MISSION: Ohio City Theatre Project is committed to pursuing excellence and building community through creative innovation, mentoring, and civic involvement. OCTP strives to create visceral theatrical experiences that are not just thought about, but are deeply felt. We take on important contemporary issues that are hard to grapple with. And we provide opportunities for transformative exchange where we can converse and feel through these issues collectively with our community.
PANDORA ROBERTSON (Director) PANDORA ROBERTSON is Executive Artistic Director at Ohio City Theatre Project (OCTP) where she directed and created the January 2016 OCTP/Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) co-production of Incendiaries. Also, for OCTP, she directed and created the May 2014 premiere of Free Radical and The Night Sketchbook, and co-produced Code Breakers (director/creator) for Theater Ninjas’ May 2016 Broken Codes. Other credits include Mamai Theatre’s production of Woman and Scarecrow (director) (Cleveland Critic Circle Award “Superior Achievement” for direction and play), Theater Ninjas’ production of Melissa James Gibson’s [sic] (director), Cleveland Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 The Two Gentlemen of Verona (director) and Tree of Grace (Playwright, Director) for Baldwin Wallace University’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She was a CPT Joan Yellen Horvitz 2011-2012 Director Fellow. CPT credits include Meantime Anthopocene (director, creator), and 13 Most American Dreams (director, creator). Cleveland Play House credits include Galileo (choreographer), The Emperor’s Groovy New Clothes (choreographer) and Ferdinand the Bull (choreographer). Pandora has worked extensively in Northeast Ohio as a director, actor, choreographer and dancer, with Great Lakes Theater, Dobama Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, convergence-continuum and Ensemble Theatre. She danced for seven years with Ohio Ballet under the direction of Heinz Poll. She holds an MA in Theater Arts from Case Western Reserve University. Pandora is a 2018 recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for playwriting, a 2016 Community Partnership for Arts and Culture Creative Workforce Fellow and was featured in Cleveland Scene’s 2017 People issue. Upcoming projects include the OCTP/CPT coproduction Central Concern, written and directed by Pandora and premiering in May 2019.
DANIEL MCNAMARA (Education Director, Company Artist) is a freelance Interdisciplinary Theater and Performance Artist who currently resides in Cleveland, OH. His upcoming projects include Musical Director and Composer of original music for both Tree of Oedipus at Cleveland State University in April 2019, and Central Concern with Ohio City Theatre Project at Cleveland Public Theater in May/June of 2019. He will also be the featured artist and parade and burning pageant director for the Firefish festival in Lorain, OH, September 2019. Daniel recently joined the world renowned Bread and Puppet Theater for a historic cross country tour in the Fall of 2018. Daniel was awarded the Gordon Square Arts District performing arts residency in Spring of 2018 with his project “Odyssey in Translation: Mask, Book, Smartphone.” He also recently conceived, directed, and performed in a workshop production of his new work Odysseus Unraveled, as a part of CPT’s TESTFLIGHT series in April 2018. In August of 2017, he completed a fully funded Masters of Arts Degree in Creative Process at National University of Ireland as a Government of Ireland International scholar.