring semester (14 classes)
Saturdays: $144 for spring semester (12 classes)

Youth Summer Dance Intensive Submission (APPLY TODAY!)

The Movement Project
Feb 24, 2022 - Jun 01, 2022 | 21547 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, Ohio 44126 | Community
JULY 25TH - JULY 30TH, 2022

This one week intensive is geared for serious-minded dancers interested in furthering themselves as creative artists and who wish to deepen and grow their technical and performance knowledge. This intensive provides a rigorous daily schedule in professional training, creative practice and rehearsals taught by TMP artistic directors, company members, as well as notable guest artists in the dance community. The program will focus on modern dance technique, contemporary, ballet, improvisation, composition, injury prevention and somatic practices. In addition to movement courses, the program includes courses designed to prepare young artists for a career in dance, such as, resume building, dance on film and marketing. As part of our marketing course, each artist will receive dance action shots for their portfolio.

SummerWorks concert is back! All students will perform alongside TMP in our annual summer concert the final day of the intensive on Saturday July 30th at LatinUS Black Box Theater at The Pivot Center in Tremont!
Dates: July 25th - July 30th, 2022
Location: The Movement Project, 21547 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, Ohio 44126

Tuition Fee:
$385 (Early-Bird or Returning Dancer); $400 (Full-tuition)
If you have attended a past TMP summer intensive, you can attend this years intensive at a discounted rate of $385 (pay by May 1st, 2022)
If you are new to the summer intensive you can receive the $385 early-bird rate (pay by May 1st, 2022) or the $400 pay-in-full rate (pay by June 1st, 2022)
Payment plans are available!
Inquire by emailing Rebecca at!

Tuition Fee Includes:
1 Week of Classes
Digital copies of the SummerWorks 2022 performance & Dance Action Photos.
TMP Summer Intensive Tank Top & a welcome bag!

AUDITION: Attend an in-person audition by signing up below (USE LINK)!
ONLINE SUBMISSION: Submit an online video application by completing the submission below (USE LINK)!
RETURNING STUDENT ONLINE SUBMISSION: Returning to TMP’s Summer Intensive? Simply fill out the returning student application below (USE LINK).

Building Your Memoir: Intermediate

Literary Cleveland
Mar 02, 2022 - May 04, 2022 6-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This ten-week course is aimed at writers who are currently working on a draft of a book-length memoir or narrative essay collection. During class sessions, we will discuss key areas of developing a powerful book: finding one's theme or throughline; balancing showing vs. telling and situation vs. story; building powerful scenes; creating structure to keep your reader turning pages, and more. In addition, each student will have at least two opportunities to share 6-page excerpts of their work during in-class workshops.

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

Exploring the Da Vinci Notebook: Creative Play, Experiment & Inspiration

Literary Cleveland
Mar 08, 2022 - May 17, 2022 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
A notebook is a primary tool of creative people throughout time and across disciplines. Keeping a journal of some kind helps to develop observational skills and creative thinking, records ideas and research, and fosters inspiration for writing or making other art.

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) — the self-taught “Renaissance Man,” painter of the Mona Lisa, student of anatomy, inventor of flying machines, and on and on — whose notebooks overflow with drawings, codes, notes, and imaginings, we will work together to learn, develop, and share new techniques and practices for journaling and experiment with ways to use our journals as fodder for more purposeful writing.

This series is a dive into serious play and is appropriate for writers of all genres and levels. There will be some work to complete between sessions, in order to establish and explore the notebook process.

This class is appropriate for students who have already done a Da Vinci Notebook course, as well as students new to the concept.

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

Summer Fine Art Classes - Registration Open!

Orange Art Center
Apr 04, 2022 - May 30, 2022 | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
C-R-E-A-T-I-O-N in the summer sun! Join the OAC this summer with fun, camaraderie, and enrichment in a relaxed studio setting. Whether this is your 10th year at OAC or your first session, start your year off right with an awesome art class! Browse our website for student-favorites, core classes, and brand new, exciting offerings that will be sure to inspire and ignite your creativity.

