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CCM Drama

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Meet these talented CCM Drama alums.
Below each are their recent film and television projects.

Kyle Nunn
Law and Order: SVU
Aaron Serotsky
Cooper Thornton
Parks and Recreation
Nicole Callendar
Across the Universe
Diana Maria Riva
The Good Guys
Amanda Perez
Don Jon
Lauren Ashley Carter
Premium Rush
Dominic Bogart
I Am Not A Hipster
Jason Matthew Smith
Evan Charest
Don Jon
Bennett Bradley
Ty Olwin

If you are having problems with 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 Acting CCM Drama Chair k. Jenny Jones at and ask for help finding and completing the CCM Supplement.

Interested in Conservatory-style BFA training?

The Drama Department at CCM is recognized nationwide for its quality and history of training successful young actors. Our "first-rate BFA program in acting" (Backstage) creates graduates who are following careers in theatre, fim, television, and in national media. It is widely recognized for its intensive training and comprehensive Conservatory approach to training the whole actor.

Dramatic performance training at CCM includes:

  • A rigorous acting curriculum that includes intensive Viewpoints and Suzuki training, and intensive training in the Meisner, Morris, and Chekhov techniques.
  • A dedicated voice production sequence, including work in Alba Emoting, and intensive dialect and voice-over work.
  • A dedicated movement for the actor sequence, including a full year of Stage Combat with an SAFD certified Fight master and a full year of Mask Characterization.
  • Showcases that  provide a bridge to the profession: Senior Showcases are presented in New York and Los Angeles for agents, managers and casting directors.
  • A comprehensive performance season with four dramas and a festival of student created new works presented in a variety of performance spaces.

The 2014-2015 school year will be the 32nd year of training actors who earn the BFA in Dramatic Performance degree from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. Check our * NEW * special page 32 at 32 under the Notable CCM Drama Alumni page to read about 32 actors for our 32nd year.

In our 32 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 Drama, 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 August 1, 2014 and are due by December 1, 2014. Please explore the additional Drama web-pages to learn all you can about one of the most exciting Drama programs in the country.

We love actors.

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

Joe Markesbery as John Proctor

Joe Markesbery (CCM Drama 2014) as John Proctor in Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE

Anna Stapleton as Elizabeth Proctor

Anna Stapleton (CCM Drama 2015) as Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE

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Working Actors

Diana Maria Riva

Diana Maria Riva (CCM Drama 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 Drama 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.