Harlequinade - A Benefit for TCT || Talespinner Children's Theatre

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Join us Oct. 20 for Harlequinade 2018: A Benefit for Talespinner Children's Theatre!

This year we are honoring Raymond Bobgan and Holly Holsinger for their contributions to TCT and the Cleveland theatre community and announcing our 2019 season!

With food and drink celebrating Cleveland's most exciting local businesses, games to make you feel like a kid again, raffle prizes at all levels, and a performance of our upcoming education and outreach tour, you and your date are going to have a BLAST!

Plus, you'll be supporting our work here at TCT - bringing locally written, designed and performed works that introduce children to the vast world of PLAY. Grab your tickets for Harlequinade today!

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Harlequin Award - Raymond Bobgan and Holly Holsinger


This is Raymond Bobgan's 12th season in the leadership position at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT). Raymond specializes in working through an ensemble process to create new performances that are bold, multilayered, and highly physical. Raymond's work has been seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Canada and has been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Journal, and in Lisa Wolford's book Grotowski's Objective Drama Research. Raymond has created many works for CPT including: Red Ash Mosaic; Feefer Rising, with Faye Hargate; Rusted Heart Broadcast; Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves, with Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert; Cut to Pieces, with Chris Seibert; Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, co-produced by CPT and La MaMa ETC (NY); and The Confessions of Punch and Judy, co-produced by CPT, NaCl (NY) and Number 11 Theatre (Toronto), which was published in New Canadian Theatre Volume 9.

While serving as Executive Artistic Director at Cleveland Public Theatre, Raymond initiated the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP), a job-training theatre program for low-income teens, Y-Haven Theatre Project which engages formerly homeless men in writing and performing theatre, Teatro Publico de Cleveland, CPT's resident Latino theatre company, and Station Hope, a community arts festival honoring Cleveland's social justice heritage and exploring contemporary issues of social justice. Raymond is currently working with Arabic speaking communities to create theatre projects in Arabic and English. Raymond and Cleveland Core Ensemble's production of Red Ash Mosaic is currently touring nationally to New Orleans, Detroit, and Columbus.

In 2017, Raymond received the Cisgender Ally Award at Cleveland's Transgender Day of Remembrance, and in 2015, received Equality Ohio's Ally Award. He received the 2017 Governor's Award for the Arts in Ohio and in 2014 became the first recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in the discipline of Theatre. He currently serves on the National New Play Network Executive Committee, Theatre Communications Group Board of Directors, and is the Chair of the Board of the Gordon Square Arts District. Raymond is a two-time recipient of the Creative Workforce Fellowship (2010 for theatre, 2014 for music composition), a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Under his leadership, CPT has eliminated significant debt, run consistent operating surpluses, and formed both a Building Reserve and an Innovation Reserve. This financial advancement was a result of mission-focused programming including a strong emphasis on supporting new works and local artists, a bold aesthetic vision and CPT's education and engagement programs.


Holly Holsinger is an Associate Professor at Cleveland State University where she specializes in acting, voice, and movement. She recently received a Distinguished Faculty Award, the University's top honor for teaching and was the first recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award for CSU's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Holly has a special interest in the power of theatre for marginalized artists and minorities at all levels of craft. She has been active in creating programs at CSU designed for disadvantaged students and often contributes to Cleveland Public Theatre's education programs for Latino artists, “at risk” teens and for children in public housing.

Holly has been a devising theatre artist for more than twenty-five years, most of those years spent here in Cleveland. She has participated in the creation of over twenty original plays in collaborative partnerships, serving also as performer or director and composer. Holly recently remounted her solo performance Frankenstein's Wake (co-authored with Raymond Bobgan) at Cleveland Public Theatre, and received critical raves and audience acclaim. Frankenstein's Wake had previously toured to New York, Chicago, was featured at the Grotowski at Irvine and Beyond Conference at UC Irvine, and will appear at the Freedom and Focus Conference in London in July, 2018. She co-wrote and directed Ancestra at CPT, a play about women's rights in Ohio with Chris Seibert, which grew from community explorations and historical research. Another recent work, Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves, co-devised and performed at CPT and North American Cultural Laboratory, examines concepts of female identity and “wholeness.” Holsinger's work has been described by critics as “magic,” “captivating,” and “a tour de force.” Frankenstein's Wake, was hailed as “an exhilarating bravura performance” by Time Out New York. Her performance and creative contributions in the groundbreaking work Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead (at CPT and La Mama ETC in New York) also earned her rave reviews, most notably in American Theatre Magazine and The New York Times. Holsinger's work has been featured in Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Journal and in Lisa Wolford's book Grotowski's Objective Drama Research. She has performed throughout the US, Canada, Romania, Belgium, and Brazil, and has shared her performance research with artists in Denmark, Colombia, Spain, and Ireland. Holly was the recipient of a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship.

Holsinger received an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine where she studied with Robert Cohen and Jerzy Grotowski. She was a four-year participant in Grotowski's Objective Drama Research. Holly is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Zanni Award - Melanie Boeman (TCT Resident Costume Designer)

Melanie Boeman has been a part of the company since its inception. Her past works include Mr. Scrooge's Ghosts, The Rainbow Serpent, Sundiata, Hook & Smee, The Mummies & the Magic Prince, The Crocodile, the Cobra & the Girl Down the Well, Golden, Prince Ivan & the Firebird, Finn McCool, The Silent Princess, Rosalynde & the Falcon, Clara & the Nutcracker, Loki & Lucy, The Floating Dolls, Aesop's Pirate Adventure, Adventures in Slumberland, The Emperor's Ears, The Magic Flute and The Tale of the Name of the Tree . She received her Bachelor of Arts from Cleveland State University and is Costume Shop Manager at Baldwin Wallace University.

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Become a Sponsor

Would you like to become a Harlequinade 2018 Sponsor, or donate an item to the Silent Auction? Please email bel.tctorg@gmail.com to find out how!