Summer 2022, June 6 – July 29

NEW Studio Watercolors
NEW Color Theory
Wheel Throwing for Beginners
Mixed Media
Painting for Beginners
NEW Clay + Play – Ceramic Board Games
NEW Printmaking for Beginners
Wheel Throwing for Beginners

Summer Sampler
Life Drawing
Ceramics Sampler
Drawing for Beginners
Studio Oil Painting
NEW Ceramics Surface Design Sampler
Summer Sampler
Ceramics Sampler
Abstract Painting

NEW Studio Watercolors
Still Life Painting
Wheel Throwing for Beginners
NEW Studio Watercolors
Studio Oil Painting
NEW Clay + Play – Ceramic Board Games
NEW +One Date Night Series
Abstract Painting Wheel
Throwing for Beginners

Ceramics Sampler
Life Drawing
Summer Sampler
NEW Ceramics Surface Design Sampler
Drawing for Beginners
Mixed Media
Summer Sampler
Ceramics Sampler
NEW Printmaking for Beginners

Still Life Painting
NEW Color Theory
NEW Sculpture for the Garden
NEW Studio Watercolors
Painting for Beginners

Register NOW on our website,

Start Writing Right Now

Literary Cleveland
May 03, 2022 - May 24, 2022 6-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Have you always wanted to try your hand at fiction writing, but never took the leap? Maybe you’ve put down your pen for a while and need a jumpstart. Come experiment in this low-stress, generative class! You’ll kindle your imagination with fun prompts—music, sounds, images, etc.—to get those gears moving. Then, if you choose, you’ll share your work in a supportive environment and receive positive feedback. You’ll walk away each week with a new piece of writing—maybe even something you’d like to build on.

This clas takes place online via Zoom.

For The Culture: Writing Critical Narratives

Literary Cleveland
May 03, 2022 - Jun 28, 2022 6-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This course will explore published works by known critical writers, such as Samantha Irby, Hanif Abdurraqib, Morgan Parker, Saeed Jones, etc., who all incorporate criticism of pop culture, race and society in their work. As this is an intermediate writing class, participants will read and discuss selected works by the above authors for the first two weeks of the course. Discussion will focus on how the authors integrate these topics into their work and include mini writing exercises for participants to begin generating new work. For the next three weeks, writers will generate new work and participate in a workshop setting to receive feedback from their peers. The final week will be an opportunity for students to share their completed work with their peers. With this course, participants will engage with work that focuses on “difficult” or “taboo” topics, and then use that discussion to consider ways to explore their own topics of interest (possibly gender, sexuality, religion, etc.) in their own work.‍

NOTE: This 8-week class will skip June 14 and resume on June 21.

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

A Dozen Recipes to Revise Your Half-Baked Poems

Literary Cleveland
May 03, 2022 - May 17, 2022 1:30 - 3 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
We’ve all got poems stashed away that just don’t seem fully realized. This workshop will provide at least a dozen different “recipes” for reworking, reimagining, revamping those poems. Let’s experiment together with these recipes and see what we can cook up and share with one another in a relaxed and supportive way. Our goal is to play with possibilities rather than polishing our poems.

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

Introduction to Confessional Poetry

Literary Cleveland
May 05, 2022 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
A movement marked by the work of Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop (and several others), confessional poetry continues to foster taboo subject matter and shapes the way poetry is written years after the death of its progenitor’s. Throughout this generative workshop, participants will learn about the work of Sexton as well as contemporary poets such as Brenda Shaughnessy, Sharon Olds, Hala Alyan, and Leila Chatti and create poetry of this nature with these poems as models. We will discuss the use of ‘I’ in contemporary poetry and the ways in which poetry is still influenced by this movement.

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

"I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing" Book Launch and Poetry Reading

Summit Artspace
May 07, 2022 2-4 p.m. | Summit Artspace | Community
The exciting launch of “I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing” is coming to Summit Artspace on May 7 from 2-4 p.m. Poets featured in the anthology will read select excerpts.

This one-of-a-kind collection, spearheaded by Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour, is a culmination of poems by members of Ohio’s Appalachian population. It features a range of voices from many minority groups, including indigenous and Affrilachian (African-American artists, writers, and musicians in the Appalachian region of the United States) populations and the LGBTQ+ community. The anthology also features both poets with developmental differences and poets of all ages.

Copies of "I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing” will be available for purchase at Summit Artspace. See more details and the full event listing here:

Try Improv! A Beginners Improv Workshop with Kim Pride

Imposters Theater
May 10, 2022 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Imposters Theater, 2406 Professor Ave Cleveland OH 44113 | Community, Hone Your Craft
This is a welcoming, fun workshop for absolute beginners run by one of our veteran performer/instructors. This workshop is for you! You’ll play improv games and do some scenes with guidance and support from the instructor. No experience necessary.

Refuse to Be Done - Novel Writing Lecture with Matt Bell

Literary Cleveland
May 10, 2022 7-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
In this interactive lecture, novelist Matt Bell details a practical and straightforward approach to writing fiction, focusing on specific tactics for generating a strong first draft of a novel, including creating compelling characters and structuring a fine-tuned plot, and for polishing your final manuscript to prepare it for submission and publication. Drawing from the strategies detailed in his craft book Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts, Bell will offer an abundance of strategies to help motivate you and shake up your drafting and your revisions, all focused on practical steps you can take to strengthen both your practice and your novel. Come curious and bring your questions!

