Get Cleveland Film Certified Online!

We are excited to offer the exclusive online training program, FilmSkills!

With FilmSkills, you will learn what it takes to work in the film industry, from being a Production Assistant to finding the department you want to work in, with courses from over 150 leading Hollywood filmmakers.

Each course includes lessons which provide relevant, employer-driven curriculum and program certifications. The courses cover the creative, business, and crew aspects of production.

Beginners courses start at just $79.00 per course.

Trainees will receive certification in the GCFC Beginner Film Readiness Program upon successful completion of the first three courses: Breaking Into the Film IndustrySafety Training Course, and Working On Location.

Advanced certifications can also be earned within specializations like cinematography, directing, screenwriting and more.

Certifications can also be listed under registered profiles in the GCFC Crew & Vendor Database.

Click HERE to start learning today!

For questions about filmskills, please contact Production Coordinator Mike Wendt at [email protected] or 216-344-7401.

The Inner Circle: An Interactive Film Acting Workshop

Get deep inside the mind of Casting Director, Angela Boehm, C.S.A.!

Angela Boehm CSA teaches her most popular interactive workshop “The Inner Circle” March 10-12th!

This workshop is held in three sessions:

  • Friday, March 10th, 6:00-9:30
  • Saturday, March 11th, 2:00-8:30
  • Sunday, March 12th, 2:00-5:30

Go deep into the mind of professional casting director Angela Boehm and learn what it takes to make it in film and TV acting! These 13 hours will include, scene study, improv, learning your type, and must hear information about the industry. This weekend is packed full of information and each actor has the opportunity to perform scenes and receive helpful critiques and career guidance!



Cleveland Public Theatre – Youth Education Programs


6Z8A9833Cleveland Act Now (CAN) is a year-round theatre program for young artists ages 5-14. CMHA CAN takes place in partnership with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) at community centers for children and families who live in public housing. Under the guidance of CPT Teaching Artists, young artists learn how to create and perform their own plays, dance, poetry, music, and visual art. These multidisciplinary performing arts activities improve academic skills, instill empathy and responsibility, build character, and enhance creative thinking. The students regularly perform at CMHA community centers as well as arts festivals throughout Cleveland. CMHA CAN is offered at four CMHA estates: Lakeview Terrace, Woodhill Homes, Outhwaite Homes, and Riverside Park. CPT also offers CAN Academy, a free performing arts program for younger teens and youth from Cleveland and surrounding neighborhoods, held on-site at the theatre. Young artists engage in rigorous (and fun!) theatre training, learning acting fundamentals, script analysis, storytelling techniques, and play creation.

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6Z8A7785Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP), a rigorous arts-based program that provides hands-on job training, engages youth from Cleveland families in a powerful learning experience that develops job skills, academic achievement, and interpersonal skills. As part of this eight-week summer program, youth ages 14-19 work together to create, produce, perform, and tour their own play. This program is the longest-running arts-based, workplace development program in Cleveland and is an international model for engaging youth.

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Education is a core aspect of Cleveland Public Theatre’s mission. We believe art can change lives and that everyone is an artist. Throughout our history, we have offered unique education programs that celebrate the artist within all of us.

Based on CPT’s guiding education principles of Empowerment, Equity, Excellence, and Enthusiasm, CPT’s Teaching Artists work to build close, long-term relationships with participants, families, and community partners by facilitating trust and open exchange. Our education programming seeks to create, for participants and teachers alike, a reciprocal collaborative learning environment that supports awareness and fosters powerful and life-affirming art experiences.

Studies consistently find that arts programs are highly effective when they engage students in “Out of School Time,” in small-class settings with long-term experiences, that culminate in completed projects. CPT’s education programs were conceived on these best practices, and the results are impressive. We are proud to be a leader in the arts and education community, offering powerful, meaningful experiences for adults and children.

CSU School of Film & Media Arts: Odyssey Filmmaking Summer Camps for Teens

Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts Presents the Odyssey Program, Filmmaking Summer Camps for Teens!

Learn acting, directing, cinematography, editing, producing, screenwriting, and more form the students and faculty at the School of Film & Media Arts!

  • Create your own original films using professional equipment in the CSU School of Film & Media Arts sound stages and Mac editing labs
  • Four sessions for ages 13-18
  • 1 week and 3-week camps
  • Residential and day camp options – Choose to commute or stay in CSU dorms!

Programs for Students Ages 13 – 18



Odyssey Program Experiential Three-Week Summer Camp
Residential: June 11 – June 30
Day Camp: June 12 – June 30

Live, eat, sleep, dream, and create films with the students and faculty of the School of Film & Media Arts at this immersive summer film camp for students aged 13-18. Through interactive workshops, lectures, film screenings, and focused activities, students learn storytelling, film literacy, screenwriting, acting for the camera, directing, shot composition, cinematography, lighting, editing, and much more as they create their own original films in a fun and collaborative environment. Visits from special guests provide insight into a career in the film industry, and students gain exposure to Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through trips and outings. Learn more.

