Denise Dal Vera brings real world business credits and expertise to the CCM Drama Program's Business Skills class as both a professional actress, producer and business executive, corporate trainer and coach. Helping student actors prepare for a career in media is her calling after enjoying a highly varied career as an on-camera and voiceover talent. She has had featured roles on Army Wives, 21 Jumpstreet, Northern Exposure, Days of Our Lives and Body Language, along with recent films We’re Doing Fine, The Next Three Days, My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Homecoming, Madison, Uninvited Guest and Artworks.
Dal Vera is also a founding creator of IWA Strategies, where she facilitates corporate adult learning techniques through Xavier Leadership Center. Some of her clients include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, UC Law School, Fifth-Third Bank, General Motors, GTE, Iams, Kroger, Lexmark, Boeing Aircraft, Eli Lilly & Co., Macy’s Stores, American Financial Group, Cincinnati Bell, Procter & Gamble, Barefoot Proximity and Wild Flavors.
She's a Graduate from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and currently holds Executive Board positions representing local actors and artists on both the Cincinnati Labor Council AFL-CIO, and the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau through her past National Board Member work for The Screen Actors Guild – SAG-AFTRA.
Currently she is writing, directing and producing the educational documentary film Steel Heartbeats, which focuses on the interaction between sighted and un-sighted high school student musicians through collaboration and a heightened awareness that what we all share in common is more powerful than what makes us different.
Rocco Dal Vera
is a Professor of Drama at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where he specializes in voice and speech for actors. He is also on the faculties of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, the Xavier Leadership Center at their Williams College of Business and Proctor and Gamble’s clay street project. He is the author and editor of six books, many of which have influenced curricular design at a number of schools and been translated extensively (most recently, Korean and Portuguese). He is the subject of a chapter in Voice and Speech Training in the New Millennium: Conversations With Master Teachers
(Applause Books, 2011). Voice: Onstage and Off
, co-authored with Robert Barton just came out in a new fully revised edition. Acting in Musical Theatre: A Comprehensive Course
, co-authored with Joe Deer, is also entering its second edition. For three years Deer and Dal Vera had a regular monthly article in Dramatics Magazine
called "Acting in Musical Theatre" and are frequent contributors to the journal Teaching Theatre
Rocco recently was awarded the title of Distinguished Member by the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. This is the highest honor given by the Association. Rocco lectures internationally on vocal violence and the effects of emotion on the voice and is Master Teacher of the Alba Method for Emotions. He is also the founding editor of the journal Voice and Speech Review
for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and has edited the first three books in that series:
- Standard Speech and other contemporary issues in professional voice and speech training
- The Voice in Violence
- Film, Broadcast and e-Media Coaching
The former head of the BFA Professional Actor and Musical Theatre Training Programs for Wright State University, he is on the Advisory Board for the Relativity School, and has also taught at the National Theatre Conservatory, Willamette University, United States International University and is the former chair of the Voice and Speech Department at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. For the last 16 seasons he has been the resident vocal coach for the Tony-Award winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is a resident artist at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, and works as a voice and speech coach at numerous theatres around the US including, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Long Beach Civic Light Opera, and the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
His voice can be heard on numerous commercials and he has worked on over 500 films and television shows including L. A. Law
, Hill Street Blues
, Raiders of the Lost Ark
and The Gods Must Be Crazy
He can be seen as co-host and assistant producer of the public television series, Healthward Bound...a lifelong journey
, which won the prize for Best Series at the American Medical Association's International Film Awards.
Giles Davies was born in Hong Kong and is of British descent. Davies grew up watching his parents on stage and acted from the age of five. After graduating from the Ohio State University’s graduate program in performance (with a specialty in creating solo work), he immediately joined the ensemble at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. He loves teaching, traveling and the tropics. Favorite Cincinnati Shakespeare Company roles include Coriolanus, Macbeth, Richard III, Dracula, Frankenstein, Caliban in The Tempest, and Vladimir in Waiting for Godot.
Susan Felder is a professional actor and director, produced playwright and a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association with 12 years of university-level teaching experience.
Felder holds a BA in theatre arts from Eastern Michigan University and an MFA in acting from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. For the past two years, Felder has taught movement, period styles and multi-level acting courses at Bradley University.