NOTE: Registration for this event will include a copy of Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts by Matt Bell! It will be mailed to you by our local indie bookstore Mac's Backs Books.

This event takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Lightening the Load

Literary Cleveland
May 12, 2022 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Many memoirs are paths out from darkness, but let’s be honest—the darkness can get a little heavy at times. Readers crave a chance to catch their breath before immersing themselves back into the depths of despair. How do we add these moments of lightness to our work? We will discuss several techniques to lighten the load and then focus on the flip side: how do we write about trauma without re-traumatizing ourselves?

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

Super New Play Special! A Festival of Short Works

Playwrights Local
May 13, 2022 - May 14, 2022 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM | Creative Space at Waterloo Arts, 397 East 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110 | Community
Playwrights Local presents “Super New Play Special! A Festival of Short Works,” featuring seven ten-minute plays by writers from Northeast Ohio. This program of fully produced short pieces runs two nights only, May 13 and 14, at Creative Space at Waterloo Arts in North Collinwood. Featured playwrights in this event include Sara Bogomolny, Agnes Herrmann, Reys Phillips, Logan Cutler Smith, Vickie L. Williams, Brian Zoldessy, and an additional playwright to be announced. The creative team for this production includes Lisa L. Wiley (stage manager and props designer), Andrew Kaletta (lighting designer), Neil Sudhakaran (sound designer and assistant stage manager), and Tom Hayes (technical director). “Super New Play Special!” is a rare chance to see plays by seven local writers, all brought to you by local directors and actors. Find more information at

Odyssey Workshop: On-Camera Acting

Cleveland State University Odyssey Program
May 14, 2022 - May 14, 2022 1:00-5:00pm | 1375 Euclid Ave, 6th floor, Cleveland, OH 44115 | Hone Your Craft
From January to May 2022, the Odyssey Program at Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts offers a series of one-day workshops for high school students (aged 13-18) interested in film and media arts.

This workshop will introduce fundamental principles about acting and how we learn to perform on-camera. Through a historical survey of techniques from traditional schools of modern acting, student will perform different exercises (such as repetition, gibberish, paraphrasing) from some of the most important teachers of 20th Century Modern Acting, including Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler and Constantin Stanislavski. Using monologues or commercials scripts from film or television, students will get an introduction to on-camera and memory techniques for actors.

Ellen Rooney has worked in dance, theater, and film in New York City, Los Angeles, and Cleveland and currently teaches acting at School of Film and Media Arts at Cleveland State University, Baldwin Wallace, Conservatory of Music, and The Beck Center. She teaches also internationally through various online teaching networks with students in Beijing, Shanghai, and Portugal. Previously, she has taught for Hathaway Brown Theater Institute, Shaker Arts Council, and Solon Center of the Arts. She has worked many local theater organizations including Near West Theater and Geauga Lyric Theater. Since 2003 Ellen has been member of Women In History, portraying Isadora Duncan, Joan Rivers, and Dorothy Fuldheim. She has Master degrees in Dance and Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a PhD in Theater from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

Meet the Artist: Nick Lee

Summit Artspace
May 14, 2022 3-5 p.m. | Summit Artspace | Community
Meet artist Nick Lee on Saturday, May 14 from 3-5 p.m. and learn about his solo exhibition at Summit Artspace, "When We Share Our Wounds." In Summit Artspace's inaugural exhibition for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists, Lee explores the presentation of traditionally underrepresented people throughout the history of Western art. This body of work seeks to better represent Japanese Americans through portraiture.

"When We Share Our Wounds" will be on view in the 3G Gallery through June 25. View the exhibition virtually here:

Improv Level 2 with Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
May 17, 2022 7-9 p.m. | Imposters Theater, 2406 Professor Ave Cleveland, OH 44113 | Hone Your Craft
In this class we will focus on:
-Recognizing and playing the game of the scene organically
-Heightening through tag-outs and walk-ons
-Performing detailed, interesting monologue openings based on a suggestion
-Pulling information from monologues
-Constructing solid premise based initiations based on information from monologues
-Getting your idea across to your scene partner

Improv Level 3 with Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
May 19, 2022 7-9 p.m. | Imposters Theater, 2406 Professor Ave Cleveland, OH 44113 | Hone Your Craft
This class focuses on:
-Group games/scenes
-Callbacks/second beats of scenes
-the Harold format

