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THE MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM at CCM is the oldest in the country and was the first of its kind. It was used by the National Association of Schools of Theatre in formulating the guidelines for accreditation of Musical Theatre programs nationwide. It is widely recognized for its "triple-threat" approach to training and many of its graduates are following careers as performers and creative artists in every facet of the entertainment industry.

Musical Theatre training at CCM includes:

  • A two-fold approach to vocal training with private voice lessons which focus on technique and "vocal coaching" which integrates voice and acting skills in the interpretation of the musical theatre song
  • A rigorous acting curriculum which includes the work of Anne Bogart, Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, Robert Cohen, as well as Suzuki actor training, cabaret techniques, audition skills and acting for the camera
  • Extensive dance training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and Pilates and the opportunity to explore choreography for the musical stage
  • Showcases which bookend the training experience: a Freshman Showcase presented in Cincinnati and a Senior Showcase presented for agents and casting directors in Chicago and New York City
  • A comprehensive production schedule with five musicals presented in three dynamically different "state of the art" theatre spaces each season

"CCM's program consistently produces some of the most talented and well-
trained collegians in the nation."

Scott Cain, Talkin' Broadway

Cincinnati Magazine
Cincinnati Magazine

IN 2005, CCM was singled out as the BEST PLACE TO CATCH A RISING STAR in Cincinnati Magazine’s Annual “Best of” Issue. Says the accompanying copy: “Many contemporary concert artists, opera singers and Broadway actors (see Shoshana Bean, Faith Prince and Lee Roy Reams, to name a few) first polished their acts here. Odds are good you’ll see a future headliner."



THE MUSICAL THEATRE Class of 2013 performs at the New York Showcase, presented in Cincinnati as a benefit performance for the Friends of CCM. Featured is an arrangement of "Flight" by Craig Carnelia and "Somewhere" by Leonard Bernstein, arranged by Steve Goers and accompanied by Julie Spangler.

"If you are a high school student intent on studying musical theatre, more I cannot wish you than to enroll at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music."                                                                       

Peter Filichia, Theatre Week

Meet Our Students





Meet Our Musical
Theatre Alumni

Karen Olivo



Karen Olivo won the 2009 Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Anita in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. The role also brought her an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Desk Award nomination, an Astaire Award nomination and the distinction of being the first and only actor to win a Tony for a performance in West Side Story. She originated the role of Vanessa in the Tony Award–winning musical In the Heights both on- and off-Broadway, receiving an Astaire Award for her work. She appeared in the world premiere of By The Way, Meet Vera Stark by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, as well as in Rent (Mimi) and Brooklyn (Faith). She had a recurring role in The Good Wife on CBS, playing wealthy law student Giada Cabrini, and was a series regular in the second season of NBC's Harry's Law, playing "hot shot lawyer" Cassie Reynolds. She has appeared on film in Adrift in Manhattan, Make Yourself at Home, The New Twenty, Shanghai Hotel and The Orphan Killer. Karen is of Dominican, Puerto Rican, Native American, and Chinese descent. She is married to Matt Caplan, who is currently in the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.




Photo Credits

Banner Top: Finale, Crazy for You, Corbett Auditorium.