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1407 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

Box Office (216) 241 6000

Hall of Fame

2015/2016 Inductees

Karamu House

Heritage Award Winner

For decades, CPH and Karamu House have been neighbors, colleagues and civic leaders. At the same time that Cleveland Play House was being founded in 1915, Karamu House founders, Russell and Rowena Jelliffe, were launching what was then known as a “settlement house” in a nearby neighborhood. The Jelliffes were social workers, and their purpose was to meet important social service and cultural needs in a rapidly changing, diverse and economically challenged community. Over the past 100 years, CPH and Karamu House have worked together on numerous occasions. When the Karamu House facilities burned down in 1939, CPH provided the Brooks Theatre as a temporary home for their performances (including a revue written by CPH legend Julia McCune Flory and directed by Rowena Jelliffe). In 1957, when longtime CPH production manager Max Eisenstat passed away, Karamu House held a benefit performance to support an education fund for his two sons. In 1968, leading Karamu House actor Nolan Bell became the first African American to join the CPH Resident Company. More recently, under the leadership of Artistic Director Terrence Spivey, Karamu House was a partner in several editions of CPH’s multi-disciplinary festival, FusionFest.

Jon Jory

Jon Jory is best known for his work in the development of Actors Theatre of Louisville and the creation of the internationally renowned Humana Festival of New American Plays. Mr. Jory began his association with Cleveland Play House in 1957 when he was one of 15 actors chosen to be in the newly created touring apprentice Resident Company. After two years of training at CPH, Jory toured with the company performing for smaller cities across the Midwest, appearing in the wildly popular production of Electra. Since his time with CPH, he has directed over 125 plays and produced an additional 1,000 plays during his 32-year tenure as the Producing Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Mr. Jory has received numerous honors including induction in New York’s Theatre Hall of Fame and the Special Tony Award for Achievement in Regional Theatre. Today, he teaches acting and directing at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Resident Company of Cleveland Play House

For 67 years, from its creation by members of “The Triumvirate” (Frederic McConnell, K. Elmo Lowe and Max Eisenstat) in 1921 until it was disbanded in 1988, the Cleveland Play House Resident Acting Company was the backbone of the organization. Soon after its formation, the Resident Company expanded to include directors and designers alongside a growing core of actors. Even longstanding staff members throughout the organization came to be considered members of the Resident Company. Thousands of theatre professionals came to call CPH their home as members of the Resident Company, including CPH Hall of Fame members Margaret Hamilton, Maeve McGuire, David Frazier, Joe Garry, Dom DeLuise, Elijah Ford, Richard Gould, Evie McElroy, June Squibb, Jack Weston, Kirk Willis, Esther Mullin, Ruth Nelson, Paul Rodgers, Richard Halverson, Jack Lee, Hildegarde Stashower, Dorothy Paxton and Richard Oberlin.

Past Inductees


Joseph J. Garry, Jr.

George Gund II

*Nelson Isekeit

Maeve McGuire

June Squibb


Frank & Dorothy Draz

Dee Hoty

Barclay Leathem

*The Women's Committee of Cleveland Play House

Jack Weston


Dom DeLuise

Richard Gould

Evie McElroy

Stanley & Barbara Meisel


Elizabeth Flory Kelly

*Elijah Ford

Margaret Hamilton

Shirley Oberlin

Kirk Willis

Artha Woods


Ruth Nelson

Dorothy Paxton


Josephine R. Abady

Barbara Baxter


Mrs. John B. Dempsey


Walter & Jean Kalberer

Paul Rodgers


Mrs. Austin B Chinn

Francis Drury

David O. Frazier


Ed Asner

Jane Iglauer Fallon

Esther Mullin


Max Eisenstat

Leland Schubert


William M. Jones

Jack Lee

Richard P. Oberlin


Marilyn E. Brentlinger

K. Elmo Lowe

Chloe Oldenburg


Charles S. Brooks

Richard Halverson

Hildegarde Stashower


Walter L. Flory

Julia McCune Flory

David Selby

Susan Sullivan


Robert E. Frankel

Raymond O'Neil


Harold Fallon

Joel Grey

G. Robert Klein

Mary Elizabeth Klein


Kenyon C. Bolton

Frederic McConnell

Marlo Thomas

*Heritage Award Winners

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Our Theatres

Allen Theatre

Allen Theatre

Helen Theatre

Helen Theatre

Outcalt Theatre

Outcalt Theatre

The Allen, Helen and Outcalt theatres are located at Playhouse Square
1407 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115

Administrative Offices and Education Center
1901 E. 13th Street, Suite 200 Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 400-7000

Production Center
7401 Detour Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103