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A MESSAGE FROM MICHELLE It’s natural to associate fall with a new season of Broadway. But when I think of the sights and sounds of the season, perhaps no scene registers more delight than the yellow school buses lining Euclid Avenue. At Playhouse Square, fall begins a new school year of arts education and student matinees. Performing arts programs like Disney Musicals in Schools and the Dazzle Awards will prepare hundreds of students to take their place in the spotlight. Live shows will fill the Mimi Ohio Theatre with children eager to see their first in-person performance. Online programming and quality productions will provide tens of
thousands of students virtual access to children’s shows from all around the world. Last year Playhouse Square served close to 120,000 students in 26 counties through live and virtual arts education initiatives. Since announcing the 202223 KeyBank Broadway Series, the number of season ticket holders has grown to more than 40,000! With Tony-award winning shows including Six the Musical, Hadestown and Moulin Rouge in the line-up, it’s no wonder there is such excitement for the season to
come. Of course, kicking the season off with the national tour launch of Les Misérables only adds to the anticipation! This issue of Props! highlights some wonderful events that recently have taken place. Whether looking to the future or celebrating the past, Playhouse Square has you to thank for making possible all that we do. Cheers to a new season and I look forward to seeing you soon!
Michelle Ryan Stewart Senior Vice President of Advancement
Visit playhousesquare.org/100years for a special video message from Michelle for our 100th anniversary. Front Cover: Hamilton, Playhouse Square District, a RedCoat volunteer greets guests, students perform 101 Dalmations as part of Disney Musicals in Schools, Moulin Rouge, buses arrive for a field trip.
ADVANCEMENT AND GUEST SERVICES STAFF Jason Bogdany Advancement Database Coordinator 216-640-8428 email@example.com
Leanne Dewyer Director of Advancement 216-640-8411 firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Bridegum Donor Relations Coordinator 216-640-8419 email@example.com
Anthony DiBacco Guest Services Coordinator 216-640-8553 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Broderick Senior Manager, Front of House 216-640-8535 email@example.com
Victoria Gray Advancement Coordinator, Annual Giving 216-640-8422 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Brown Donor Relations Coordinator 216-640-8421 email@example.com Meg Colwell Senior Manager Volunteers & Guest Services 216-640-8559 firstname.lastname@example.org Steven Deliman Donor Relations & Special Projects Coordinator 216-640-8426 email@example.com
Katie Lang Donor Communications & Education Fund Coordinator 216-640-8664 firstname.lastname@example.org Claudia Medlin Gift Processing & Data Entry Coordinator 216-640-8409 email@example.com Michelle Ryan Stewart Senior Vice President of Advancement 216-640-8410 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheryl Helden Foundations & Major Gifts Manager 216-640-8406 email@example.com
Annie Singer Advancement Coordinator 216-640-8407 firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Kauppila Donor Relations & Special Programs Coordinator 216-640-8422 email@example.com
Sarah Stengel Partners Advancement Manager 216-640-8408 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meg Kearns Volunteer Administrative Support Assistant 216-640-8551 email@example.com
David Turner Advancement Ticketing Manager 216-640-8432 firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Winchester Assistant Director of Advancement 216-640-8412 email@example.com
16TH ANNUAL PLAYHOUSE SQUARE GOLF OUTING The 16th Annual Playhouse Square Golf Outing, presented by Penske Cleveland Automotive, was hosted June 6 at Westfield Country Club. There were 120 players in attendance and the event raised nearly $40,000 to support Playhouse Square’s education programs.
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BakerHostetler Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP The Fedeli Group Hughie’s Integrity Parking KeyBank Parker Hannifin Corp Roetzel & Andress RSM Schindler Elevator As of 5/16/2022
PLAYHOUSE SQUARE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OFFICERS
Terry Adelman Thomas W. Adler* Himanshu Amin Warren Anderson* Steven M. Auvil Gina Beredo Laura Bloomberg Paul Carleton Scott Chaikin* John G. Chapman, Sr.* James Graham Lawrence H. Hatch Amy C. Held Bob Helmer Jason Hillman A.J. Hyland David Jacobs* Julie Jacono Michael Jeans Louis G. Joseph Patrice (Patsy) Kouvas Edward J. Largent Todd Leombruno Heath Monesmith Jon H. Outcalt* James R. Pender James A. Ratner* Sean Richardson Luci Schey William R. Seelbach David B. Sewell Daniel I. Simon Doug Spiker Sara Ellen Stashower* Kevin Stein K.K. Sullivan* Kurt Treu Leila L. Vespoli Daniel P. Walsh, Jr. Frances Cudjoe Waters Neil Weinberger Denise G. Wells Debra A. Wert Jeffrey J. Wild
Amy Brady* PRESIDENT & CEO
VICE CHAIR, ADVANCEMENT
Rick Buoncore* VICE CHAIR, EDUCATION
Margaret M. Judd* VICE CHAIR, FINANCE
VICE CHAIR, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Paul J. Dolan*
VICE CHAIR, NOMINATING & GOVERNANCE
VICE CHAIR, REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
VICE CHAIR, SALES & MARKETING
VICE CHAIR, STRATEGIC PLANNING
NATIONAL TRUSTEE Thomas C. Stevens TRUSTEE FOR LIFE Oliver C. Henkel, Jr. William B. Lawrence Rena J. Olshansky Victor J. Scaravilli Lawrence J. Wilker James B. Wolf, Jr.
