Great Lakes Theater

Cleveland, OH
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Great Lakes Theater, “Cleveland's Classic Company," has impressed 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 one of the nation’s second largest performing arts complexes. 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. Today, under Producing and Artistic Director Charles Fee, 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 Lake Theater annually brings the pleasure, power, and relevance of classic theater to more than 100,000 people of all ages.

For Shakespeare in American Communities, Great Lakes Theater will present student matinees of As You Like It (Spring 2014) directed by Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee. The company will provide related educational activities, including post-show discussions and a teacher’s guide. They anticipate reaching 45 schools from metropolitan Cleveland.