Acting and Directing
Residential: July 9 – July 16
Day Camp: July 10 – July 14

During the week, acting track students focus on performance techniques for in front of the camera through a series of interactive workshops, while directing track students concentrate on programming designed to develop directing skills. After learning core concepts, students will collaborate on scene studies that will be staged for the camera and filmed using professional film production equipment. Film screenings and special guest lectures add depth to the intensive curriculum. Learn more.

Residential: July 16 – July 23
Day Camp: July 17 – July 21

Everyone has a story to tell – learn the skills to tell your story for the big screen with this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp for students aged 13-18, presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts. With full access to the film school’s Mac labs, students will learn how to use industry-standard screenwriting software as they participate in a variety of interactive workshops designed to spark creativity and develop storytelling skills. Along with illustrative film screenings and special guest lectures from seasoned professionals, students will also learn about the different forms of screenwriting. Learn more.

Residential: July 23 – July 30
Day Camp: July 24 – July 28

Learn how to mix creativity with technology and fix it in post with this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp for students aged 13-18, presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts.
With full access to the film school’s Mac editing labs and using Adobe Premiere and AVID, students learn how editing techniques deliver and enhance narrative with activity-filled workshops on a variety of topics. Learn more.

Veterans’ Voices: Free Creative Writing Workshops

Northeast Ohio veterans: Have a story to tell? Enjoy writing poetry? Working on a novel or memoir? Join Veterans’ Voices, Literary Cleveland’s FREE creative writing classes for Veterans to generate new writing, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great readings, and bond with fellow group members. This project, led by poet and Veteran Mansa L. Bey, will culminate in the publication of an anthology of writing that will be shared with the public. Have fun with writing. Discover your voice. Tell your story. All genres and experience levels are welcome.


Schedule Overview

Kickoff Event in-person at the downtown Cleveland Public Library

–       Saturday, October 1 from 10am-12pm at 525 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114


Writing Workshops Phase 1 (Oct-Nov, 2022)

–       4-week prose workshop – Mondays, Oct. 3-24 from 6:30-8:30pm online

–       4-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Oct. 5-26 from 6:30-8:30pm online

–       4-week prose workshop – Mondays, Nov. 7-28 from 6:30-8:30pm online

–       4-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Nov. 9-30 from 6:30-8:30pm online


Youngstown Writing Workshops

–       In-person writing workshop led by Lit Youngstown – details TBD

Writing Workshops Phase 2 (Jan-Mar, 2023)

–       8-week prose workshop – Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28 from 6:30-8:30pm online

–       8-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Jan. 11-Mar. 1 from 6:30-8:30pm online

Anthology Publication (June, 2023)


Register for the day and time that works best for you!‍

Literary Cleveland is proud to present these free writing workshops specifically for local veterans in partnership with the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. For more information, please contact a Whole Health Team Member at (216) 791-3800 ext. 62257 or 62394.

NOTE: These free programs are only for those who have served in the United States Armed Forces or military.


This program is possible thanks to funding from the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Forces Community Engagement grant.

Drone Training with V1DroneMedia

V1DroneMedia is dedicated to training others to operate drones in a safe, reliable, and responsible manner. Our Chief Pilot, Jason Damman, is a certified flight instructor (CFI), holds FAA ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) certificate and FAA Part 107 drone license. He is a subject matter expert in national airspace and FAA regulations through his 20 years of experience in commercial airlines, and 7 years of V1DroneMedia commercial drone operations. He is also an instructor at the Tri-C Drone Academy For First Responders, provides classes and course work through Lorain County Community College (LCCC), and custom on-demand training to groups and individuals. We are also a founding member of the North Coast Drone Alliance, a non-profit drone professional association in the Northeast Ohio region, connecting and educating drone professionals in all industries and sectors.

We offer a variety of drone training classes geared toward your interest and skill level. If you would like to learn more about drone technology, its uses, and growth in applications in various industries, check out our pre-recorded Drones for Business Educational Webinar.









Here at V1DroneMedia, we know the importance of getting hands-on experience flying the drone with professional guidance during your drone pilot training.

Our company was born after a long career in manned aviation, which stresses the importance of flight hours for a pilot’s training and passing ‘check rides’ with instructors before flying as a fully accredited pilot.

This is why we are now offering Hands-On Drone Flight Training, tailored to your skill level and desired goals. During a typical session you will:

  • Meet with our expert drone flight instructor at a convenient outdoor location
  • Learn to fly on your drone or on a DJI drone provided by the instructor
  • Get acquainted with the drone flight apps
  • Conduct pre-flight and post-flight checklists
  • Practice flying to master orientation, flight maneuvers, and more advanced flight skills
  • Learn about intelligent flight modes and try them out
  • Capture photos and video
  • Learn about common flight issues and how to handle them
  • Learn basic safety principles of flying a drone
  • Ask questions about drone laws, operations, careers, and more


  • 1 Person – $265, 2-Hour Session
  • 2 People Group – $450, 2.5 Hour Session
  • 3 People Group – $565, 3-Hour Session


Ready to take the 1st step?

