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CCM Acting Class of 2018

Senior Showcase - Class of 2018



26 March, 2018              

Industry performances at 1:00, 3:00, and 7:00 p.m.

at The Irene Diamond Stage
at The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

with Otterbein University, Columbus, Ohio

10 April, 2018

Industry Performances at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.

at The Garry Marshall Theatre
4252 Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA   91505

with Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

Carissa Cardy

Carissa Cardy                                     
Houston, TX

Carissa is ecstatic to finally be a senior in CCM Acting. This summer she spent her time in Los Angeles, California at the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center studying Improv. She appeared in last year's fall and spring Mainstage productions of Romeo and Juliet (Montague) and Her Naked Skin (Clara Franks). In previous years she was a part of the Mainstage fall production of Pentecost, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd CCM 48 Hour Film Festival in '165 W. McMillan', 'Off The Page', and 'Wandering'. Since attending CCM Acting she has been a part of Transmigration: A Festival of New Works where she has worked hard on creating a new pieces of devised theatre, completely different every year. Outside of school, Carissa enjoys hanging out with close friends, traveling, and being the life of the party!

Carissa Cardy in Her Naked Slin
Lauren Carter

Lauren Carter                                    
Gainesville, GA

Lauren is thrilled to be a senior at CCM. Her CCM credits include Very Dumb Kids, Cliffhanger, Middletown, The Home, Pentecost, Neutral and Non Partisan (The Ethics of Deception), Tigers Be Still, and 'Tell me About You' (48 Film Festival).

Last summer she studied Commedia Dell’ Arte in Arezzo, Italy with the Accademia Dell’ Arte and also participated in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival with the show Naked Strangers, directed by Richard Hess. This summer she will be in New York as an intern for Broadway Producer and CCM alum Kevin McCollum and his company, Alchemation.

Lauren also serves as a Cincinnati/Columbus Representative on the Ohio-Pittsburgh Local Board of SAG-AFTRA.

Outside of theatre, Lauren enjoys running, a good book, collecting plants, and sneaking food under the table to her Australian Shepherd who stays extremely loyal for this reason. She is also lawfully ordained to perform marriages, but has not been given this privilege…yet.

She looks forward to starting back at CCM in the fall for her senior year!

Lauren Carter in VERY DUMB KIDS
Kenzie Clark

Kenzie Clark                                
Olathe, KS

Kenzie is so excited to begin her senior year at CCM! She will appear this fall in the main stage production of Hamlet as Ophelia. Last year she was a part of the fall Studio production of Middletown the spring main stage production of Her Naked Skin, as well as the 3rd annual 48 Hour Film Festival and Transmigration 2016: LifeBoat. Last summer she was a member of the core company at the Orchard Project in Saratoga Springs, NY.  

Kenzie's other CCM credits include Pentecost, the 48 Hour Film Festival films '165 W McMillan' and 'Connect' as well as Transmigration 2015: Coulter Cliffs Inn and Transmigration 2016: The Home.

Kenzie Clark- Transmigration
Mafer Del Real

Mafer Del Real                                              
Aguascalientes, MEXICO

Mafer returns to CCM eager to get more business done during her last year of school. At CCM she has been Florence Boorman in Her Naked Skin, the Librarian in Middletown, Tunu in Pentecost, and Lighting and Sound designer for The Harper Merman’s Project (Transmigration 2017). Elsewhere she has performed as Wayer in Vapers at the Gate in the Cincy Fringe 2017 (Know Theater of Cincinnati), Herself in Naked Strangers in the Cincy Fringe 2016 (Know Theater of Cincinnati).

In film productions Mafer has been the Creator of The Pencil – Best Narrative short film at the DMC Showcase 2017 (, Director and Writer for Her Naked Skin, the Teaser – Runner up in the Best Add/Commercial category at the DMC Showcase 2017 (, Director for Sun Days are for Lovers (, Cinematographer for Check Mate (, Producer for Katalina’s Attic (, Producer and Tenant in 165 W. Mc Millan (, Director, Co-writer and Sarah in To See Him Again (

Offstage, Mafer enjoys singing Opera and Ranchera music. Also, if you enjoy true Mexican food, contact her, because she is an amazing cook!

Mafer Del Real in MIDDLETOWN
Landon Hawkins

Landon Hawkins
Knoxville, TN

Landon Hawkins is thrilled to be entering his final year of training with CCM. He is grateful for the opportunities the Acting department has afforded him, having worked extensively in his time as an actor and director. He is most thankful for the people he’s shared this experience with.  Acting: Leo in David Edgar’s PENTECOST, Tybalt in ROMEO AND JULIET, Thom in THOM PAIN (Know Theatre of Cincinnati), Claudius in HAMLET (CCM, Fall 2017) Directing: COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER (CCM Transmigration), THE ALIENS (CCM Lab), IDOMENEO (Assoc. dir, CCM Opera), CANDIDE (Dramaturg, CCM Opera, Fall 2017).

