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Michael Rohd

  • Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  • School of Film, Dance and Theatre

As an expert in theatre, Michael Rohd is the founding artistic director of ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre and leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. His current projects include The Catalyst Initiative, a national program supported by The Andrew Mellon Foundation, and Local Landscapes, through which he is currently collaborating with Arts Councils at the State and Local level around the U.S.

He is the author of the widely translated book “Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue.” His recent and current projects include: leading a two-year Sojourn Artist-in-Residence collaboration with Catholic Charities USA poverty reduction sites around the county; a Sojourn partnership with Planning Commissions throughout the country utilizing civic practice in public engagement settings to help communities deal with difficult conversations and resource allotment; and collaborating with theaters and universities around the U.S. to mount locally specific projects.

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I don't think there are a lot of spaces for civic discourse these days that are safe, imaginative and collaborative. That’s a major value that the arts bring to our needs as a civic people.

— Michael Rohd, Cleveland Magazine