Great Lakes Theater

Cleveland, OH
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Great Lakes Theater, “Cleveland’s Classic Company,” has captivated audiences since 1962, when Arthur Lithgow (father of company alumnus John Lithgow) became its founding artistic director.  Artistic Director Vincent Dowling moved Great Lakes Theater from the suburbs to downtown Cleveland in 1982, helping to revitalize the city and enabling its Playhouse Square theater district to become the second largest performing arts complex in the United States.  Later, Artistic Director Gerald Freedman’s extraordinary productions brought stage luminaries Hal Holbrook and Jean Stapleton to Cleveland, while his successor James Bundy enlisted world-class directors.  In 2008, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee, the company renovated Playhouse Square’s Hanna Theatre in a $19.3 million project.  With Fee’s continued direction, the company pioneers a revolutionary, nationally-recognized producing partnership with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival featuring shared productions and a resident artistic company.  Through its mainstage productions and education programs, Great Lakes Theater annually brings the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to more than 100,000 people of all ages.

Great Lakes Theatre will present student matinees and a touring production of King Lear directed by Joseph Hanreddy. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, post-performance discussions, residencies and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 30 schools from Ohio.