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APPLY NOW! How to Audition and Apply for CCM Acting

Acting – BFA

Applicants must have completed the Common Application to apply to the University of Cincinnati. Choose ACTING as your degree.

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening videos via by December 1 to be considered for a live audition. Live auditions are in Cincinnati (January 18, February 15), as well as Unified Sites in New York (January 18-19) and Chicago (February 3-4).


  • Two Contrasting Monologues: In your Artistic Profile in Acceptd, upload two contrasting monologues from full-length plays in two separate files. Choices may be contemporary or classical in any combination. Please choose roles in your own maturity and emotional range, and from material with which you are familiar and comfortable. The audition must be memorized and uploaded in two separate files with a separate slate for each stating your name, character, play and playwright. Each separate monologue may not exceed two and a half minutes. One video should be shot in close-up (head and shoulders) and the other should show full body.
  • Wild Card video: In your Artistic Profile in Acceptd, upload a 60-90 second video sharing ANYTHING you want: A special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument you play, or the answer to the question: “Why do you want to pursue a career in acting?” This will help us learn ‘what makes you unique’ and ‘what do you want us to know about you.’
  • Headshot/Resume: Upload your digital headshot and artistic resume.


  • Two Contrasting Monologues: Perform two, contrasting monologues, either contemporary or classical in any combination. These may be the same as your pre-screen choices, or they may be new and different. Each monologue should be no longer than 2 and a half minutes each and within your natural age range. Be sure to read the entire play so you can demonstrate an understanding of the character and situation. You may use hand props.
  • One Additional Monologue: Have a third monologue in case we ask ‘Do you have another monologue?’
  • Headshot/Resume: Bring a resume and headshot to leave at the audition.

Applicants must complete the pre-screening process in order to be invited to audition. You will receive a decision within four weeks of submission. There are a limited number of spaces available for both on- and off-campus auditions, so it is recommended that you pre-screen early to secure the audition date of your choice.

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.

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 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.