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September 2020


Reader Series: Combating Racism

Literary Cleveland
Jul 22, 2020 - Sep 23, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Community
In the wake of the killing of another unarmed Black man by the police, protests have sprung up around the globe, and many people are now seeking ways to educate themselves on racial inequality and oppression in the US. In this series, we will read and discuss three popular books centered on racism in the US.

So You Want to Talk About Race will provide foundational explanations for commonly heard concepts and questions like “what is a micro aggression?” and “why can’t I say the N-word?”.

White Fragility, the 2018 book by Dr. Robin DiAngelo, will help us to analyze the discomfort felt by white people when they are asked to discuss racism or to examine their own privilege. DiAngelo’s goal in writing White Fragility is to help white people move away from a place of defensiveness when challenged on their beliefs about racial inequality to one where we can engage these conversations more constructively.

The final book, How to Be An Antiracist, will serve as a call to action for many of us as we try to imagine a society that is vehemently anti-racist. By taking a closer look at our personal beliefs and then the history, laws, and policies that have landed us in our present predicament, we can start to understand what active roles that we can take to build this new society.

This class is presented in partnership with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Maltz Museum members can register for the member price. All profit from this class will be donated to the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition.

Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph: Writing a Strong Nonfiction Narrative

Literary Cleveland
Aug 11, 2020 - Sep 15, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
When writing about difficult subjects such as social or personal issues—addiction, sexual violence, gun violence, poverty, severe illness—it is essential to find the heroes and heroines, whether a central character and/or the people who help them, as well as the compelling, uplifting side to the story. That makes the nonfiction narrative more engaging and complete, not just focused on problems. It gives the reader a satisfying takeaway that good can often arise out of a terrible experience. The workshop will guide students on how to uncover that information via in-depth interviews and research, while identifying the good guys and the positive components of the story. The goal is to write a nonfiction piece that reveals the challenges overcome and provides a satisfying, perhaps even cathartic, inspiring conclusion for readers.

A 30-Day Novel

Literary Cleveland
Aug 15, 2020 - Sep 05, 2020 1-4 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
For all writers from beginners to advance, for all genres. Writing a novel can be a daunting task, and no easy matter. But it doesn’t have to take you years or unending drafts to get a novel finished. Learn what it takes to finish a novel in thirty days.

Using Music as a Writing Prompt

Literary Cleveland
Aug 25, 2020 - Sep 15, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
The class explores the use of music a prompt for inspired thought expressed through poetry or prose. It will include music by recorded artists and original music composed by the facilitator to stimulate writing ideas for poetry and other genres.

Developing Your Memoir

Literary Cleveland
Aug 26, 2020 - Sep 23, 2020 6:30 - 9 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This intermediate level course is designed for writers who are currently engaged in writing a memoir or a connected series of essays. The workshop will focus on craft and the key tools of memoir: finding your theme; exploring structure; balancing scene, summary and reflection, and more. Students will also have an opportunity to workshop a short 3-4 page excerpt from their manuscript during the course, and receive feedback from the instructor and fellow students.

Sketch Writing 1

Imposters Theater
Sep 03, 2020 - Oct 22, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
In this 8-week course you will learn:
-Proper script formatting
-Ways to generate ideas
-Tips on the writing process
-How to confidently pitch
-Writing/revising sketches
-Practical experience in a (virtual) writers room setting

At the end of the 8-week course you will have 4-5 finished sketches. 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.

Emotion Builds Character Improv Workshop with Dana Quercioli

Imposters Theater
Sep 05, 2020 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
This workshop will focus on how to create real characters and connections in your improvisation. Getting to the game of the scene, committing to a premise, and better listening all come from emotional exploration and a willingness to play, and we'll learn together that humor's where the heart is.

SalonEra Episode 2: Classical Salon

Les Délices
Sep 07, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Join guests Aisslinn Nosky (violin), Allison Monroe (violin), and Yvonne Smith (viola), for music written to be enjoyed in one’s living room among friends! Works by Mozart, Cambini, Joseph de Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

SalonEra is the innovative new online variety show. Each episode combines live performances, dialogue, and prerecorded content with featured artists from all over the country and the world that you won’t hear anywhere else.