Felder has previously taught acting and movement at Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame and graduate-level courses at Oklahoma State University and Montana State University.
With more than 20 years experience as a professional actor, Felder has performed in numerous roles with The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Indiana Repertory, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Northlight Theatre, Boarshead Theatre and the Attic Theatre among others.
Felder received a Thespie Award for Best Supporting Actress as Wendy in Mother’s Day at Boarshead Theatre. She also received the Joseph Jefferson Award and After Dark Award for Best Ensemble in The Laramie Project at Next Theatre.
Felder holds two certificates of achievement from the Linklater Voice Center in Scotland, where she studied under world-renowned vocal coach Kristin Linklater.
As a verse and language direction coach, Felder has worked with actors and directors to help them better understand Shakespearean language at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Montana Shakespeare, Writer’s Theatre, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Shakespeare and Loyola University Chicago.
Her extensive directing credits range from the classical repertoire to more contemporary work. At Montana Shakespeare, Felder directed Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet. Other directing credits include The Quiet Man Tales at The Chicago Theatre, A Love Lost Life – The Marlon Brando Story at the Theatre Building Chicago, Waiting for Godot, the American premiere of The Blue Hour, A Son at the Front, and House of Butterflies at Loyola University Chicago and Beyond Therapy at Oklahoma State University. Most recently, Felder directed The Seagull, Mountaintop, and Our Country’s Good for Bradley University.
As a playwright, Felder’s original work has seen much success. Her play Wasteland received a critically acclaimed world premiere at Chicago’s Timeline Theatre. The Chicago Tribune said the show was “involving and strikingly emotional.” Her other works include Swimming with Van Gogh, which was chosen for the 2012 Arkansas New Play Festival and Milky Way and Main, which was chosen for the Judith Karman Hospice Play Festival. Most recently was the world premiere of Felder’s play Temple Spirit at Echo Theatre Dallas.
Fitzpatrick, Annie E.
Adjunct Instructor - Business Skills for the Actor
Corbett Cntr Perform Arts
Annie Fitzpatrick has worked as a professional actress for over 30 years. She was a founding member of the New Group in New York City and toured nationally and internationally with Murder A La Cart. Regionally, Fitzpatrick has performed at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Geva Theatre, Florida Stage, Florida Studio Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, the Human Race, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and the Know Theatre. She has a long-standing relationship with the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, where she has appeared in over 30 productions and received multiple Cincinnati Entertainment and Acclaim Awards. She has appeared in numerous national and local commercials. TV and film credits include Those Who Kill, Army Wives, Little Accidents, Fun Size, Milk Money, Loving and Broken Hearts.
She has coached professional actors for over 25 years and created a conservatory program for The Tri-State American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. She has taught interpersonal communication skills at UC’s College of Law and UC’s College of Medicine. She is a facilitator at the Xavier Leadership Center and a founding partner at IWA Strategies. She had been a corporate trainer and coach for companies that include Procter & Gamble, Lenscrafters, Krogers, Wild Flavors, Ipsos, Jancoa and Barefoot Proximity.
Richard E. Hess has been Chair of CCM Drama for the past 20 years. Recent directing credits at CCM include The Crucible, The Laramie Project, Coram Boy, RENT, You Can’t Take It With You (ACCLAIM Award winner Outstanding University Play), Anon(ymous) (ACCLAIM Award winner Outstanding Play), Brigadoon (Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Outstanding Musical) and Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Ensemble Acting).
He made his New York directing debut at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd Street directing AN EVENING OF (Mostly) TRUE SONGS (with Andrea Burns), a new incarnation of Don't Look Down, the music and lyrics of Adam Wagner, first seen in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Favorite directing credits at the Human Race Theatre Co., where he has been a resident artist since 1996, include Race, Red, Doubt, Proof, I Am My Own Wife, and A Delicate Balance. He directs Miracle on South Division Street for the Human Race in September of 2014. Other credits include the Los Angeles staging of the one-woman show Besame Mucho, O.K. That's Enough (with Diana Maria Riva), and the smash hits The Pages of My Diary I'd Rather Not Read and The Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity, both of which enjoyed sold out runs at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. For five years Hess was the artistic director of Hot Summer Nights in Cincinnati, where he directed Violet (with Ashley Brown), Hello, Dolly! (with Pamela Myers), Godspell (with Shoshana Bean and Leslie Kritzer) and the premiere of We Tell The Story: The Songs of Ahrens and Flaherty, in collaboration with Stephen Flaherty.
