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CCM Acting Class of 2020

Class of 2020

Chandler Bates

Chandler Bates
Farmers Branch, TX

Chandler Bates is from Farmers Branch, Texas and is thrilled to continue her training here at CCM! Her credits include Jessica in This Is Our Youth (a CCM lab production directed by Josh Reiter class of 2018), Nadira in God and Sheila (Transmigration a Festival of New Works), Barnardo/Ensemble in Hamlet and Actor in Love and Information (CCM Mainstage). She recently directed Fool’s Gold: A Rom-Com in 4755 (a CCM lab production). Outside of acting, she enjoys painting, singing, photography and making Dubsmashes with her friends and family. (Instagram: @batesmash) Her photos can be seen at chandlerbatesphotography.wordpress.com.

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Jabari Carter

Jabari Carter
Atlanta, GA

Jabari is excited to continue with his second year of training at CCM. His recent stage works include Romeo and Juliet (Gregory), Naked Strangers an original devised piece in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Danny), the Cincinnati One Minute Play Festival, a staged reading of The Earth is Flat by Todd Almond (Student Librarian, Boyfriend), a staged reading of Middletown (Greg), "Vices" (Transmigration 2016 at CCM), and On The Other Hand. His film credits include, "Sunday" (CCM 48 Hour Film Festival, Dancer), “Anymore” and "Grey" films produced by Pajama Island Productions.

Zoe Cotsias

Zoe Cotsias                           
Richmond, VA

Zoe Cotzias hails from Richmond, Virginia where she graduated high school from Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts in 2016. While in VA she participated in school, youth, and professional productions throughout the Richmond area. Some of her favorite stage work includes Julie in Oblivion (Richmond Theatre Critic's Circle nomination for Most Promising Newcomer), Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, The Witch in Into the Woods, and Titania in Midsummer. Film credits include ‘Shaving Cream’ as Addy (CCM E-Media), ‘Behind the Scenes’ as Emma (CCM E-Media), and ‘Off the Page’ as Friend (CCM 48-Hour Film Festival). Upcoming stage credits include: Cincinnati Fringe Festival’s Vapers at the Gate, and CCM’s fall mainstage, Hamlet. She is so excited to be a sophomore in CCM Acting this year as a member of the class of 2020!

Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox                   
Omsted Falls, OH

Matt is a current sophomore at CCM. During his first year in the program, Matt was involved in God and Sheila, a new works production, and in a student-led lab show entitled On the Other Hand. In addition to this, Matt has had principle roles in two short films that were shot off campus and won a Best Supporting Actor award for his work in the 2016 48 Hour Film Festival at CCM. Matt has also participated in numerous intensives, including writing and improv classes at Second City in Chicago, NSLC for Theatre at Fordham University, and Musical Theatre Overtures at Baldwin Wallace University. Some of Matt’s favorite roles include Edward in Big FishHarold Hill in The Music ManMortimer in Arsenic and Old LaceAl Lewis in The Sunshine Boysand Dr. Jason Posner in Wit.

Matt loves movies, comic books, making others laugh, God, his dogs, his family and his friends. Matt also has a great love for the outdoors. He is a fourth generation Eagle Scout. Matt cannot wait to have three more exciting years at CCM!

Paige Jordan

Paige Lindsay Jordan
Chicago, IL

Paige is a sophomore Acting major at CCM. She's participated in a staged reading of Intimate Apparel (Mrs. Dickson) in collaboration with Cincinnati Opera's OperaFusion: New Works, and "Randy the Reference Guy" in CCM's 48 Hour Film Festival. She had the honor of being a part of  CCM's commissioned play, The Earth is Flat, by Todd Almond. Her latest credit is CCM Acting's Mainstage production of Love and Information as an ensemble member. Training includes masterclasses with Sandy Logan (Los Angeles), and Stephanie Klapper (New York). A native of the South Side of Chicago, Paige loves green tea flavored anything, dark chocolate, and burning incense.

Briley Oakley

Briley Oakley
Las Vegas, NV

Briley Rose Oakley is a Junior at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Her recent credits at CCM include: Osip in The Government Inspector, Activist in H2O: A Play About WaterEnsemble Member in Love and Information, and Valtemand in Hamlet. This summer, Briley participated in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the cast and crew of H2O: A Play About Water. Her film and television credits include: “Integration” with Highsock Productions, “Bad Dates” with Pajama Island Productions, and “Emotive” with Highsock Productions. She also was the Stage Manager for an original piece of theatre, On the Other Hand, devised by her peer, Gabriella DiVincenzo, and is the managing producer of Pajama Island Productions. With her free time, Briley works as a barista at her local coffee shop making delicious cappuccinos and enjoying the company of the regulars that frequent the shop. She is excited for another year of growth and development with her CCM family and is ready to PLAY!

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Abby Palen
Union, KY

Palen is a director, artist, and actor in Cincinnati. Palen has directed several productions including The Aliens, The Importance of Being Earnest, and an original show The Speed of Life. Palen has also showcased their work in several galleries and exhibitions, including The Greenhouse Gallery (an inclusive endeavour directed by Palen, which involved five artists, three musicians, and one bartender), and a personal exhibit in MeSsEd: A Tunnel Tour (In collaboration with the Cincinnati Fringe Festival). Palen is currently studying at CCM, and has studied puppetry in Vermont with the Bread and Puppet Theatre. Through teaching, crafting, creating, and learning, Palen has cultivated an artististic message they are eager to share. “Art isn’t a privilege; art is a need. Art is needed to remind people they are people. We are all human; we are all vulnerable. To connect with our vulnerability is to find power, to find humanity.”

Madison Pullman

Madison Pullman
Chicago, IL

Madison is excited to return this fall for her second year at CCM. Her previous works last year included multiple student short films, the film lab, and a LAB production titled On The Other Hand. Over the summer she attended a Second City improv workshop and traveled to Greece. This year she looks forward to diving deeper into the work on and off the stage.

 

 

 

Jack Steiner

Jack Steiner
Olympia, WA

Jack Steiner is from Olympia, Washington, he has been part of theater productions since age 6 starting in youth musical theater programs, and venturing into more professional theater and school productions . He grew up attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and attributes this to his ongoing interest and love of Shakespeare's works. Some of his favorite roles have been Macbeth, Benvolio Romeo & Juliet, Duke of York in Richard III, as well as Johnny Cade in The Outsiders, Kevin in Happiest People On Earth, and as Daniel Rocket in The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, whose cast won Washington State Best of Fest 2016. All this along with a growing list of short film work.

In the summer of 2015 and 2016 Jack attended the Berridge Conservatory in Normandy France: Craft of Acting, Stage and Film. He then went on to the BADA Midsummer Conservatory in Oxford England: Shakespeare Intensive. Other activities include nature walks, nature photography, and hunting for good music.

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