June 24, 2020
On May 29, Cleveland Play House released a statement to stand in solidarity with the grieving Black communities of Cleveland, Augusta, Louisville, and Minneapolis. Statements are important but we acknowledge that action is required to truly stand in solidarity with our Black communities.
The time for meaningful action at CPH and in our community is long past due. CPH is committing to the necessary work of rebuilding internally and beginning from a space with equity leading the way.
CPH acknowledges that systemic racism and other oppressive forces exist within our institution. Racist systems have been and are operating within CPH, and have caused harm to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities of Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. We acknowledge that many of our patrons and staff who are members of those Black and brown communities have been subjected to racist experiences in our offices, lobbies, during performances, in the classroom, and/or during community events.
CPH acknowledges that Black and brown lives, stories, voices, and experiences matter. They always have and always will. They not only matter, they are essential to acknowledging the humanity of people who are an integral part of our community, institution, and art. Unfortunately, we have missed the mark in supporting—and believing—the accounts of the Black and brown voices that have spoken out about the injustices that exist in our industry and in our spaces.
As the oldest regional theatre in the nation, CPH acknowledges that the work to dismantle the inherent racist systems that have existed in our 100-year-old institution will be difficult and challenging. Once this work begins, CPH can move toward becoming a social purpose organization that believes in social justice.
The work ahead for CPH includes the following steps:
While CPH does the work outlined above, we want you to join us and help us do what is right. You are a part of our community. We need your support with this work. Here is what we must do as the CPH community:
1. We must nurture a spirit of resilience and good will.
2. We must embrace, promote, and amplify inclusion and belonging.
3. We must call out and call in injustices when we see them.
4. We must care for each other.
We acknowledge that Cleveland Play House is at the beginning of this work. Our action plan will evolve and become more detailed as we will learn from each other. We are rebuilding CPH for a post-pandemic world and we are excited to establish CPH as an anti-racist organization dedicated to serving this beloved community that we call home.
Thank you for your support and for joining us as we move forward.
Laura Kepley Kevin Moore Anne Marie Warren
Artistic Director Managing Director Chair, Board of Directors
May 29, 2020
We at Cleveland Play House wish to acknowledge the pain and suffering that so many of our artists, staff, educators, students, volunteers, audiences, and community are feeling during these troubling times. The events in Georgia, Minnesota, and Kentucky are heartbreaking, and tragically they are but the most recent in the long history of our nation. We at CPH stand in solidarity with and alongside those who are committed to fighting oppression, racism, and hate in its many ugly forms.
We can do better. We must do better.
Laura Kepley, Artistic Director
Kevin Moore, Managing Director
The Allen, Helen and Outcalt theatres are located at Playhouse Square
1407 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115
Administrative Offices and Education Center
1901 E. 13th Street, Suite 200 Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 400-7000
7401 Detour Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103