Shortcut Navigation:


register  |

Classes, Workshops and Events

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


July 2019


Inlet Dance Theatre's Summer Dance Intensive

Inlet Dance Theatre
Jun 26, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM | Playhouse Square, Downtown Cleveland | Hone Your Craft
Inlet's longstanding summer dance intensive program for ages 12-adult focuses on creating a supportive community of dancers, exposing students to the collaborative dance-making process and increasing technical and performance skills.
Inlet’s annual Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) is the perhaps the best example of the company’s mission of “using dance to further people”. Students of various ages, races, skill sets and socio-economic backgrounds travel to Cleveland from international & regional locations to learn about dance, alongside local talent. The award-winning Inlet educational model is renowned for instilling lessons in teamwork, trust, respect, empathy, self-discipline, social interaction and self-confidence within students. During the 4.5 week program, Inlet SDI students not only receive premier training in dance technique and performance, but also discover a period of personal growth and character development.

Curriculum includes: Modern dance technique classes (Erick Hawkins release-based technique), Pilobolus-based nontraditional partnering, performance improvisation, and a collaborative choreographic process (the dance-making process that Inlet employs).
Program culminates in performances at Cain Park Evans Amphitheater (Cleveland Heights, OH), where students will premiere an ensemble piece, an all-male or all-female piece, as well as performing a live improvisation alongside the company.

SDI Faculty: Faculty for the Summer Dance Intensive is comprised of the professional dancers and instructors of Inlet Dance Theatre, including Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade. To learn more about the Company, please visit

Schedule (Mon-Fri, 9:00am - 4:00pm). Students will be divided into groups based on age and technical ability.

*Sample Day*
9-10:30am: Technique Class, 10:30am-12pm New Work Rehearsal, 12-12:45pm: Lunch Break, 1-2pm: New Work Rehearsal, 2-3pm: Improvisation, 3-4pm: Nontraditional Partnering

Karamu House: Summer Film Series

Karamu House
Jul 01, 2019 - Jul 29, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00 pm | Karamu House | Community
This July, Karamu House invites you to their Summer Karamu Film Series honoring Director Spike Lee. Every Monday at 6pm, they’ll be showing popular Spike Lee films and bringing in special guests for panel discussions and performances around the theme of each movie. Also, they’ll be offering matinee showings of classic films at 1pm on select days.

Grab your friends. Stop by for happy hour before the film at their newly renovated bar. Continue the fun after the film with community members, musicians, and performers for an eye-opening and joyous night out at Karamu!

Mo’ Better Blues (1990) | July 15th at 6pm
Starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, and Spike Lee, who also directed.
Followed by a special musical performance. Musical guests to be announced soon!

School Daze (1988) | July 29th at 6pm
Starring Larry Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell-Martin.
Followed by a special performance and panel discussion with members of historically Black greek organizations. Guests announced soon!

Matinee Showing:
Claudine (1975) | July 22nd at 1pm

22 Ways to Improve Your Story

Literary Cleveland
Jul 03, 2019 - Jul 17, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Finishing a first draft of a story or novel is no small feat, but how do you turn that writing into a final draft that is ready for publication? This three-session workshop will take you through the revision process by teaching you how to improve everything from overall plot and character to individual sentences and word choice. Together we’ll learn advanced revision techniques, participate in editing and rewriting exercises, and share our struggles and triumphs along the way. Everyone who attends will walk away with 22 practical tips for revision to apply to their story, regardless of any length, genre, or style. To get the most out of this workshop it is highly recommended (though not required) that you have a finished draft of writing to work with.

22 Ways to Improve Your Story takes place Wednesdays 7/3, 7/10, & 7/17 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Lakewood United Methodist Church (15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107).

Oberlin Dance Intensive Summer 2019

Neos Dance Theatre
Jul 07, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019 | Neos Dance Theate | Hone Your Craft
This July, Oberlin Dance Intensive returns for a fifth summer workshop. This program welcomes dancers ages 13 -18 to join current students and faculty in the Oberlin College Dance Studios. Introductory, intermediate, and advanced classes are offered in a wide variety of styles.

Daily classes include:
Ballet with Visiting Instructor Bobby Wesner and the dancers of Neos Dance Theatre
Contemporary dance with Visiting Assistant Professor Holly Handman-Lopez.

In addition, regular workshops from Oberlin faculty and students include: Contact Improvisation, Improvisation and Composition, Wellness for Dancers, Hip-Hop, Repertoire from the dancers of Neos Dance Theatre And More!
Along with a week of intensive study you’ll also enjoy a night out to see Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival, an outdoor concert in beautiful Tappan Square featuring Neos Dance Theatre, and many other activities.

