Artistic and Production
Raymond Bobgan, Executive Artistic Director, x202,
Beth Wood, Associate Artistic Director, x206, email@example.com
Emily Ritger, New Play Associate, x 210, firstname.lastname@example.org
Denis M. Griesmer, General Manager, x208, email@example.com
James Kosmatka, Director of Patron Services, x203,
Stephen Schlaack, Financial Management/Box Office Associate, x200,
Cathleen O'Malley, Director of Audience Engagement and Media Relations, x212,
Caitlin Lewins, Story Connector, x211,
Alex Corona, Graphic Designer, x204, firstname.lastname@example.org
Renee Schilling, Development Assistant, x205, email@example.com
Christine Seibert, Director of Education, x201, firstname.lastname@example.org
Faye Hargate, Education Associate, x207, email@example.com
Technical and Production
Zachary Svoboda, Technical Director, x209, firstname.lastname@example.org
Willie Riddle, Technical Staff/Custodian, email@example.com
Gordon Square Theatre Renovation
David Ellison, AIA, Project Architect
John Rivera-Resto, Muralist
Board of Directors
Marcia Levine, President
Philip Oliss, Vice President
Ann Rowlett, Treasurer
Kristofer Spreen, Secretary
Sheffia Randall Dooley
Davida S. Howard
Joanne Montagner Hull
Lora B. Levin, MD
Diane S. Stupay
Raymond Bobgan (Executive Artistic Director)
Raymond Bobgan is a Creative Workforce Fellow. The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. The Fellowship program is supported by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Raymond is now in his seventh year as Executive Artistic Director. During his tenure, CPT has eliminated over $200,000 in debt, developed an operating reserve of $100,000, made significant progress on renovating its buildings, produced 15 world premieres (9 by local artists), expanded its programs to support new work and achieved unprecedented national coverage. Raymond specializes in creating new work through an ensemble process. He was the founding Artistic Director of Wishhounds (aka Theatre Labyrinth) and has directed and collaboratively conceived and created more than twenty new theatrical works. Recent creations include: Year 25 Vigil, with Karin Randoja for Humber College at Theatre Passe Murraille (Toronto), Insomnia, with Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert, Cut to Pieces, with Chris Seibert; Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, co-produced by CPT and La Mama ETC (NY); and The Confessions of Punch and Judy, co-produced by CPT, NaCl (NY) and Number 11 Theatre (Toronto), which was published in New Canadian Theatre Volume 9. Other recent shows include: Open Mind Firmament: An Evening of William Butler Yeats, Gao Xingjian's The Other Shore, Dennis Kelly's Osama the Hero, and Thornton Wilder's Our Town.
In 1994, Bobgan initiated the Student Theatre Enrichment Program, a job training program that engages at-risk youth in writing, producing and performing new plays. Raymond was the first director of CPT's Y-Haven Theatre Project. Raymond's theatrical work seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, The United Kingdom and Canada and featured in American Theatre Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Journal and in Lisa Wolford’s book Grotowski's Objective Drama Research. Raymond was recently recognized by American Theatre Magazine as 1 of 25 national theatre artists that will shape the next 25 years of American theatre. He is a Creative Workforce Fellow of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, funded by the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and an alumnus of Theatre Communications Group/Pew Charitable Trust's National Theatre Artist Residency Program and the TCG/NEA Career Development Program for Directors. Raymond was Acting Artistic Director of CPT (1995-1997) and served CPT in many roles including Associate Artistic Director, Education Director and Resident Director at various times since 1991.
