Student Theatre Enrichment Program

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STEP is an arts-based job training program that engages Cleveland teens from low-income families in a powerful 8-week intensive that focuses on excellence in performance, play creation, writing, and production. Students ages 14-19, with little or no previous performance experience, are eligible for participation, and earn money while learning and practicing valuable job skills such as timeliness, communication, commitment and teamwork. Under the guidance of CPT artistic mentors, teens develop an original play and then tour it to public parks throughout the city of Cleveland. Since its beginning in 1995, STEP has received multiple awards and recognitions including those from the City of Cleveland, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. STEP is the longest running arts-based, job-training program in Cleveland and is an international model for engaging marginalized youth. Through STEP, teens see themselves as a positive and inspirational force, and watch as their work has an impact on the larger Cleveland community.

For information about STEP please contact Chris Seibert, Director of Education at 216.631.2727 x 201 or

For information about annual STEP audition workshops, please contact Faye Hargate, Education Associate at 216.631.2727 x 207 or

The Step 2015 tour of cleveland city parks is August 4-14. stay tuned for times and locations! Click Here for more information

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