CCM Drama is as a comprehensive and rigorous actor-training program that provides students with creative performance opportunities in various media and styles that will prepare actors for careers in theatre, film, television, and the media arts. Graduates of the program are writers, composers, producers, and educators, as well as actors. Our vision is to create an academic and creative environment in which students can learn important skills for the 21st century- research, rehearsal and performance techniques, flexibility, discipline, artistic kindness, and collaboration.
CCM Drama has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top Drama Programs in the U.S. and is home to world-renowned faculty who work from coast to coast and internationally as directors, fight choreographers, and voice, speech, and dialect coaches. Our rigorous acting curriculum includes intensive training in Viewpoints, Suzuki, Meisner, and Chekhov techniques. Students experience a dedicated voice production sequence that includes training in Alba Emoting, dialect and voice-over work. A dedicated movement sequence challenges students with a full year of Stage Combat in rapier, dagger, and quarterstaff and a full year of Mask Characterization in neutral, full face primitive, half-face character, and quality masks.
Students engage in comprehensive performance opportunities over four years, acting in full length scripted dramas as part of main stage and studio series, in student created devised theatre projects, and in various film, commercial, and media opportunities. CCM Drama is recognized for its excellence in community engagement with collaborations and student placement in projects with organizations such as Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, KNOW Theatre, Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A student in CCM Drama is in demand for his or her talents, with students frequently being cast in film and commercial projects while in school. Union membership in AEA and SAG-AFTRA is encouraged.
Actor Showcases in the final semester provide a bridge to the profession. Senior Showcases for all seniors are presented in New York and Los Angeles for agents, managers and casting directors. Students regularly engage with CCM Drama Department sponsored master classes with industry professionals from New York and Los Angeles and there is an active culture of students securing internships and acceptance into intensive trainings with prestigious companies and organizations around the world.
CCM Drama has a deep commitment to diversity and nondiscrimination. In CCM Drama we imagine the possibilities every day.