About Dobama Theatre, Cleveland
Founded in 1959, Dobama Theatre is an Equity (SPT-3) Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, that has a celebrated history of risk-taking and producing important and critically acclaimed new plays. In recent years, Dobama has been a leader in professionalism for the Northeast Ohio theatre community.
Dobama Theatre’s mission is to produce Cleveland, regional, and world premieres of the best
contemporary plays by established and emerging playwrights in professional productions of the highest quality. Through educational and outreach programming, Dobama Theatre nurtures the development of theatre artists and builds new audiences for the arts while provoking an examination of our contemporary world. Dobama is committed to telling stories that reflect the community we serve and to producing important plays, many of which contain themes that address vital issues facing our modern world. For its 59th Mainstage season, Dobama is producing six plays by six award-winning women playwrights. In addition to premiering new work, Dobama produces two unique educational programs: the 41st Annual Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival, the first of its kind in the country, and the summer acting intensive Dobama Emerging Actors Program (DEAP), which will see its 10th year in 2019. Dobama is also home to a professional playwriting unit, the Playwrights’ GYM.
Since the arrival of Nathan Motta as Artistic Director in 2013 and its recognition as an Equity House in 2014/15, Dobama has experienced exponential growth and anticipates continuing on that growth trajectory over the next several seasons. With a budget of $720K in 2018/19, Dobama reaches more than 15,000 theater lovers every year. The Theatre’s home is the intimate, 150-seat theater inside the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library complex.
Dobama Theatre’s 2018/19 Season can be found at www.dobama.org.