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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


September 2019


Teacher Training Workshops

Center for Applied Drama and Autism
Dec 15, 2018 - Sep 07, 2019 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | The Center for Applied Drama and Autism | Hone Your Craft
For theatre teaching artist and educators and those who work with special needs populations:
The Center for Applied Drama and Autism is offering four teacher training sessions over the next year, taught by co-founders Laura Valendza and Wendy S Duke. The workshops will cover methods and techniques for working with youth and adults on the autism spectrum and other special needs populations. The workshops will take place at CADA’s studio located at 1501 S Hawkins Ave. Each 6-hour workshop focuses on a specific topic.

ACTING BY MISTAKE A Workshop Series for Actors

Beck Center for the Arts
Aug 05, 2019 - Sep 09, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Beck Center for the Arts | Hone Your Craft
Director William Roudesbush (Beck Center’s “Glengarry Glen Ross”) is offering a 6 week course based on his acclaimed book “Acting By Mistake”. This 2 hour weekly class will run Monday evenings from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at Beck Center starting Monday, August 5th and concluding Monday, Sept. 9th. {Note: In lieu of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 2nd, class will be Tuesday, Sept. 3rd from 6:30PM to 8:30PM}

Tuition is $300 for the session. This same class is offered in NYC by instructor Roudebush for $600, but Beck Center is pleased to bring it to NE Ohio at a 50% discount. Class size is limited to 9 students so there will be a great deal of hands-on class time. Ideally students will be 18 or over.

Beck Guest Artist and Broadway / Film star Austin Pendleton will appear as a special class guest on occasions throughout the six week session as well.

All those interested in enrolling use the link ,or if you have further questions please contact Artistic Director Scott Spence at

13th Annual Katz Policy Lecture

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
Sep 04, 2019 3-6 p.m. | Conference Center at Benjamin Rose, 11890 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, OH 44120 | Build Your Business
The Katz Policy Lecture was established in 2007 in honor of the late Sidney Katz, MD, Benjamin Rose’s Distinguished Scholar. The lecture convenes advocates to explore potential policy approaches to important issues of aging. Sidney Katz, MD — physician, scientist, teacher, mentor, author and public servant — pioneered the concept of active aging, championed the development of the field of geriatric care, and was responsible for the creation of local and national programs to enhance quality of life and improve long-term services for older adults.

This year, the keynote speaker, Dr. Malaz Boustani, will discuss strategies for successfully partnering community-based organization and health systems, utilizing examples from his extensive medical career. Following his remarks, a panel of local leaders will provide insights into the work being done in the Greater Cleveland community to bridge gaps between community-based organizations and health systems, and continued areas of opportunity for partnership throughout Northeast Ohio.

3:00 PM-Registration
3:30 PM-Welcome and Introduction
3:35 PM-13th Annual Katz Policy Lecture
4:35 PM-Reactor Panel
5:05 PM-Networking Reception
6:00 PM-Conclusion of Event

Teacher Training Workshop: Emotion games/exercises for self-advocacy and dealing with bullying

Center for Applied Drama and Autism
Sep 07, 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.

Session 2: Writing Stories from Images (part of Cleveland Stories 2019) (FREE!)

Literary Cleveland
Sep 07, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Thea Bowman Center (11901 Oakfield Ave. Cleveland, OH 44105) | Hone Your Craft
Over three sessions, participants will use photography as a starting point for writing stories and poems. Personal and family photos, as well as historical photos from the neighborhood (provided by the Cleveland Public Library), will prompt reflections and writing on the people and places of Mt. Pleasant and surrounding neighborhoods. This workshop will delve into techniques for ekphrastic writing as well as how to write pieces that capture the story and impact of an individual or a place.

The Avett Brothers

Sep 08, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Wolstein Center - Csu Convocation Center, 2000 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 | Community
Folk rock oufit The Avett Brothers is giving a concert in our city! Band's ninth studio album "True Sadness" was released in 2016. Recently The Avett Brothers have publicly stated they are working on their tenth studio album and that it will release in 2019. Band's lineup is Seth Avett, Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, and Joe Kwon.

