Cleveland Play House: Show Art

Cleveland Play House needed to stand out from its competitors as they are often confused with other theatres in the area. During my first season creating show art at Cleveland Play House, we decided to move from stock and custom photography to illustration. Inspired by Saul Bass and minimalist design, we chose black and white images with bright accent colors to represent each show. We also challenged ourselves to represent mulitple ideas from each play in one, simple, bold image. The new branding has helped to distinguish CPH as a theatre that makes smart, contemporary, and relevant work.

Key ideas conveyed in each image can be found underneath each show image below. 

Illustration, Print Design, Digital Design
CLIENT: Cleveland Play House

2016-17 Season

All the Way (politics, forceful "coming together")

Sex with Strangers (technology, sex)

A Christmas Story (cute, family-friendly)

Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (comedy, Sherlock Holmes)

How I Learned to Drive (carving your own path, winding road)

Between Riverside and Crazy (tension, setting:NYC apartment)

Freaky Friday (mother and daughter, body-swap)

2015-16 Season (Centennial)

Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors (sexy, fun, hotel)

The Crucible (accusations, witchcraft) Featured in the New York Times

A Christmas Story (cute, family-friendly)

Little Shop of Horrors (the bloodthirsty plant)

The Mountaintop (the man and the myth, MLK Jr.)

Luna Gale (custody battle, infant in danger)

Mr. Wolf (danger, child)

Steel Magnolias (beauty shop, the south, women)

2014-15 Season

The Little Foxes (woman, staircase)

How We Got On (music, spinning/scratching, trio, energy)

A Christmas Story (cute, family-friendly)

Five Guys Named Moe (music, dancing, five)

The Pianist of Willesden Lane 
(train/journey, piano)

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 
(personalities of the four characters as underwear)

Fairfield (kids/elementary school, racial tensions)

2013-14 Season

Woody Sez (Americana, music)

Venus in Fur (power, sex)

A Christmas Story (cute, family-friendly)

Yentl (judaism, gender identity) featured in the New York Times

Breath and Imagination (humble beginnings, music, the south)

Clybourne Park  (race, real estate, gentrification)

Informed Consent (conflict, DNA)

Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life (tap dancing, lively)