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Do you want to be an actor?

An actor who graduates from CCM is ready to say "yes" to film, television, stage, voice-over and commercial opportunities. CCM students practice the skills needed to be a successful actor, no matter where or when. Welcome to the Next Stage.

Training for the BFA in Acting at CCM includes:

  • broad actor training in Meisner, Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, improvisation and classical text
  • specialized voice training in voice-over, phonetics, dialects, singing and voice production
  • comprehensive movement training in Viewpoints, Suzuki, Mask, Clowning and LeCoq
  • unparalleled stage combat training with an SAFD certified Fight Master
  • acting for the camera training for a full year
  • productions in film, classical and contemporary shows, as well as devised and new works
  • a Senior Showcase for agents in New York and Los Angeles

The deadline to apply for 2020-21 enrollment is Dec. 1, 2019.

Prospective students can request information or schedule a visit and see for themselves why Backstage Magazine calls CCM a “first-rate BFA program in acting.”

Interested in Conservatory-style BFA Acting training?

Below are just a few examples of what makes us special and why students choose CCM Acting:

  • World Class Faculty. Learn Acting, Voice Production & Stage and Film Combat from Industry Leaders.
  • State of the Art Facilities & Technical support. The CCM physical plant along with its Design & Technical support for films and stage productions rivals most regional theaters in the US.
  • BFA Focused. Because we have no accompanying MFA program (nor BA), we are able to offer our students more film and stage time & more roles- our students graduate with more knowledge & experience.
  • Ensemble work & imagining individual possibilities is our philosophy & motto!
  • Unmatched in the balance between artistry and profession. We enjoy the artist who finds work in the profession!
  • Four years of Acting Class. We offer four rather than two or three years of class. Over those four years, we offer an intense yet varied method combining Viewpoints, Suzuki, Stanislavski, Meisner, and Chekhov training.
  • Business Skills, Audition techniques, Acting for the Camera and web based programming. To better prepare our students to be Actors of the Future, because of these classes, our students are ahead of the techno-curve, graduating with professional web pages, demo film reels and voice-over demos.
  • Performance Opportunities Galore. You may never be as busy as an actor as when you are a student in CCM Acting. Students act in annual 48 Hour-Film Festivals, in student and professional films, in Mainstage and Studio productions, in Staged Readings, and in our annual New Works Festival.
  • The national leader in professional affiliations of our students. As recognized by SAG/AFTRA, who use CCM Acting as a model for schools across the country for better preparing students in joining the professional arena of Theater, Television and Film!
  • Bi-coastal senior showcases. In New York and Los Angeles, our showcases are attended by hundreds of industry professionals.
  • New Works Project. Knowing the challenges for young artists to enter the profession, we offer our New Works Project, where our entire department writes, produces, and performs their own work---our students graduate with experience in producing, collaborating, creating & writing---knowing how to generate their own art. Many of our students have gone on to find success at regional, national and international Fringe Festivals!
  • Several Master classes a year. Each year, we host the likes of Anne Bogart, Theater Mitu, The Debate Society, The Mad Ones, Upright Citzens Brigade, and numerous casting directors & talent agents from LA and New York.

CCM Acting is as a comprehensive and rigorous actor-training program that provides students with creative performance opportunities in various media and styles that will prepare actors for careers in theatre, film, television, and the media arts. Graduates of the program are writers, composers, producers, and educators, as well as actors. Our vision is to create an academic and creative environment in which students can learn important skills for the 21st century- research, rehearsal and performance techniques, flexibility, discipline, artistic kindness, and collaboration.

CCM Acting has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top Acting Programs in the U.S.

A student in CCM Acting is in demand for his or her talents, with students frequently being cast in film and commercial projects while in school. Union membership in AEA and SAG-AFTRA is encouraged.

CCM Acting has a deep commitment to diversity and nondiscrimination. In CCM Acting we imagine the possibilities every day.

Alumni At Work

Sarah Davenport- 'Stitchers' on FreeForm/Ty Olwin- 'APB' on FOX/Will Kiley- 'Chicago Fire' on NBC/Spencer House-'BrainDead' on CBS/Diana Maria Riva-'Man With A Plan' on CBS/Zlatomir Moldovanski- Romeo and Juliet at the Stratford Festival-Canada/Dominic Bogart-'FEAR THE WALKING DEAD' on AMC/Sarah Ellen Stephens-'Lil' Benny/Lauren Ashley Carter-'Imitation Girl'/Torie Wilkins-Violet/Jonathan Silver-White Guy on the Bus- Off-Broadway/Cooper Thornton-'Sully'/Connor Lawrence-'Frat Star'/Eydie Mankowki-'Fuller House' on Netflix/Shaun Sutton-Funny or Die/Kelly McCormick-Caroline, or Change/Richard Oberacker- Bandstand/Michael Carr-The Legend of Georgia McBride

Sarah Davenport
Spencer House
BrainDead on CBS
Fear the Walking Dead on AMC
Torie Wilkins
Torie Wilkins in Violet
Connor Lawrence
Frat Star Movie Poster
Kelly McCormick
Caroline or Change
Ty Olwin
Diana Maria Riva
Man With A Plan- CBS
Sarah Stephens
Li'l Benny Film Poster
Jonathan Silver
Jonathan Silver- White Guy on the Bus Off Broadway
Eydie Cohen Mankowski
Fuller House poster
Richard Oberacker
Bandstand- The New American Musical
Will Kiley
Will Kiley- Chicago Fire
Zlatomir Moldovanski
Zlatomir Moldovanski- Romeo and Juliet- Stratford Festival
Lauren Ashley Carter- Imitation Girl
Sully with Tom Hanks
Shaun Sutton
Funny or Die
Michael Carr
The Legend of Georgia McBride
UC Ingot

David Edgar's masterpiece PENTECOST

UC Ingot
Very Dumb Kids- ensemble-web

CCM Acting's commissioned play VERY DUMB KIDS by Gracie Gardner



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Working Actors

Diana Maria Riva

Diana Maria Riva (CCM Acting 1995) currently stars in 'Man With a Plan' on CBS with Matt LeBlanc. Recent film credits include 'Short Term 12', 'Love and Mercy' with Paul Giamatti and John Cusack, and 'McFarland' with Kevin Costner. Other film credits include 'What Women Want', 'Our Family Wedding', and '17 Again'. Television credits include 'Telenovela', 'Side Order of Life', 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip', 'The West Wing', 'CSI', 'Everybody Loves Raymond', and 'NYPD Blue'.

Aaron Serotsky

Aaron Serotsky (CCM Acting 1998) Credits include the Broadway production of August, Osage County and the Off-Broadway productions of Finks, Frankenstein and The Blue Flower, and the  First National Tour of the musical Titanic. He has worked at the Denver Center Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, George Street Playhouse, and Northlight Theatre in Chicago. Television credits include Homeland, Law & Order, Guiding Light, and All My Children.