SalonEra tickets are free with a suggested donation of $10 per episode. Or, with a $75 subscription, you'll automatically get access to all nine episodes emailed to you as they approach!

Create and Share Powerful Activist Poetry

Literary Cleveland
Sep 07, 2020 - Sep 28, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Learn strategies to write and share powerful activist poetry and lyrics in ways that engage your readers’ and listeners’ hearts and minds. This intermediate level workshop will focus on writing during and between classes and receiving responses to work. You’ll also learn how to create and post visually interesting poems on Instagram and perform your poetry effectively in person and on Zoom. Finally, participants will share their new poems as featured readers at Loganberry or an online poetry reading series.

Beck Center Fall 2020 In-Person and Online Classes

Beck Center for the Arts
Sep 09, 2020 - Dec 19, 2020 Various times | Online and at Beck Center for the Arts | Community, Hone Your Craft
Beck Center for the Arts, in an effort to continually adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, has created robust in-person and online arts educational offerings for fall of 2020. Beck Center continues to respond to the needs of the community through arts experiences, as an entertaining and healing force for all ages, and abilities.

Since mid-March 2020 students have experienced Beck Center’s arts education classes and lessons online, using Google Classroom and Zoom to continue pursuing their arts interests, or to engage in a new interest. Now, the time has come to reopen the campus to the public on August 31, with in-person classes, and online classes, beginning on September 9.

Accommodations have been created to keep students, families, faculty, and staff safe while creating arts experiences on campus. Face coverings will be required for all individuals ages 6 and older. Social distancing marks will be present in all learning spaces, and clearly marked throughout the three buildings. Hand sanitizer will be available at all entrances, and in each classroom and studio space. A 15-minute break will be instituted between classes to ensure that spaces may be cleaned. The complete protocols will be shared via These protocols are in alignment with Destination Cleveland’s “CLEan Committed” Program, Actor’s Equity Association, guided by the CDC, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, local medical facilities, and school systems.

Developing a Writing Habit

Literary Cleveland
Sep 09, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Online | 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.

NYC Wednesdays - Online Coaching From New York City (Monthly Or Individual Classes)

Houde School of Acting
Sep 09, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020 7:30-9 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
NYC Wednesdays - Online Coaching From New York City!
Living, Acting & Marketing Yourself in NYC w/ Chris Richards Sept 9th 730-9pm
Breaking Into The Business w/ James Madio Sept. 16th 730-9pm
Improv For The Audition w/ Sara Katrenich Sept 23rd 730-9pm
From The Script To The Screen w/ James Madio Sept. 30th 730-9pm

Elements of Craft: Memoir Writing Workshop

Literary Cleveland
Sep 10, 2020 - Oct 01, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Memoir writers have at their disposal many of the fiction writer's tools: scene, dialogue, pacing, description and character development, to name a few. At the same time, a memoirist must explore nuances of emotional truth, relationships, accuracy and point of view that inevitably accompany writing personal stories. Each weekly session will delve into different elements of the craft, using instruction, in-class writing and shared responses.

Act Out! Playwriting Workshop

Literary Cleveland
Sep 10, 2020 - Oct 01, 2020 6-8 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
In this virtual, interactive 4-session, 2-hour workshop, Dr. Mary Weems will share her technique for writing monologues and short plays as political acts. Participants are asked to bring one to three social issues (racism, the Pandemic, transphobia, religious intolerance, sexism, the environment, poverty, etc) they would like to address in writings for the stage.

This class is presented in partnership with Playwrights Local.

Awakenings: A Virtual Gala

Cleveland Public Theatre
Sep 12, 2020 7:00 PM | WKYC Channel 3 TV special, 45-min virtual After-Party | Community
1-hour WKYC Channel 3 television special, 45-min virtual After-Party

Virtual After-Party limited to 1,000 guests
Tickets: $1
Suggested Donation: $1 to $179

For 17 years, CPT’s annual fundraising extravaganza, Pandemonium, transformed the CPT campus into a labyrinth of theatre, dance, visual art, and performance in every corner. AWAKENINGS: A VIRTUAL GALA takes you inside the labyrinth—from the comfort of your own home. Proceeds benefit CPT’s groundbreaking artistic work and life-changing education programs.

