Cleveland State University

Designation: College

Average Ticket Prices: $5 - $20

Phone: (216) 241-6000

Performance Address:
Allen Theater Complex
1407 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

Cleveland State University's Theatre program has a partnership with The Cleveland Play House.  The shows take place in the Allen Theater Complex at Playhouse Square.

Mission Statement

Theatre at Cleveland State University is dedicated to producing educated citizens who have identified theatre as their primary academic and vocational focus. The theatre is among the oldest documented venues for human expression and has been a powerful medium in practically every culture to explore religious beliefs, shape communal viewpoints, question authoritarian behavior, support or subvert public opinion, and provide an imaginative escape from daily routine. Given this rich and diverse legacy, we believe that the theatre and its practitioners bear a responsibility to keep, and in many cases reinvigorate, the theatre as a vital communicative tool in the community. It is our goal that our graduating students will have the necessary qualifications to enter the profession or pursue graduate work at the program of their choice. We are determined that the foundational theatre experiences on the undergraduate level shall provide a valid educational basis for a myriad of eventual careers. Accordingly, our students will focus on the theatre within the context of a strong liberal arts education. Within the theatre major itself, the student will receive rigorous training specializing in either theatre performance or the design/technical fields. This practicum training will be accomplished in tandem with a thorough grounding in the history, literature, theory and social contexts of theatrical production. With this broad-based approach, our students will have the foundational education and training for traditional choices such as acting, directing, design and technical support, as well as such ancillary fields as dramaturgy, criticism, drama therapy, marketing, facilities coordination, arts advocacy, marketing and education, among others. With this springboard, our students will have the training and education to actively and positively contribute to the theatre and their communities.

Current and Upcoming Shows

The Aliens
April 4 - 14, 2024

Previously Produced Shows

Tale of a West Texas Marsupial Girl
April 16 - 26, 2015

Ubu Roi
November 5 - 15, 2015

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
February 25 - March 6, 2016

Blood Wedding
April 7 - 17, 2016

Avenue Q
October 27 - November 6, 2016

Romeo and Juliet
March 2 - 12, 2017

Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives
Produced by Literary Cleveland
March 18 - 19, 2017

A Streetcar Named Desire
April 20 - 30, 2017

October 26 - November 5, 2017

Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World
February 22 - March 4, 2018

April 5 - 15, 2018

November 8 - 18, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest
February 21 - March 3, 2019

The Tree of Oedipus
April 4 - 14, 2019

Into the Woods
October 24 - November 3, 2019

Polaroid Stories
November 22 - 23, 2019

The Real Inspector Hound
February 27 - March 8, 2020

Late, A Cowboy Song
November 19 - 20, 2021

She Loves Me
February 24 - March 6, 2022

The Gentle Villainy of Richard III, Troubler of the Poor World's Peace
April 21 - May 1, 2022

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
November 3 - 13, 2022

The Skin of Our Teeth
February 23 - March 5, 2023

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
April 20 - 30, 2023

Avenue Q
November 2 - 12, 2023

February 22 - March 3, 2024