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An Actor's Survival Kit with Michael Silvio Fortino

Sep 09, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Mahall's, 13200 Madison Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Book more work in the industry with helpful tools from experienced actor Michael Silvio Fortino
Mon, September 9, 2019 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Mahall's 13200 Madison Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107

Michael has over 18 years experience in stage and film, with his most recent role as Ricky the gas station cashier in season 3 of Stranger Things. An Actor's Survival Kit is designed to help you put your best foot forward as a working actor. Created as a helpful guideline to focus on what's going to book you work in the most efficient ways possible. An Actor's Survival Kit will cover: getting started, headshots, resume formatting, demo reels, set etiquette, getting an agent, audition taping, social media and seeing you in the art. Presentation followed by a Q & A and one on one discussions fielding any and all questions.

Cleveland's burgeoning film and theatre scene is presenting more opportunities for local actors. To find your place in the community takes time, preparation and know-how. Michael hopes to lend his experience to help you avoid the mistakes he's made while giving honest feedback, setting realistic goals and honing your skills to maintain growth. All while understanding the necessary expenses to avoid wasting time and money. Working in the entertainment industry is difficult, but taking the right steps will give you the confidence to know what casting directors are looking for and how to get the roles you want.

Michael Silvio Fortino was born and raised in Augusta ,GA . Michael made his acting debut in 2003, in the Augusta Player’s Production of Fiddler on the Roof. Michael would spend the next 16 years performing in the CSRA in roles such as: Ariel in The Pillowman, Tyrone/Jason in Hand to God, Marius in Les Misérables, Dan in Next to Normal, Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and. Guildenstern are Dead. In 2018, Michael moved to Atlanta in hopes of making a transition into film. He booked his 2 first speaking roles on CW’s “Dynasty” and the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things.” Michael is currently represented by Barbara Garvey of East Coast Talent Atlanta.

The workshop will be from 6:30-8:30pm in the Mahall's Main Stage with a 25 person cap. Tickets are $40
Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check-in

Reach Out for Nonprofits - CLE Seminar & Advice Clinic

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Sep 12, 2019 4 p.m. | Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 1375 E 9th St, Fl 2, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 | Build Your Business
Nonprofits handle sensitive information every day for their donors, volunteers, and staff -- but how should they keep that information safe and stay on the right side of the law? The Reach Out panel will discuss state, federal, and international laws governing data privacy and security, including best practices for collecting and safeguarding personally identifiable information and other confidential data. Speakers will also review new regulations and case law related to data privacy and security.

Pricing (1.5 CLE included for attorneys):
• Free for volunteers for Reach Out for Nonprofits & for nonprofit leaders
• $35 for CMBA members
• $50 for non-CMBA members

To register, attorneys should please visit and nonprofits should visit For more information, visit

Walkabout Tremont

Experience Tremont
Sep 13, 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 Walkabout Like a Pirate.

Celebrate Tremont: Duck Island Grooves

Experience Tremont
Sep 13, 2019 - Sep 13, 2019 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM | Forest City Brewery | Community
Come get your groove on at the annual Celebrate Tremont fundraiser on Friday, September 13 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Forest City Brewery in Duck Island. Your $100 ticket includes dinner from the Cleveland Farm Team (Fresh Fork Market/Wholesome Valley Farms/Ohio City Provisions), unlimited craft beer and wine, a specialty cocktail, entertainment, live music, a DJ, prizes, silent auction, raffles and more!

Wooster Arts & Music Fest

Wayne Center for the Arts
Sep 14, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Downtown Wooster, OH | Space
The 2019 Wooster Arts & Music Fest (formerly the Wooster Arts Jazz Fest), a growing juried fine arts festival in historic downtown Wooster, is currently accepting applications from artists interested in participating in this year’s festival. The Wooster Arts & Music Fest will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the square in Wooster.

