Overview and Mission
Cleveland Play House was founded in 1915 and is America's first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, Cleveland Play House has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. It has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,300 CPH productions. Today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Bloom and Managing Director Kevin Moore, Cleveland Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland.
To inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards.
To be a top-tier theatre company that is contemporary in style and substance.
As the flagship theatre of Northeast Ohio, our primary purpose is to produce consistently high-quality productions commensurate with a top-tier theatre. We are driven by excellence and lead the region with a diverse repertoire of high-quality programming. Collaboration is our methodology, as we seize opportunities to work with top-flight artists and organizations nationally and within Northeast Ohio.
Cleveland Play House operates as an essential resource to the community. We are outward-looking, continually seeking to deepen relationships with audiences, collaborate with local organizations, and partner with educational institutions in Northeast Ohio. Our institutional strength is rooted in embracing diversity in our programming, staffing, governance, and base of support.
We value theatre as essential throughout one's life for developing empathy, broadening understanding, and heightening awareness of the communal nature of our existence. Our educational programming is a critical component in the artistic exposure to children, youth, and adults.