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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 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


In the News 1

Hamilton. There are currently five Musical Theatre alumni appearing in productions of Hamilton around the country. Alysha Deslorieux and Andrew Chappelle appear in the Broadway cast; Karen Olivo and Samantha Pollino appear in the Chicago company and Raven Thomas appears in the new national tour opening in San Francisco.

In the News 2

WaitressAnastasiaCats   Musical Theatre graduate Betsy Wolfe replaces Sara Bareilles as Jenna in the Broadway production of Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.  Musical Theatre graduate Christy Altomare stars in the title role of the new musical Anastasia currently running on Broadway. The score is by CCM graduate and Tony Award winning composer, Stephen Flaherty.   At the Neil Simon Theatre, Jessica Hendy, Christine Cornish Smith and Aaron J. Albano don their feline apparel in the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical Cats.

"What does it take to land a Broadway show? Hard work, talent, luck – all backed up by a good education."



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."

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"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

Kathryn Boswell currently appears in the Broadway production of the new musical Anastasia.

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Meet Our
Musical Theatre

Max Chernin

Class of 2012

Sarah Jane Shanks

Class of 2003

Jim Walton

Class of 1977

Faith Prince

Class of 1979

Aaron Lazar

MFA, Class of 2002

Eric Sciotto

Class of 1997

Cody Williams

Class of 2010


Photo Credits

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