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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

Nonfiction Book Proposals and the Publishing Process

Literary Cleveland
Aug 31, 2019 - Sep 07, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 | Hone Your Craft
Join published author Sarah Lohman for an introductory workshop on putting together a nonfiction book proposal, getting your proposal published, and the ins and outs of the publishing process. We’ll go over how to: Develop your idea. Compose a book proposal. Find an agent.

As well as:
· What happens when your book is bought
· The highs and lows of the writing process
· The importance of fact checking and footnoting
· What to expect leading up to you publish date

This class is for you if you are: a nonfiction writer or someone interested in nonfiction writing and relatively new at writing books and proposals. We will not be talking about self-publishing or publishing fiction.

Bring a laptop (fully charged), because we're going to get some work done in class. Bonus if you already have a book idea and are willing to workshop it. Sarah will share their work, provide helpful handouts, and there will be plenty of time for questions.

Mic Stanza: A Poetry Writing and Performance Clinic

Literary Cleveland
Sep 03, 2019 - Sep 24, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 | Hone Your Craft
In this workshop, participants will discuss literary topics, reinforce poetry basics, create original poetry, and practice the art of performance. Open to teens 14-18 and adults. No writing experience required.

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

Developing a Writing Habit

Literary Cleveland
Sep 04, 2019 - Sep 25, 2019 10 a.m. - noon | Siegal Lifelong Learning, 25700 Science Park Dr #100, Beachwood OH 44122 | Hone Your Craft
Showing up to write isn’t half the battle – it is the battle. This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your "voice," and keep your writing process in motion. We’ll investigate ways to playfully expand the imagination and increase creative output as well as work with prompts that will help inspire specific writing projects, and most importantly generate new work. Participants will leave with a tool kit to keep the writing flowing. Open to writers of all levels.​

Developing a Writing Habit takes place Wed. 9/4, 9/11, 9/18 & 9/25 from 10:00a-12:00p at Siegal Lifelong Learning (25700 Science Park Dr #100, Beachwood, OH 44122).

Fiction Workshop

Literary Cleveland
Sep 04, 2019 - Sep 25, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Lakewood United Methodist Church 15700 Detroit Ave., Lakewood OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Are you writing a novel? Short stories? Flash fiction? It’s all welcome in this four-week workshop designed to help strengthen, deepen, and enrich your fiction, no matter the form. Writers should be prepared to submit one piece of fiction in advance of the first workshop. (Workshop submissions are limited to 25 double-spaced pages—one story, a novel excerpt, or up to three pieces of flash fiction. Ideally, novel excerpts should consist of first 25 pages rather than a chapter from the middle of the manuscript.) During close readings of these submissions, we’ll discuss plot, character development, structure, style, tension, pacing, and more, while additional assignments will help generate new material.

Reader Series: Democracy Under Threat

Literary Cleveland
Sep 04, 2019 - Sep 18, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
Today, the U.S. and other democracies are under attack, facing serious threats to our values, liberties, and institutions that many of us never saw coming. How can concerned citizens stop these anti-democratic forces if we don’t understand what they are? Join experienced activist poet Mimi Plevin-Foust to read, discuss and strategize from three powerful, well-researched non-fiction books that will arm us with the knowledge and insight we need to fight back. Books are available from the library or can be purchased.

Week One: House of Putin, House of Trump: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia by Craig Unger (2018)
Week Two: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder (2017)
Week Three: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean (2017)

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

How To Create Creative Nonfiction

Literary Cleveland
Sep 10, 2019 - Oct 22, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | University Circle United Methodist Church, 1919 E 107th St, Cleveland, OH 44106 | Hone Your Craft
This four-session workshop will provide an in-depth look at how to create prose that is fact-based and chronicles real life events rather than fiction, but can incorporate personal reflection, opinions and experiences. We will perform several exercises that focus on key skills required, such as observation, interviewing and shaping historical scenes. These can be applied to a wide variety of creative nonfiction pieces from personal essay to memoir, current issues and events and travel. Participants will receive constructive feedback on their writing, and we will also discuss markets for creative nonfiction. Open to intermediate writers.