The Phoenix Society

Playwrights Local
May 20, 2022 - May 29, 2022 Thu-Sat 7:30 pm & Sun 2:30 pm | Creative Space at Waterloo Arts, 397 East 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110 | Community
Playwrights Local presents The Phoenix Society, a new play by Peter Lawson Jones exploring mental health and chemical dependency disorders. Directed by Terrence Spivey, this starkly realistic drama runs May 20 through 29. This workshop production is presented in partnership with Life Exchange Center (LEC), a certified peer support center in Cleveland. SYNOPSIS: Will Coulter, a widower with a teenage daughter, comes home from the war in Afghanistan. He returns with a debilitating case of PTSD and depression as well as a drug addiction, the severity of which he denies. Can a group of men and women—who, themselves, are battling mental health and substance abuse challenges—be able to save him? CAST: Prophet Seay, Joyce Linzy, Logan Dior Williams, Luther Pete Robinson, Kenny Charles, Laprise Marie Johnson, and additional real-life members of LEC appearing as part of the ensemble. Webpage: Tickets: Masking/Covid Policy:

Meet the Artists: Unnatural Fibers

Summit Artspace
May 21, 2022 3-5 p.m. | Summit Artspace | Community
Meet the exhibiting artists in "Unnatural Fibers" on Saturday, May 21 from 3-5 p.m. Local artists Trey Gehring, Erin Miller, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Allison Smith, and Stephen Tornero are rooted in the traditions of fiber arts while pushing the boundaries of these practiced techniques by utilizing technology and unconventional materials.

"Unnatural Fibers" will be on view in the 2nd Floor Gallery through June 25. View the exhibition virtually here:

Nature Hike & Outdoor Workshop at the Cleveland Metroparks

Literary Cleveland
May 21, 2022 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
External stimuli and a change of environment are both useful tools for inspiring the creative process—especially after another Covidtine. Escape the confines of your house to hike and write with poets Michelle R Smith and Jeremy Jusek at the Metroparks! Follow along with the nature-oriented writing exercises or free write at your leisure—the goal is open conversation and stress-free writing in a relaxed social setting.

This workshop takes place at The Watershed Stewardship Center, 2277 W Ridgewood Drive, Parma, OH 44134.

Put Your Whole Self In: An Improv Workshop with Deena Nyer Mendlowitz

Imposters Theater
May 22, 2022 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Imposters Theater, 2406 Professor Ave Cleveland, OH 44113 | Hone Your Craft
Put Your Whole Self In: Bringing all of who you are to the stage
In this workshop we will use exercises and dialogue to examine who we are and how we can use that knowledge and understanding to make our scene work richer, more authentic, more relaxed, and lots of fun.

Sketch Comedy Writing Level 1 with Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
May 25, 2022 7-9 p.m. | Imposters Theater | Hone Your Craft
Whether you’re looking to put together a sketch packet, level up your TikTok comedy, perform live sketch comedy, or just have a fun collaborative writing experience, this class is for you!
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.

National Collage Society Artist Panel

Summit Artspace
May 27, 2022 5-7 p.m. | Summit Artspace | Community
The National Collage Society presents a panel composed of artists participating in the 25th Annual Small-Format Exhibition on May 27 from 5-7 p.m. at Summit Artspace. They will discuss the history of collage as fine art and the award-winning collages. They will also read juror Jared Ledesma's comments on the winning pieces, and the published catalog of the exhibition will be presented. This event is free and open to all. For more information visit

"Faces of Akron" Opening Night

Summit Artspace
May 27, 2022 5-7 p.m. | Summit Artspace | Community
Join Summit Artspace for the reveal of the "Faces of Akron" portraits on May 27 from 5-7 p.m. We commissioned six local artists—Alexandria Couch, Meryl Engler, Hope Hickman, Micah Kraus, Christine Ries, and Sylvia Sykes—to create unique portraits of members of the community to reflect Akron's diversity. Thank you to Sharon Connor, Dara Harper, Lolo Mangual-Lenke, Debbie Schinker, Derek Tholt, and Gwen Waight for submitting your portraits!

Gazing into the Looking Glass: An Exploration into Speculative Fiction

Literary Cleveland
Jun 01, 2022 - Jul 06, 2022 6-8 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
What is speculative fiction? What is this genre’s rules, structure, and tropes? Together, we will journey into the unknown, beginning our adventure exploring early speculative works from the 1960’s and time travel to the present. We will also generate speculative work of our own by participating in weekly writing prompts and sharing our works-in-progress. A combination of close reading, class discussion, and generative workshop, this class will empower us to gaze into the looking glass of inspiration to discover what moves us. We will then learn how to use that inspiration to inform our work.‍

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