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

Scott Cain, Talkin' Broadway

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


Tony Yazbeck

Congratulations to Tony Yazbeck, winner of the coveted Fred and Adele Astaire Award for outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway.  Tony won the award as Outstanding Male Dancer for his work as Gabey in the revival of On the Town, in a tie with Robbie Fairchild of An American in Paris.  The awards were announced at the Skirball Center on June 1. Tony also received a Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Musical, as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination as Outstanding Actor in a Musical.


Freshmen 2015

(top row) Bryce Baxter, Aria Braswell, Kevin Chlapecka, Dylan Dougal, Miles Horne, Kendall McCarthy (middle row) Jordan Miller, Jennifer Mollet, Dylan Mulvaney, Anya Olsen, Bryn Purvis, Jacob Rankin (bottom row) Gabriela Rodrigues, Alexander Stone, Frank Thams, Zachary Triska, Amanda Valenzuela, Madelaine Vandenberg


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."


If you are watching the Tony Awards live from New York's Radio City on June 7, you may also see some or all of these CCM Musical Theatre graduates, currently or recently on Broadway: Graydon Long (The Audience), Sarrah Strimel (An American in Paris), Lisa Howard (It Should Been You), Aaron Lazar (The Last Ship), John Riddle (The Visit), Alysha Deslorieux and Andrew Chappelle (Hamilton), Stephanie Park and Aaron Albano (The King and I), Tony Yazbeck and Cody Williams (On the Town), Jim Walton and Preston Truman Boyd (On the Twentieth Century), Brandon Bieber (Side Show), Max Clayton and Kathryn Boswell (Gigi), Eric Sciotto (Something’s Rotten!) and Kevin McCollum (producer, Something’s Rotten! and Hand to God).

Playbill Picks the Breakout Performances of the 2014-15 Broadway Season

Playbill Picks

Before the 2015 Tony nominations were announced, the staff at took a look back at the season and chose a handful of Broadway breakout performances. Two CCM Musical Theatre graduates, Lisa Howard (Class of 1997) and John Riddle (Class of 2012) were included in the list.

The Playbill editors wrote of our two graduates:

Playing Jenny, the eternally patient maid of honor and sister to the bride in the musical comedy It Shoulda Been You, Lisa Howard delightfully surprised many audience members by not only stealing the show but taking the last bow at curtain call. Starring alongside Broadway veterans and Tony winners Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris, Howard's performance as the plus-size, picked-on Jenny showcases her strong acting and singing skills (especially in the show-stopping number "Jenny's Blues"). "That's what you dream of and envision, I think, when you decide that you want to do this," Howard told about her career as an actress. "I knew I was never your typical chorus girl, so doing a role like this was the goal. I did envision it. I'm just glad I'm having this opportunity."

Michelle Veintimilla and John Riddle are haunting scene stealers in Kander and Ebb's The Visit. Embodying Young Claire and Young Anton, the two shadow Chita Rivera and Roger Rees as the veteran actors recount love, loss and betrayal. Veintimilla and Riddle make impressive Broadway debuts. The smooth-voiced Riddle will leave the romantic ballad "You, You, You" swirling through your head, while Veintimilla's pas de deux with Rivera (which the New York Times called "the most affecting of all") will leave even the most revenge-hungry among us a little teary-eyed.

"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

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Kevin McCollum

Class of 1986

Kevin scored multiple Tony nominations for his productions of Something’s Rotten! (Best Musical) and Hand to God (Best Play). Kevin also received twelve Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical and nine Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Musical.

Lisa Howard

Class of 1997

Lisa Howard garnered a Drama Desk nomination as Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance in It Shoulda Been You with Tyne Daly.

Tony Yazbeck


Tony Yazbeck received a Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Gabey in the revival of On the Town, as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination as Outstanding Actor in a Musical.


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