Piano Lessons from Robert Dubbs

Robert Dubbs Piano Lessons
Sep 10, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 Various times | Robert Dubbs M.M. 1801 E. 12 street Cleveland, OH 44114 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Experience the joy of learning modern piano composition and highly acclaimed works of the classical composer as you enrich yourself with the smooth sounds of jazz and classical piano medleys being performed by your own hands as Robert helps you discover this creative talent you never realized you were capable of when your heart and mind come together hamoniously as your fingers suddenly dance and glide accross the keys performing such elegant and exquisite composures. Beginners are welcome!

Robert Dubbs is a distinguished and well established pianist who has been teaching private piano for over 30 years.

He possesses a passion for music and holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performing and Music Theory Background from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Robert has performed for many in the local Cleveland area in well known venues including Carnegie Hall, The Art Museum of Cleveland, Severance Hall, and a number of Universities along side many well recognized local Cleveland musicians.

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

Tap Packaging + Design Moving Sale

Sep 12, 2019 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | 2160 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114 | Community
Moving Sale
Tap's manufacturing and corporate offices have moved! Everything left in this 180,000 square foot facility must go!

Everything Must Go!
-Typeset drawers
-Antique fly press
-Kwikprint model 55
-Kwikprint model 86
-Steuer foil-jet fbr 104
-Portland punch press
-Richard dye maker table saw
-Gererac electric generator 70kw
-Versa ferguson conveyor system
-Heidelberg speedmaster 5 color press
-Work benches
-Raw materials
Trade show booths

For more information, contact Kamal Haddad or David Chilcote at 216.781.6000

Supporting Young Voters: Youth Speak Out

Nonprofit VOTE
Sep 12, 2019 2-3 p.m. | Online | Community
Young voters have long had the lowest turnout rates in election after election. While many people may chalk up disparities to youth being less interested in civic engagement, there are actually many more factors at play. Campaigns, driven by win or lose, time bound agendas, contact young voters less frequently precisely because they lack a voting history. Young people are more likely to change residences each year, meaning they need to updated their registration more frequently. Limited civic education and a lack of trust in government also contributes to low turnout.

But nonprofits are trusted messengers that can support young voters as they navigate complicated registration processes and dispel common misconceptions about eligibility and the voting process. On September 12th, members of Opportunity Youth United and staff from CIRCLE will share the findings from a youth-led study that resulted in a list of 10 recommendations for how to make voting a more accessible, positive experience for youth.

This webinar will be recorded and sent to everyone who registers.

Artist-in-Residence Talk: Matt Liddle

Morgan Conservatory
Sep 12, 2019 6 p.m. | The Morgan Conservatory, 1754 E 47th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 | Community
Join Morgan Conservatory for a short talk with current Artist-in-Residence, Matt Liddle.
"Printmaking and the book arts are at the center of my creative practice. I am a writer and picture maker and aspire to create work that integrates the multiple elements of image, word and material."
Pizza, beverages, and lasting food for thought will be provided.
Free + open to all.

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.

Into the Breeches!

Cleveland Play House
Sep 14, 2019 - Oct 06, 2019 | The Allen Theatre at Cleveland Play House in Playhouse Square | Community
“We Can Do It!” So said Rosie the Riveter, and so say the women of Cleveland, Ohio, in this vibrant new comedy! It’s 1942, and the leading men of the Oberon Play House are fighting overseas. With “The Show Must Go On!” as their battle cry, a band of passionate, yet inexperienced, performers rally together to produce the Oberon’s season opener, an all-female version of Shakespeare’s ambitious Henry IV and Henry V. Will their production be a victory on the home front or a target for rotten tomatoes? A hilarious and moving story about what happens when we’re all in it together.

Free Photogravure Demos with Bob Herbst

Zygote Press
Sep 14, 2019 2:30 - 4 PM | Zygote Press | Hone Your Craft
Free Photogravure Demos with Bob Herbst
September 14 at 2:30 PM
-OR- October 9 at 6 PM (the same information will be presented in each class – please only sign up for 1.)