Chris Seibert (Education Director)
A performer, director and playwright primarily working in the devised theatre method, Chris develops new plays, solo works and original adaptations. She has appeared in a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional performance venues including Daley Plaza, Navy Pier, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Cleveland Play House and Cleveland Public Theatre. Notable works include the multi-media one-woman performance Cut to Pieces, co-created with Raymond Bobgan, and Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves, co-created with Raymond Bobgan and Holly Holsinger. Additional CPT stage credits include Fefu and Her Friends, Our Town, Two-Headed, Osama the Hero and Open Mind Firmament. As Cleveland Public Theatre's Director of Education, Chris facilitates the production and tour of 6 to 8 original, ensemble-driven theatre works each season. Through these programs she works collaboratively with C eveland inner-city teens, children in public housing and adults in recovery to create original performances based on the participant’s life experiences. She is the recipient of a Chicago C.A.A.P. grant for multi-disciplinary performance, and her co-written screenplay Moon Tooth was a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project. Through the Council of International Programs USA, Chris traveled to Istanbul, Turkey as part of a contingent of Cleveland-area arts professionals working with Turkish artists in the development of arts programs for marginalized urban youth. In 2010, she was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, generously funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Chris' work was recently featured in Convivium33 Gallery's 21st Century Expressions of the Second Sex, a showcase of selected works by leading regional female artists.
Denis M. Griesmer (General Manager)
Denis has served as General Manager for the past five years but has worked in a variety of artistic and managerial positions at CPT since the fall of 2001. Denis was Director of the Y-Haven Theatre Project, one of CPT's adult outreach programs from 2006 to 2009. The Y-Haven Theatre Project collaborates with residents of Y-Haven's Transitional Housing Program to create an original play based on their personal experiences. Notable artistic roles also include Associate Producer for CPT's original production, Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead. Denis brings 15 years of theatre management and project management consulting to his role at CPT. A graduate of the Northwestern University School of Speech Theatre Program, Denis was Production Manager and then Associate Producer for San Francisco's acclaimed Pickle Family Circus. He later worked as Production Coordinator on feature films by Cleveland writer Joe Eszterhaus including Telling Lies in America and Burn, Hollywood, Burn. Denis has also served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Greater Cleveland Community Shares of which CPT is a member.
Beth Wood (Associate Artistic Director)
After appearing on the CPT stage since 2002, Beth joined the CPT staff in 2007. An actress, educator, director, administrator and theatre technician, she holds a BA in Communications and Theatre from John Carroll University. A former Actor-Teacher for Great Lakes Theater, Beth has taught a variety of theatre and acting courses throughout Northeast Ohio, and has served as the technical director for John Carroll University, Lakeland Theatre and Stagecrafters. CPT acting credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Mrs. Bob Cratchet's Wild Christmas Binge, A Bright Room Called Day, Fefu and Her Friends, The Rocky Horror Show, Our Town, Pulp, Matt & Ben, Anna Bella Eema (co-production with Theater Ninjas), Open Mind Firmament, Don't Call Me Fat and Akarui. As a director of adventurous scripted work, Beth's CPT directing credits include BOOM by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (third U.S. production), Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang (second U.S. production), FEVER/DREAM by Sheila Callaghan, The SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris at PlayhouseSquare's 14th Street Theatre, Antebellum by Robert O'Hara (second U.S. production) and in the Spring of 2013, There Is a Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher. In addition to her work with scripted productions, Beth co-created and directed the acclaimed two-person cabaret show The Loush Sisters for PlayhouseSquare in 2011.
Zachary Svoboda (Technical Director)
This is Zackary's first season at CPT. His theatrical experience includes positions as master electrician, assistant technical director, sound engineer, set designer, and lighting designer. He has worked at Cleveland State University, Euclid High School, and Cleveland Institute of Music. Zack comes to CPT from Rock the House a corporate and private event producer.
James Kosmatka (Director of Patron Services)
James joined the Cleveland Public Theatre staff in 2011, but has been associated with C PT since he served as a marketing intern in 2006. At CPT, James has worked as a sound designer, director, assistant director and stage manager and productions have included The Santaland Diaries, Osama the Hero and poor little lulu and Big Box productions including Seppuku, InCogNegro and The Beetlebug and the Bad Worm. Prior to CPT, James worked as an office manager at Cleveland State University and as a freelance theatre artist with such companies as The Beck Center for the Arts, The Cleveland Play House and The University of Rochester International Theatre Program. He is an alumnus of Cleveland State University, where he co-created the hit adaptation Night of the Living Dead.
