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CPT Announces 2014/2015 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellows

Andrew Kramer and Arwen Mitchell
Steve Wagner

This season’s recipients are Andrew Kramer and Arwen Mitchell

Raymond Bobgan (Cleveland Public Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director) has announced the selection of Andrew Kramer and Arwen Mitchell as the recipients of the second annual Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellowship.

The Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellows program is a three year grant from the Nord Family Foundation. The grant is in its second year. The purpose of the grant is to support local playwrights early in their careers who demonstrate potential and ability.

The first recipient of the grant was Juliette Regnier who completed her fellowship in June of 2014 with the staged reading of her trilogy “S” Plays. As in the past, this year’s recipients will receive along with the grant mentorship, logistical support and opportunities in order to produce and workshop their new plays.

About Andrew Kramer

Andrew Kramer was born and raised in Cleveland and is a 2010 graduate of Ball State University's Department of Theatre & Dance. He was a 2013 member of the Emerging Writer’s Group at The Public Theatre in New York. He is a former member of the Groundbreakers Playwrights' Group with the terraNOVA Theatre Collective where he developed his play “Whales & Souls”. Andrew was a Core Apprentice Writer at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, as well as a two-time semi-finalist in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival with his plays “A Map of Our Country” (2010) and “We Happy Animals” (2011). Andrew served as Playwright‐in‐Residence at the Cairns Arts Festival in Queensland, Australia and his play “The Dog (run) Diaries” was shortlisted for the 2012 US/UK Old Vic New Voices. In 2012, Andrew was a member of the Ingram New Works Lab at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville. Andrew has worked with Cleveland Public Theatre in developing his plays “Bridge”,” Crying for Lions” and “ARMATURE”.

About Arwen Mitchell

Arwen Mitchell is a Cleveland-based writer whose creative and academic work focuses on American history, women’s studies, pop culture and humanism. Her produced plays include “RPM (Revolutions Per Minute)”, “Bitter Pills”, “The Maybe Pile”, “Snake Oil”, “Everybody Has One” and “I’ve Got Nothing to Do Today But Smile”. Her short piece “About Face” recently premiered at CPT's performance event, “Station Hope”. She is a member of the Dramatist's Guild, holds an MS in Theatre History & Criticism from Illinois State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. She has taught an extensive roster of college courses in theatre, English, creative writing and the humanities, and continues to do so in the downtown and greater Cleveland area.

About the Nord Family Foundation

The Nord Family Foundation is a private family foundation located in Amherst, Ohio that endeavors to build community through support of projects that bring opportunity to the disadvantaged, strengthen the bond of families and improve the quality of people’s lives.

To learn more about the Cleveland Public Theatre, including fellowship programs and other opportunities for artists, visit or contact Cathleen O’Malley, Director of Audience Engagement & Media Relations at (216) 631-2727 x 212 or

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