In its 16th year, this event is free and open to the public, and will feature more than 40 artists, along with free children’s activities, live musical entertainment, and a mouth-watering selection of gourmet food provided by local restaurants.

Planning for Art Collections: Info for Enthusiasts & Collectors

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Sep 20, 2019 5-6 p.m. | 78th St. Studios, 1300 W 78th St, Cleveland, OH 44102-1916 | Money, Insurance
Whether the art adorning your private space or work space is a personal passion or a business investment, come learn about important issues such as loaning art, insurance, and how to document and prepare your collection for eventual transfer or sale.

At this free public presentation, speakers will address such topics as:
• What to do if your business owns an art collection? How do you loan personal art collections to your business and why would you do this?
• How to establish value? How to document and prepare your collection for transfer to your heirs?
• What can be insured? When are appraisals recommended and sometimes required?
• Can art be an investment? Can you take a loan out against your artwork? What are the benefits of diversified portfolios?

• Amy Wojnarwsky, McDonald Hopkins LLC
• Carrie Pinney, Cowan's Auctions, LLC
• Rebeca Glanton, Chubb
• Heather Frutig, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Moderator: Jaclyn M. Vary, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

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Writing retreat: Give yourself the gift of finishing

Sep 22, 2019 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Lakewood, Ohio - full address to be sent after registration | Hone Your Craft
You felt so excited when you started writing. There was so much energy. Momentum. The world was almost in your hand. Then, life happened.
Your project started to fall away. Maybe it moved in your mind from the thing you couldn’t wait to do to the thing it looked like you’d never do.
That doesn’t have to be the way the story ends.

Join in on September 22 at The Finishers’ Club for Women, a retreat to give you the time, space, and community to finish what you’ve started. Meet a community of women just like you as you take your project off your to-do list and share it with the world. Need more time? Extend the retreat mindset and arrive as early as 3 pm on Saturday, September 21 to enjoy an overnight in the special, serene retreat house steps from Lake Erie.

IngenuityFest 2019: Dreamscapes

Ingenuity Cleveland
Sep 27, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 | IngenuityLabs @ The Hamilton Collaborative | 5401 Hamilton Ave Cleveland OH 44114 | Community
IngenuityFest 2019: Dreamscapes
Friday, 9/27: 6pm - 1am, Saturday, 9/28: 1pm - 1am, Sunday, 9/29: 1pm - 6pm

IngenuityFest is a weekend-long celebration of the artistic, weird, and wonderful - showcasing creativity and innovation across sectors and making art and technology accessible to everyone. Our 2019 theme, Dreamscapes, is envisioned as the surreal creation of a living daydream, celebrating the hopes and aspirations stirring in our community, and manifesting them through nonstop, immersive experiences. Highlighting maker activities and exhibits from small businesses and entrepreneurs; site-specific installations; music, dance, and performances across half-a-dozen themed stages; there is truly something for everyone to explore and enjoy at IngenuityFest!

Attendees will wind their way through the multi-level Hamilton Collaborative warehouse with eight uniquely themed villages, each featuring dozens of individual exhibits. This year’s Fest will see the return of villages like Makers Mecca, showcasing everything from robotics, virtual reality, and 3-D printing technologies to tinkering and crafting, allowing the young and young-at-heart to get in touch with their inner DIY enthusiast and make hands-on creations. New in 2019 is IngenuiTree Isle, entirely dedicated to sustainability and Wellness Way, where attendees can focus on mind, body, and spirit. At Dreamscapes, six stages will bring you more than just lullabies. From the intimate feel and intriguing antics of the Ingenuity Cabaret; the local and touring acts at Music Meadow; to the deep beats and multi-media dance of the Tesseract Stage, audiences can appreciate performance at its best.

$10 Weekend Pass
$5 Student, Senior, "Starving Artist"

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