He studied with the internationally acclaimed director Anne Bogart and members of the Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI Co.) in New York and Los Angeles for the past decade. He has worked with the KNOW Theatre, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Chautauqua Institution, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops and Cincinnati Opera Education. He is proud of fostering the new work of playwrights, and has directed first productions of Richard Oberacker and Rob Taylor’s Don’t Make Me Pull This Show Over: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Parenting, Mark Halpin’s The Kid in the Dark, Ben Magnuson's Four Minutes and Tom Korbee's Will It Ever Stop Raining?
He made his debut as a playwright/creator in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival with (UN)Natural Disaster, created with 13 actors, performed in an abandoned building in Over-the-Rhine, and named the Producer's Pick of the Fringe. (UN)Natural Disaster was subsequently re-mounted on the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival.
In June of 2011 Hess directed The Collapsible Space Between Us with the Dadaab Theater Project, comprised of 5 CCM Drama students, which was presented with 8 refugees from the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya for World Refugee Day sponsored by the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya. He returned to Kenya as a Fulbright Scholar in 2014 and taught acting and directing and Kenyatta University in Nairobi and researched the creation of original works by creating KUMI NA MBILI (12), a stage show and a short film.
Hess was named Ernest Glover Outstanding Teacher at UC in 1999 and again in 2012 and was named the ACCLAIM Award Theatre Trailblazer in 2009. He is an associate member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC).
Member of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), Actors Equity Association (AEA), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), Association of University Professors (AAUP). Certified Fight Director, Certified Teacher, and the only woman in the United States recognized by the SAFD as a Fight Master, k. Jenny Jones is internationally in demand as a master teacher of contemporary violence, and is known for her arena style of unarmed stage combat called “Scrappy Fighting.”
Her regional Fight Directing includes choreographing Actor’s Theater of Louisville’s annual hit Dracula for the past three years, as well as the world premieres of Zoe Kazan’s Absalom and Naomi Wallace’s Hard Weather Boating Party; nearly 20 productions for the Tony award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park including Durango, Coyote on a Fence, Avenue X, Red Corners, 12th Night and Much Ado About Nothing; for five years she was the resident fight director for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company working on such plays as Coriolanus, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Lovers and Executioners, Private Lives and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe; numerous productions for the Cincinnati Opera including the world premiere of Margaret Garner with Denyse Graves; Of Mice and Men for the St. Louis Repertory; and the hit premiere of Jerry Springer the Opera for New Stage Collective. Other regional credits include Human Race Theater Company, the Know Theater, Portland Opera, Kentucky Opera and over 60 productions for CCM including Cyrano, Don Giovanni, The Rakes Progress, The Rape of Lucretia, Pelleas and Melisande, Man of LaMancha, Wild Party, Brigadoon, Crazy For You, As You Like It, 12th Night, Charlie’s Aunt, Glory of Living, Suburbia, The Lady’s Not For Burning, Anon(y)mous, Elephant Man and I Hate Hamlet.
One of the founders of the nation’s most successful premiere theaters, the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC), Jones continues to walk the boards and was most recently seen in ETC’s productions of Dead Man’s Cell Phone and More Fun Than Bowling. She studied the acting techniques of Michael Chekhov with Mala Powers, Andrie Malaev-Babel, Joanna Merlin and Russian Laureate Viacheslav (Slava) Kokorin. Owner/Director of the Bard alley Studio, she teaches the Michael Chekhov acting technique and mentors aspiring teachers of stage combat.
In 2007 Jones was awarded two Acclaim Awards: one for the role of Fraulein Schneider in CCM’s Cabaret and the second was the Cincinnati Acclaim “Most Valuable Player” award. She was named CCM’s Ernest Glover Outstanding Teacher in 2009.
Wendy LeBorgne is the voice pathologist, singing voice specialist, and director of the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation (Dayton, OH), and The Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH). Additionally, she holds adjunct professor positions at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a Voice Consultant. She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Shenandoah Conservatory and both her masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a specialty in voice disorders.
