World Premiere

This is NOT About My Dead Dog

Written and performed by Amy Schwabauer
Directed by Dale Heinen

Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm
January 13 – 28, 2017

Creative Space at Waterloo Arts
397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110

Latest Media

Amy Schwabauer Explains This is NOT About My Dead Dog
Cleveland Performing Arts Writer, 10 January 2017

3 Questions with Playwright/Performer Amy Schwabauer
9 January 2017, Playwrights Local Blog

3 Questions with Director Dale Heinen
23 December 2016, Playwrights Local Blog

In this comedic one-woman show, Amy Schwabauer combines reflections on love, sex, and alcohol with loud-out-loud stories from an awkward girlhood. Tackling German shepherds, boyfriends, and other attachments, this playwright/performer takes the audience through her journey from young partier to young adult. This is NOT About My Dead Dog is part pain journal and part offbeat rumination on aquatic life. It is heartbreaking, but always bracingly honest and funny.


amy-s-photoAmy Schwabauer is a Cleveland playwright and actor. She is a proud 2011 graduate from Cleveland State University’s Theatre Arts Program; this past summer, she studied sketch comedy writing at The Second City Theater in Chicago. She works with a variety of Cleveland-based theater companies: This is Not About my Dead Dog was originally workshopped in Playwrights Local’s 2016 Play Lab, and she had a staged reading of her play Fluff Pup in Playwrights Local’s 2015 Cleveland Playwrights Festival. Most recently, she wrote and performed material for her critically acclaimed comedic character “Coach” as part of Theater Ninja’s variety show Positive Reinforcements. Currently, she is touring The Accounts of the Warren County Fair as Observed by a Young Astronaut, a tabletop adventure co-written and performed with Mike Geither. Other recent credits including performing in Ohio City Theatre Project’s original play Snake Oil by Arwen Mitchell. In 2014 and 2015, she was in Theater Ninja’s original production, Tingle Tangle, conceived by Ray Caspio and directed by Jeremy Paul, which garnered rave reviews for both her writing and comedic performance. In 2014, she co-created and performed in the docudrama Left in Ink, conceived by Caitlin Lewins at Cleveland Public Theatre. And in 2011, her play The Bird Behind the Curtain was produced by Cleveland State University, and was again produced in 2012 through Cleveland Public Theatre’s Big Box Series.


dale-heinen-photoDale Heinen is a director/dramaturge focused on new work. Her work has been recognized by the Jeff Awards in Chicago, and she was the recipient of the Arches Award for Directors in Glasgow. She has directed thirty professional productions and for the last twelve years served as a dramaturge for playwrights and producers. Her previous experience includes long stints as a dramaturge at Soho Theatre in London’s West End and as co-Artistic Director of an equity off-Loop theatre in Chicago. She has also worked in New York, Dublin, Tokyo, and Brazil. Since returning to her hometown of Cleveland, she has directed at Cleveland Public Theatre, Lake Erie College, and Playwrights Local. Dale also teaches at John Carroll and is director-in-residence at Playwrights Local. She has a BA from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and an MFA in theatre directing from Middlesex University (London).


Nora DeMilta (Assistant Director) is a junior Theater and Arts Management major at Baldwin Wallace University. This is Nora’s first production with Playwrights Local. Other directing credits include The Sun and The Moon, an original 10-minute play by Nora. Nora has also worked as a co-creator and producer of Out of Our Minds, a new works play festival at Baldwin Wallace.

Elaine Hullihen (Set Designer) is a long time lover of theatre. She graduated with a degree in Sculpture and a minor in Theatre from Kent State University in 2007. After a long hiatus, she got her fingers back into the designing pie in 2015 by working on CPT’s Big Box workshop production of Cut it Out and Ohio City Theatre Project’s Snake Oil. She is excited get to know the artists who work with Playwrights Local and Waterloo Arts. Thanks to everyone for their hard work on this show.

Stephanie Kahn (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be a part of the production team for this premiere! Recent credits include The Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival at Dobama Theatre (2016), the 2014-2015 seasons of the Mandel Jewish Community Center’s Playmaker’s Youth Theater, and With Two Wings by Anne Negri. Stephanie graduated with a BA from Northwestern University in 2014 and is currently pursuing her MBA at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. 

James Kosmatka (Sound Designer) is a nonprofit administrator and a freelance artist. He worked at Cleveland Public Theatre as Director of Patron Services and Assistant General Manager, and at Cleveland State University as Assistant to the Dramatic Arts Program Director. Sound design credits include Exact Change; Wanderlust; In the Continuum; The SantaLand Diaries (CPT), The Dybbuk; Ubu Roi (CSU), Emperor of the Moon (University of Rochester), The Underpants (Beck Center), I Ca$$ie; The Dead Letter Office (Lunar Stratagem). Other artistic work includes co-creating the hit stage adaptation of Night of the Living Dead (Cleveland State University) and directing in the Marilyn Bianchi Children’s Playwriting Festival at Dobama (Fix It In Post) and the Big Box series at CPT (Seppuku). Upcoming projects include sound design for I Call My Brothers and The Tongue that Tells Me So (CPT). James currently works as an administrator at the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.

Francesca Mamlin (Production Manager) is absolutely thrilled to be working with Playwrights Local. Francesca is in her fourth year at Baldwin Wallace University where she is studying theatre with a focus in stage management. Francesca has stage managed numerous shows at her university, including Two Noble Kinsmen, Big Love, and The (in)Complete History of Theatre. This past summer, Francesca worked as a production manager and production stage manager at the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan, where she worked on Evita and La Cenerentola.

Nicola Patton (Stage Manager) is delighted to have worked with such an amazing company and play the role as stage manager for the production of This is Not About My Dead Dog. Nicola is a student at Baldwin Wallace University majoring in Stage Management and minoring in Arts Management.


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Creative Space at Waterloo Arts
397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110

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