Join Bob Herbst for a tour and demonstration of Zygote’s new photogravure facilities. This is a free demo, but space will be limited, and advance registration is required. Please email programs @ zygotepress . org to register with the subject line PHOTOGRAVURE DEMO, and the date which you would like to join in the body of the email.

Red Nose Encounters

Sep 14, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Idea Center at Playhouse Square, 1375 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115 | Hone Your Craft
You will explore that magical, curious state of the clown through the playful power of the red nose, which awakens your individual state of authentic play. In this two-day, twelve-hour experience, you will be brought to an encounter with your personal clown through the psychophysical principles of the Michael Chekhov Technique, led by Ray Caspio, and the movement-based approach of Jacques Lecoq, led by Cathleen O’Malley.

Free Business Consultations for Artists

Zygote Press
Sep 16, 2019 - Sep 16, 2019 3-6 PM | Zygote Press | Build Your Business
Reserve you spot now for Zygote's FREE Marketing Consultations in partnership with the Hispanic Business Center
Where: Zygote Press
When: Monday, September 16th from 3-6pm
Registration is required. Email to save your place.

Your local Small Business Development Center and Zygote Press have partnered to support artists as entrepreneurs by providing FREE one-on-one advising right here in our building. This opportunity is building on our recent successful ARTrepreneur training collaboration.

If you are interested in taking workshops or private consultations please fill out our survey and tell us what works for you! To take our survey, visit:

Seclusion, Serenity, and Time: Applying to Writing Residencies

Literary Cleveland
Sep 17, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave., Lakewood OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Imagine spending a few weeks in a tranquil setting with free (or low cost) room and board, unlimited time to write, and the chance to interact with other writers from all over the world. While this might sound too good to be true, it could become your reality at a writing residency. In this workshop, you’ll learn how residencies work, what they offer, how to apply, and how to increase your chance of receiving an acceptance. The presenters have attended six residencies between them, including some of the most recognized and celebrated in the country, and will share their residency experiences, insights, and tips.

Masterclass with Natalie Weiss

Akron Civic Theatre
Sep 18, 2019 6 p.m. | Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main Street Akron, OH 44308 | Hone Your Craft
Acclaimed singer and vocal coach Natalie Weiss conducts a masterclass accompanied by pianist Alexandre Marr on Wednesday, September 18th at 6pm at the Akron Civic Theatre. The class will begin with group riffing demonstrations and exercises followed by solo participant performances and critiques from Natalie. The evening will conclude with a Q&A.

To reserve a spot in class, please email your name and age to Participants who would like to be considered for a solo performance and critique, please also attach a video of your chosen song. While there is no limit on capacity for group riffing sign-ups, only 8 solo vocal auditions will be selected for the critique. Email video submissions are no later than Sunday, September 8th.

Class admission is $60, payable at the following link:

Those selected for solo performances will be asked to pay an additional $40 cash/check fee at the start of class. Please make these checks out to Riffsky Business LLC. Please note that there will be no refunds provided for those who are not selected for solo critiques. Those who are not selected for solo performances are welcome to stay and observe the critique and participate in the Q&A. Masterclass participants are welcome to bring guests interested in observing the class from the audience.

Mass Hysteria Improv Comedy Fest

Mass Hysteria Improv Fest
Sep 19, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019 Various times | Mahall's, 13200 Madison Ave., Cleveland, OH | Community, Hone Your Craft
Created by women, for everyone!
Mass Hysteria Comedy Fest from September 19th - 21st will showcase improv, storytelling, workshops & local shows you won't want to miss! See creators from your backyard & a few yards over, make some fun. Created by Deena Nyer Mendlowitz & Sam Dee!e

Storytelling with Dana Norris

Mass Hysteria
Sep 19, 2019 6-8 p.m. | Mahall's, 13200 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
You have stories in you. Let's get them out! You'll learn about what makes a good story and how to turn events from your life into a captivating narrative. You'll leave this workshop with a solid start to a story of your own, as well as a list of events where you can share your stories. Come share your story!