For more information contact: Gwen L. Feldman,, (440) 252-2779

Flash Nonfiction and Prose Poetry

Literary Cleveland
Jul 09, 2019 - Jul 23, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Lakewood United Methodist Church 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Are you writing poems based on life experience? Or maybe memoir that is lyrical and poetic? Is it flash nonfiction or prose poetry? Maybe both. In this class, we’ll delve into the genres of flash nonfiction and the prose poem, attempting to define how they work using examples and craft essays by other writers such as Claudia Rankine, Maggie Nelson, Dinty Moore, and Nin Andrews. We’ll respond to prompts and play with shaping subject matter from your own experience in ways that move toward narrative and toward poetry. Participants will have an opportunity to workshop a piece and receive feedback on their work.

Flash Nonfiction and Prose Poetry takes place 7/9, 7/16, & 7/23 from 6:30-8:30pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church 15700 Detroit Ave. Lakewood OH 44107.

The Heartful Living Cafe

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation
Jul 09, 2019 - Jul 09, 2019 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | The Center for Artful Living, 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 either music, dance, poetry, song or storytelling. Enjoy coffee/tea, snacks, and socialization. Class runs from 3 pm to 5 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
Jul 10, 2019 - Jul 31, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | The Center for Artful Living, 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 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.

How to Be a Theater Critic

Literary Cleveland
Jul 11, 2019 - Aug 01, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | University Circle United Methodist Church, 1919 East 107th Street, Cleveland OH 44106 | Hone Your Craft
Practice being a real theater critic with this one-time opportunity in coordination with the BorderLight International Theater and Fringe Festival!

Learn the ins and outs of theater criticism in the first two sessions. In the third week, all participants will be given free passes to attend performances at the BorderLight International Theater and Fringe Festival in downtown Cleveland. And selected reviews by class participants will be published on the BorderLight website!

Masterclass with Broadway's Brandon Leffler

Concept 828
Jul 11, 2019 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls | Hone Your Craft
Concept 828 is thrilled to have Broadway performer Brandon Leffler for an exciting masterclass! Brandon will teach 90 minutes of challenging choreography followed by a 30 minute Q&A!

$30.00 per person
Space is limited! To register, email

Brandon Leffler was most recently seen in the Broadway company of Wicked. Brandon has also served as a Dance Instructor and Choreographer at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
Broadway and Off Broadway credits include: On The Town (Tom, Gabey u/s) Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Dance Captain), Wicked (Lover/Ribbon Dancer), Trip of Love (George), Fanny, The Golden Apple and Anyone Can Whistle. Brandon has also traveled the USA with the national tours of Wicked, A Chorus Line (Larry, Paul u/s, Mark u/s, Mike u/s) and Cats (Tumblebrutus, Mistoffelees u/s)
Concert dance has been a major part of Brandon’s journey. Companies include: Ballet Austin, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Collage Dance Collective, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Verb Ballets and Neos Dance Theatre.
T.V. credits include: 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Gossip Girl, the Tony Awards, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and national commercials for Chicago and Wicked on Broadway.

To view some of his choreography, check out this link!

Walkabout Tremont

Experience Tremont
Jul 12, 2019 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Professor Avenue and surrounding streets | Community
Walkabout Tremont showcases the best of Tremont’s creative, diverse and walkable neighborhood on the second Friday of every month. The community comes to life with street performers, restaurant/bar specials, pop-up shops and extended shop/gallery hours. Each month has a distinct theme to give visitors a taste of the historic, arts-centric neighborhood. July's theme is American Classics.

Creative Connections (TM)

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation
Jul 12, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | The Center for Artful Living, 26633 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145 | Community
Art enrichment program for individuals with memory loss/dementia and their care partners (spouse, child, caregiver). Participate in visual art activities, music, storytelling, poetry and dance. 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.

Inside The Casting Director's Mind Workshop

Cleveland Actors Lab
Jul 13, 2019 5 - 8:30 p.m. | Aloft Cleveland Airport, 5550 Great Northern Blvd. North Olmsted, Oh 44070 | Hone Your Craft
Everyday the Cleveland Actors Lab gets questions regarding the industry. Whats legit, how do I get an agent, union or non union, how do we train in this region etc. If you are an actor;/actress in this industry, or a parent of one,come learn the ins and outs in this 3.5 hour session.

