Near West Theater
Theaters & Cinemas in Cleveland, OH
There is no cultural arts program in Greater Cleveland like Near West Theatre (NWT) Based in the Ohio City neighborhood, it has an exceptional identity as a grassroots, intergenerational theatre with an emphasis on serving youth. Near West Theatre, through the theatre arts, delivers an inclusive, self-esteem building process that results in high-quality theatre productions and programming that aid build Cleveland's Near West Side and surrounding neighborhoods; educates and raises awareness around issues of social justice, discrimination, and stigma; and supplies people of all ages with the capability to nurture their sense of identity and strengthen their purpose as individuals and as a community.
Near West Theater
read moreUprising. Revolution. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. Inspired by a fictional Victor Hugo novel surrounding the real-life vortex of events that led. Near West Theatre builds loving relationships and engages diverse people in strengthening their sense of identity, passion, and purpose, individually and in community, through accessible, affordable and transformational theatre arts experiences. Our journey started with a big vision and a small seed. Over 43 years later, that vision has transformed thousands of lives and a near west side community.
read moreCommunity is sacred at Near West Theatre. With over 40 years of history, our alumni network casts a broad net across northeast Ohio and beyond. Have you moved away or just lost touch? We want to hear from you and know what you're up to. You can let us know in this survey. While you're here, take a walk down memory lane by checking out our History section of the website. You may recognize a few faces! Our journey started with a big vision and a small seed. Over 43 years later, that vision has transformed thousands of lives and a near west side community.
read moreNear West Theatre began as a summer youth theatre program under the name Near West Side Shared Ministry Youth Theatre. Stephanie Morrison, along with Rev. George Hrbek and Father Robert Scullin, co-founded the theatre with Godspell as our first production. Robert Navis Jr joined the summer youth theater program as the Musical Director in 1980. Once on board, a leadership team of Associate Directors was established with Stephanie Morrison Hrbek and Robert Navis Jr. stewarding the organization for forty years.
read moreAfter 37 years spent sharing space in St. Patrick's Church ballroom on Bridge Street, a long-held dream to have our own permanent home finally came true. In the Spring of 2015, we moved into our $7.3M, state-of-the-art building, which was designed by Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects of Cleveland. Near West Theatre's "Big Blue Box" on Detroit Ave represents the culmination of years of hard work, investment, and an unwavering commitment to a vision. Located within a flourishing arts district, this space has allowed NWT to expand the reach and impact of our mission through increased programming (both on-stage and off-) for our community members of all ages.