At 7pm (ET), tune into WKYC Channel 3 for a one-hour TV special: Awakenings, A Celebration of Cleveland Public Theatre. At 8pm (ET), a casual, virtual After-Party kicks off to celebrate CPT and our PAN Awardee, Micki Byrnes.

Acting for the Camera

Weathervane Playhouse
Sep 13, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020 6-7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Taught by Associate Artistic Director, Fred Gloor, this virtual course will meet once a week via ZOOM to study how to approach acting for the camera vs. the stage. Throughout the 6 weeks, students will discuss different techniques, etiquette, and preparation needed for acting for the camera through scene work and different exercises. Students will be able to work together and individually to enhance their new skills on camera. Lights, camera, action!

Alien Arts Virtual Hip-hop Bootcamp

iN Education Inc.
Sep 13, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020 3-4 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Akron's own hip-hop mogul Minus the Alien (Ameer Williamson) will take you through his three-level hip-hop boot-camp series meant to inspire you, uplift you and motivate you to pursue your dreams as an artist.

Level 1- 9/13/2020 : Exploring the hip-hop culture
Level 2 - 9/20/2020 : Creating your hip hop persona
Level 3 - 9/27/2020 : Gathering song writing techniques

This is brought to you by Alien Arts in partnership with iN Education's Battle of the Teal art program with support from major sponsors and the Greater Akron community. Featuring original songs from Minus the Alien. Let's go!

We’re Eager To Accept Your Submission

Literary Cleveland
Sep 14, 2020 - Sep 28, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Where should you send your carefully crafted poems, stories, or creative nonfiction? We will go over how to find periodicals particularly suited for your work and ways to check out publications before you submit. We’ll also discuss prioritizing markets, tracking submissions, avoiding common mistakes, and being a responsive member of the writing community. This class is for all writing levels.

Late Night Submission Packet Workshop with Michael Busch

Imposters Theater
Sep 14, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Workshop objective: A polished Late Night Submission Packet

This six week workshop will consist of weekly virtual table reads and pitch meetings via Zoom. Each week you will focus on a different aspect of a late night submission. At the end of this workshop, you will have a polished submission packet.

This class is open to anyone - as long as you have a desire to write your own material, you are welcome - but please be aware it is geared toward people who have a basic understanding of comedic structure and script writing.

If you are looking for more information on things such as script formatting, ways to generate ideas, comedic structure and terms, please sign up for my Sketch 1 or Comedy Writing 101 classes.

Costume Character Study: from the script to the stage

Weathervane Playhouse
Sep 14, 2020 - Oct 19, 2020 6-7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Taught by Resident Costume Designer, Jasen Smith, this class is a study of character design for the stage. We will look at a character's journey through a show. Using the script as a starting point we will research historical periods and societal standards and norms to greater understand the character so we can create a character based design.

TMP School of Dance 2020-2021 Season

The Movement Project
Sep 15, 2020 - May 12, 2021 | 2592 W. 14th Street Cleveland Ohio 44113 |
TMP School of Dance
The Movement Project School of Dance is the official school of professional Cleveland based Modern dance company The Movement Project. The Movement Project, was founded in 2009, and has been performing throughout the northeast Ohio area as a staple in the dance community. Since it's start TMP has provided quality and affordable dance education through their outreach in schools and community centers, summer dance intensives, and workshops/master classes. In Fall 2017 The Movement Project opened their School of Dance as a home for weekly youth dance classes. All classes are taught by The Movement Project's professional educators. As a dance school we strive to build meaningful connections to youth and families in our community by providing affordable youth dance education that focuses on a well rounded curriculum, a professional environment, and a safe and exciting space that cultivates learning!

