BorderLight’s mission is to present visionary international theatre and build cross-cultural understanding.


BorderLight will launch as a 4-day late summer festival of contemporary international theatre in 2019. It will feature top-flight performers from abroad and world premiere collaborations between Cleveland-based theatre artists and international artists. Combined with a Fringe Festival that will draw performers from across North America, BorderLight will activate performance and public spaces from Playhouse Square to Public Square.

BorderLight will grow to become a signature annual festival promoting Cleveland as an international city of artistic innovation and border-crossing conversation. The festival will offer visitors a rare opportunity to see exciting new theatre from around the globe—taking place in July-August, when our city’s theatres are largely inactive. BorderLight showcases Cleveland’s theatrical community and its outsized theatrical capacity, and markets Cleveland as a theatre destination.