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Education | Surround Programming

Connecting the Community to the Classics

What is a Surround?

"Surround" is an umbrella term that refers to a series of free Great Lakes education programs designed to connect audiences to our spring productions. While our free outreach touring play is the primary Surround program, there are others, including: pre-show discussions in the Hanna Theatre, a student play writing festival, a student designed lobby exhibit and a Shakespearean song writing competition for students. Whether you can participate in any or all of our Surround events or know someone who can, we hope that exploring classic plays from new and exciting perspectives helps people to make meaningful connections between classic literature and the issues in their own lives. And if that inspires you to come downtown to see our work in the Hanna Theatre this spring, all the more reason to celebrate!

Outreach Touring Production

Learn more about our Surround's Outreach Touring Production

Additional Surround Programs

You Taught Me Language
A Free Teacher Workshop

March 11, 2015
Hanna Theatre,

Great Lakes Theater will present a free teacher workshop exploring Great Lakes Theater's spring production of The Tempest - featuring keynote speaker Charles Fee, GLT's Producing Artistic Director. A catered dinner and tickets to an evening performance of Great Lakes Theater's production Dial "M" for Murder will be provided for an additional fee. Call Kelly Schaffer Florian to register: 216-241-5490 ext. 318.

Words Are Natural Breath
A Student Playwriting Festival

Lorain County Community College
Stocker Arts Center - Cirigliano Studio Theatre
1005 Abbe Rd. North, Elyria 44035

Don't miss this thrilling series of original short plays inspired by themes present in Shakespeare's The Tempest, written and presented by the students of the Lorain County Community College English and theater departments. This program offers a talk-back with the student playwrights and a panel of distinguished professional Cleveland theater artists. The students' plays are presented and adjudicated on Thursday 16 at 7:30 p.m. The winning play is staged by GLT's Education Outreach Associate David Hansen and performed by professional actors on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. This program is FREE and open to audiences of all backgrounds and ages. For more information, call 440.366.7120.

Lorain County Community College

With Colors Fairer Painted
A Student Designed Lobby Exhibit

April 4 - 19, 2014
Hanna Theatre Lobby

In partnership with TrueNorth Cultural Arts, Great Lakes Theater proudly exhibits original artwork created by Lorain County artists. This artwork will be displayed in the lobby of the Hanna Theatre in conjunction with our spring production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest and will represent the culmination in an artist/teacher mentorship program that includes master class workshops focusing on creating original artwork inspired by Shakespearean themes. Call David Hansen at 216.453.4444 for details.