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APPLY NOW! How to Audition and Apply for CCM Acting


January 19, 26 and February 9, 2019

10:00 am-11:45 am   
Participatory Acting Class/ Voice and Movement Warm-Up

12:00 noon-12:45 am                       
Meeting with all Prospective Students and Parents

1:00 pm                                 
Auditions begin

In Cincinnati, the first portion of the audition consists of a group movement and voice warm-up class. (There are no group warm-ups at the regional audition sites.) Please bring or wear clothes which allow you to move. We work in bare feet and you may wear T-shirts and shorts or tank tops/footless leotards. There will be time to change into audition clothes.

You may also chose to audition for CCM Acting in the Unified Auditions in either New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.

NEW YORK        January 19, 20, 2019
CHICAGO           February 4, 5 2019
LOS ANGELES    No Auditions in LA for CCM Acting this year

Your 15 minute audition slot will include time for monologue presentations, adjustments, and a short interview.

The performance of two contrasting monologues is the centerpiece of the audition. It is also the portion over which you have the most control. Auditionees have a total of five minutes to present both pieces. Be brave and bold in your choices, and look hard for pieces that speak to you strongly, to which you deeply connect, which you just love working on and can’t wait to perform. We love fresh pieces that you choose for yourself. In fact, during the interview later, we often ask you why you chose your pieces. Also, be sure the pieces chosen show characters in contrasting situations and emotions. (one comic, one serious) By selecting monologues that are similar you are missing the opportunity to show us the range of your abilities.

After you perform your two well-rehearsed monologues, we may ask you to do the piece again with an ‘adjustment.’ An ‘adjustment’ is merely a new direction or a different outlook given to you by one of the faculty members to apply to your monologue as you present it again. This does not mean that you performed incorrectly the first time. To the contrary, it means that we were excited by your work and are eager to try working the piece again in a new way. We then get a chance to see how well you take direction, how open you are to new ideas, how much you are willing to play.

The last portion of the audition may include a very short informal mini-interview. We are very interested in our auditionees, and usually we just want to know a little more about your background, your high school drama experience, your ideas about CCM, and your needs and desires for college training. We are interested in getting to know you as a person, however briefly, so that we can make our choices based on the whole you.

Applications for the Class of 2023 (studies beginning in 2019-2020) will be available August 1 and are due by December 1, 2018 for full scholarship consideration. We use The COMMON APPLICATION. Students only need to fill out one application and your application will be shared with the schools of your choice.

Then, students need to complete a separate CCM Supplement to schedule an audition (or select “Already Auditioned” if you were seen in Nebraska or Kentucky or Texas) and pay the CCM application fee. You will be sent access to the CCM Supplement in about 48 hours. It will not happen immediately.

If you are having problems with the Common Application and the required CCM Supplement, please hit submit on your Common Application. If you still can’t access the CCM Supplement after receiving the email with the exact link, your username, and your password,  contact Professor Brant Russell at and ask for help finding and completing the CCM Supplement. Please wait at least 48 hours to contact him for help, giving the system some time.

A life of an actor in the performing arts is both exciting and difficult. Including stage, television, film, voice-over, print and commercial work, a well-trained actor has a vast array of career and performance opportunities from which to choose.

CCM's Acting Department encourages proficiency through a variety of approaches, most notably through the belief in rigorous, diversified training. There is no magic formula to success as an actor, but a solid technique grounded in thorough training in Acting, Voice, and Movement will help an actor be prepared for acting work anywhere.

Our professional training program for actors is designed to prepare students for a life as an actor. We believe that there is not just one way, one ‘method’ for actors to learn. Within a carefully developed sequence, each acting teacher in the program offers his or her techniques, tools, exercises, aesthetic and philosophy based on the work of such notable masters as Sanford Meisner, Michael Chekhov, Anne Bogart, Tadashi Suzuki and others. We want our graduates to be unique individuals who know how to develop well-crafted roles confidently and creatively, who have a strong command of their bodies, voices and minds, and who are not afraid to take artistic risks while staying true to the traits that make each a unique performer.

The audition for admission to the program in acting consists of two acted monologues. We want to get to know who you are through your work. The purpose of the audition is to see who you are and how you perform. It is an opportunity for us to see your personality, strengths, and traits that make you a unique person. Your introduction, your interest level as you answer and ask questions, the selection of monologues, everything you do at the audition helps us to evaluate you for admission. We like interesting and interested people.

Scholarship Information

There are two ways to receive scholarship aid to study in CCM Acting at the University of Cincinnati. The first is through an academic scholarship called the Cincinnatus Scholarship. For details, please visit the following page to learn more about this generous academic scholarship for students.

