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CCM TD&P Alumni Honored at Celebration

This past March, current and former students and faculty members from CCM’s Department of Theatre Design and Production (TD&P) reunited during the United States Institute for Theatre Technology's (USITT) National Convention, which came to Cincinnati's Duke Energy Convention Center March 18-21, 2015. This is the second time that the USITT Convention's visit to Cincinnati also served as a reunion for TD&P faculty and alumni.

The USITT conference was last held in Cincinnati in 2009, at which time the department honored the founding faculty members of its BFA program: Paul Shortt, Steve Waxler and Suellen Childs.

This year, the department honored 11 outstanding alumni for the successes that they have achieved since graduating. This year's gathering also landed on the 45th anniversary of the founding of the TD&P department at CCM.

Professor of Lighting Design and Technology James Gage says:

TD&P Alumni Ceremony

Professor of Lighting Design Jim Gage (left)

“These former students were recognized because they exemplify our hopes and dreams for our students to do well in the entertainment industries. It is evident we are training students to work at the highest levels demanded by the world’s creative minds in the performing arts and entertainment arenas. We are extremely proud of these 11 alumni and wish we could have provided awards for another 30-40 alumni. These alumni set daily examples of excellence for our present students and honoring them has given us, as faculty, a new benchmark for our BFA and MFA candidates at CCM now and in the future. We are fostering the next generation of great artists. They are CCM.”

The folowing alumni with degrees in costuming, lighting, make-up and wig design, scenic design, sound design and technical direction were honored.

  • Cameron Anderson (MFA Scenic Design, 2002)
  • Drew Dalzell (MFA Sound Design, 1999)
  • Travis Hagenbuch (BFA Lighting Design, 2007)
  • Andrew Kiester (BFA Sound Design, 2002)
  • Leah J. Loukas (BFA Make-Up & Wig Design, 2004)
  • Doug Pokorny (MFA Technical Direction, 2001)
  • Mark Rapach (MFA Technical Direction, 2009)
  • Mark D. Sorenson (MFA Costume Design & Technology, 2004)
  • Matthew Steinbrenner (BFA Scenic Design, 2006)
  • Sally Thomas (MFA Costume Design & Technology, 2000)
  • Steven Young (MFA Lighting Design, 1994)
TD&P Distinguished Alumni

These 11 alumni have achieved great successes in the entertainment design industry. Their combined honors and achievements include:

  • Broadway make-up design for The Heidi Chronicles and A Night with Janis Joplin;
  • Emmy award-winning lighting and scenic design for Super Bowl halftime shows,
  • the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics and 2011 and 2012 Grammy Awards ceremonies;
  • Lifetime Achievement awards by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle;
  • master carpentry for Harpo Studios (Oprah Winfrey-Productions);
  • master tailoring for the San Francisco Opera;
  • technical direction for the world’s largest cruise ships "The Oasis of the Sea" and "The Allure of The Seas;"
  • sound design for Broadway’s Godspell and Company;
  • sound designs for Universal Studios, Disney, Nickelodeon;
  • and scenic design for the Teatro Colon in Argentina, among others.

CCM's highly regarded BFA program in Design and Technology was founded 45 years ago. The MFA degree programs were added 15 years later. Today CCM has over 450 graduates working throughout the North American circuits of regional theatre, ballet, opera, Broadway, Disney, Cirque Du So lei and many other forms of entertainment design.

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