Lights Up!

For 105 years, Cleveland Play House - America's first regional theatre - ​has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate, and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. As the first theatre of its kind to reach and surpass its 100th anniversary, CPH has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres in that time, and earned the Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre in 2015. More than 12 million people have attended over 1,600 productions in it's various spaces including the original farmhouse on East 85th and Euclid Avenue, the 77th Street Theatre in a converted church, the Theatres in the old Sears Building, and now in residence at Playhouse Square. This remarkable longevity is a testament to the thousands of artists, artisans, technicians, administrators, board members, and a community of volunteers who, along with millions of theatre-goers, have embraced the idea that a theatre dedicated to producing plays of substance and artistic merit is essential to the cultural well-being of a vibrant, dynamic community. In 105 seasons, CPH has never gone dark. It has stood triumphantly against two World Wars, The Great Depression and Recession, violence on its own door steps, and pandemics. CPH is grateful to all the supporters who have helped keep us going. Together we will emerge a stronger Cleveland Play House, ready to serve our community.