Every applicant is also automatically considered for our second type of scholarship, the CCM Talent Scholarship, which is awarded based on the audition and interview. No further applications or actions by applicants are required, other than applying and auditioning, to be considered for our modest talent scholarships.

Richard E. Hess

A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair in Acting

Audition Preparation (adapted from Handbook for Actors and Coaches by Robert E. Leonard)

  • PLEASE seek roles in your own maturity and emotional range and from material with which you are familiar and feel comfortable. Never attempt an audition monologue without reading the entire play and understanding your character in the context of the play. Avoid material specifically written for monologue books. We need to see you tackle a piece from a full-length play with a fully developed character. Teen monologue books, with pieces like ‘Angry Punk on the Subway’ will not show you at your best. Good writing will always serve your purposes better than mediocre or poor writing. Your audition material represents 90% of your time on stage, so select the strongest horse to ride.
  • PLEASE look for selections with contrasting characters, moods, intentions, rhythms, emotional levels, and content.
  • PLEASE choose pieces that will maximize your strongest assets and minimize your weaknesses. Actors who take risks are very appealing to us, but gear your risk taking to interpretation rather than casting. Above all, do what you do best.
  • PLEASE try to avoid climactic material which requires great depth or intensity of emotion. There is simply not enough time to achieve these emotional peaks effectively and honestly. On the other hand, avoid dull and passive pieces which dwell on character or plot exposition. Your character should be actively involved in overcoming obstacles in order to fulfill an immediate objective or intention.
  • PLEASE work hard on memorizing the pieces well, and know what the monologue means, what all the words mean, and how to pronounce those words.
  • PLEASE feel free to use the whole room during the audition. We will provide a chair for you to use.
  • PLEASE have fun.
Crimes of the Heart

*Please, no monologues from the following:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Boys Next Door
  • The Line That Picked Up 1,000 Babes and How It Can Work For You
  • The Vagina Monologues
  • The Woolgatherer
  • Getting Out
  • Macbeth
  • The Star Spangled Girl
  • Boys’ Life
  • The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
  • Laughing Wild
  • the 'Queen Mab' speech from Romeo and Juliet
  • any monologue from a play by Neil LaBute
  • any monologue about auditioning or eating disorders



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Working Actors

Lauren Ashley Carter

Lauren Ashley Carter (CCM Acting 2007) recently appeared on Law and Order SVU and in Premium Rush with Joseph Gordon Levitt. She also appeared in the 2011 Sundance Festival hit  horror movie The Woman directed by Lucky McKee. Other film credits include Darling, Jugface, The Prodigies and Rising Stars.


Michael Littig

Michael Littig (CCM Acting 2005) is a Fulbright Scholar who studied the relationship between theatre and the shamans in Mongolia. He is executive director off The Great Globe Foundation, and created the first Dadaab Theater Festival, which brought together refugees living in Kenya with CCM Drama students for a cultural exchange and performance on World Refugee Day in Nairobi. He is an Artistic Associate with THEATRE MITU, where he has performed in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in the original production of HEARTPIECE. This year he also appeared in A DREAM PLAY in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and has been working on the original piece Juarez (A Documentary Mythology), in Juarez, Mexico.


Nicole Callender

Nicole Callender (CCM Acting 1991) has worked as an actor, regionally as well as off Broadway, and as a fight choreographer. She is currently working as a stuntwoman.

Stunt credits include the feature films Spider Man 3, Enchanted, Across the Universe (Julie Taymor), The Inside Man (Spike Lee) War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg), Zombieland,  Tower Heist, Premium Rush, The Adjustment Bureau, Wall Street 2, The Other Guys, The Next Three Days, SALT, The Sorcerers Apprentice, When in Rome, She’s Out of My League, The Unborn, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Precious, The International, Don’t Mess with the Zohan, College Road Trip, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I am Legend, American Gangster, Underdog, Strangers with Candy, and Ladder 49.

Nicole has also been seen as a stunt performer in such television shows as Rescue Me, Law & Order (Criminal Intent & SVU), All My Children, Third Watch, It’s a Miracle, and Oz.


Amanda Perez

Amanda Perez (CCM Acting 2007) filmed two soon-to-be released feature films in Los Angeles this year: Summoned with Cuba Gooding Gooding Jr. and Don Jon with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and Tony Danza. She appeared in The Little Dog Laughed (TheatreWorks Hartford) and in the Public Theatre production of Knives and Other Sharp Objects in New York. Television credits include Gossip Girl, Don’t Trust the B----- in Apartment 23, Guiding Light and One Life to Live.