Landon Hawkins- Pentecost
Nick Heffelfinger

Nicholas Heffelfinger                         
Clermont, FL

Nick is now a Senior in the CCM Acting Department. Some of his favorite roles have been the Astronaut in Middletown by Will Eno in the CCM Studio Series and Andy in The Star Spangled Girl by Neil Simon with the Commonwealth Theater Co. You can see Nick in Hamlet as Laertes in the Fall of 2017.

On the weekends Nick likes to get together and make short films with his friends. You can see him in short sketches like "How To: Have a Happy Holiday" and "The Definition of The" on YouTube.

His other interests include voice over, comedy, stage combat, and wondering what lies in the depths of the Mariana Trench.

Nick Heffelfinger in MIDDLETOWN
Isaac Hickox-Young

Isaac Hickox-Young                           
Reno, NV

Isaac is thrilled to be returning for one last year with CCM Acting.  Favorite CCM Acting roles have included William Cain in Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s Her Naked Skin, Cop in Will Eno’s Middletown, and can be seen this fall in Shakespeare’s Hamlet as Polonius.  During his time at CCM he has had the pleasure of working with a number of professional companies as an actor, musician, and composer; including the Illinois Shakespeare Festival as the pianist for Peter and the Starcatcher, musician in Twelfth Night, Voltemand in Hamlet, and composer/The Tunester in Philip Dawkin’s Rodeo.  He also spent time with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival as the understudy for Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, as well as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Merry War Theatre Company.  Isaac is a National Merit Finalist and Cincinnatus Presidential Scholar, as well as a proud member of the Equity Membership Candidacy Program (EMC).

Isaac Hickox-Young- Her Naked Skin
Meg Olson

Meg Olson                                     
Minnetrista, MN

Meg is entering her senior year at the College-Conservatory of Music, and is so grateful and ecstatic to have one more year in the department. Meg has been seen previously in Her Naked Skin, Middletown, The Hunchback of Seville, Neutral and Non-Partisan (The Ethics of Deception), The Land of Milk and Honey, and Julius Caesar, to name a few. This summer, she will be in the Apprentice Company at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, pursuing her passion for classical text. This fall you can catch her in the Cohen Family Studio Theatre in the world premiere of The Earth as Flat as the zany conspiracy theorist, Shelley. When she's not acting onstage or behind the camera, you can catch her writing poetry, reading star charts, and analyzing court cases.

Olivia Passafiume

Olivia Passafiume                              
Louisville, KY

Olivia is grateful to be entering her senior year as a CCM Acting student. During her freshman year she participated in her first ever Transmigration and was a part of the making of A Fool’s Paradise (Binny Barker). She was also featured in 'Talking to You , 'Sunday', and Graham Street’ all CCM Drama/E-Media 48 Hour Film Festival submissions. Her sophomore year she was a part of the Mainstage productions of Pentecost (Cleopatra) and Ah, Wilderness! (Mildred Miller) and participated in another Transmigration Festival, Eliot Popkin (Pauline). In the spring of her junior year she was in the world premire of Very Dumb Kids (Mallory). She is thrilled to be a rising senior and cannot wait to see what the future holds!

Olivia Passafiume- Very Dumb Kids
Josh Reiter

Josh Reiter                                
Fairfax, VA

Josh hails from Fairfax, Virginia and is currently based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has performed with the Commonwealth Theatre Company playing Norman Cornell in Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled Girl, the Know Theatre of Cincinnati in Dragon Play and The Other Rhine, NYC's Caps Lock Theatre in Gen & Mabel, and with the Saratoga Shakespeare Company in Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado About Nothing. Josh directed Tigers Be Still and This is Our Youth for The Theatre Project at CCM. 

In the summer of 2015, Josh worked as an personal intern to Lin-Manuel Miranda when Hamilton opened on Broadway. Josh is a Senior in the BFA Acting program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Josh serves as a Cincinnati/Columbus Representative on the Ohio-Pittsburgh Local Board of SAG-AFTRA and is a proud member of the Equity Membership Candidacy Program (EMC).

Outside of the world of Film, Television, and Theatre; Josh enjoys food, hiking, and travel!

Josh Reiter- Dragon Play
Rupert Daniel Spraul

Rupert Daniel Spraul                                     
Cincinnati, OH

Rupert is a senior in the CCM Acting program. He hails from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Favorite credits include John Dodge in Middletown (CCM), Hally in Master Harold and The Boys (Flacon Theater), Chase in Chase The Dragon (Cincinnati LAB Theatre), Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Falcon Theater), Chad in Small Engine Repair (Untethered Theatre), and Alec in ‘Over The Rhine: The Movie’ (St. Michael Movies).  

Rupert will be playing the title role in Hamlet at CCM this fall.

Outside of theatre Rupert enjoys playing/writing music, rock collecting, and good company.

Rupert Spraul in MIDDLETOWN


23 March, 2018 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
in the Werner Recital Hall

The 7:00 p.m. Cincinnati performance will be followed immediately by the
16th Annual DOLLY Awards and reception in the Baur Room. The Cincinnati Showcase is free and unticketed. All are welcome.

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