Executive Artistic Director of the Cleveland Public Theater Raymond Bobgan will feature the return of CPT’s acclaimed Student Theater Enrichment Program, Cleveland’s longest-running arts and professional training program for teens. STEP returns to the outdoor stages this summer, celebrating its return to performance in person with an original piece, Song of Sankofa.
After a move from her idyllic homeland and the death of a loved one, Jetta, a once free-spirited teenager, embarks on a journey through the natural world to rediscover the magic of her fading childhood. Led by her childhood companion and a reluctant spirit guide, Jetta learns that the connection between youth and the natural world is deeper and more mystical than she had imagined.
Song of Sankofa presents the ensemble work of eight young artists who are currently navigating the balance between the worlds of childhood and adulthood.
CPT’s Student Theater Enrichment Program (STEP) is a rigorous arts program that provides hands-on vocational training, engaging Cleveland youth from families defined as low-income in a powerful learning experience that develops professional skills. , academic success and interpersonal skills. As part of this eight-week summer program, young people between the ages of 14 and 19 work together to create, produce, perform and shoot their own play. This program is the oldest arts-based workplace development program in Cleveland and is an international model for engaging young people. Since its inception in 1994, STEP has received numerous awards and honors, including those from the City of Cleveland, the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Through STEP, teens see themselves as a positive and inspiring force, and see their work impacting the wider Cleveland community.
The STEP 2021 presentation of Song of Sankofa by the Cleveland Public Theater will be presented at the following outdoor locations.
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