CHAIRS EMERITUS (chronological order)
Oliver C. Henkel, Jr. John F. Lewis† Julien L. McCall† Forrest D. Hayes† Glenn R. Brown† Jon H. Outcalt Henry F. Eaton† K.K. Sullivan Thomas W. Adler Thomas C. Stevens David S. Goodman James Ratner
PARTNERS CO-CHAIRS Ryan Herman Lindsey Jump
EX-OFFICIO Armond D. Budish Cuyahoga County Executive
*Executive Committee † Deceased As of August 22, 2022
NEW TRUSTEES Steven M. Auvil
Patrice (Patsy) Kouvas
Dr. Laura Bloomberg
Todd M. Leombruno
Robert C. Helmer
Frances Cudjoe Waters
Managing Partner Cleveland Office Squire Patton Boggs
President Cleveland State University
President Baldwin Wallace University
2022-23 Partners Board
Basketball Chief of Staff/ Team Counsel Cleveland Cavaliers
Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer MetroHealth
President & CEO Growth Opps
Vice Chair AVI Foodsystems
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Parker Hannifin Corporation
2022-23 Partners Co-chairs Lindsey Jump & Ryan Herman
JUNE 4, 2022
Playhouse Square’s young professionals group, Partners, hosted the 30th Annual Jump Back Ball on June 4! The Penske Cleveland Red Carpet greeted guests as they entered the party. Inside the theaters, partygoers enjoyed endless cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres as they danced the night away to The Scenic Route, Apostle Jones, and NicNacc. The event raised a net income of $56,766! These funds will help support Playhouse Square’s education programs, including sensory-friendly performances, Family Theater Day, the Dazzle Awards, and Disney Musicals in Schools. Between the ages of 21-40? Get involved and learn more! Visit playhousesquare.org/partners or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP The Davey Tree Expert Company Deloitte • Hatzel & Buehler, Inc. and Bluestone Communications, Inc. Jones Day • Majestic Steel USA Medical Mutual • Ohio CAT Penske Cleveland Automotive Roetzel & Andress William M. Weiss Foundation CREW MEMBERS
Partners is the official young professionals group of Playhouse Square. Their mission is to provide those in their 20s and 30s with unique social, leadership, and volunteer opportunities, all while supporting Playhouse Square.
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff First National Bank • J.W. Didado Electric McDonald Hopkins • Neil Weinberger nicholas guglielmo The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Safeguard Properties • Taft SHOP NIGHT SPONSOR
Pope’s Kitchen PRINT & DESIGN SPONSORS
DONOR CIRCLE SPOTLIGHT: THE VIGH FAMILY We love to share stories of families who have passed on their love of Playhouse Square to the next generation. For the Vigh family, Playhouse Square has been a source of wonderful family fun over the last two decades. Every trip to Playhouse Square feels like a special event. There’s just no other place like it. “Playhouse Square has provided us so many memories over the years it’s hard to think of just one or two. Our three children have each grown up at Playhouse Square and it’s the only entertainment that excited them whether they were 2, 12 or now 21. From the first time they saw the chandelier falling during The Phantom of the Opera, the steam erupting from the dragon in Wicked, or they demanded the soundtrack after a show, Playhouse Square memories will never be forgotten. I’d also be hard pressed to not mention our first Jump Back Ball as another special memory that introduced us to a whole new perspective of the theater.
You can see the excitement of the audience, the delight on the faces of the RedCoats and then the smiles from the cast members
Tinsel Town 2011
following a performance, knowing that Cleveland appreciates them like no other city does. After hundreds of performances watched, we all still get chills and escape through the magic of Playhouse Square’s theaters. Playhouse Square brings people together. It’s an escape from the everyday and a chance to let go and immerse yourself into a new adventure. Playhouse Square brings downtown a buzz that can’t be repeated by any other venues. In addition to the world class shows, there’s so many other types of entertainment and programming that there’s truly something for everyone. Playhouse Square is one of the shining stars of the city. Playhouse Square brings so much joy and happiness to us and to so many others and truly separates Cleveland from so many other major cities.”