LeBorgne's research has focused primarily on the area of the professional singing voice (specifically the Broadway Belt Voice). Original peer-reviewed research has been published in the Journal of Voice and she is a contributing author to the book Voice Therapy: Clinical Studies providing a case study on “Vocal Intervention with the Touring Broadway Actor”. She has authored two training DVD’s entitled LARYNGEAL VIDE0STROBOSCOPIC IMAGES: Normal and Pathologic Samples and Rating Laryngeal Videostroboscopy and CAPEV: Normal and Pathologic Samples distributed by Plural Publishing. In addition, her article “The Young Singer: Consideration for Vocal Training in Children through Adolescence” was published in the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders. Her newest book and workbook (with co-author Marci Rosenberg, M.S. CCC-SLP) The Vocal Athlete & The Vocal Athlete: Application & Technique for the Hybrid Singer are written and designed to bridge the gap between the art of contemporary commercial music singing and the science behind voice production in this ever-growing popular vocal style.
LeBorgne actively presents and provides workshops and master classes nationally and internationally on the professional performing voice. Her patients can be seen and heard on Broadway stages, national and international tours, opera companies throughout the world, network television, commercial music recordings, and as radio personalities. As a voice pathologist and singing voice specialist, her clinical work includes providing voice evaluations and therapy for singers and actors locally and nationally. In addition to her duties as a voice pathologist, Dr. LeBorgne continues to maintain an active professional performing career.
Meyers, d. Lynn
Adjunct Instructor - Audition Techniques
Corbett Cntr Perform Arts
d. Lynn Meyers is the Producting Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and a Casting Director with the CSA- The Casting Society of America.
Susan Moser received her dance education from the Ohio State University Department of Dance, with a focus on Composition and Performance. Post college, she was a principal dancer with the Valois Company of Dance, Detroit MI and Toledo, OH. Her modern dance training continued with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Senta Driver, Buzz Miller, Ruth Solomon, Shawn Womack, Cheryl Wallace and the famed Lyndon Branaugh (with the Graham Institute in London). Further training included studying Kinesiology and Movement for Stage Actors with Barbara Leverone and Movement Therapy with Fanchon Shur.
Moser composes and performs her original works for the Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati Aronoff Center, Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra and Creativa: A Convergence of Creative Visions. She is the Founder, Owner and Artistic Director of Tänze Performing Arts Studio - a performing arts school located in Fairfield OH., serving the community with multi-cultural and multi-generational programs in dance, theater, music and visual art.
Moser is deeply involved in the movement of arts in education, and has been a resident artist for Fairfield City Schools, Schilling School for Gifted Children and the Learning Tree. She has written curriculum for K-3 Arts Integration in Education for Spectra+, introducing how dance, drama and music can be used in daily lessons of math, social studies and language arts, and taught Creative Movement and Dance Composition for grades K-12 for Schilling School for Gifted Children. Moser is summer faculty at the Contemporary Dance Theater, The Cincinnati Arts Museum Summer Camps and Leadership Cincinnati Explore the Arts Day.
Fitness Education has been a vital part of her artistic process. She was the anchor of Rock Aerobics on WOIT FM 104 in Toledo OH, and she had the opportunity to be a guest fitness trainer for the Detroit Lions in conjunction with Vic Tanny International. Moser holds licenses and certifications through International Health and Fitness Education, with a focus on Special Populations, American Exercise Safety Association, Dance Educators of America and Educational Kinesiology through The Ohio State University. She is also a former Resident Dance Artist with the Ohio Arts Council-Arts in Education Program.
Professional affiliations and awards include: International Thespian Society, Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity, Psi Chapter, National Dance Association, Ohio Dance Association, Golden Apple Award-Fairfield City Schools, Fairfield, OH, 4C Childcare Recognition Award and President’s Community Service Award of the Hamilton Fairfield Chapter of the NAACP.
Though dance is her passion, Moser enjoys sharing her gifts and talents with the world of theater. She has been a Movement Specialist for Miami (OH) University Theater Department, Mad Anthony Theater Company, Hamilton Fairfield Civic Theater and CCM Drama and Opera Departments.
