News & Events

Children's Museum Science @ TCT (FREE!)

We are excited to announce that The Children's Museum of Cleveland's creative, energetic staff will be at Talespinner Children's Theatre at 1PM, Saturday, October 1 for MUMMY-THEMED SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS before the 2PM performance of, The Mummies and The Magic Prince (A Tale of Egyptian Mythology).

The first, pilot installment of this program was before a performance of our tale of India this summer! Because of the frequent earthquakes in India, Kelsey helped young audience members engineer toothpick/gumdrop structures and test them against a Jell-O earthquake!

This time, she has an Egypt-themed expiriment in store for your youngster that is sure to PETRIFY and delight. Grab your tickets to the Oct. 1 performance and all other performances here.

"Stay and Play" (FREE!)

At Talespinner Children's Theatre, we love to play! We hope you and your family will join us for a free workshop after our 2PM Sunday, September 25 production of The Mummies and The Magic Prince (A Tale of Egyptian Mythology).

Our professional teaching artists will lead a series of games related to the mummy/Ancient Egypt theme of our show. There's one guarantee: you're going to have a ton of fun!

Grab your tickets to the Sept. 25 performance and all other performances here.

Family Day at the Theatre - July 20, 2016

Talespinner is pleased to announce Family Day at the Theatre featuring three performances of our educational outreach production, "Peter and the Wolf". There will also be family-friendly activities between shows including face painting, a meet-and-greet with the characters and puppets as well as engaging science experiments presented by the The Children’s Museum of Cleveland, joining TCT while they are in transition between their former home in University Circle to their future home at 3813 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115 (In Midtown).


Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Performances at 10AM, 1PM, and 4PM. Activities will begin after the 11AM performance and continue throughout the day excepting performance times. The theatre and all activities will close at 5:30PM.

Peter & the Wolf

About "Peter and the Wolf"

Inspired by the playful, beloved work composed by Sergei Prokofiev to introduce children to classical music, Peter and the Wolf explores a story of friendship and extraordinary bravery. Adapted by Cleveland-based playwright Greg Vovos and directed by TCT’s Director of Education Katelyn Cornelius, this 30-minute adventure is a perfect illustration of imaginative teamwork, and how to use creative thinking to overcome a bad situation. A child of Peter’s age can do plenty! Along the way, there is laughter, song, and audience interaction!

Crafts and Activities

Between performances, families are invited to stay and play with TCT and The Children’s Museum of Cleveland. Children of all ages can enjoy making crafts on theme with the performance while The Children’s Museum of Cleveland engages children in exciting science-based activities. Activities will not be available during the 30-minute performances at 11AM, 1PM, and 4PM.

Admission bracelets for the day are $10 per individual. Stay for all three performances if you want! Purchase admission bracelets online now.

TCT's Pay What You Can program is now officially the Ohio Savings Pay What You Can Series

Ohio Savings Bank, an organization known for understanding the importance of the arts for children, has been a generous supporter of Talespinner Children's Theatre. We are thrilled that they have underlined their belief in us and the children and families in our community by extending their support to one of our most important programs here at TCT. Thanks to their generous underwriting of our Pay What You Can Program, TCT can continue to provide and expand on its commitment to providing the opportunity for families to attend our productions regardless of financial standing.

Pay What You Can... and when we say "what you can," we mean it!

At TCT we believe the arts should be in the community and the community should be in the arts.

TCT Founder and Executive Artistic Director Alison Garrigan Receives 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship

Alison Garrigan

TCT Founder and Executive Artistic Director, Alison Garrigan, has been chosen to receive a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship grant. The grant, awarded to 40 artists in Cuyahoga County in the disciplines of craft, dance, design, literature, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts each receive $15,000 in 2016 through the Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships are awarded by the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), the local arts service and research organization that operates the program. The organization’s board of trustees approved the awards, which are made possible by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the County’s public funder for arts and culture.

CPAC’s president and CEO, Tom Schorgl says, “These Creative Workforce Fellows are providing new opportunities for residents and visitors alike to engage with a wide array of art forms. Their work is contributing to youth education and a heightened awareness of our environment, community and place. The work these artists make is intelligent, playful, striking and skillful. CPAC is fortunate to be able to support this talented group of individuals through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.”

More than 400 artists submitted applications for Fellowships, which were reviewed anonymously in two groups, based upon discipline. The two panels were comprised of professional artists from across the United States based on recommendations from CPAC & CAC’s national peers. The top 40 applications in each review group were discussed in open panel meetings in November. The top 20 scoring applications in each group—a total of 40 artists—were recommended for Fellowships.

The grants are designed to further each artist’s work and to connect them more broadly and deeply with the community. Each artist will hold a public activity in 2016 to engage directly with residents and showcase their work. Starting in 2016, visit to learn more.

Ms. Garrigan will use her Fellowship year to grow and expand on her devised and unique approach to theatre arts for children. To do so, she will be traveling around the country, visiting and observing other children's theatres with ground-breaking programs, learning from them, and sharing her own vision on the subject. She will also be doing a series of workshops to impart the unique style of devised theatre that she has created for other artists, both professional and young, both in Cleveland, and in the cities she visits.

The 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.