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CCM Acting Class of 2020

Class of 2020

Chandler Bates

Chandler Bates
Farmers Branch, TX

Chandler Bates is from Farmers Branch, Texas and is thrilled to start her sophomore year at CCM! Her credits include Jessica in This is Our Youth (a CCM lab production), Nadira in God and Sheila (Transmigration a Festival of New Works) and Tara in "En Route" (48-Hour Film Festival). Last spring she appeared in the Shakespeare in a Bar production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and this fall she will appear in the Mainstage production of Hamlet. Outside of acting, she enjoys painting, singing and photography. Her photos can be seen at chandlerbatesphotography.wordpress.com.

Jabari Carter

Jabari Carter
Atlanta, GA

Jabari is excited to continue with his second year of training at CCM. His recent stage works include Romeo and Juliet (Gregory), Naked Strangers an original devised piece in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Danny), the Cincinnati One Minute Play Festival, a staged reading of The Earth is Flat by Todd Almond (Student Librarian, Boyfriend), a staged reading of Middletown (Greg), "Vices" (Transmigration 2016 at CCM), and On The Other Hand. His film credits include, "Sunday" (CCM 48 Hour Film Festival, Dancer), “Anymore” and "Grey" films produced by Pajama Island Productions.

Will Clark

Will Clark              
Greensboro, NC

Will Clark is from Greensboro, North Carolina and is a current sophomore at CCM. Will has enjoyed working a full year with the incredible staff and students at CCM and can't wait to move on to another one. Will had the opportunity to be a part of The Land of Milk and Honey (Transmigration: A Festival of New Works) and got to work on 'Departure Time' a short movie for the 48-Hour Film Festival in his first year at CCM. Some previous roles include Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, John Dodge in Middletown, Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical, and Young Don in Leaving Iowa. Will has received multiple awards for NCTC (North Carolina Theater Conference) including Outstanding Achievement in acting and Excellence in Acting. In his free time Will is an avid video game enthusiast and enjoys playing with friends. Other hobbies include Camping, cooking, building computers, Working out, and singing. His vocal range is E2-C4.

Will enjoys meeting new people, always looking to branch out and meet new people. Will Loves his friends, family, and his God to him be the glory. He is also excited to be portraying Marcellus and Lucianus in Hamlet in the Fall. Will can't wait to enjoy another thrilling year at CCM.

Zoe Cotsias

Zoe Cotsias                           
Richmond, VA

Zoe Cotzias hails from Richmond, Virginia where she graduated high school from Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts in 2016. While in VA she participated in school, youth, and professional productions throughout the Richmond area. Some of her favorite stage work includes Julie in Oblivion (Richmond Theatre Critic's Circle nomination for Most Promising Newcomer), Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, The Witch in Into the Woods, and Titania in Midsummer. Film credits include ‘Shaving Cream’ as Addy (CCM E-Media), ‘Behind the Scenes’ as Emma (CCM E-Media), and ‘Off the Page’ as Friend (CCM 48-Hour Film Festival). Upcoming stage credits include: Cincinnati Fringe Festival’s Vapers at the Gate, and CCM’s fall mainstage, Hamlet. She is so excited to be a sophomore in CCM Acting this year as a member of the class of 2020!

Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox                   
Omsted Falls, OH

Matt is a current sophomore at CCM. During his first year in the program, Matt was involved in God and Sheila, a new works production, and in a student-led lab show entitled On the Other Hand. In addition to this, Matt has had principle roles in two short films that were shot off campus and won a Best Supporting Actor award for his work in the 2016 48 Hour Film Festival at CCM. Matt has also participated in numerous intensives, including writing and improv classes at Second City in Chicago, NSLC for Theatre at Fordham University, and Musical Theatre Overtures at Baldwin Wallace University. Some of Matt’s favorite roles include Edward in Big FishHarold Hill in The Music ManMortimer in Arsenic and Old LaceAl Lewis in The Sunshine Boysand Dr. Jason Posner in Wit.

Matt loves movies, comic books, making others laugh, God, his dogs, his family and his friends. Matt also has a great love for the outdoors. He is a fourth generation Eagle Scout. Matt cannot wait to have three more exciting years at CCM!

Paige Jordan

Paige Lindsay Jordan
Chicago, IL

Paige is a sophomore Acting major at CCM. She's participated in a staged reading of Intimate Apparel (Mrs. Dickson) in collaboration with Cincinnati Opera's OperaFusion: New Works, and "67B-104" in CCM's 48 Hour Film Festival. Her latest credit is Cliffhanger as a part of CCM Acting's Transmigration: A Festival of Student-Created New Works. Training includes masterclasses with Sandy Logan (Los Angeles) and Stephanie Klapper (New York). A native of the South Side of Chicago, Paige loves green tea flavored anything, dark chocolate, and burning incense. 

