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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frank & Dorothy Draz
*The Women's Committee of Cleveland Play House
Stanley & Barbara Meisel
Elizabeth Flory Kelly
Mrs. John B. Dempsey
Walter & Jean Kalberer
Mrs. Austin B Chinn
David O. Frazier
Jane Iglauer Fallon
William M. Jones
Richard P. Oberlin
Marilyn E. Brentlinger
K. Elmo Lowe
Charles S. Brooks
Walter L. Flory
Julia McCune Flory
Robert E. Frankel
G. Robert Klein
Mary Elizabeth Klein
Kenyon C. Bolton
*Heritage Award Winners
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