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Cleveland Play House Will Host Community Breakfast to Showcase Educational “CARE” Program

Posted October 10, 2017 in Press Releases

Cleveland, OH (October 10, 2017) – Cleveland Play House (CPH) will host a Community Leadership Breakfast sponsored by Bank of America in the Allen Theatre on Thursday November 2nd. The breakfast event will include exciting updates from our Education Department, as well as showcase some of the successful performances that have stemmed from the “Compassionate Arts Remaking Education” Program (CARE). The event will begin with networking and breakfast at 7:30AM, followed by the program.

"Bank of America is proud to partner with Cleveland Play House and sponsor the Community Leadership Breakfast," said Jeneen Marziani, Bank of America Ohio Market President. "When we come together to support valuable programs such as CARE, we're taking steps to forge stronger connections that will improve the greater Cleveland community."

CPH, in collaboration with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and funding from the U.S. Department of Education, has developed a theatre education program, CARE, which draws on lessons from social emotional learning theories, trauma-informed care, and evidence-based literacy learning for grades K-8. Over the last two years, CARE has served four schools and seen 1,600 scholars. CARE was conceived to foster social emotional learning skills, increase literacy learning for students through theatre integrated lessons and self-curated learning labs. CARE was also designed to improve school culture and safety, as well as the development of theatre skills.

The three main evaluation updates to be covered during the breakfast will be the CARE program’s results in providing theatre education, English language arts, and social and emotional learning. Additionally, attendees will view a video presentation of monologues given by adult and child actors, filmed in NYC and Cleveland, to showcase a writing project. As part of CARE’s social emotional curriculum, 16 different nationally known writers provided actors with 32 monologues that focused on expressing emotion, and the result was nothing less than spectacular. Writers included George Brant, Eric Coble, Philip Dawkins, Kristoffer Diaz, Marcus Gardley, Idris Goodwin, Kirsten Greenidge, Rajiv Joseph, Kimber Lee, Lisa Loomer, Matthew Lopez, Dominique Morisseau, Tanya Saracho, Laura Schellhardt, Lloyd Suh, and Karen Zacarias. Attendees to the event will be treated with a video of a few of these performances.

The event is free, but an RSVP is required. Invitations to the Community Leadership Breakfast are available by calling 216.400.7022 or emailing To learn more about the Cleveland Play House Education Department, and its efforts, please visit


CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE founded in 1915 and recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, 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 in 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.

Cleveland Play House is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.


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