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.
- The Cain Park Theatre Collection
Digitzed photos, programs, playbills, etc. of Cain Park Theater in Cleveland Heights, the first municipally-run, outdoor civic theatre in the country.
- The CSU Theatre History Collection
Photos, press clippings, programs, and more dating back to 1965 from the Cleveland State University's Theatre Department.
- 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.
From The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History