Cleveland Play House turns the spotlight on a $5 million fundraising campaign – Crain’s Cleveland Business


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The Cleveland Play House will be back with live, in-person performances in October. First up, though, is a $5 million fundraising campaign called Lights Up! that the Play House says will "support the sustainability of live theater and educational programming."

The Play House on Tuesday, June 15, in a news release unveiled the campaign and described it as an initiative "to support equity, access, flexibility, safety and innovation." The campaign "seeks community support to sustain and enhance the institution's core commitment to producing inspiring theater and educational programming, while implementing the lessons learned in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened social justice awareness." (Go here for a YouTube video on the campaign.)

Play House officials weren't immediately available on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the campaign. In a tweet about it, the Play House said, "Next season is going to be a joyous homecoming at CPH. But it's a long road to get there. We have over 120 artists, educators & staff to hire; expensive safety measures to implement; and exciting plans to share. We need your help to bring the Lights Up!"

In the release, the Play House also said the campaign will provide "the resources for talent acquisition and offer rigorous and robust equity, diversity and inclusion training for staff and board members."

Dr. Nancy-Clay Marsteller, a member of the Play House board of directors for 27 years, has made the first grant to Lights Up!, for $500,000, from The Marsteller Charitable Foundation. The Play House said the gift will be recognized with The Nancy-Clay Marsteller Teaching Artists Program.

Additionally, the Play House said the Cleveland Foundation has provided a $200,000 grant in support of the development of a human resources program to support staff and guest artists.

The Play House on Friday, June 25, will announce details of its upcoming 2021-22 season. Registration is required, though viewing access is free. The event premieres at 1 p.m. June 25 and will be available on demand after that. Go here to register.

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