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Who We Are

CCM has been training performing artists since 1867. The Department of Drama/Acting joined CCM in 1983 and has been training actors who are now working from New York to Los Angeles, and points in-between, in theatre, television and film.

We are indebted to the A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair in Acting for nine years of support, and to the Cohen stewards Marilyn Winter Tamkin and Susan Winter Ward. The Cohen Chair supports scholarships, masterclasses, and our bi-coastal showcase presentations.

CCM Acting is a unique and special program. What makes us special? The people. The CCM Acting faculty is a motivated core of theatre specialists, and each passionately shares a specific training. We know and care about our students and are not afraid to encourage you to reach for ever higher heights, to push you to places you may not have the courage to visit alone.

CCM Acting students are motivated, passionate, and unique. We love interesting and interested students, young artists with a point of view and something to share. Passion, discipline and professionalism are key elements needed for success in our high powered program. Dedication to long hours of creative work in the classroom, the studio and the rehearsal room will reap great rewards in your four years of study.

CCM Acting has a limited enrollment and accepts students by audition only because of our high standards and our desire to offer personalized attention and training. Our retention evaluation at the end of the first two years of study ensures a serious and like-minded student body, eager to push themselves as an ensemble to greater and greater heights.

There's no denying you'll find music at CCM—we're one of the oldest conservatories of music in the United States. But if you look past our name and into our curriculum, you'll find a lot more. CCM is a comprehensive school for the arts with programs in opera, dance, musical theatre, dramatic performance, theatre design and production, television, radio, music performance, music education and arts administration.

1,800 undergraduate and graduate students (representing 44 states and 35 foreign countries) attend CCM. In the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts they create over 800 public performances each year—more than any other arts organization in Ohio.

CCM Acting students have an opportunity to perform in state-of-the-art theatres. You'll have rehearsal halls, a scene shop, a costume shop, a make-up lab and dozens of practice rooms, teaching studios and general purpose classrooms at your disposal. And if that's not enough, the superb facilities also include a proscenium theatre, a thrust stage, a new vocal arts center, a space dedicated for master classes in all performance areas, an acoustically-perfect concert hall and a versatile "black box" studio theatre.

CCM Acting offers high-energiy, conservatory style training for actors within a dynamic state university with top notch NCAA teams. Cincinnati boasts a metro-population of over two million, as well as being home to the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals. It is  host to a healthy theatre scene anchored by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and the KNOW Theatre.


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Working Actors

Philip Solomon

Philip Solomon (CCM Acting 1993) is the president of Way 2 Much Entertainment in Los Angeles. His film roles include In The Flesh, Rush Hour 3, Austin Powers- The Spy Who Shagged Me, Being John Malkovich, and 1,000 Words. On Television he appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, American Music Awards (with Jennifer Lopez) and General Hospital. National commercials include Citibank, IHOP, Taco Bell, Tropicana and Radio Shack. In 2009 and 2013 he was hired by  the White House to produce Halloween for President Barack Obama and his family. Since 2002, Philip serves as program coordinator for Cirque Du Monde- Los Angeles, part of the social outreach division of Cirque Du Soleil.

Sarah Stephens

Sarah Stephens (CCM Acting 2008) Theatre credits include the National Tour of CALCULUS: The Musical, Adam Rapp's Classic Kitchen Timer, The Rover (New York Classical Theatre), Doubt (Human Race Theatre Co. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company), Radiant Baby (New Stage Collective), and bare (KNOW Theatre).