The Greatest Stories Ever Told: In Northeast Ohio, the Stories Come Alive on Stage

Cleveland is home to a rich artistic community.  It houses the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Art Museum, the Cleveland Institute of Music and a wide variety of visual and performing arts opportunities. It is also home to myriad professional, small professional and community theaters.  In nearly every community there is a venue where theater lovers can go to enjoy an evening of live performance.  Below is a list of some of them.

Actors Summit Theatre

Actors Summit presents professional theater created by Ohio artists, with a widely diverse repertoire from a small professional company.

Greystone Hall

103 High St., Akron


Beck Center for the Arts

Beck Center is a performing arts and arts education organization, combining professional theatrical productions with comprehensive curriculum-based arts education.

17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood


Cain Park Summer Theatre

Located in Cleveland Heights, this performance venue offers theater, concerts, art galleries and pleasant walks through its 22 acres.  Once a robust summer theater, Cain now produces only one show a year.

At the corner of Lee and Superior, Cleveland Heights


Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

Located in Chagrin Falls, this non-profit community theater has a widely diverse repertoire and casting that is open to everyone.

40 River St., Chagrin Falls


Clague Playhouse

A community theater served by volunteer help, the membership of the Playhouse is made up of individuals from all walks of life. The offerings focus on diverse community theater fare.

1371 Clague Rd., Westlake


Cleveland Play House

Founded in 1915, CPH is America's first professional regional theater. Today, the Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the-art venues at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.

1407 Euclid Ave.


Cleveland Public Theatre

CPT produces adventurous and unconven-

tional new works for the stage, supporting local artists and undertaking important education programs. Plays at CPT are usually socially relevant and experimental, celebrating groundbreaking production concepts and subjects.

6415 Detroit Ave.


Dobama Theatre

Dobama premieres the best contemporary plays by established and emerging playwrights in professional productions of the highest quality. Dobama nurtures development of theater artists and builds new audiences for the arts through its diverse repertory of contemporary plays.

2340 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights


Great Lakes Theatre Festival

Great Lakes Theater, northeast Ohio's professional classic theater since 1962, is one of the nation's pre-eminent regional theater companies. GLT, which features a resident company of artists, brings the world's greatest plays to life each season from September through May in the re-imagined Hanna Theatre at Playhouse Square.

1501 Euclid Ave., Suite 300


Huntington Playhouse

A lively community theater with a diverse repertory of plays.

8601 Lake Rd., Bay Village


Karamu House Theatre

Karamu House, in Cleveland's Fairfax neighborhood, is the oldest African American theater in the United States. In addition to its theater, Karamu runs a day-care facility and cultural arts classes for all age groups.

2355 East 89th St.


Mamai Theatre Company

Performing at the Pilgrim Church in Tremont's Lincoln Park, Mamai creates intelligent, relevant classical theater that offers an artistic home for Cleveland's theater artists, and equal opportunity for women in the professional theater community.

2592 West 14th St.


Near West Theatre

Based in the Ohio City neighborhood, the Near West Theatre has a unique identity as a grassroots, intergenerational company with an emphasis on serving youth.

St. Patrick's Club Building

3606 Bridge Ave.


Playhouse Square Center

As the country's largest performing arts center outside of New York, the not-for-profit Playhouse Square encompasses seven acres of prime downtown real estate and includes 10 beautifully renovated historic theaters, including the State, the Palace, the Ohio, and the Hanna.

1501 Euclid Ave.


Porthouse Theatre

The premier summer theater in the area, this lovely outdoor, covered venue (on the rolling campus of Blossom Music Center) offers professional productions with a repertoire primarily of musicals.

1325 Theatre Kent | 330-672-3884

Rabbit Run Theatre

One of the few remaining barn theaters, Rabbit Run offers summer performances of musicals along with education programs in music, drama and dance.

5648 West Chapel Rd., Madison


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