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Good to Have a Theater in the Neighborhood

Theaters make great neighbors, especially in commercial districts where you want anchor attractions to draw visitors into restaurants, coffee shops, bars and retail establishments before and after their shows. Cleveland Heights boasts three major theater venues that provide well-attended destinations in the Cedar-Lee and Coventry neighborhoods.

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Categories: Cleveland Heights, collaboration, community, Neighborhoods, Theater | comments

Let's Get Technical

Although she received an acting scholarship to Carnegie-Mellon University, Inda Blatch-Geib realized pretty quickly that her heart and her future weren’t in wearing greasepaint, but applying it to others. Her success in her makeup classes revealed an enjoyment of the technical end of theater and led to her exploring prosthetic makeup design, costuming and set design. She transferred to Akron University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in theatrical design and literature, and her graduate degree in design.

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To Join the Union or Not: That is the Question

Local author and playwright, Christopher Johnston expands on findings from CPAC's latest economic impact study, Staging Cleveland:

For Marc Moritz, the decision to join the Actors’ Equity Association (aka, Equity) union was a no-brainer. He’d been acting since he was six and was three years into his theater studies at Kent State University, when he decided it was time to just go pro.

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TV and Radio Are Allies for the Theater Industry

Local author and playwright, Christopher Johnston expands on findings from CPAC's latest economic impact study, Staging Cleveland:

As soon as you hear Leilani Barrett’s rich baritone voice, you know that he was destined to be a Shakespearian actor and do commercial work on the side. Many Cleveland theater actors such as Barrett also work in film, television and commercials for TV or radio or corporate use to increase their income...

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5 Tips on Preparing for the Public Officials Breakfast

Our 3rd Annual Art and Culture Public Officials Breakfast is quickly approaching! We are excited to be having this year’s breakfast on June 16th at the Cleveland Institute of Art (link to event)! As we are getting ready for the breakfast we were thinking it might be beneficial to the arts and culture community to share some of our thoughts on what you could do and think about as the breakfast gets closer. We understand that it can be difficult to know how to approach a public official, so here are 5 tips to help you prepare for the Public Officials Breakfast.

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Not Your Average BFF

It was early October and I had spent many hours hunched over my computer in Easton, PA with my new best friend, STATA, a statistical software. Needless to say, STATA and I are not the kind of friends who curl up on the couch together and watch Gilmore Girls with glasses of wine. But nevertheless, STATA was proving valuable – it helped me wrangle five year’s worth of DataArts (formally Cultural Data Project) data -- thousands of data points -- from 62 arts and cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County. 

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Confession: I’m still afraid of dark, empty spaces.

Cleveland Play House - Lincoln Elem

You’re an arts marketing professional, so you know what it’s like. It’s the eleventh hour and you’ve spent every penny advertising the show, you just posted another brilliant tweet, but alas, there are still a few seats left unsold for the upcoming performance - dark, empty theatre seats. No one wants to see these seats left unattended when they could benefit the community by providing an awesome free opportunity for a child to experience live entertainment, right? After all, we love giving a theatre seat a good companion for the evening.

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We’re Planning for CPAC’s Future and We Need Your Input!

It’s hard to believe that CPAC is celebrating 20 years of service to the region this year! As we reflect on the past and look toward our future, we’re interested in your thoughts and ideas. What is your take on Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector? What’s needed today and what role should CPAC play? How have we gotten it right? How can we improve?

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Speak For Yourself (Guest blog by Imad Rahman)

One of the most common logical fallacies some writers of color, or some writers of color born outside the U.S., encounter is one of representation (this is somewhat akin to the ‘You speak English very well’ conversational gambit some well-meaning strangers employ). You are automatically drafted into the position of ambassador, or spokesperson, for your entire ethnic community. You are supposed to write about them, voice their concerns, represent their emotional truths, chart their logistical realities, reveal their deepest darkest secrets, make them accessible through their flaws. In short, a personal truth is expected to become the Universal Truth. And truth, of course, is much murkier than a zero-sum game.

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