Denis Michael Griesmer is a writer and performer of semi-autobiographical monologues and is the creator and performer of The Poetry Psychic Project, a suite of inter-active performances that have made reoccurring appearances in the following events and festivals since 2016: Jackson Square, New Orleans; BorderLight Fringe Festival; Ohio City Street Festival; 78th Street Studio’s Third Friday Art Walk; PolarFest; and Cleveland Public Theatre’s (CPT) Pandemonium. For five years, Denis directed and co-wrote original performances of CPT’s Y-Haven Theatre Project, created with men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and mental health challenges. He has been CPT’s Chief Financial Officer and General Manager since 2012 and has been on staff for eighteen years. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre Program.
Chris Szajbert is a writer, director, dancer and actor who creates original performance works in collaboration with professional and community artists. Current projects include the solo performance Fa(r)ther, the dance theatre duet Reckoning, and a new work entitled Love’s Lost Raree Box. She is the co-creator of the plays F*** Me Love Me Aphrodite, Ancestra, Insomnia, and the muti-media solo performance Cut to Pieces. She has worked extensively with members of the Cleveland Core Ensemble to create original works in CPT’s Elements Cycle: Water Ways, Earth Plays, and Air Waves; the plays Open Mind Firmament and Rusted Heart Broadcast; and the aerial performance On the Use of Feathers. Now an independent artist, Chris was a proud staff member of Cleveland Public Theatre from 2001-2016, during which time she facilitated the creation of over 50 original performances with CPT’s Education programs. Chris’ work has garnered her recognition and support from the Ohio Arts Council, Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project (LA), Chicago C.A.A.P., DirectorsLabChicago, and the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Chris is a recipient of the Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of Arts Cleveland funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.