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Playhouse Square

Playhouse Square - photo Bob Perkoski

Playhouse Square is Cleveland’s entertainment district, home to the second largest performing arts center in America. But it also increasingly is a neighborhood, adding residents by the bushel just like the rest of downtown. So now, in addition to the five grand theatres playing host to Broadway shows, classical and contemporary theater, cabaret, comedy and spoken word, there are new bars, restaurants and retail that make urban living a reality. Home base for tech, arts education and 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. New streetscapes and lighting have added a level of polish not seen around here since the Roaring 20s. 

Features

Current CIA senior Interior Architecture student Quentin Spencer showing his designs to visitors at the 2014 Spring Design Show

Innovation by design: How CIA students are transforming Cleveland

Each year, CIA's annual Spring Design Show showcases up-and-coming ingenuity in our own backyard. Outside of these four walls, CIA students are helping to transform Cleveland through their creative products and innovations.

John Deluca of Old School Architectural Salvage Project

Reclaiming pieces from the past

Companies in Cleveland are saving wood and other materials that were once factory floors and school chalkboards from dumpsters and transforming them into beautiful, high-quality furniture and flooring.

Music Saves

This weekend in Cleveland: Women to Watch -- Ohio, Record Store Day and more

This weekend, celebrate creative women at Women to Watch — Ohio, show your mother some love at EarthFest2015, get carried away with Cleveland Ballet, rock out at Record Store Day and more. 

Uber

Ridesharing -- a hassle-free way to enjoy the city -- on the rise

With the click of an app, a car from Lyft or Uber can be at your door in minutes. Despite controversy, ridesharing services are making it easier to get around Cleveland without worrying about parking and driving.  

El Sistema @ Rainey youth orchestra

#FredTalksCLE: Arts mastery teaches kids success

When kids commit themselves to an art form, they gain self-confidence and set high expectations for themselves. How do we create more access to arts education for youth in urban neighborhoods? 
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Playhouse Square Founders

joan soskin + lauren wyeth

joan soskin + lauren wyeth

City: Playhouse Square
Meet Joan Soskin and Lauren Wyeth, co-founders of Lufthouse, a 2014 Flashstarts accelerator company.
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: Playhouse Square
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: Playhouse Square
Meet Gene Groys, founder of OnShift.
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