Sept. 15th 2020 - May 12th 2021 (holiday breaks listed via our website)

+Creative Movement & Ballet 1 (Age 3-5) Miss Elyse

Class Day/Time: Wednesday 4:45-5:30pm [45min]

+Creative Movement & Ballet 2 (Age 5-6) Miss Elyse

Class Day/Time: Wednesday 5:30-6:15 pm [45min]

+Modern & Ballet 1 (Age 6-8) Miss Meghan

Class Day/Time: Tuesday 5:30pm-6:30pm [1hr]

+Modern & Ballet 2 (Age 9-14) Miss Elyse

Class Day/Time: Wednesday 6:15-7:45pm [1.5hrs]

2nd Floor of Pilgrim Congregational Church
2592 W 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113

PHONE: (216) 694-8241



Protecting Your Creativity

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Sep 17, 2020 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Online | Build Your Business
Protect your creativity while staying on the right side of the law! The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), in partnership with iN Education, present a panel discussion for visual and performing artists (and the attorneys who advise them) wanting to be in the know of various methods to protect their legal rights and avoid infringing the right of others when letting their creativity soar.

Please join us for a conversation with Edward Caja (Walter | Haverfield LLP), Clare Shin (Case Western Reserve University School of Law), and Katie Steiner (Loeser & Parks LLP) as they share their insights, experiences, and expertise with you.

Part I: Intellectual Property Law: Some Simple Suggestions and Not So Simple Caveats (presented by Edward Caja, Walter | Haverfield LLP)

Part II: Legal Issues in Fashion Law (presented by Clare Shin, Case Western Reserve University School of Law)

Part III: Social Media for Creatives (presented by Katie Steiner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP)

Special thanks to our partners and collaborators: The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA), and the entire Battle of the Teal art network.

This online event is a part of iN Education's Battle of the Teal art program. The purpose of this T.E.A.L. Forums is to enrich, uplift, and inspire attendees interested in the arts to achieve their personal goals and grow their skills! Your participation means the world to our entire family of art professionals and our staff who are passionate to serve you!

Intended for: Ages: 12+ Audience: family friendly, artists, youth, young adults, creative industry professionals, teachers, educators.

Love Is: An Exploration of Toni Morrison's Literature (Session 3)

Literary Cleveland
Sep 19, 2020 - Dec 19, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 noon | Online | Community
Join us for part three of a deep dive into the fictional oeuvre of the Lorain native and Nobel Prize-winning author that provides participants four weeks of preparation for each session due to the dense nature and intricate artistry of Morrison’s prose. Explore the work of a local hero and one of the greatest writers of all time.

‍Session 3
September 19: Paradise
October 17: Love
November 21: A Mercy
December 19: Home & God Help the Child

On Process and Poetry

Literary Cleveland
Sep 20, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020 2-4 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
On Process and Poetry will situate process at the center of creation. In this writing workshop writers will have the opportunity to generate new poems, take part in discussions around craft, technique, starting new work, bringing old work back to life and to completion, and receiving feedback on their work. Writers will also have an opportunity to read their work each class and have the opportunity to read from a diverse packet of poems each week.

Shaker Arts Council Fall Zoom Art Classes

Shaker Arts Council
Sep 20, 2020 - Nov 04, 2020 Various times | Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft, Build Your Business
SHAC is presenting classes and webinars September 20 - November 4, 2020 as part of Stay-in-Place Productions, the arts council’s response to COVID -19.

SalonEra Episode 3: Orpheus Myth

Les Délices
Sep 21, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Soprano Michele Kennedy and SE Artists in Residence explore this tale for the ages from the vantage point of Monteverdi, Charpentier, Rameau, and beyond. Additional special guests to be announced!

SalonEra is Les Délices' innovative new online variety show. Each episode combines live performances, dialogue, and prerecorded content with featured artists from all over the country and the world that you won’t hear anywhere else.

SalonEra tickets are free with a suggested donation of $10 per episode. Or, with a $75 subscription, you'll automatically get access to all nine episodes emailed to you as they approach!