If you are are looking to fly drones for fun (as a hobby), or are exploring drones for a business opportunity but are not sure if you want to get your Part 107 license, get your TRUST Certificate within an hour, and go fly your drone to explore that hobby or a business!

Watch our TRUST Test YouTube VLOG to learn what TRUST Test is and how to get the certificate (click on the button below). Spoiler: FAA requires you to have the TRUST Certificate even if you are flying your drone for fun.


Do you have questions or would like us to post a blog or a video on a certain drone topic you are interested in? Contact us at [email protected] to let us know! 

Location Management 101

Learn what it takes to get your start as a Location Manager!

Location Management 101 is the first course developed collaboratively by the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) and the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI). It provides an introduction to the art of Location Management for feature films, television, commercials and other creative projects. This course will give the participant an overview of the work typically performed by professional location scouts, location managers and members of their team.

After taking this course, you will be able to discuss and identify:

  • The definition and characteristics of a “location”
  • Common traits and skills required to be a location manager
  • The duties and responsibilities of a location manager
  • Ways a location manager interacts with various departments within a production
  • Ways a location manager interacts with film commissions and members of the general public

This course has two chapters. There are eight lessons in Chapter One, and ten lessons in Chapter Two. Randomly placed within each chapter are a series of quizzes with multiple choice questions designed to test your knowledge of the material presented in the various lessons. This course registers your progress. After you read a lesson, click the “Mark Complete” button, then click on the “Next Lesson” button to ensure your progress is recorded. When you reach a quiz, click on the text bar to open the quiz. You’ll have the opportunity to retake each quiz as many times as necessary to achieve a passing grade. Once all lessons are completed and all quizzes have been passed, you’ll receive a joint AFCI/LMGI authorized certificate of completion.

A glossary of common production terms has been created to assist you with this course.  Please click here to access and download this document.  You may want to keep it handy as you proceed through this course to help you fully understand the content.


  • There are references throughout this course to standards and practices that are commonly used in North America, but may not exist or be necessary in other regions of the world.
  • At the time this course was written, standard health and safety protocols for filming during the COVID-19 pandemic were still being developed, implemented and evaluated. Information on COVID-19 procedures will be revised as the science evolves.


LMGI: Mike Fantasia, Hans Dayal, Becky Brake, Timothy Hillman, Leah Sokolowsky

AFCI: Jess Conoplia, Marjorie Galas

Filmmaker U Online Education Series

Filmmaker U is a collaboration of educators and innovators Josh Apter & Jason Banke of Manhattan Edit Workshop and Gordon Burkell at This online seminar series was created to give aspiring and existing filmmakers unprecedented access to the lost art of apprenticeship in the film industry. Filmmaker U instructors are acclaimed and award-winning artists who are the best filmmakers in the business.   For more information please visit


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Imposters Theater – Comedy Writing, Improv, & Acting Classes/Workshops in Tremont

Imposters Theater is located in Tremont and offers a variety of improv, comedy writing, & acting workshops and classes which provide executable, practical guidance from experienced instructors with years of professional experience in the entertainment industry.

Imposters Theater’s goal is to foster a creative and inclusive space to support, showcase, educate, and grow Cleveland’s vibrant independent comedy & film community through a variety of workshops and classes which provide executable, practical guidance from experienced instructors with years of professional experience in the entertainment industry.

Our instructors include creative director Michael Busch (UCB, Conan, Comedy Central Digital) and guest instructors such as Cleveland natives Dana Quercioli (Second City Chicago) and author/comedian Dave Hill.

For more information on classes/workshops and more please visit:

Tri-C Film Academy

Gain the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to enter the film industry as a set or office production assistant (PA). Class begins August 19th.

Overview of the Academy
Tri-C’s Film Academy is an intensive program that offers a streamlined series of courses designed to maximize professional instruction in a fraction of the time. The goal is to train a workforce for hire in entry-level positions on broadcast, film, commercial, video game or industrial productions in Northeast Ohio and the surrounding region. Courses serve as the beginning of a student’s industry networking experience and the first step toward getting a foot in the door of the local motion picture production industry.
  • Understand pre-production and production processes of filmmaking.
  • Taught by industry professionals who can hire or recommend participants for hire.
  • Network with film industry professionals and other trainees.
  • Access to educational opportunities in the moving image industries.
  • Scholarships available. Workforce Training Scholarship Information

Meet Your Instructors


Tri-C’s Film Academy courses were developed with help from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, industry professionals and members of IATSE Local 209 with the goal of properly training and growing the media industry workforce in Northeast Ohio. The training is designed to give maximum professional instruction in a fraction of the time while providing networking opportunities with industry professionals and fellow trainees.

Studios shooting movies in Cleveland look to hire as many local crewmembers as possible. Those jobs go to people who can walk onto a set and know what to do, and producers know they can find skilled entry-level workers at the Tri-C Film Academy.

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