Stephen Schlaack (Financial Management/Box Office Associate)
A member of the graduating class of 2012 from Alma College, Stephen is a recent transplant to Cleveland. After graduating with double majors in Business Administration and Theatre Arts (Performance), he accepted a position as the 2012-13 Administration Apprentice at Cleveland Play House where he assisted in the development of the next year’s budget, while helping to manage the everyday needs of the office. Stephen started the position of Financial Management/Box Office Associate at CPT in May of 2013. Some of Stephen’s performance theatre credits include Book of Days, Antigone, Smash! (Alma College Theatre) as well as Proof (Owosso Community Players).
Renee Schilling (Development Assistant)
Renee recently joined the CPT staff in 2012. She was one of the 2011-2012 Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellows at Cleveland Public Theatre. As an actor she was most recently seen in The Excavation (Theater Ninjas) and as performer and co-author of 30 Awkward Minutes with Pat and Glenn featured in CPT's 2011 Big Box series. Most recent directed and devised works include, To Fasten Your Seatbelts (AtTENtionSpan '12), Jesus is Dead... and Jerry Garcia is God (Big Box '12) and Not the Flying Stupendas (Co-written with Jill Levin). Renee is a graduate of CSU's Theatre Program.
Faye Hargate (Education Associate)
Faye Hargate is a Creative Workforce Fellow. The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. The Fellowship program is supported by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. She is a performer, installation artist, educator, administrator and director. She joined the CPT staff as the Education Associate in 2009, after working at the theatre as an independent artist since 2007. As Education Associate, Faye aids in the creation and production of the original, ensemble-driven theatre works created by CPT's core education programs. She is the program director of CPT’s Brick City Theatre, working with youth who live in public housing, and leads the creation of 3-5 original works every year. Faye manages CPT’s professional development workshop series, coordinating master class opportunities with local, national and international artists. Collaborating with visual artist, Joan Hargate, Faye has led the creation of performance art installations: Royal Ann’s Preserve, Echoless Shore and Fellsalie. As an actor, she recently performed in Rusted Heart Broadcast, devised and directed by Raymond Bobgan. Other CPT credits include: Earth Plays, Akarui, Alibi: AtTENtionSpan‘12, Her Now Memory: Leap/Conceive‘11, Fever/Dream, Anna Bella Eema, Open Mind Firmament, Don’t Call Me Fat and The Other Shore. Prior to CPT, she was Associate Artistic Director of Cleveland’s Theater Ninjas from 2006-2009, with whom she collaboratively created The Beetlebug and The Bad Worm. She was an ensemble member of international theatre company Ici et La, performing in France and Portugal. Locally, she taught for Cleveland School of the Arts, Laurel School, Art House and Beck Center for the Arts. Faye is a graduate of the two-year professional theatre program at Ecole Jacques Lecoq (Paris, France) and holds a BA degree in Religious Studies and Theatre from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine). She also trained with Cleveland’s Inlet Dance Theatre.
Emily Ritger (New Play Associate)
Emily joined the CPT staff in January, 2013. A director, educator, administrator and dramaturge, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Philosophy from the University of Evansville. A native to Wisconsin, Emily spent the last four years in Chicago where she spent time on staff at American Theater Company in the roles of Artistic Administrator and Production Manager, Redmoon Theater as their Neighborhood Arts Program Associate, Chicago High School for the Arts as an Acting Instructor and at The National High School Institute as an Acting Instructor and Director. As a freelance artist, she has worked at Northlight Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Teatro Vista and The National Public Housing Museum. She sat on American Theater Company and Redtwist Theatre's reader committees for new work, and facilitated independent new play development for Chicago playwrights. She has training in Viola Spolin and Paul Sills' Theater Games and Story Theater.
