On Stage in Cleveland

A pathfinder to Cleveland Memory web exhibits, eBooks and archival collections that explore the theater arts in Cleveland and northeast Ohio as well as the venues in which they were performed.

Collage of different theater productions

Web Exhibits

  • The Dobama Collection
    Digital reproductions of playbills, publicity stills, sound recordings as well as a chronoligical listing of Dobama Theatre's productions through July 2007.
  • The Early History of The Cleveland Play House (1915-1984)
    Follow the "nation's oldest continuously running resident theater company" from its modest beginnings to its rise as one of the largest regional theaters in the United States.
  • Hanna Theater Curtain
    The Hanna Theater Curtain is a unique part of Cleveland's theater history. It was common practice for traveling companies to leave their mark backstage on theater curtains -- anything which proclaimed "we were here!" Over the years, the Hanna Theater Curtain accumulated hundreds of such mementoes, becoming a unique, unsurpassed collage of theater memorabilia.
  • Karamu House and Theatre
    Photographs showcasing Karamu House activities, theatrical productions, as well as a collection of WPA art produced at Karamu and collected by Russell and Rowena Jelliffe.
  • Playhouse Square
    Photos and documents that comprise the history of Playhouse Square, the largest performing arts center in the U.S. outside of New York City.
  • Tony Mastroianni Review Collection
    A growing collection of 20 years' worth of local reviews of theater, film, and music, as well as interviews with celebrities passing through Cleveland.

eBooks

Misc. Links

  • Theater- Entry from the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Archival Collections
In the Michael Schwartz Library, Special Collections

  • Cleveland Performance Art Festival Collection
    A major collection of material pertaining to the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, which was created by Thomas Mulready in 1987 as a project of Cleveland Public Theatre, then became a separate non-profit organization, running from 1988-1999.