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CCM Drama Curriculum

The curriculum for the BFA in Dramatic Performance from CCM is rigorous, demanding and thorough. The classroom training is practical and tailored to the individual, and it is designed to prepare artists for work as an actor in the twenty-first century. Recognizing that there is no one methodology guaranteed to unlock the potential of every individual student, CCM Drama offers diverse experiential training that puts student growth at the center.

Classroom training, with emphasis on acting, voice production, and movement, is the cornerstone of the CCM experience. Production work, taken as a class for credit, is the natural extension of the classroom where students put their training to the test in the rehearsal and production of major works from the theatrical canon. In addition, master classes offered by internationally recognized artists complement the student training experience at CCM.

Each incoming class, numbering from 15-18 students, moves as a group through the four years of training. The curriculum is comprehensive, structured, and varied.

  • The acting track takes students through a progression from a year of Viewpoints and Suzuki Training, to a year of Meisner and Morris Training, through an in-depth year in the Michael Chekhov Technique, and finishes with a year of styles work.
  • The voice classes offer in-depth study of voice production, working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), Alba Emoting, rigorous dialect studies, verse and scansion, vocal health, and voice-over work.
  • In the Movement sequence students encounter the Alexander Technique, Pilates, Laban training, and a full year of mask work (neutral, full-face primitive, half-face character, and quality masks). Students encounter a year of combat training, including work in rapier, dagger, quarterstaff, unarmed, and scrappy fighting, culminating in juniors testing for the SAFD (Society of Fight Directors) and, if they pass the test, being recognized actor-combatants.
  • The Senior Showcase, the capstone experience for all seniors, serves as entry into the profession for graduating seniors. The Senior Showcase is performed for the industry (artistic directors, casting directors, agents and managers) in Cincinnati, New York, and Los Angeles.
  • The 9 required credits in Rehearsal and Performance are earned by being cast in departmental productions. As of the sophomore year all students are required to audition for every show produced by CCM Drama, which includes 4 full-length plays a year.

  • The 9 required credits in New Works Production are earned by yearly participation in TRANSMIGRATION: A Festival of Student Created New Works. From freshman through senior year every CCM Drama student is randomly placed on a team of students who write, create, produce, and perform in an origal 30 minute performance presented in festival format in in three similtaneous venues for a weekend in March.
  • Specialized conservatory courses are offered in Acting For the Camera, Audition and Business Skills For The Actor.
  • For elective credit students may choose to take voice lessons from the excellent CCM Voice Department, dance classes from the Dance Division or the Musical Theatre Department, or academics from the various other colleges of the University of Cincinnati.
Elektra

Allison Sell as Elektra

Below is a recommended path for the 4 year sequence for BFA in Dramatic Performance. Because so many core courses are full-year courses, and others are only available in either fall or spring semesters, students must pay close attention to requirements in order to graduate in 4 years. Regular visits with your advisor and graduation checks beginning in the junior year are recommended.

FRESHMEN YEAR- Fall Semester

Acting  I
3
Voice Production I
2
Movement I
1
Artist in Society 3
Intro to Tech Theatre
3
English 1001 3

Total

15

FRESHMEN YEAR- Spring Semester

Acting  I
3
Voice Production I
2
Movement I
1
Artist in Society 3
Integrated Media Production I 3

 

Total

12

SOPHOMORE YEAR- Fall Semester

Acting  II
3
Voice Production II
2
Movement II
1
Theatre History
3
Fundamentals of Directing 3
Voice Lesson
3
Rehearsal & Performance 3

Total

18

JUNIOR YEAR- Fall Semester

Acting  III
3
Voice Production III
2
Movement III
1
Acting for the Camera
3
Psychology Elective 3
Rehearsal & Performance 3

Total

15

SENIOR YEAR- Fall Semester

Acting  IV
3
Voice Production IV
2
Movement IV
1
Drama Literature Elective 3
Senior Showcase 3
Rehearsal & Performance 3

Total

15

SOPHOMORE YEAR- Spring Semester

Acting  II
3
Voice Production II
2
Movement II
1
Theatre History
3
Audition/Business Skills 
3
New Works Production
3
English 2089 3

Total

18

JUNIOR YEAR- Spring Semester

Acting  III
3
Voice Production III
2
Movement III
1
Dance Elective
3
Drama Literature Elective
3
New Works Production 3

Total

15

SENIOR YEAR- Spring Semester

Acting  IV
3
Voice Production IV
2
Movement IV
1
Senior Showcase 3
New Works Production 3

