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Cleveland Theater: Theater Around Cleveland

Below are our Cleveland Theater recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, theater history and other points of interest in Cleveland Art.

Actors’ Summit Theater (Akron, OH)

Actors’ Summit Theater Information

Public Transportation: Fair (a 2-minute walk from the PARTA Akron express bus at East Mil Street/South Broadway Street; and a 10-minute walk from the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad at the Akron stop – North Howard Street/Ridge Street)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 7 shows per season. Performance schedule is Thursday–Sunday
Ticket Prices: Preview and Saturday Matinees – $19; Thursdays and Sundays – Adults $28, Seniors $25; First Fridays and all Saturday …more…

Cesear’s Forum

Billed as Cleveland’s smallest resident professional theater company at PlayhouseSquare, Cesear’s (yes, that’s how it’s spelled) Forum was founded as a non-profit theater collective in Chicago in 1989 and relocated to northern Ohio in 1999. Dedicated to creating literate, visceral, affecting theatre at affordable prices, the company employs members of Actors’ Equity Association as well as non-Equity performers. Each show at the Forum has a six-week run, thus providing ample …more…

Cleveland Play House (CPH)

Established as a professional theater in 1915, CPH has presented American and world premieres by Brecht, Pirandello, Tennessee Williams, William Saroyan, Brian Friel, and Arthur Miller. Cleveland Play House strives to continue this tradition with the Playwrights’ Unit program, which nurtures a select group of Cleveland-area writers with developmental support and productions. In 2011, CPH joined Cleveland State University and PlayHouseSquare  to reconfigure the historic Allen Theatre and adjacent property as a …more…

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT)

Founded in 1981 by James Levin (lawyer, actor, and director) and modeled after La MaMa, the internationally renowned experimental theater in New York City, CPT is Cleveland’s leading stage for experimental theater. CPT has supported innumerable emerging artists, arts organizations, and itinerant theaters. Companies launched or nurtured by CPT include Wishhounds (Theatre Labyrinth), New World Performance Laboratory, Ground Zero, the Repertory Project (now Verb Ballets), and SAFMOD. CPT has also …more…


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Public Transportation: Fair (a 6-minute walk from bus 81 at West 14th Street/Starkweather Avenue; and a 10-minute walk from the Red Line at the West 25th/Ohio City Station)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 6 shows per season. Performance schedule is Thursday–Saturday
Ticket Prices: $15 General; $12 Seniors (65+); $10 Students
Subscriptions: Full Season Subscriptions are $75 General; $60 Senior (65+); $50 Student.

Dobama Theatre

Dobama Theatre has been exposing Cleveland to thought-provoking, daring, and socially and politically relevant plays for 50 years. In addition to the company’s yearly mainstage productions (almost exclusively premieres), Dobama has two notable programs that have helped the company cultivate young audiences: the Night Kitchen and the Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival.

The Night Kitchen is a late-night series that focuses on young adults, both as spectators and performers. The program …more…

Ensemble Theatre

The Ensemble Theatre believes that the arts are an essential and meaningful part of life; therefore, the theatre offers an important forum for stimulating and provoking thought about the issues of contemporary life, and is a place for communal experience. In 2009-2010, the Ensemble presented its 30th anniversary season, which consisted of The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Great White Hope, Jerry’s Girls, and OH Beautiful Ohio. The season …more…

Great Lakes Theater Festival (GLTF)

In 1961, the Lakewood Board of Education invited a homeless Shakespeare company to move into the local civic auditorium and the Great Lakes Theater Festival was born. Though the first season of rotating rep was an all-Bard affair, it wasn’t long before the GLTF took on other important playwrights, like Sophocles and George Bernard Shaw, going on to broaden its scope to include musicals, light comedies, modern classics, and works …more…

Karamu House

In 1915, Oberlin College graduates Russell and Rowena Woodham-Jelliffe opened a neighborhood settlement in an area of Cleveland called “The Roaring Third,” and began producing plays with interracial casts as early as 1917. When a large number of African-Americans from the South moved into the area in the 1920s, they were welcomed at the so-called Playhouse Settlement, which soon became a magnet for some of the finest African-American artists of …more…