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New Playwrights’ Center for Northeast Ohio

Logo_TransparentInaugural festival to be held November 6-7, 2015, at Waterloo Arts

(Cleveland, OH; October 7, 2015) — Playwrights Local announces its debut as Northeast Ohio’s first playwrights’ development and production center, marking its launch with a free festival on November 6 & 7, 2015. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Playwrights Local presents new plays written exclusively by area dramatists. It also offers classes and engages the community through site-specific projects. Playwrights Local is a home for novice and experienced dramatic writers to learn, create, and share their work.

“This type of organization has already succeeded in Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Cincinnati,” said David Todd, Artistic Director of Playwrights Local. “We see this as a way of putting our under-recognized playwrights on the map, and of making their plays a bigger part of the arts conversation.”

Literary Manager Arwen Mitchell seconds the need for a space in Greater Cleveland dedicated to dramatic writing. “Other theaters support local playwrights to the extent that they can, but there’s no place focused on them exclusively,” Mitchell said. “Having an outlet like Playwrights Local is both amazing and essential.”

Playwrights Local welcomes the Northeast Ohio community to its inaugural Cleveland Playwrights Festival on November 6 & 7, 2015. All sessions in this event are free. (Online registration is recommended.) Dramatic writers of all skill levels can participate in workshops and discussions. Fans of live theater can attend staged readings of local works and take part in a recording of Mike Geither’s podcast play, Flame Puppy. Other offerings include a luncheon and post-show reception. The festival will be held at Waterloo Arts in Collinwood (15605 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110).

Information on festival sessions and registration is available at Tax-deductible donations in support of this new, locally focused arts organization also may be made at the site.

Partnership with Waterloo Arts

Waterloo Arts Building

Waterloo Arts Performance Space

Playwrights Local is pleased to announce that it will be partnering in its first year with Waterloo Arts in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland. Waterloo Arts has generously allowed us use of their performance space for the majority of our events in 2015-2016. We’re thrilled to become a part of this burgeoning arts district.

Our thanks to Amy Callahan and Andrea Whitaker of WA, and also Cindy Barber of the Beachland Ballroom, for making this happen.

Waterloo Arts is located at 15605 Waterloo Road in Cleveland. Find info on their gallery, Music for Miles series, and other programs at

Playwrights Local at the Inkubator

Tom Hayes at recent Inkubator unConference

Tom Hayes at recent Inkubator unConference

Playwrights Local attended its first event, the Cleveland Inkubator, on Saturday, August 1st. Held at the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library, this literary “unconference” featured writing workshops, literary readings, tables promoting local organizations, and more. It was an impressive gathering that got the new Literary Cleveland organization off to a promising start.

Thanks to Lee Chilcote and his collaborators for making this conference happen, and to Darlene Montonaro for making Playwrights Local a part of it.

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