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Playhouse Square - Photo Bob Perkoski
Playhouse Square - Photo Bob Perkoski
The "play" in PlayhouseSquare refers, certainly, to the world class productions that grace the district's multiple stages. As the second-largest performing arts district in the nation, the calendar bursts with theater, opera, dance and music. In addition to the five grand dames Allen, Hanna, Ohio, State and Palace this artsy corner of the city also boasts many smaller performance spaces ideal for cabaret, comedy and spoken word.

For those who seek to learn as opposed to just watch, PlayhouseSquare is a regional leader in arts education. By connecting students with artists and educators, a full palette of workshops and speaker series offer high-quality opportunities for artistic advancement. From field trips to dance lessons, the roster overflows with community outreach experiences. Home base for much of that programming is the state-of-the-art Idea Center building, home not only to WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN, but also a handful of high-tech companies.

Of course, actors and theatergoers need places to eat, drink and sleep. It's no surprise then that the area contains the requisite crop of restaurants, bars and hotels that cater to visitors, both short- and long-term.

PlayhouseSquare Features

with historic influx of urban residents, cities are seeing a rise in amenities

After decades of population loss, cities like Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Pittsburgh are now growing faster than the rest of their metro areas. Urban developers are trying to attract the right amenities to support the new wave of urbanites. So what’s needed to sustain a dense and vibrant city? The answers might surprise you.

putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move out when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine their neighborhoods.

from bust to boom: how the city's brand is on the rise, within our borders and beyond

There has been a flood of new businesses that tout the city through an assortment of Cleveland-themed apparel and products or by integrating the city name right into the company’s branding. Many point to the recent recession as the dawn of this entrepreneurial movement, which coincided with a newfound pride of place.

now schooling: cooking up a solution to the growing culinary talent gap

As our restaurant scene continues to thrive, local chefs and owners increasingly are finding it difficult to fill all open positions. Institutions in town, including an accredited culinary school, have their merits, say local restaurateurs, but they also have a way to go before they reach the point where they'll plug the culinary talent gap.  

rediscovering your hometown? there's an app for that

Sometimes, even the most adventurous resident can grow a little too comfortable living in the same city after a while. But one can always find something new to discover if we just dig a little deeper. Lucky for us, a number of smartphone apps will help the explorer in all of us get reacquainted with the city we call home.
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PlayhouseSquare Founders

ryan o'donnell

ryan o'donnell

City: Independence

Meet Ryan O’Donnell, founder of Sociagram, a cloud-based video communication platform with four employees.

rich rodman

rich rodman

City: PlayhouseSquare

Meet Rich Rodman, founder of Crowdentials, a company with five employees in Cleveland that makes regulatory compliance software for the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act. 

gene groys

gene groys

City: PlayhouseSquare

Meet Gene Groys, founder of OnShift.

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