Pitch Perfect: The Art of Effective Pitching

Literary Cleveland
Sep 21, 2020 - Oct 05, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
When it comes to turning your ideas into reality, a successful pitch often makes the difference for getting that coveted green light. Few people can relate to this more than freelance writers, who rely almost exclusively on pitches for selling their work. This two-part class will focus on perfecting pitch letters for print and online publications—and the elusive art of making your pitch stand out in an editor's ever-widening sea of emails. The first class will focus on crafting effective pitches and examining real-life pitch letters to see why they did—or didn’t—work. We’ll also cover techniques for idea generation and how to determine whether an idea is salable before pitching. At the second class, you’ll have the opportunity to share your pitches and get feedback from a live panel of local editors (and maybe sell a story on the spot!).

School of Dancing Wheels Fall Classes

Dancing Wheels Company
Sep 21, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020 Various times | In-studio and online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Fall Session 2020: September 21 - December 12
Dancing Wheels Fall Session 2020 schedule & registration are now available! For the first time ever, classes are now in-studio and online.

Classes include: ballet, hip hop, creative movement, jazz funk, contemporary, tap, voice/acting, yoga, wheelchair technique, and performance ensemble

See the schedule, class descriptions, tuition, COVID-19 health and safety policies, and register today at

For questions, email or call 216.432.0306 ext. 204 to speak with the School Administrator.

The Magic Is in the Rewrites: Strategies for Drafting and Revising A Novel

Literary Cleveland
Sep 23, 2020 - Oct 07, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
These workshops cover getting started, the five basic elements of the story, completing the first draft, and the importance of revisions. In the end, attendees will better understand how the writing process works to create something "novel."

Communicating So Others Hear and Trust You

Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium (CAEC)
Sep 23, 2020 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Online | Build Your Business
How do we lead so others understand? How do we rebuild and build relationships?

Led by Chyrel Oates, Director of Youth and Community Outreach Programs at Case Western Reserve University, who will help us turn theory into practice.

Workshop: $12 for members, $22 for non-members
(inquire about fee support)

The Business of Acting

Houde School of Acting
Sep 25, 2020 6-10 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
In this workshop you will learn:
•How To Brand and Market Yourself
•What Casting Directors Look For
•Booking Techniques

Registration: $50

Hollywood Celebrity Booking Coach Amy Lyndon, author of the world-famous The Lyndon Technique: The 15 Guideline Map To Booking, will be on a ZOOM session with Houde School to help actors achieve their dream of success.

In Motion: Embracing Skill Display and Performance

The Center for Applied Drama and Autism
Sep 26, 2020 3-4 p.m. | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
The Center for Applied Drama and Autism is proud to present two exciting new virtual workshops taught by Bhawna Sudhir. A proud mother of two children with special needs, Ms. B is the founder and director of Dancing Bells, LLC, a platform to sensitize individuals with different capabilities to express themselves and interact with each other through dance and movement. She holds several certifications from Dance Education Laboratory and Lincoln Center of Performing Arts Education in New York and earlier this year, she completed CADA’s Drama for People with Autism and Disabilities teacher’s training. Bhawna is a practicing teaching artist who creates authentic, interactive and individually-tailored sessions for all ability groups.

In Motion: Embracing Skill Display and Performance: Saturday, September 26 from 3-4PM. Participants will think and move along with teacher-guided prompts, in order to connect, communicate, and create through movement, dance-making, and visual art expressivity.

Nonprofit Leadership Summit Series

Business Volunteers Unlimited
Oct 01, 2020 - Nov 19, 2020 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Build Your Business
Join BVU for a new Nonprofit Leadership Summit format. Instead of a one-day in-person session we have optimized this educational event over eight 1.5 hour long sessions to provide our nonprofit stakeholders with convenient access to relevant and timely content.

Join us to learn from seasoned experts in the fields of finance, technology, human resources, communications, strategic planning, and board governance. Each of the eight sessions will be packed with useful and practical knowledge focused on nonprofit management and governance topics, helping you and your organization build a strategic roadmap for 2021.

You can register as an organization and send different members of your team to sessions most pertinent to their job functions and interests.