Gee's Bend, 2008


Hall of Fame

2014-2015 Inductees

George Gund II

George Gund II: Well remembered today as the founder of The George Gund Foundation, his contributions of time and counsel are as much an enduring legacy of George Gund as his financial support. Throughout his lifetime, his career included banking, real estate, animal husbandry, and ranching. The George Gund Endowment Fund at CPH was established in 1948, the revenue from which was used for CPH’s Visiting Artists Fund. In 1952, he established The George Gund Foundation, which utilized a corporate foundation structure to provide creative solutions to social issues through the thorough review of proposals and disbursement of funds. He was a member of the Cleveland Play House Board from 1949 to 1966 and the Cleveland Play House Foundation Board from 1964 to 1966. The impact of George Gund’s accomplishments and philanthropic endeavors is still felt today by Cleveland Play House and the multitude of organizations who have benefited from his foresight, business acumen, and generosity. 

Joseph J. Garry, Jr.

Joseph J. Garry, Jr.: Joe Garry has contributed to the Northeast Ohio community and the field of theatre for over 40 years. He began his professional theatre training at Cleveland Play House in 1959. While at CPH, he directed several record-breaking productions, including Dark of the Moon, The Bird’s, StoryBook Theatre, Painting Churches, The Arabian Knight, Images, and Candide. Joe, who works alongside his partner David O. Frazier, has directed operas, musicals, plays, and concerts, and actively produced 15 musicals, including Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, which ran for two and a half years and served as a catalyst for the restoration of the Playhouse Square Theatre District in the 1970s. He is also the former head of the Theatre Department at Cleveland State University, where he served as a professor and wrote, directed, and produced plays, musicals, and operas.

June Squibb

June Squibb: June Squibb moved to Cleveland in 1950 to sing and dance with Cleveland Play House. She was awarded a fellowship as Assistant to the Prop Head and was cast in several productions, including Marseilles; The Play’s the Thing; Goodbye, My Fancy; Heiress; Detective Story; Antigone; Ladies in Retirement; and Bloomer Girl. She got her big break in 1958 by landing the role of ‘Dulcie’ in the Off-Broadway production of The Boyfriend. June has extensively taught acting workshops over the years. Since 1990, June has appeared in 20 films with roles in About Schmidt; Alice; Scent of a Woman; The Age of Innocence; Far From Heaven; and Meet Joe Black. For her role in Nebraska, June received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 and won a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. 

Maeve McGuire

Maeve McGuire: Maeve McGuire began her illustrious career at Cleveland Play House as a Curtain Puller at the age of five and studied acting for the next 14 years. After her graduation from Sarah Lawrence, Maeve performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and at a variety of regional theatres. Television and film roles would follow. She appeared on all networks with her memorable starring roles in The Edge of Night, Another World, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Search for Tomorrow, and All My Children. Maeve appeared in ten major films, including For Love of Ivy, 28 Days, A Perfect Murder, and Six Degrees of Separation. One of her favorite film roles was in The Kid from Cleveland, which featured many Cleveland Play House actors. She eventually returned to her beloved Cleveland Play House to star in The Little Foxes, Another Part of the Forest, and Night of the Iguana.

Nelson Isekeit

Nelson Isekeit: Heritage Award Winner: In 1964, Nelson Isekeit joined the Play House family when Business Manager Lenore Klewer hired him as a Box Office Assistant. Under Lenore’s tutelage, Nelson learned the rigors and responsibilities of serving the best interests of CPH. He eventually became the Box Office Manager and then the Business Manager. At the box office window, Nelson understood the importance of a personal touch, knowing the names and faces of all the patrons, board, and staff. As Business Manager, he was a fiercely devoted and responsible steward for the long term fiscal health of Cleveland Play House.

Past Inductees


Barclay Leathem
Dee Hoty
Frank and Dorothy Draz
Jack Weston
The Women's Committee of Cleveland Play House


Dom DeLuise
Evie McElroy
Richard Gould
Stanley and Barbara Meisel


Artha Woods
Elizabeth Flory Kelly
Kirk Willis
Margaret Hamilton
Shirley Oberlin
Elijah Ford * Heritage Award Recipient


Dorothy Paxton
Ruth Nelson


Barbara Baxter


Mrs. John B. Dempsey


Jean Kalberer
Paul Rodgers
Walter Kalberer


David O. Frazier
Francis Drury
Mrs. Austin B. Chinn


Ed Asner
Esther Mullin
Jane Iglauer Fallon


Leland Schubert
Max Eisenstat


Jack Lee
Richard P. Oberlin
William M. Jones


Chloe Oldenburg
K. Elmo Lowe
Marilyn E. Brentlinger


Charles S. Brooks
Hildegarde Stashower
Richard Halverson


David Selby
Julia McCune Flory
Susan Sullivan
Walter L. Flory


Raymond O'Neil
Robert E. Frankel


G. Robert Klein
Harold Fallon
Joel Grey
Mary Elizabeth Klein


Frederic McConnell
Kenyon C. Bolton
Marlo Thomas

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