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CCM Acting

Talented alumni.
Our training works.
This could be you.

Aaron Serotsky
Diana Maria Riva
Ty Olwin

If you are having problems completing the Common Application and the required CCM Supplement, please hit submit on your Common Application. If you still can’t access the CCM Supplement after receiving the email with the exact link, your username, and your password, please contact k. Jenny Jones at and ask for help finding and completing the CCM Supplement.

Interested in Conservatory-style BFA training?

Below are just a few examples of what makes us special and why students choose CCM Acting:

·         World Class Faculty! Learn Acting, Voice & Stage Combat from Industry Leaders.

·         State of the Art Facilities & Technical support! The CCM physical plant along with its Design & Technical support for productions rivals most regional theaters in the US.

·         BFA Focused! Because we have no accompanying MFA program (nor BA), we are able to offer our students more stage time & more roles- hence our students graduate with more knowledge & experience.

·         Ensemble work & imagining individual possibilities is our philosophy & motto!

·         Unmatched in the balance between artistry and profession. We enjoy the artist who finds work in the profession!

·         Four years of Acting Class! We offer four rather than two or three years of class. Over those four years, we offer an intense yet varied method combining Viewpoints, Suzuki, Stanislavski, Meisner, and Chekhov.

·         Business Skills, Audition techniques, Acting for the Camera and web based programming! To better prepare our students for the Theater of the Future, because of these classes, our students are ahead of the techno-curve, graduating with professional web pages, reels and voice-over demos.

·         Performance Opportunities Galore You may never be as busy as an actor as when you are a student in CCM Acting. Students act in Mainstage and Studio productions, in our 48-Hour Film Festival, in our Departmental Film, in our Staged Reading Series, and our New Works Festival.

·         The national leader in professional affiliations of our students! As recognized by SAG/AFTRA, who use CCM Acting as a model for schools across the country for better preparing students in joining the professional arena of Theater, Television and Film!

·         Bi-coastal senior showcases!  In New York and Los Angeles, our showcases are attended by hundreds of industry professionals.

·         New Works Project! Knowing how difficult it can be for young artists to enter the profession, we offer our New Works Project, where our entire department writes, produces, and performs their own work---hence our students graduate with experience in producing, collaboration, creating & writing---knowing how to generate their own art. (Why wait for someone to hire you when you have experience and knowledge in keeping your Art alive by producing your own stories?) Many of our students have gone on to find success at regional/national/international Fringe Festivals!

·         Several Master classes a year! Each year, we host the likes of Anne Bogart, Theater Mitu, The Debate Society, The Mad Ones, Upright Citzens Brigade, Jose Rivera and numerous casting directors & talent agents from LA and New York.

CCM Acting 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 Acting has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top Drama Programs in the U.S.

A student in CCM Acting 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.

CCM Acting has a deep commitment to diversity and nondiscrimination. In CCM Acting we imagine the possibilities every day.

The 2015-2016 school year will be the 33nd year of training actors who earn the BFA in Acting degree from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. Check our * NEW * special page 33 at 33 under the Notable CCM Acting Alumni page to read about 33 actors for our 33rd year.

In our 33 year history we have welcomed actors from around the nation and the world. These actors found what they were looking for in our BFA program and chose to study in Cincinnati in our exciting program.

We are a busy school. The actors in our program are busy. We would have it no other way. We play hard, we train voraciously, and we reach for the stars.

If you are interested in CCM Acting, use the Common Application to apply to the University of Cincinnati and apply to CCM to schedule your appointment. Applications will become available on-line September 1, 2015 and are due by December 1, 2015 for full scholarship consideration. WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! Please explore the additional Acting web-pages to learn all you can about one of the most exciting Acting programs in the country.

We love actors.

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Mary Zimmerman's METAMORPHOSES with Joe Markesbery (CCM Acting 2014) and Jaclyn Chantal (CCM Acting 2014)

Speech and Debate

by Stephen Karam
with Ryan Garrett and Katie Langham

The Heidi Chronicles

by Wendy Wasserstein
with Clare Combest and Sarah Davenport

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Working Actors

Diana Maria Riva

Diana Maria Riva (CCM Acting 1995)  starred on The Good Guys on FOX with Bradley Whitford and Collin Hanks. She currently appears on both The Bridge and Saint George on FX. Recent film credits include Short Term 12, Love and Mercy with Paul Giamatti and John Cusack, and McFarland with Kevin Costner. Other film credits include What Women Want, Our Family Wedding, and 17 Again. Television credits include Side Order of Life, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The West Wing, CSI, Everybody Loves Raymond, and NYPD Blue.

Aaron Serotsky

Aaron Serotsky (CCM Acting 1998) Credits include the Broadway production of August, Osage County and the Off-Broadway productions of Finks, Frankenstein and The Blue Flower, and the  First National Tour of the musical Titanic. He has worked at the Denver Center Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, George Street Playhouse, and Northlight Theatre in Chicago. Television credits include Homeland, Law & Order, Guiding Light, and All My Children.