Cathleen O'Malley (Director of Audience Engagement and Media Relations)
Cathleen joined the CPT staff in 2013. An artist, educator and theatre-maker, Cathleen brings to her position over 14 years of experience in the performing arts, education and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Cathleen served as the Education Director and an Ensemble Member of Touchstone Theatre, where she managed the company's award-winning education division, directed community outreach initiatives and collaborated on three seasons of original shows. In 2012, Cathleen was the Assistant Director of Touchstone’s community-based Civil War commemoration, A Resting Place, which featured a 19th century-style traveling circus and a cast of 100+ performers. Since relocating to Cleveland, Cathleen has worked as a consultant and teaching artist with PlayhouseSquare’s Community Engagement & Education department, CSU Theatre & Dance, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio ArtWorks and has served on the grant-making committee of the Cleveland Foundation’s Neighborhood Connections initiative. As a theatre artist, Cathleen has created original theatre regionally and abroad with Relax Your Face (London), Zany Umbrella Circus (Amman), Akropolis Performance Lab, On the Boards (Seattle) and with inmates of the Washington State Corrections Center for Women through Freehold Theatre’s Engaged Theatre Project. Cleveland stage credits include Pandemonium ’12 & ’13, Earth Plays (CPT), Cocopelli (Ensemble), The Emperor's Ears (Talespinner) and Boston Marriage (Mamai). Cathleen is a graduate of the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) where she trained in Lecoq-based movement, mask, clown and buffoon with theatre artists from over 25 nations. She holds an MFA from Naropa University.
Caitlin Lewins (Story Connector)
Caitlin is currently one of the 2013-2014 Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellows. A Cleveland native and actor, writer, director,and musician, Caitlin joined the CPT staff in the fall of 2013. Caitlin has held several internships in the Cleveland professional theatre circuit including an Education Internship and Artistic Internship at Cleveland Play House, as well as an Education Internship at Great Lakes Theater. Caitlin was previously a Grant Program Coordinator for the YMCA and organized and ran a grant funded after school program at Brooklyn Middle School that served 70 students. Caitlin built arts programming from the ground up over a two year period as Fine Arts Coordinator for three Cleveland YMCAs. She's also taught theatre, music, and visual arts with several camps and education programs including Brick City at CPT, Shaker Summer Theatre, SmArt in the City and Camp Mendocino, a Boys and Girls Club Camp in Northern California. In the fall of 2012, she completed the devised directing class at CPT and made her writing/directing debut with "The Environmented" in Earth Plays (Part Two of the Elements Cycle). Caitlin studied Theatre, Philosophy, and Music at Baldwin-Wallace College and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010.
James A. Levin (Founder of Cleveland Public Theatre)
Award-winning director, playwright and producer, James A. Levin founded the Cleveland Public Theatre in 1982, bringing innovative off-off Broadway-style theatre to Cleveland after three years with Dario D'Ambresio's Pathological Theatre Company in residence at Cafe LaMama in New York City. He has envisioned, launched and supervised the renovations of both the James Levin Theatre and Gordon Square Theatre. He has launched many regionally recognized projects such as the New Plays Festival, Danceworks, the Performance Art Festival, The American Indian Festival and Vaudeville. He has produced most of the work at CPT since its inception and all of the Shakespeare productions. Directing credits include Atomic Vaudeville, Marat/Sade, Beirut, Dolores Rain, The Sam Shepard Festival, and Killer Joe. Except in the courtroom, he has not acted for several years, the last major part being the title role in The Triumphant Return of Blackbird Flynt by Peter Ullian. He has written lyrics for various rock bands and for theatre productions including Lysistrata 2085, Marat/Sade and Star Wares and Let the Knowing Speak, a jazz cantata featuring Jon Hendricks, Jackie Byard and Phil Wilson. Writing credits include Star Wares (a rock musical in collaboration with Linda Eisenstein), which won a fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and CPT's late night satire, The Titanic, the true story. Born in Cleveland, James graduated from Shaker Hts. High, the University of Michigan, and CWRU law school.