Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Theatre There is no cultural arts program in Greater Cleveland like Near West Theatre ( NWT ). Based in the Ohio City neighborhood, it has a unique identity as a grassroots, intergenerational theatre with an emphasis on serving youth. Near West Theatre, through the theatre arts, delivers an inclusive, self-esteem building process that results in high-quality theatre productions and programming that help build Cleveland's Near West Side and surrounding neighborhoods ; educates and raises awareness around issues of social justice, discrimination, and stigma ; and provides people of all ages with the ability to nurture their sense of identity and strengthen their purpose as individuals and as a community. The soul of Near West Theatre is belief in the healing, transformative power of the theatrical arts. The personal and communal growth possible when participating in an acting, singing, dancing ensemble is most fully realized with both skilled leadership and loving collaboration.