Ages 16+ and parents of younger children
$50 per person
Location: Aloft Cleveland Airport, 5550 Great Northern Blvd., North Olmsted, Oh 44070, 440-465-3355

To secure your spot register today. Email :; Include: Name, Phone, Current Photo

Angela Boehm CSA, Casting Director

Copywriting for Beginners

Literary Cleveland
Jul 13, 2019 10 - 11:15 a.m. | 2501 N Taylor Rd, Cleveland Heights OH 44118 | Hone Your Craft
Have you ever watched an episode of Mad Men and thought: I could totally do that! Well then, copywriting may be your calling. Copywriters are advertising wordsmiths who get customers to click on subject lines and stop to read headlines. In this workshop, aspiring copywriters and those looking to break into the business will get the fundamentals of what it takes to:

1. Develop a mindset for advertising
2. How to develop the right habits to produce great work
3. How to put together a 'spec' work for portfolios

Copywriting for Beginners takes place Sat. 7/13 from 10-11:15am at Council Gardens, 2501 N Taylor Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.


Creative Movement Center
Jul 17, 2019 - Jul 17, 2019 7:00-8:00 pm | Creative Movement Center 203 East Royalton Road - suite 110 Broadview Heights OH 44147 | Hone Your Craft

Toured with Kelly Rowland, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato
JULY 17th 2019, 7:00-8:00 pm

ages 10 + - Intermediate / Advanced Level
$20 at the door (cash, check or credit card)

Taste Of Cultura • Latino Makers Exposition

La Cosecha Galeria
Jul 18, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019 5:00 PM | Michael J. Zone, 6301 Lorain Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44102 | Community
Taste Of Cultura • Latino Makers Exposition
Art ● Culture ● Music ● Performances ● Cuisine ● Spirit ● Free

Info: Festival Latino Internacional is proud to present its annual celebration, this year themed “Taste of Cultura” a Latino Makers Exposition, an event which will take place over the course four days. Dates of Thursday, July 18th, Friday, July 19th, Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 21st located at Micheal J. Zone, 6301 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102.

Hispanic immigrant families have become important and respected members of the flourishing creative industry. Mexicans, Puerto Ricans Cubans, Chilean and the many others of Latino descent have all played a part in the growth of the arts, crafts and makers industry in the United States. While their stories may differ, the extraordinary work ethic of these Hispanic entrepreneurs is shown by their success. Moreover, while most of these makers first learned about the creative industry through their cultural eyes, they often expanded their knowledge with the introduction of the diverse melting pot of our country. Without the contributions of these Hispanic artists, craftsman, chefs, makers, business owners and other equally distinguished creative endeavors of Latino origin, the world might not be as bright and vivid as it is today.

In an ongoing effort to support each other, several organizations have become collaborators to bring forth light and a heritage identity upon the local arts and cultural scene. It's the individual effort of everybody working together towards a collective goal that causes real, effective change in the world. We welcome the entire community to come enjoy our art, music, performances, cuisine and spirits!!

Sponsors: 88.3 FM La Nueva Mia, La Cosecha Galeria, Six Sigma Solutions LLC, Club Alma Yuacano, San Lorenzo Social Club, Club Azteca, Belinda’s Nightclub, Vocero Latino Newspaper, El Sol Newspaper, Cleveland Arts & Culture Magazine, and 87.7 FM La Mega.

This is NOT About My Dead Dog

Playwrights Local
Jul 25, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 | Idea Center at Playhouse Square | Community
BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival Presents
Playwrights Local, The Return of the 2017 Hit One-Woman Show
This is NOT About My Dead Dog - Written and performed by Amy Schwabauer, Directed by Dale Heinen
PERFORMANCES: Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 pm, Friday, July 26 at 6:00 pm, Saturday, July 27 at 5:00 pm
TICKETS: $12 All Seats | General Admission - Available via or

Show Page:
BorderLight Festival:
Playwrights Local:

Shadow of the Run Chapter 1: WanderLust

Shadow of the Run LLC
Jul 25, 2019 - Aug 04, 2019 | Bedford Historical Society | Hone Your Craft
Prosperity. Joy. Ambition. Regret. In a time where family was one’s true north, with the Great Depression looming, a wave of discontent rushed over the city. Ambition can lead to desperation; regret can lead to death. A young girl is ready to leave home for the big city, despite strangling words of caution from a family that can’t, or won’t understand her.

With a chance to find a brighter path…she finds him instead – the origin of a heartbreaking legacy that will stain the city of Cleveland for years to come.

Shadow of the Run was conceived in December 2015 by Beth McGee and Adam Kern. In January 2016 the project was awarded a $1,000 grant as an audience favorite from Notre Dame College’s SEAChange Program, prior to appearing in the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Accelerate Competition in February of the same year. With the addition of co-creators and partners Ben Needham and Christine Woods, the team began to develop a full scale immersive. With initial support from Joe and Anthony Russo, the team continued development to find the right opportunity to bring Immersive to the city of Cleveland. As implied in the title Chapter 1: WanderLust is the first part of a larger production, aimed for a 2020 opening.

