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 from July 25-28, 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 Cleveland’s vibrant local theatre community and 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 late July, 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.