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Waterloo Arts Fest on June 25th!

Playwrights Local wants you to join us on Saturday, June 25th at the Waterloo Arts Fest! This annual celebration of arts, music, crafts, vendors, and food  runs from 12 pm to 7 pm on Waterloo Road in beautiful Collinwood, Cleveland! Find more information about this free event at http://waterlooarts.org/waterloo-arts-fest-2016/!

In discussing our involvement with the Fest, David Todd, our artistic director, said, “Waterloo Arts has been a gracious host to us, and we saw this as a way to give back to them. It’s also a way to contribute to the neighborhood of North Collinwood, which has welcomed us warmly.” We are so grateful to make a contribution to the Fest by curating and underwriting a set of performers on the Kids’ Stage and beyond!

The acts Playwrights Local will be sponsoring include StarDrop Circus (aerial acrobatics), Pinch and Squeal (vaudeville cabaret), and the UpStage Players, who’ll be presenting portions of Shrek The Musical.  Additional performers we’re providing including Talespinner Children’s Theater and Wandering Aesthetics (storytellers). (If you want to check out some of the acts, see the links below).

“There’s so many great bands and artists already participating in the festival,” Todd added. “We’re happy we were able to find a niche for adding some additional content in the performing arts.”

This Saturday will be a great opportunity for us and a wonderful experience for everyone involved! A big thank you to Waterloo Arts for their ongoing support and overall greatness!

For more information, visit http://waterlooarts.org/waterloo-arts-fest-2016/!

Also find the Fest on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1516097215361874/

Playwrights Local at Waterloo Arts Festival



We can’t wait to see you there!

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 www.playwrightslocal.org. Tax-deductible donations in support of this new, locally focused arts organization also may be made at the site.

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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