When we consider organizations to support, there’s no organization that comes to mind before Playhouse Square. Jump Back Ball 2016
– Tracy & Nicole Vigh
If you are interested in learning more, visit playhousesquare.org/donorcircle.
CORPORATE SPOTLIGHT: TRULINE INDUSTRIES Our support for Playhouse Square and the arts ensures that this landmark and all that it provides will continue for years to come. It is both a wonderful place to be entertained and to entertain. – Court Durkalski, CEO For Truline Industries, Playhouse Square is Cleveland’s brightest spot – literally and figuratively! They love being a corporate donor so much, they couldn’t choose a favorite benefit between our donor concierge services, access to the RJF Presidents’ Club, first-floor parking, pre-sales and so many more. Ultimately, it simply brings them great joy to know that their annual contribution helps sustain Cleveland as a vibrant and thriving city.
Truline Industries employees enjoy outings at Playhouse Square with their families
If you are interested in learning more, visit playhousesquare.org/corporatedonorcircle.
Playhouse Square brings great joy to us.
Donna & Bruce Jackson
Early in their marriage, Donna and Bruce Jackson began coming to shows at Playhouse Square. Bruce had not been exposed much in the way of big musical productions, but he quickly became hooked. Attending performances at Playhouse Square became a family affair, as they started bringing their kids as soon as they were old enough. “The first time we took our young children to The Phantom of the Opera, Donna explained to them that the chandelier was going to fall onto the stage, and to not be scared. Our son was closely watching that chandelier until it finally fell!” As long-time season ticket holders, annual donors, and Legacy Circle
members, Donna and Bruce are great advocates and supporters of Playhouse Square. “We look back and realize what an important part of our lives these performances have been, and how much they contribute to the quality of life in the Cleveland area. Not only does Playhouse Square bring great joy to us and many other devoted theater goers, it is a destination for out of towners that would not otherwise have access to quality theater. The variety of entertainment that Playhouse Square brings to Cleveland is amazing and the theaters are beautiful! Joining others in supporting the organization that brings this to our city is very important to us.”
If you are interested in learning more, visit playhousesquare.org/legacy.
2021-2022 Education Impact IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES:
FAMILY THEATER DAY:
DISNEY MUSICAL IN SCHOOLS
FIRST YEAR SCHOOLS
FOR A TOTAL OF
ALUMNI SCHOOLS ENGAGED
PROFESSIONAL MASTER CLASSES / PANEL DISCUSSIONS SERVING
AUDITION WORKSHOPS SERVING
STUDENT DAZZLE AWARD
1,718 STUDENTS FROM
29 SCHOOLS PARTICIPATED
YOUR SUPPORT MAKES THIS POSSIBLE!
EVENTS Partners YP Celebration
September 1 Those in their 20s and 30s are invited to this free event to network, socialize and discover how they can actively get involved in Playhouse Square’s young professionals group.
Partners Night at the Theater
September 17 Enjoy a night out at the theater with fellow Partners members! Meet at the Hofbrauhaus for pre-show dinner and drinks then head over to the Mimi Ohio Theatre for the one-night performance of The Dysfunctional Family, a Ronnie Holman stage play.
Disney’s Frozen Sensory-Friendly Performance
September 3 Supported by Denise G. and Norman E. Wells, Jr., Playhouse Square is proud to present a sensory- friendly performance of Disney’s FROZEN. This performance is intended for individuals with sensory sensitivities, autism spectrum disorders and other sensory, social and cognitive challenges or issues. We welcome family and friends to experience the show together.
New Donor Circle Theater Tour
September 26 and October 3 New Donor Circle members are invited to take a VIP look behind the scenes of Playhouse Square and have an opportunity to meet your Donor Relations Representatives.
Presented by Sheldon & Terry Adelman September 16 Enjoy an evening of dance with some of Northeast Ohio’s finest dancers with a special guest appearance from Riverdance! This year’s Showcase will include a wide range of dance styles ballet to hip hop to classical Indian dance. Featured companies include: ABREPASO Flamenco, ELEVATED, GroundWorks DanceTheater, Inlet Dance Theatre, Shri Kalaa Mandir and Verb Ballets.
November 21 Honoring Christopher M. Connor with the 2022 Playhouse Square Falco Award. *Founder Levels