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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Pressure Printing on an Etching Press

Zygote Press
Sep 20, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019 10 AM - 4 PM | Zygote Press | Hone Your Craft
Pressure Printing on an Etching Press
Monika Meler

Sept 21 & 22 (Sat/Sun)
10am – 4pm
Registration Deadline: September 19

$140 member / $155 non-member
All materials included
5 student min/10 max

This workshop will use hand-cut mat-board stencils to make colorful, layered prints using the etching press. Like pressure printing in letterpress, this technique produces images that are much softer than the graphic marks printmaking is typically known for. The use of the etching press allows students to produce prints that are larger than what letterpress allows. Students will learn about hand-cutting stencils, ink preparation, paper registration, and layering. The final products will consist of colorful layered prints. No prior experience is required.

Starting Strong: An Improv Workshop with Michael Busch

Mass Hysteria
Sep 20, 2019 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Mahall's, 13200 Madison Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
In this workshop they will focus on pulling ideas from a monologue, strong initiations, and getting your idea across to your scene partner. This workshop is open to any level of experience
The workshop will be from 6-8pm with a 10 person cap. Tickets are $25
Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check-in

Studio to the Street - Free Public Artist Workshop - September

LAND Studio
Sep 20, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. | LAND studio, 1939 West 25th Street #200, Cleveland, OH 44113 | Hone Your Craft
Space is limited. Registration is required.

The workshop is two days — Friday, September 20 from 8:30 - 3:30pm and Saturday, September 21 from 9am - 3pm. Your registration confirms your spot for both days.

A free workshop over two days will give artists resources, tips, and an inside look at the process of applying for public art projects and developing a public art proposal.

Day one will be an overview of various public art topics, with artists presenting actual design concepts to a mock review committee. On day two, local experts will go into depth on a variety of subjects, participate in an artist Q&A session, and conduct a portfolio review for interested workshop participants.

The workshop will feature expert advice from local artists, art administrators, and curators, an open portfolio review, and a featured visiting national public artist. Olalekan Jeyifous is our national guest public artists for the two-day workshop session September 20 and 21.

Intro to Drama Therapy Workshop Cleveland

Sep 21, 2019 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Blank Canvas Theatre, 1305 West 80th Street, Suite 211 Cleveland, OH 44102 | Hone Your Craft
Join Kimberly Koljat in Cleveland, Ohio on September 21, 2019 from 10am-1pm for an introduction to Drama Therapy. This three hour workshop will provide basic information about the modality of drama therapy, and will focus on one theoretical model, Developmental Transformations. This is an experiential workshop in which participants will be able to experience/witness both an individual and group format of the practice, as well as participate in a short question and answer session following the experiential activities.

Developmental Transformations is an embodied practice that allows participants to be in relationship to themselves and each other using metaphor, physicality, and imagination. This practice is accessible for all bodies, genders, and abilities. No previous experience in drama therapy, theatre, or creative arts therapies is necessary.

Participation is $60 and registration can be found here.

Fiction Filmmaking and Producing Session

Sundance Institute
Sep 21, 2019 1:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Akron Art Museum, One South High, Akron, OH | Community, Hone Your Craft
Seasoned artists share their experiences in the trenches through moderated conversations and breakout sessions about craft, collaboration, and career-building in independent film, with a focus on writing, directing, and producing. Whether you're an emerging filmmaker, an experienced artist, or a film enthusiast, join in for a free day of conversations, hosted by Sundance Institute.

Question Authority: A Q&A with Susan Messing

Mass Hysteria
Sep 21, 2019 2:30 - 4 p.m. | Mahall's, 13200 Madison Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Join in for a one of a kind talk with Susan Messing as she shares the wisdom she's gained through performing, teaching, and living. Susan is a master in her craft and many have learned more from one conversation with her than in an eight week improv class.
The Q&A will be from 2:30pm-4pm with a 80 person cap. Tickets are $10 Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check-in

Great Lakes African American Writers Conference Authors Showcase

Great Lakes African America Writers Conference
Sep 21, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120 | Community
Loganberry Books announces the second annual Great Lakes African American Writers Conference (GLAAWC) book fair and author readings. This event is a part of Cleveland Book Week, sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation and the Anisfield Book Awards.

