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CCM Acting Class of 2018

Senior Showcase - Class of 2018



26 March, 2018              

Industry performances at 1:00, 3:00, and 7:00 p.m.

at The Linney Theatre
at The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

with Otterbein University, Columbus, Ohio


10 April, 2018

Industry Performances at 1:00, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

at The Garry Marshall Theatre
4252 Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA   91505

with Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri


Carissa Cardy                                     
Houston, TX

Carissa is ecstatic to finally be a senior in CCM Acting. This summer she spent her time in Los Angeles, California at the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center studying Improv. She appeared in last year's fall and spring Mainstage productions of Romeo and Juliet (Montague) and Her Naked Skin (Clara Franks). In previous years she was a part of the Mainstage fall production of Pentecost, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd CCM 48 Hour Film Festival in '165 W. McMillan', 'Off The Page', and 'Wandering'. Since attending CCM Acting she has been a part of Transmigration: A Festival of New Works where she has worked hard on creating a new pieces of devised theatre, completely different every year. Outside of school, Carissa enjoys hanging out with close friends, traveling, and being the life of the party!


Carissa Cardy in Her Naked Slin

Lauren Allyn Carter                                    
Gainesville, GA

Lauren is a senior at CCM. Her CCM credits include Love and Information (Actor), Shakespeare on the Rocks  - Twelfth Night (Viola), Hamlet (Fortinbras), Very Dumb Kids (Sarah/Carrie), Middletown (Female Doctor, Tour Guide, Aunt), Pentecost (Secretary, Commando), Tigers Be Still (Grace), and Tell me About You (48 Film Festival).

This past summer she interned for Broadway Producer and CCM alum Kevin McCollum and his company, Alchemation. Through this internship she worked at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in developing a new work for Alchemation. The previous summer she studied Commedia Dell’ Arte in Arezzo, Italy with the Accademia Dell’ Arte and also participated in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival with the show Naked Strangers, directed by Richard Hess.

 Lauren also serves as a Cincinnati/Columbus Representative on the Ohio-Pittsburgh Local Board of SAG-AFTRA

Outside of theatre, Lauren enjoys running, a good book, collecting plants, and sneaking food under the table to her Australian Shepherd who stays extremely loyal for this reason. She is also lawfully ordained to perform marriages, but has not been given this privilege…yet.


Lauren Carter in VERY DUMB KIDS

Kenzie Clark
Olathe, KS

Kenzie is a senior at CCM. Her past credits include Love and Information (Actor), Hamlet (Ophelia), Her Naked Skin (Emily Davison/Prisoner), Middletown (Tourist/Woman on Date/Nurse), Pentecost (Prostitute), 'Going Up?' (48 hour Film Festival), Transmigration Festival 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018.  

In the summer of 2016 Kenzie worked as a member of the Core Company at the Orchard Project in Saratoga Springs NY. There she worked with Tectonic Theater Project on the piece Because I am your Queen  and KJ Sanchez on the musical Cincinnati King, as well as several other theatre artists on new emerging work.  

Outside of acting, Kenzie enjoys a good Netflix binge, spending time with her little brother, traveling to new cities and exploring the local breweries and babysitting lil nuggets.  She is so excited to finish her chapter as a student and to find out where the next one takes her!


Kenzie Clark as Ophelia in Hamlet

Mafer Del Real                                              
Aguascalientes, MEXICO

At CCM she has been the Player King in Hamlet, Florence Boorman in Her Naked Skin, the Librarian in Middletown, Tunu in Pentecost, Ensemble in Love and Information, and Lighting and Sound designer for The Harper Merman’s Project (Transmigration 2017). In CCM film productions, Mafer has been Sofia in 'Under', Herself in 'Emotive', the Doctor in 'Self-prescribed', Fernanda in 'Modern Friendship', and Margot in 'The Northbend House'. Elsewhere she has performed as Herself in H2O in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, Wayer in Vapers at the Gate in the Cincy Fringe 2017 (Know Theater of Cincinnati), Herself in Naked Strangers in the Cincy Fringe 2016 (Know Theater of Cincinnati), and the Suicidal Woman in A Dar Voces at La Alfrombra Teatro.

Mafer loves working behind the cameras as well. She has been the creator of 'The Pencil' (best narrative short film at the DMC Showcase 2017), director for the teasers of 'A Dar Voces', 'Hamlet', and 'Her Naked Skin' (runner up in the best add/commercial category at the DMC Showcase 2017), producer in '165 W. Mc Millan' and director for 'Sun Days are for Lovers' and 'Drifted' (CCM - DMC 48 Hour Film Festival), cinematographer for 'Check Mate', and director and co-writer in 'To See Him Again'.

Just for fun, Mafer enjoys singing Opera, Boleros, and Mariachi, listening to audiobooks, and cooking authentic Mexican food.


