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Theater professor, CWRU alumni create interactive, immersive theater via Zoom to benefit local artists

Shanna Beth McGee (GRS, MNO ’18), CWRU professor of theater and co-founder of the immersive theater company Shadow of the Run, wanted to find a way to help artists in the community financially impacted by COVID-19. She and a team that includes four more alumni presented 48 Zoom performances over 12 days, raising $4,000.

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Donté Gibbs: A True Cleveland Champion

Donté Gibbs (CWR ‘10, SAS ‘12) likes to make the holidays brighter for his East Cleveland community. For the past seven years, he and a team of committed volunteers have been going door-to-door and surprising families with hand-delivered gifts and cards during the December holiday season. To date, Donté’s Gift Express has given more than 1,500 gifts to the residents of East Cleveland, which is among the poorest cities in Ohio. In recognition of the uplifting work he and his volunteers do, Gibbs recently was named one of 25 “Cleveland Champions” by the City Champions project, a partnership between The...

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