CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is a rigorous arts-based program that provides hands-on job training, engaging Cleveland youth from families defined as low-income in a powerful learning experience that develops job skills, academic achievement, and interpersonal skills. As part of this eight-week summer program, 30 youth, ages 14-19, work together to create, produce, perform, and tour their own play. This program is the longest-running arts-based, workplace development program in Cleveland and is an international model for engaging youth. Since its beginning in 1994, STEP has received multiple awards and recognitions including those from the City of Cleveland, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Through STEP, teens see themselves as a positive and inspirational force, and watch as their work has an impact on the larger Cleveland community.
CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is a summer arts-based job training program that engages Cleveland teens from families defined as low-income in a powerful 8-week intensive that focuses on excellence in performance, play creation, physical theatre, writing, production, and set design/construction. Students ages 14-19, with little or no previous performance experience, are eligible for participation, and earn money while learning and practicing valuable job skills such as timeliness, communication, commitment, and teamwork. Under the guidance of CPT artistic mentors, teens develop an original play and then tour it to public parks throughout the city of Cleveland. CPT is hosting virtual auditions for STEP. Click here for more information.
For information about the Student Theatre Enrichment Program Please Contact Molly Andrews-Hinders, STEP Program Director, At 216.631.2727 ext. 236 OR firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEP IN THE NEWS
“Adam Seeholzer, Lexy Lattimore & Siwita Ali Shah – Cleveland Public Theatre’s STEP Program 7.23.18.” Live on Lakeside. WKYC-TV. July 23 2018. Click here to watch: https://www.wkyc.com/article/entertainment/television/liveonlakeside/adam-seeholzer-lexy-lattimore-siwita-ali-shah-cleveland-public-theatres-step-program-72318/95-576708790
Ryan, Lisa. “Theater Program Teaches Cleveland Teens Skills For Life.” The Sound of Applause. 90.3FM/WCPN Cleveland, OH. 17 August 2017. Click here to read or listen: http://www.ideastream.org/news/theater-program-teaches-cleveland-teens-skills-for-life
Kramer, Gabriel. “Cleveland Public Theatre’s STEP Program for Urban Teens.” WVIZ/PBS ideastream, 10 August 2017. Click here to watch: http://www.ideastream.org/programs/ideas/cleveland-public-theatres-step-program-for-urban-teens
Simakis, Andrea. “Cleveland Public Theatre’s STEP program teens explore power of art in ‘And Yet, We Shine’.” The Plain Dealer, 6 August 2017. Click here to read: http://www.cleveland.com/onstage/index.ssf/2017/08/cleveland_public_theatres_step_1.html
Benson, John. “Cleveland Public Theatre’s STEP Class Presents “And Yet, We Shine” Across the City.” CoolCleveland, 22 July 2017. Web. Click here to read: http://coolcleveland.com/2017/07/cleveland-public-theatres-step-class-presents-yet-shine-across-city/
Goodman, Vivian. “For 22 Years, Cleveland Public Theatre Has Helped Teens Find Their Voice.” State of the Arts. 89.7FM/WKSU Kent, OH. 25 August 2016. Click here to read or listen: http://wksu.org/post/22-years-cleveland-public-theater-has-helped-teens-find-their-voice