Producing Director, Pittsburgh CLO
Mark Fleischer is the Producing Director at the Pittsburgh CLO. CLO’s new work initiatives include SPARK. A major initiative of Pittsburgh CLO’s Next Generation Capital Campaign, SPARK was created as an effort to cultivate new and innovative work from emerging and established musical theater artists for the Kara Cabaret Series.
For over 70 years, Pittsburgh CLO has been delighting audiences with Broadway-scale musicals for its main stage subscription season. In 2004, it introduced smaller productions for its newly minted 250-seat CLO Cabaret Theater, where dozens of premieres have since debuted. SPARK was especially designed to cultivate more small-cast shows suited to this venue, bringing their creative teams in residence at Pittsburgh CLO to work in a focused and supportive environment. A commitment to artists is a chief tenet of SPARK.
In 2018, 12 new works were seen in various stages of development via “readings” (actors at music stands with piano accompaniment), “staged readings” (script-in-hand readings with piano accompaniment and some movement/choreography) and “workshop productions” (fully staged presentations with minimal set and costume pieces). UP AND AWAY, by Kevin Hammonds and Kristin Bair, received its world premiere at the CLO Cabaret and was the feature presentation of SPARK 2018. Since the inaugural festival. CLO has produced the world premieres of GAME ON by Marcus Stevens and David Dabbon, THE DOUBLE THREAT TRIO by Adam Overett, and will premiere UNTITLED: A NEW MUSICAL ABOUT SERIOUS DRAMA by Matt Schatz next season.