STEP (Student Theatre Enrichment Program)

STEP engages inner-city teens in a rigorous and fun theatrical journey, focusing on excellence in performance, play creation, writing, and production. Since its beginning in 1995, 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. Reviewing STEP for Cool Cleveland, Linda Eisenstein writes, "a program that blows away preconceptions of 'educational' or 'outreach' theatre...The results are riveting and inspirational."

Every summer, CPT Teaching Artists guide inner-city teens with little or no previous performance experience on a journey of self discovery and awareness through the dramatic arts. During the 8-week intensive, each participant undergoes rigorous training in acting, writing, movement, voice, dance, production, and touring. Students develop an original play or an inventive adaptation of an existing work, and then tour it to indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city of Cleveland. Students ages 14-19 are eligible for participation, and earn money while learning and practicing valuable job skills such as timeliness, commitment and teamwork. Through STEP, inner-city teens see themselves as a positive and inspirational force, and watch as their work has an impact on the larger Cleveland community.

For more information on STEP opportunities at Cleveland Public Theatre, please contact Faye Hargate, Associate at 216.631.2727 x 207 or via email at fhargate@cptonline.org.

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