Mafer Del Real in MIDDLETOWN

Landon Hawkins
Knoxville, TN

Landon Hawkins is thrilled to be entering his final year of training with CCM. He is grateful for the opportunities the Acting department has afforded him, having worked extensively in his time as an actor and director. He is most thankful for the people he’s shared this experience with.  Acting: Leo in David Edgar’s PENTECOST, Tybalt in ROMEO AND JULIET, Thom in THOM PAIN (Know Theatre of Cincinnati), Claudius in HAMLET (CCM, Fall 2017) Directing: COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER (CCM Transmigration), THE ALIENS (CCM Lab), IDOMENEO (Assoc. dir, CCM Opera), CANDIDE (Dramaturg, CCM Opera, Fall 2017).


Landon Hawkins- Pentecost

Nicholas Heffelfinger                         
Clermont, FL

Nick Heffelfinger hails from the land of Orlando, Florida. He fled the warmth of the sunshine state to pursue a BFA in Acting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His interests include stage combat, voiceover, and filmmaking. Some of his favorite performances have been Andy in The Star Spangled Girl, Laertes in Hamlet, and Jamie in The Last 5 Years. On any given day you can find Nick lounging in his hammock, kicking butt in Settlers of Catan, or running around with swords.


Nick Heffelfinger in MIDDLETOWN

Isaac Hickox-Young                           
Reno, NV

Isaac is thrilled to be returning for one last year with CCM Acting.  Favorite CCM Acting roles have included William Cain in Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s Her Naked Skin, Cop in Will Eno’s Middletown, and can be seen this fall in Shakespeare’s Hamlet as Polonius.  During his time at CCM he has had the pleasure of working with a number of professional companies as an actor, musician, and composer; including the Illinois Shakespeare Festival as the pianist for Peter and the Starcatcher, musician in Twelfth Night, Voltemand in Hamlet, and composer/The Tunester in Philip Dawkin’s Rodeo.  He also spent time with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival as the understudy for Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, as well as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Merry War Theatre Company.  Isaac is a National Merit Finalist and Cincinnatus Presidential Scholar, as well as a proud member of the Equity Membership Candidacy Program (EMC).


Isaac Hickox-Young in Middletown

Meg Olson                                     
Minnetrista, MN

Meg is entering her senior year at the College-Conservatory of Music, and is so grateful and ecstatic to have one more year in the department. Meg has been seen previously in Her Naked Skin, Middletown, The Hunchback of Seville, Neutral and Non-Partisan (The Ethics of Deception), The Land of Milk and Honey, and Julius Caesar, to name a few. This summer, she will be in the Apprentice Company at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, pursuing her passion for classical text. This fall you can catch her in the Cohen Family Studio Theatre in the world premiere of The Earth as Flat as the zany conspiracy theorist, Shelley. When she's not acting onstage or behind the camera, you can catch her writing poetry, reading star charts, and analyzing court cases.


Meg Olson- Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Olivia Passafiume                              
Louisville, KY

Olivia is grateful to be entering her senior year as a CCM Acting student. During her freshman year she participated in her first ever Transmigration and was a part of the making of A Fool’s Paradise (Binny Barker). She was also featured in 'Talking to You , 'Sunday', and Graham Street’ all CCM Drama/E-Media 48 Hour Film Festival submissions. Her sophomore year she was a part of the Mainstage productions of Pentecost (Cleopatra) and Ah, Wilderness! (Mildred Miller) and participated in another Transmigration Festival, Eliot Popkin (Pauline). In the spring of her junior year she was in the world premire of Very Dumb Kids (Mallory). She is thrilled to be a rising senior and cannot wait to see what the future holds!


Olivia Passafiume- Ah, Wilderness

Josh Reiter                                
Fairfax, VA

Josh hails from Fairfax, Virginia.He has performed with the Commonwealth Theatre Company playing Norman Cornell in Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled Girl, the Know Theatre of Cincinnati in Dragon PlayA Fountain Drink, and The Other RhineCaps Lock Theatre in Gen and Mabel, and with the Saratoga Shakespeare Company in Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado About Nothing. He has appeared on television in Veep and Evil Kin. Josh is a proud member of the Equity Membership Candidacy Program (EMC).​

Josh is also an aspiring director and writer. While at CCM, he directed Tigers Be Still and This is Our Youth for The Theatre Project. In the summer of 2015, Josh worked as a personal intern to Lin-Manuel Miranda when Hamilton opened on Broadway. He has studied Comedy Writing at the Second City Chicago Training Center and has completed a screenplay, various sketches, and a ten minute play.

​Outside of the world of Film, Television, and Theatre; Josh enjoys food, hiking, and travel!



Josh Reiter in Star Spangled Girl

Rupert is a senior in the CCM Acting program. He hails from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Favorite credits include Hamlet in Hamlet (CCM), John Dodge in Middletown (CCM), Hally in Master Harold and The Boys (Falcon Theater), Chase in Chase The Dragon (Cincinnati LAB Theatre), Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Falcon Theater), Chad in Small Engine Repair (Untethered Theatre), and Alec in ‘Over The Rhine: The Movie’ (St. Michael Movies).  

Rupert also enjoys playing/writing music, drawing and painting, and good company.


Rupert Spraul- Hamlet


23 March, 2018 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
in the Werner Recital Hall

The 7:00 p.m. Cincinnati performance will be followed immediately by the
16th Annual DOLLY Awards and reception in the Baur Room. The Cincinnati Showcase is free and unticketed. All are welcome.

. . . imagine the possibilities