Posted January 25, 2017 in Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact: Ed Gilchrist
Cleveland Play House Receives Gift from
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
In Honor of James M. Hill
CLEVELAND, OH (January 25, 2017) Cleveland Play House (CPH) will receive a generous gift of $50,000 from Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP to honor longtime Benesch partner, and CPH Board member, James M. Hill.
The gift will be directed to the CPH Apprentice Program which serves up to 12 aspiring theatre professionals – all recent college graduates making the transition from classroom to workforce – each season. To honor Hill’s legacy of service to CPH in recognition of support provided by Benesch, CPH will rename the general management apprenticeship The James M. Hill General Management Apprenticeship for a period of five years. The general management apprentice works with CPH’s General Manager and business office staff to gain a solid understanding of theatre business operations during the apprenticeship.
“Benesch wants to carry on Jim’s legacy and passion for the arts and specifically Cleveland Play House. He was generous in giving his time to an organization he believed in and The James M. Hill General Management Apprenticeship is the perfect way to honor him and his contributions,” said Gregg Eisenberg, Managing Partner of Benesch.
CPH Managing Director Kevin Moore states, “Jim served on the Board of Cleveland Play House for 23 years. He was a long-time member of our Finance Committee, an important advisor to management, and a strong advocate for high-quality artistic and educational programs. Through this gift from Benesch, we are thrilled to establish the James M. Hill General Management Apprenticeship in honor of Jim’s commitment to the CPH cause of great theatre for people from all walks of life.”
About Cleveland Play House
Cleveland Play House, recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award® and founded in 1915, is America's first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, CPH has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences across Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. CPH 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 productions. Today, Cleveland Play House celebrates the beginning of its second century of service while performing in three state-of-the art venues at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.
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.
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