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Cleveland Play House to Kick Off 100th Season Celebration with Exhibit at Cleveland Public Library

Posted July 9, 2015 in Press Releases

CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE TO KICK OFF 100TH SEASON CELEBRATION WITH EXHIBIT AT CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

Display Opening & Reception: JULY 18 at 2:00 p.m.

CLEVELAND, OH (July 9, 2015) Cleveland Play House (CPH), recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, has partnered with Cleveland Public Library and Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University to create 100 Seasons at Cleveland Play House, a display exhibition celebrating 100 years of live theatre on the CPH stage. The exhibit, which encompasses 15 display cases spread across the second and third floors of the Main Library at 325 Superior Ave. NE, features photographs and items spanning the entire history of CPH from its inception in 1915 to the present. Many of the items and photographs on display are courtesy of the Cleveland Play House Archives at Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University, with some never-before-seen items on display. Also included are items from CPH’s historical files and costume shop as well as books, photographs and other material from Cleveland Public Library’s collection and archives. The display is open to the public during regular business hours of the library: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, and will be available for viewing through December 31, 2015.

An opening exhibit reception is scheduled for Saturday July 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor lobby of the Literature Department, and will be led by CPH Director of Education Pamela DiPasquale. Ms. DiPasquale will discuss the intrinsic importance of theatre education in the community, an integral component to Cleveland Play House's history since the first CPH Education programs in 1933. The reception will also feature the first public display of Cleveland Play House's Tony Award. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

PAMELA DIPASQUALE, Director of Education- Pamela is entering her fifth season at CPH, where she leads a suite of theatre education programs for youth and adults. Programs such as CARE: Compassionate Arts Remaking Education funded by the US Department of Education and CPH's lead agency role in the United Way of Greater Cleveland and CMSD's Wraparound Strategy serve as best practices to the field. Ms. DiPasquale came to Cleveland from the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Louisville, KY, where she served as Education Director. In Kentucky, she led the award-winning educational outreach program, Will on Wheels, which serves over 65,000 students annually in a tri-state area, and extensive educational outreach program offerings including Shakespeare Youth Academy, Shakespeare's Studio, Shakespeare Alive!, and From the Page to the Stage. Pamela worked in partnership with the National and State Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program to provide a theatre-in-education program for incarcerated youth, and successfully developed a training institute for rural theatre artists. In her career, Pamela has developed the artistic and educational vision of Children's Theatre of Maine, where she served as Artistic Director; founded City Shakespeare, a theatre company that provides free programming for low-income urban children and teens; served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Bellarmine University in Louisville; and presented at both state and national conferences on topics related to theatre education and community building. Pamela received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her MA from Emerson College in Boston.

ABOUT CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE

Recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award® and founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House 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 its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,600 CPH productions. Today, Cleveland Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. clevelandplayhouse.com

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. We also thank the residents of Cuyahoga County for supporting Cleveland Play House through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. KeyBank is the proud sponsor of Cleveland Play House’s 100thSeason and Dominion is Cleveland Play House’s Centennial Community Outreach Sponsor.

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