The day includes the People of Color readings with Anisfield-Wolf Fellow Zachary Thomas, as well as: Simone Jelks, African American female NBA and NCAA referee, dishing dating advice in How to Date an Ambitious Woman; Clara Jean Mosely, a Native American woman, remembers growing up as the hearing daughter of a deaf father in American in Paris.; and, Ava Reiss, Asian American woman, wrote an acclaimed Young Adult fantasy novel, the Fall of Ima. More than 20 writers will attend.

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.

Improv 1

Sep 24, 2019 7-9 p.m. | Mahall's, 13200 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
This course is an introduction to long-form improvisation, based on the style developed by The iO Theater and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. We 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. We 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. The class ends in a graduation show.

RATE: $200
8-week course
Schedule: Tuesdays 7-9pm beginning 09/24
You must attend at least 6 classes to advance to Improv 2
Location: Mahall's, 13200 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

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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We Move 2019: Network With Dancers and Other Artists

The Movement Project
Sep 27, 2019 7-9 p.m. | Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2592 W 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113 (Tremont) | Community, Hone Your Craft
Join The Movement Project for an evening of building connections, creating collaborations, and discovering opportunities with fellow professionals in the Cleveland dance field. The night will include conversation, networking, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, music, and giveaways. All welcome; dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, independent artists, dance educators, dance administrators, photographers, videographers, lighting designers, musicians, composers, etc. Find the connections you're seeking and share what you have to offer!

Mission Possible: Breaking Into Freelance Writing w/ Jen Jones Donatelli

Literary Cleveland
Sep 28, 2019 noon - 3 p.m. | Council Gardens, 2501 N Taylor Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 | Hone Your Craft
Ever wanted to try your hand at freelance writing? This class is your passport to publication as a freelance journalist. Whether you dream of writing for print glossies or the ever-growing sector of online outlets, you’ll develop a working knowledge of the business of freelancing—and how to get your foot in the door.

In this class, you’ll learn how to transform your passions, experiences, and expertise into salable ideas for stories. We’ll also identify target publications and focus on generating ideas for pitches that can land your first published piece. Attendees will learn tips and tricks for forming a network of contacts, identifying which publications use freelancers, the art of pitching, and executing assignments successfully. In-class exercises and interactive discussion will be prominent parts of the course. Prepare to go from unknown to unstoppable!

The Great Lakes African American Writers Conference

Great Lakes African American Writers Conference
Sep 28, 2019 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | East Cleveland Public Library 14101 Euclid Avenue, East Cleveland, OH 44112 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Join GLAAWC for their annual day-long Conference at the beautiful East Cleveland Library where literary creatives from Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, and throughout the Great Lakes gather to learn from and network with influential publishing industry professionals from hubs including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

What can you expect at The Great Lakes African American Writers Conference?

-Groundbreaking authors and publishing industry professionals
-Meaningful dialogue in an intimate setting
-Entertainment from riveting storytellers
-Networking with like-minded individuals

Sanctioned by the Cleveland Foundation As Part of Cleveland Book Week.

“Secrets of Successful Meditation” For Your Personal, Professional & Creative Development

Wake Up and Live Actor's Studio
Sep 30, 2019 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Shaker Location upon RSVP. | Community, Hone Your Craft
A session to help you create Miracles, Magic & Makeovers in your life and creative artistry with Meditation. Discover how the Art of Meditation is the “beginning step” in changing your life & manifesting success in your life, career and creative artistry. Learn the difference between Meditation and prayer.
Cost: $20.00.
To register:
Deadline: Fri.9/27.

Revision: How to Polish Your Own Writing

Literary Cleveland
Oct 01, 2019 - Oct 22, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Lakewood United Methodist Church 15700 Detroit Ave., Lakewood OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
Whether you're on your third or tenth draft, editing is a key component of producing high-quality work and getting a manuscript ready for submission. In this class, we'll explore tips and tools for editing your manuscript (essay, short story, or selection from a larger work), identify idiosyncrasies in your work, and find our own best practices. The teacher, a writer and editor, will also give you a crash course in grammar basics and share his own process. By the end of four sessions, you will leave with several polished pages and a clear plan for polishing the rest of your manuscript.