In her own words, Moser says, “CCM is the greatest place in the world to teach. I am blessed to be surrounded by such profoundly gifted faculty, staff and students!”
A father, actor, teacher and voice-over artist, Robert Pavlovich has appeared on stage in over 60 Regional, New Orleans, and Cincinnati productions. Favorites include: Adding Machine: A Musical, Eurydice, The Pillowman, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Drowsy Chaperone, Search & Destroy and Of Mice and Men.
He has appeared in motion pictures with Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Jean-Claude van Damme, Craig T Nelson, Malcolm MacDowell and others in films like Bad Liutenant: PoCNO, Emulsion, Pelican Brief, Meth: The Movie, Cat People, Living in Technicolor, Hard Target, The Big Easy-series and The Fire Next Time, as well as Ohio Independent and CCM E-Media films.
In an earlier life, he was a reporter/anchor for the UPI Radio Network (NYC and DC) and WWL News Radio. At WWL he won awards for reporting including recognition from the AP and UPI, the Press Club of New Orleans and Sigma Delta Chi (Green Eyeshade Award). His work took him from covering the Olympics and Presidential campaigns/conventions to the indictment of Governors.
Pavlovich was a Producer/Director as well as Television Production Manager for Cox Communications in New Orleans where he was responsible for creating original programming, commercials, and image material for air. During this time, he won awards for commercial production (Grand Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Creative Cable TV Commercial Production) and for public affairs/issue programming (Dangerous Bonds: Gangs in New Orleans).
Pavlovich has taught Acting at Loyola University of the South and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. As part of the CCM faculty, he teaches Theatre History, Acting for Camera, and Theatre In Your Life. Students have nominated him for a Glover Award, recognizing his commitment to quality education.
He has been a proud member of SAG-AFTRA since 1983 and of Actor's Equity since 1998 having served on the Board and Committees of both Unions.
Pavlovich is proudest of his sons, Robert Jr, Brett and Jason, and of his partner, friend and wife, Diane Lala.
Brant Russell is a graduate of Kenyon College (BA, political science) and Northwestern University (MFA, stage direction). He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, an associate member of SDC, and has worked on the staffs of Writers’ Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Steppenwolf. He has worked as a producer and/or director for Theater Seven, Steep Theater, Steppenwolf, Collaboraction, MoonPie Productions, Next Theater, Victory Gardens, the Side Project and Around the Coyote, among others. His short plays have been produced by Collaboraction and American Blues Theater. He has appeared onstage in productions and readings for Next, Theater-Hikes, Steep / Naked Angels, and Strawdog Theater. He has taught at Northwestern University, Kenyon College and Steppenwolf.
Since arriving in Cincinnati in 2013, he has led post-show discussions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and directed Boeing-Boeing, a collaboration between CCM Drama and the Carnegie Theatre in Covington, KY. In summer, 2014, he produced and directed the World’s Fair Plays at Queens Theatre in the Park in New York, and in January, 2015, he will direct the American premiere of Brett Neveu’s RED BUD at Signal Ensemble in Chicago.
In 2014-15, Brant will direct Macbeth as CCM's fall Mainstage Series Drama and a Studio Series Drama production in the spring. He teaches Artist in Society, Script Analysis, History of Directing and graduate courses including Intro to Dramaturgy and Collaboration Techniques. He has taught independent studies in Absurdist Theater, Politics in Drama and Performance Art.
D'Arcy Smith was most recently the resident voice/dialect coach at the Guthrie Theater and a Lecturer of Voice/Speech/Text at the University of Minnesota. He has worked as a teacher and voice and speech specialist in the United States, U.K., Canada and New Zealand. A graduate of York University’s MFA program in Acting with an additional Diploma in Voice Teaching, he has taught at The Central School for Speech and Drama, Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Wright State University, the Canadian National Voice Intensive, and at York University.
Smith has also worked as voice, speech and dialect coach on countless professional productions. He produced and directed the audio CD that accompanies the book Phonics for Dummies. He has led workshops in presentation and communication skills to managers and executives, doctors, and attorneys. He is also well versed in a variety of different voice, speech and communication techniques so that he can best help the individual in their learning or professional endeavor. He believes in always keeping a sense of play while guiding the actor, presenter, or educator to find freedom, confidence and empowerment.