Graham Lutes

Graham Lutes               
Cincinnati, OH

Graham is very excited to continue his training at CCM. His favorite roles at CCM thus far are Dennis in This Is Our Youth, and Finn in Lifeboat (CCM Transmigration 2017). Some of his favorite past roles include East, Lendall, and Chad in Almost, Maine and Randall in Bring It On: The Musical. This past year, Graham enjoyed working with The Playhouse West Film Lab on the quirky short film, ‘MandM’.

Graham has worked professionally in both commercials and print modeling, landing jobs with national brands such as Speedway and Shaw Floors. Graham also writes and produces his own music and plans on releasing his first album soon. Outside of performing arts, Graham enjoys writing, finding new music, and watching as many Indie films as he can.

You can see him at CCM this fall as Derek in the world premiere of Todd Almond’s play The Earth Is Flat!

Jeremy Maislin

Jeremy Maislin                       
Houston, TX

Jeremy is elated to be entering his sophomore year at CCM! This last year he performed in Transmigration: A Festival Of New Works as the Carpet in The Happiest People on Earth. Jeremy was also an actor in the 48 Hour Film Festival in the short film 'I Wish I Could Feel Like This Every Day'. He can't wait to return to CCM where he will immediately begin rehearsals for Hamlet, where he will be playing Francisco and the Priest.  

Gabriela Medina

Gabriela Medina                           
Mason, OH

Gabriela is ecstatic to continue her Acting career at CCM as a sophomore. Her most recent work includes Vapors at The Gate, directed by Dan Winters; for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival (Ensemble and Assistant Stage Manager). Her film credits include: ‘Paramore’ (Christine) Nightwatcher in ‘Nightwatcher and Bolt’, ‘Dear Liv’ (Olivia) in her first 48 Hour Film Festival at CCM, and, you can also see her in the film “Killing of a Sacred Deer” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Nichole Kidman and Collin Farrell.

During high school Gaby participated in, National Arts Honors Society, DIY Club, Cross Country, and Drama Club. She discovered her passion for acting in the summer of 2015 after attending CCM’s Summer Immersion program. Her onstage credits include: Diana Bell in Theophilus North and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. For the role of Diana Bell, Gabriela has a Cappie nomination for best featured actress.

Gabriela is always doing something new and loves to learn about herself with every project she participates in. When she’s not in class she’s doing crafts, going to the gym, attending photoshoots, reading, working on independent projects, or updating her blog that is linked to her website: https://gabrielamedina1234.wixsite.com/gaby !

Gabriela cannot wait to see what sophomore year has in store for her! 

Briley Oakley

Briley Oakley 
Henderson, NV

Briley Oakley was born and raised in Henderson, NV surrounded by mountains and only a short 15-minute drive to the infamous Las Vegas Strip. Recently, she has been in Lifeboat as Anna in CCM’s Transmigration Festival of New Works and the 48-Hour Film Festival Short, 'Craig', as The Runner. She was also recently the Stage Manager for the devised piece of collaborative theatre, On The Other Hand directed by Gabriella DiVincenzo and the Co-Producer for P3M5 Project at CCM. Over this past summer, Briley was an intern at the production company Rebel Pilgrim in Cincinnati, OH. Looking forward, Briley is thrilled to be returning as a Sophomore to CCM and can’t wait to get started on new and exciting projects.

Abby Palen

Abby Palen
Union, KY

Abby is pumped to jump back into CCM for her sophomore year. Her recent performances include Indiana in The Land of Milk and Honey (CCM Transmigration), Virginia in 'Tobacco Free UC' (University of Cincinnati), and Sk8ter Girl in 'Graham Street' (CCM 48-Hr Film Festival). Abby grew up in Kentucky, performing with Queen City Productions, Thomas Moore College, and Ryle High School. Through Ryle High School, she has also directed The Importance of Being Earnest, and her own devised work entitled The Speed of Life. Outside of acting, Abby enjoys smiling, hiking, DJ’ing car rides, and spontaneous adventures. She is thrilled to continue her artistic journey this year at CCM.

Madison Pullman

Madison Pullman
Chicago, IL

Madison is excited to return this fall for her second year at CCM. Her previous works last year included multiple student short films, the film lab, and a LAB production titled On The Other Hand. Over the summer she attended a Second City improv workshop and traveled to Greece. This year she looks forward to diving deeper into the work on and off the stage.

 

 

 

Jack Steiner

Jack Steiner
Olympia, WA

Jack Steiner is from Olympia, Washington, he has been part of theater productions since age 6 starting in youth musical theater programs, and venturing into more professional theater and school productions . He grew up attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and attributes this to his ongoing interest and love of Shakespeare's works. Some of his favorite roles have been Macbeth, Benvolio Romeo & Juliet, Duke of York in Richard III, as well as Johnny Cade in The Outsiders, Kevin in Happiest People On Earth, and as Daniel Rocket in The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, whose cast won Washington State Best of Fest 2016. All this along with a growing list of short film work.

In the summer of 2015 and 2016 Jack attended the Berridge Conservatory in Normandy France: Craft of Acting, Stage and Film. He then went on to the BADA Midsummer Conservatory in Oxford England: Shakespeare Intensive. Other activities include nature walks, nature photography, and hunting for good music.

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