Inlet Dance Theatre at Cain Park

Inlet Dance Theatre
Jul 26, 2019 8:00 PM | Cain Park Amphitheater, Cleveland Heights | Community
Inlet returns for the 19th year at Cain Park for this FREE concert featuring students of the company’s Summer Dance Intensive and the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program. Select company members will premiere new works on the students and the company will perform selections from its active repertory in this community favorite annual event.

For more information, contact Inlet at

Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) 2019: Color the City

Cleveland Public Theatre
Jul 26, 2019 - Aug 06, 2019 Times vary; visit for info. | Locations vary; visit for info. | Community
Cleveland Public Theatre’s celebrated Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is Cleveland’s longest-running arts and job training program for teens. STEP returns to city parks this summer, celebrating its 25th year with an original play, Color the City, inspired by a South American Los Andes story, Huatiacuri, the Story of a Mountain.

The citizens of the Black and White City have forgotten the Colorful Mountain, once their landmark and prized jewel with otherworldly powers. As the wealthy White family seeks a cure for their sick father, a colorful woman from the Mountain, named Star, roams the city to unlock a mysterious dream. Can a black and white land rediscover the beauty and richness of colors? Led by Bolivian artist Diego Aramburo, Color the City showcases Cleveland youth as they work to build a brighter and more colorful world. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free theatre in the park!

DANCECleveland Presents 3rd Annual Summer Dance Festival

Jul 27, 2019 10 a.m. start time | Various Locations | Community, Hone Your Craft
DANCECleveland will celebrate the National Day of Dance with a series of free community dance classes. Not a dancer? Not a problem, these classes are for everyone. Don’t miss your chance to try out Zumba, social dances of today or African drum and dance.
Plan to stay and catch the free student showcase-these young dancers will amaze you with their talent. The evening will include a ticketed performance of Philly’s own BalletX and conclude out on the plaza with a silent disco. Don’t miss a moment of this exciting day!

10:00-11:30 am
- Ballet Master Class w/ Pamela Pribisco, Former Cleveland Ballet, @ Gund Studio, Idea Center
- Modern Jazz Master Class w/ Gregory King, Kent State, @ Red Rehearsal Hall State Theatre, PHS
- Contemporary Master Class w/ Bobby Wesner, NEOS Dance Theater, @ Green Rehearsal Hall State Theatre, PHS
- Master Class w/ BalletX @ CSU Department of Theater and Dance
- Professional Development Session for Parents and Teachers of Dance Students, Lower Level @ Idea Center,

12:15-1:15 pm
- Traditional West African Dance w/ Talise Campbell from Djapo Cultural Arts Institute @ Gund Studio, Idea Center
- Zumba w/ Brenda Johnstone @ E. 14th Street, PHS
- Professional Development Session for Dancers Lower Level @ Idea Center

1:30-2:30 pm
- Yoga Flow by Yoga Strong Studios @ Gund Studio, Idea Center
- Get Fresh- Social Dances of Today w/ Tony Fresh @ E. 14th Street, PHS
- Professional Development Session for Dancers Lower Level @ Idea Center

3:00-3:45 pm
- Best of Ballroom w/ La Danse Cleveland @ Gund Studio, Idea Center
- Mega Barre Exercise w/ Logan Jacklin @ E. 14th Street, PHS
- Liturgical Dance w/ Edna Duffy @ WIST, Idea Center

4:30-6:00 pm
- ADF in CLE Student Showcase @ Allen Theatre, PHS

7:30 - BalletX, TICKETED PERFORMANCE @ Ohio Theatre

9:00 pm - Silent Disco @ US Bank Plaza

Staging For The Working Actor

Houde School of Acting
Jul 28, 2019 1-5 p.m. | Houde School of Acting, 2310 Superior Avenue | Hone Your Craft
Be an actor that directors want to cast! Get on your feet and learn how to get the most out of staging rehearsals. Learn how to collaborate with a director to create organic, truthful, and compelling stage pictures that communicate character and action.

Christine McBurney has extensive Acting, Teaching and Directing experience and offers lots of valuable information in her workshops. On Sunday July 28th, from 1p-5p, Christine will be teaching a special workshop called Staging For The Working Actor, at Houde School of Acting (2310 Superior Ave, Cleveland).

Don’t miss this great opportunity! Limited seating available so register quick!

Register at

2019 Collegiate Career and Community Mixer

Summer on the Cuyahoga
Jul 30, 2019 6-9 p.m. | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame | Community, Employment
Represent arts and culture at this important event for leaders of tomorrow. Registration supports Summer on the Cuyahoga programming. MIX10SOTC FOR $10 OFF Code
Join in for a networking event like no other! College students will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with Cleveland area business and non-profit leaders in this laid back networking event. Enjoy snacks and beverages while learning more about professional development opportunities, have your headshot taken and your resume reviewed by professionals working in the field. Attendees will also enjoy access to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s many exhibits.