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The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation Grants $1M to CPH

Posted July 1, 2021 in Press Releases

(Cleveland, OH) Cleveland Play House is pleased to announce today that Milton Maltz, visionary, entrepreneur and philanthropist and his wife of 70 years, Tamar Maltz, have made a $1 Million grant through The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation in support of Lights Up! on Cleveland Play House, a $5 Million fundraising initiative to support equity, access, flexibility, safety and innovation.

A Cleveland Play House Trustee for 25 years, Milton Maltz says, “Tamar and I have subscribed to season after season of the finest performances of thought-provoking plays. As theatre-makers ourselves, we appreciate the great effort required to design and produce theatre of the highest quality and we are proud to support this latest effort to rebuild one of Cleveland’s greatest assets.” Among their many and varied philanthropic endeavors, The Maltzes converted the former Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre in Jupiter, Florida into a thriving regional theatre and more recently, transformed the iconic Temple-Tifereth Israel into the breathtaking Maltz Performing Arts Center for Case Western Reserve University. Maltz says, “Mrs. Maltz and I were particularly heartened to see how Cleveland Play House has embraced and advanced equity, diversity and inclusion. For the past eleven years, we have learned so much about the impact of social injustice from the thousands of young people who have participated in our Stop the Hate programming. Bravo, CPH.”

Lights Up! will raise vital funding so that CPH can continue to creatively deliver provocative, necessary, and urgent theatrical productions and educational programming, while also offering accessibility to diverse audiences throughout Northeast Ohio. The campaign will provide CPH the resources for talent acquisition and offer rigorous and robust equity, diversity and inclusion training for staff and board members. For this campaign, Cleveland Play House seeks community collaboration to sustain and enhance the institution’s core commitment to producing inspiring theatre and educational programming, while implementing the lessons learned in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened social justice awareness.

CPH Board Chair Anne Marie Warren says, “To have received this extremely thoughtful vote of confidence from The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation gives Cleveland Play House the encouragement to proceed with our ambitious plans for the future. Thank you, Milt and Tamar, for continuing to make CPH a priority on your very long and impactful list of philanthropic endeavors.”

CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley says, “Mr. Maltz has provided both wisdom and generosity to CPH for a quarter of a century as a member of its Board of Directors. He and Mrs. Maltz continue to demonstrate their love for Cleveland, their passion for theatre and their determination to improve our world by bringing to light vital conversations on the issues of the day. Cleveland Play House is so proud that our values align with The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation. We thank them for their remarkably generous support for Lights Up!”

The Lights Up! campaign launched June 15 to prepare for Cleveland Play House’s return to live in-person productions and education programs in October 2021.

For more information about Lights Up!, please contact Jon-Paul Schaut, Campaign and Event Project Manager, at

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