Total

12

Recent masterclasses and residencies include:

Mary V. Buck, casting director, former Senior Vice President of Casting for Warner Brothers Television Studios, Los Angeles
WAR HORSE: Puppetry Masterclass
KJ Sanchez: American Records Theatre Co. and Artistic Associate of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Cindi Rush, Cindi Rush Casting, New York
Upright Citizens Brigade
Studio 6
Ellen McLaughlin, (Angels in America, Pts. I and II) Playwright and actress
Anne Bogart, Artistic Director, the SITI Co.
Stephen Webber, Barney O'Hanlon, and j. Ed Araiza, the SITI Co.
Theatre MITU
, Ruben Polendo, Michael Littig- New York Theatre Company
Andre Gregory (My Dinner With Andre, Vanya on 42nd Street) Director and actor
Athol Fugard (Master Harold . . . and the Boys, My Children! My Africa)
Jose Rivera (Marisol, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, The Motorcycle Diaries)
Diana Maria Riva (Rob, The Good Guys, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The West Wing, What Women Want, Everybody Loves Raymond, The X- Files, Philly, Luis, CSI) Actress, CCM Drama 1995
Richard Oberacker (The World According to Fishman, Ace, Journey to the West) Composer and Music Director, Cirque du Soleil, CCM Drama 1993
Arnold Mungioli (Mungioli Theatricals) NY Casting Director
Gary Krasny (The Krasny Office) NY Agent
Sandi Logan, Executive V.P of Casting, ABC
Denise Dal Vera, Tri State AFTRA President
Geoffrey Soffer, Casting, ABC's UGLY BETTY

Big Love

Joy Lanceta and Ben Newell in Big Love

The CCM Drama Handbook will answer many questions. Refer to it regularly.

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CCM DRAMA
Working Actors

Samuel Stricklen

Samuel Stricklen (CCM Drama 2003) appeared in the Broadway production of Superior Donuts. His long association with Anne Bogart and the SITI Co., begun while he was a student in CCM Drama, has seen him appear in Louisville, New York, Canada, and Dublin in SITI Co. productions of Radio MacBeth, bobrauschenbergamerica, and Under Construction,  Sam is also a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, with an MFA in Acting. Television: As the World Turns.

Sara Gaare

Sara Gaare (CCM Drama 2006) is super involved with the improv community in Chicago. She regularly performs at ComedySportz. Previous projects includea  one woman improvised show called Simply Sara (performed at 1O West in LA), before she turned it into a 3 woman sketch show that had a month run in Atlanta.

Kelly McCormick

Kelly McCormick (CCM Drama 1998) is a much sought after singer-actress. She originated the role of Truly Scrumptious in the 1st National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in addition to playing Fantine in the National Tour of Les Miserables. She also appeared in the original new musical The Extraordinary Ordinary Off-Broadway in New York. She has appeared in The Pajama Game (Arizona Theatre Company), 1776 (Pittsburgh CLO), Children of Eden (Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.), and The Secret Garden (St. Louis Stages).

Dominic Bogart

Dominic Bogart (CCM Drama 2000) appeared in The Jersey Boys for almost two years in Chicago andSan Francisco. Other  theatre includes Zhivago ( La Jolla Playhouse), RENT (Mark Cohen in the First National Tour) Molly's Dreams and All But Forgotten  (Soho Repertory Theatre in New York), and Jesus Christ Superstar and Bat Boy. Film: By The Time The Sun Is Hot (Sundance), Harvest, Jesus Lovin' Buddhist, Scat Players, The Dig, Extractd, Deacon's Mondays, Summer Nuts, Autumn Mixtape, Captive, The King of Irontown. Television: The Chris Rock Show (HBO), FlashForward (ABC), Medical Investigation.

Lindsey Marlin

Lindsey Marlin (CCM Drama 2002) Film: Stabbing Stupidity, Hung Out to Dry Theatre: Pursuit of Happiness (Actors Theatre of Phoenix), Measure For Measure and The Laramie Project (Garson Theatre Co.), Kindertransport, and Oscar and Felix (Arizona Jewish Theatre Co.), Voices of Valor and Bluish (Arizona Jewish Theatre Company) Commercial and Voiceoverwork includes Long John Silver's, McDonald's, Safelite Auto Glass, Subway, Arizona Diamondbacks, Mazda and Honda. She is currently attending The Ohio State University in Columbus to earn her graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology.