Denise Dal Vera brings real world business credits and expertise to the CCM Drama Program's Business Skills class as both a professional actress, producer and business executive, corporate trainer and coach. Helping student actors prepare for a career in media is her calling after enjoying a highly varied career as an on-camera and voiceover talent. She has had featured roles on Army Wives, 21 Jumpstreet, Northern Exposure, Days of Our Lives and Body Language, along with recent films We’re Doing Fine, The Next Three Days, My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Homecoming, Madison, Uninvited Guest and Artworks.
Dal Vera is also a founding creator of IWA Strategies, where she facilitates corporate adult learning techniques through Xavier Leadership Center. Some of her clients include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, UC Law School, Fifth-Third Bank, General Motors, GTE, Iams, Kroger, Lexmark, Boeing Aircraft, Eli Lilly & Co., Macy’s Stores, American Financial Group, Cincinnati Bell, Procter & Gamble, Barefoot Proximity and Wild Flavors.
She's a Graduate from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and currently holds Executive Board positions representing local actors and artists on both the Cincinnati Labor Council AFL-CIO, and the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau through her past National Board Member work for The Screen Actors Guild – SAG-AFTRA.
Currently she is writing, directing and producing the educational documentary film Steel Heartbeats, which focuses on the interaction between sighted and un-sighted high school student musicians through collaboration and a heightened awareness that what we all share in common is more powerful than what makes us different.
Susan Felder is a professional actor and director, produced playwright and a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association with 12 years of university-level teaching experience.
Felder holds a BA in theatre arts from Eastern Michigan University and an MFA in acting from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. For the past two years, Felder has taught movement, period styles and multi-level acting courses at Bradley University.
Felder has previously taught acting and movement at Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame and graduate-level courses at Oklahoma State University and Montana State University.
With more than 20 years experience as a professional actor, Felder has performed in numerous roles with The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Indiana Repertory, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Northlight Theatre, Boarshead Theatre and the Attic Theatre among others.
Felder received a Thespie Award for Best Supporting Actress as Wendy in Mother’s Day at Boarshead Theatre. She also received the Joseph Jefferson Award and After Dark Award for Best Ensemble in The Laramie Project at Next Theatre.
Felder holds two certificates of achievement from the Linklater Voice Center in Scotland, where she studied under world-renowned vocal coach Kristin Linklater.
As a verse and language direction coach, Felder has worked with actors and directors to help them better understand Shakespearean language at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Montana Shakespeare, Writer’s Theatre, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Shakespeare and Loyola University Chicago.
Her extensive directing credits range from the classical repertoire to more contemporary work. At Montana Shakespeare, Felder directed Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet. Other directing credits include The Quiet Man Tales at The Chicago Theatre, A Love Lost Life – The Marlon Brando Story at the Theatre Building Chicago, Waiting for Godot, the American premiere of The Blue Hour, A Son at the Front, and House of Butterflies at Loyola University Chicago and Beyond Therapy at Oklahoma State University. Most recently, Felder directed The Seagull, Mountaintop, and Our Country’s Good for Bradley University.
As a playwright, Felder’s original work has seen much success. Her play Wasteland received a critically acclaimed world premiere at Chicago’s Timeline Theatre. The Chicago Tribune said the show was “involving and strikingly emotional.” Her other works include Swimming with Van Gogh, which was chosen for the 2012 Arkansas New Play Festival and Milky Way and Main, which was chosen for the Judith Karman Hospice Play Festival. Most recently was the world premiere of Felder’s play Temple Spirit at Echo Theatre Dallas.
Richard E. Hess served as Chair of CCM Acting for 25 years of his 26 years at CCM. He completed his tenure as Chair in 2019. Recent directing credits at CCM include H2O: A Play about Water, also seen in the Cincinnati and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, The Earth is Flat, Middletown, The Crucible, The Laramie Project, RENT, You Can’t Take It With You (ACCLAIM Award winner Outstanding University Play), Anon(ymous) (ACCLAIM Award winner Outstanding Play), Brigadoon (Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Outstanding Musical) and Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (CEA for Best Ensemble Acting). This year at CCM he directs The Government Inspector and produces the 5th Annual CCM 48 Hour Film Festival.
He made his New York directing debut at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd Street directing AN EVENING OF (Mostly) TRUE SONGS (with Andrea Burns), a new incarnation of Don't Look Down, the music and lyrics of Adam Wagner, first seen in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Favorite directing credits at the Human Race Theatre Co., where he has been a resident artist since 1996, include On Golden Pond, Race, Red, Doubt, Proof, I Am My Own Wife and A Delicate Balance. Other credits include the Los Angeles staging of the one-woman show Besame Mucho, O.K. That's Enough (with Diana Maria Riva), and the smash hits The Pages of My Diary I'd Rather Not Read and The Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity, both of which enjoyed sold out runs at the Hudson Theatre in LA. For five years Hess was the artistic director of Hot Summer Nights in Cincinnati, where he directed Violet (with Ashley Brown), Hello, Dolly! (with Pamela Myers), Godspell (with Shoshana Bean and Leslie Kritzer) and the premiere of We Tell The Story: The Songs of Ahrens and Flaherty, in collaboration with Stephen Flaherty.
He studied with the internationally acclaimed director Anne Bogart and members of the Saratoga International Theatre Institute in New York and Los Angeles for the past two decades. He has taught Viewpoints master classes in Beijing, China, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Nairobi, Kenya, Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia, and across the US.
He made his debut as a playwright/creator in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival with (UN)Natural Disaster, created with 13 actors, performed in an abandoned building in Over-the-Rhine, and named the Producer's Pick of the Fringe. (UN)Natural Disaster was re-mounted on the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival. He directed a devised original piece about etiquette called Naked Strangers for the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.
In June of 2011 Hess directed The Collapsible Space Between Us with the Dadaab Theater Project, comprised of 5 CCM Drama students, which was presented with 8 refugees from the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya for World Refugee Day sponsored by the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya. He returned to Kenya as a Fulbright Scholar in 2014 and taught acting and directing at Kenyatta University in Nairobi and researched the creation of original works by creating the KUMI NA MBILI (12) stage show and short film.
Hess was named Ernest Glover Outstanding Teacher at UC in 1999 and 2012 and was named the ACCLAIM Award Theatre Trailblazer in 2009. He is an associate member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers.
Member of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), Actors Equity Association (AEA), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), Association of University Professors (AAUP). Certified Fight Director, Certified Teacher, and the only woman in the United States recognized by the SAFD as a Fight Master, k. Jenny Jones is internationally in demand as a master teacher of contemporary violence, and is known for her arena style of unarmed stage combat called “Scrappy Fighting.”
Her regional Fight Directing includes choreographing Actor’s Theater of Louisville’s annual hit Dracula for the past three years, as well as the world premieres of Zoe Kazan’s Absalom and Naomi Wallace’s Hard Weather Boating Party; nearly 20 productions for the Tony award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park including Durango, Coyote on a Fence, Avenue X, Red Corners, 12th Night and Much Ado About Nothing; for five years she was the resident fight director for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company working on such plays as Coriolanus, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Lovers and Executioners, Private Lives and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe; numerous productions for the Cincinnati Opera including the world premiere of Margaret Garner with Denyse Graves; Of Mice and Men for the St. Louis Repertory; and the hit premiere of Jerry Springer the Opera for New Stage Collective. Other regional credits include Human Race Theater Company, the Know Theater, Portland Opera, Kentucky Opera and over 60 productions for CCM including Cyrano, Don Giovanni, The Rakes Progress, The Rape of Lucretia, Pelleas and Melisande, Man of LaMancha, Wild Party, Brigadoon, Crazy For You, As You Like It, 12th Night, Charlie’s Aunt, Glory of Living, Suburbia, The Lady’s Not For Burning, Anon(y)mous, Elephant Man and I Hate Hamlet.
One of the founders of the nation’s most successful premiere theaters, the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC), Jones continues to walk the boards and was most recently seen in ETC’s productions of Dead Man’s Cell Phone and More Fun Than Bowling. She studied the acting techniques of Michael Chekhov with Mala Powers, Andrie Malaev-Babel, Joanna Merlin and Russian Laureate Viacheslav (Slava) Kokorin. Owner/Director of the Bard alley Studio, she teaches the Michael Chekhov acting technique and mentors aspiring teachers of stage combat.
In 2007 Jones was awarded two Acclaim Awards: one for the role of Fraulein Schneider in CCM’s Cabaret and the second was the Cincinnati Acclaim “Most Valuable Player” award. She was named CCM’s Ernest Glover Outstanding Teacher in 2009.
Wendy LeBorgne is the voice pathologist, singing voice specialist, and director of the Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation (Dayton, OH), and The Professional Voice Center of Greater Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH). Additionally, she holds adjunct professor positions at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a Voice Consultant. She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Shenandoah Conservatory and both her masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a specialty in voice disorders.
LeBorgne's research has focused primarily on the area of the professional singing voice (specifically the Broadway Belt Voice). Original peer-reviewed research has been published in the Journal of Voice and she is a contributing author to the book Voice Therapy: Clinical Studies providing a case study on “Vocal Intervention with the Touring Broadway Actor”. She has authored two training DVD’s entitled LARYNGEAL VIDE0STROBOSCOPIC IMAGES: Normal and Pathologic Samples and Rating Laryngeal Videostroboscopy and CAPEV: Normal and Pathologic Samples distributed by Plural Publishing. In addition, her article “The Young Singer: Consideration for Vocal Training in Children through Adolescence” was published in the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders. Her newest book and workbook (with co-author Marci Rosenberg, M.S. CCC-SLP) The Vocal Athlete & The Vocal Athlete: Application & Technique for the Hybrid Singer are written and designed to bridge the gap between the art of contemporary commercial music singing and the science behind voice production in this ever-growing popular vocal style.
LeBorgne actively presents and provides workshops and master classes nationally and internationally on the professional performing voice. Her patients can be seen and heard on Broadway stages, national and international tours, opera companies throughout the world, network television, commercial music recordings, and as radio personalities. As a voice pathologist and singing voice specialist, her clinical work includes providing voice evaluations and therapy for singers and actors locally and nationally. In addition to her duties as a voice pathologist, Dr. LeBorgne continues to maintain an active professional performing career.
Meyers, d. Lynn
Adjunct Instructor - Audition Techniques
Corbett Cntr Perform Arts
d. Lynn Meyers is the Producting Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and a Casting Director with the CSA- The Casting Society of America.
Susan Moser received her dance education from the Ohio State University Department of Dance, with a focus on Composition and Performance. Post college, she was a principal dancer with the Valois Company of Dance, Detroit MI and Toledo, OH. Her modern dance training continued with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Senta Driver, Buzz Miller, Ruth Solomon, Shawn Womack, Cheryl Wallace and the famed Lyndon Branaugh (with the Graham Institute in London). Further training included studying Kinesiology and Movement for Stage Actors with Barbara Leverone and Movement Therapy with Fanchon Shur.
Moser composes and performs her original works for the Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati Aronoff Center, Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra and Creativa: A Convergence of Creative Visions. She is the Founder, Owner and Artistic Director of Tänze Performing Arts Studio - a performing arts school located in Fairfield OH., serving the community with multi-cultural and multi-generational programs in dance, theater, music and visual art.
Moser is deeply involved in the movement of arts in education, and has been a resident artist for Fairfield City Schools, Schilling School for Gifted Children and the Learning Tree. She has written curriculum for K-3 Arts Integration in Education for Spectra+, introducing how dance, drama and music can be used in daily lessons of math, social studies and language arts, and taught Creative Movement and Dance Composition for grades K-12 for Schilling School for Gifted Children. Moser is summer faculty at the Contemporary Dance Theater, The Cincinnati Arts Museum Summer Camps and Leadership Cincinnati Explore the Arts Day.
Fitness Education has been a vital part of her artistic process. She was the anchor of Rock Aerobics on WOIT FM 104 in Toledo OH, and she had the opportunity to be a guest fitness trainer for the Detroit Lions in conjunction with Vic Tanny International. Moser holds licenses and certifications through International Health and Fitness Education, with a focus on Special Populations, American Exercise Safety Association, Dance Educators of America and Educational Kinesiology through The Ohio State University. She is also a former Resident Dance Artist with the Ohio Arts Council-Arts in Education Program.
Professional affiliations and awards include: International Thespian Society, Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity, Psi Chapter, National Dance Association, Ohio Dance Association, Golden Apple Award-Fairfield City Schools, Fairfield, OH, 4C Childcare Recognition Award and President’s Community Service Award of the Hamilton Fairfield Chapter of the NAACP.
Though dance is her passion, Moser enjoys sharing her gifts and talents with the world of theater. She has been a Movement Specialist for Miami (OH) University Theater Department, Mad Anthony Theater Company, Hamilton Fairfield Civic Theater and CCM Drama and Opera Departments.
In her own words, Moser says, “CCM is the greatest place in the world to teach. I am blessed to be surrounded by such profoundly gifted faculty, staff and students!”
A father, actor, teacher and voice-over artist, Robert Pavlovich has appeared on stage in over 60 Regional, New Orleans, and Cincinnati productions. Favorites include: Adding Machine: A Musical, Eurydice, The Pillowman, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Drowsy Chaperone, Search & Destroy and Of Mice and Men.
He has appeared in motion pictures with Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Jean-Claude van Damme, Craig T Nelson, Malcolm MacDowell and others in films like Bad Liutenant: PoCNO, Emulsion, Pelican Brief, Meth: The Movie, Cat People, Living in Technicolor, Hard Target, The Big Easy-series and The Fire Next Time, as well as Ohio Independent and CCM E-Media films.
In an earlier life, he was a reporter/anchor for the UPI Radio Network (NYC and DC) and WWL News Radio. At WWL he won awards for reporting including recognition from the AP and UPI, the Press Club of New Orleans and Sigma Delta Chi (Green Eyeshade Award). His work took him from covering the Olympics and Presidential campaigns/conventions to the indictment of Governors.
Pavlovich was a Producer/Director as well as Television Production Manager for Cox Communications in New Orleans where he was responsible for creating original programming, commercials, and image material for air. During this time, he won awards for commercial production (Grand Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Creative Cable TV Commercial Production) and for public affairs/issue programming (Dangerous Bonds: Gangs in New Orleans).
Pavlovich has taught Acting at Loyola University of the South and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. As part of the CCM faculty, he teaches Theatre History, Acting for Camera, and Theatre In Your Life. Students have nominated him for a Glover Award, recognizing his commitment to quality education.
He has been a proud member of SAG-AFTRA since 1983 and of Actor's Equity since 1998 having served on the Board and Committees of both Unions.
Pavlovich is proudest of his sons, Robert Jr, Brett and Jason, and of his partner, friend and wife, Diane Lala.
Since arriving in Cincinnati in 2013, Brant Russell has directed Macbeth, You’re Welcome, the workshop and subsequent full production of Very Dumb Kids, Romeo and Juliet, and Love and Information at CCM. Other CCM projects include Boeing-Boeing (a co-production with The Carnegie) and The Hunchback of Seville (a co-production with Know Theatre). He is the founding artistic director of the CCM Playwrights Workshop, and the drama editor for The Cincinnati Review. For CCM Acting, he teaches Artist in Society, Script Analysis and History of Directing. He also produces the annual TRANSMIGRATION Festival of student-devised work. He directed the world-premiere production of Darkest Night at the Gnarly Stump and the regional premiere of The Man-Beast at the Know, where also appeared in the musical Whisper House. His short plays have been performed here by the Cincinnati One-Minute Play Festival. He frequently collaborates with Queens Theatre in New York, where he has produced Park Plays and The World’s Fair Play Festival (New York Times Critic’s Pick), and directed The Miracle Worker - all three with many CCM alums. Russell has worked with many companies in his home town of Chicago, including Theater 7, Strawdog, Next, Steep, Side Project, A Red Orchid, Collaboraction, Victory Gardens, Writers’ Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Steppenwolf.
Professor of Acting; A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair of Dramatic Performance
3713 Corbett Cntr Perform Arts
D’Arcy Smith is an Associate Professor in CCM Acting. He brings over 20 years of experience as a professional actor, coach and teacher of performers.
As a voice, text and dialect coach he has worked on over 80 professional productions. Before coming to CCM he was a resident voice coach at the Guthrie Theater for four seasons, and voice coach for numerous professional acting companies in the US, Canada and New Zealand including Actor’s Theater Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, The Guthrie Theater, American Player’s Theater, Penumbra Theater, the Jungle Theater, Theater Latte Da, Circa and Taki Rua. He has also worked on television series as a dialect coach in New Zealand.
Teaching credits include workshops nationally as well as in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Malaysia. Smith has worked in the BFA program at the University of Minnesota and was the Head of Voice at Toi Whakaari (New Zealand’s national drama school) He has also worked at Wright State University in both the BFA Musical Theater and Acting programs, and at the Toronto Film School and York University. He has taught voice production, speech, IPA, voice-over techniques, acting for the camera, Acting Shakespeare, dialects and voice in violence for over 12 years at the university level.
Smith is a professional actor and member of ACTRA, Canada’s union for film and television. This includes work in film, television, voice over and theatre, acting opposite the likes of Helen Mirren, Eric Stoltz and Natasha Richardson.
He has directed and devised both contemporary and Shakespeare productions and scenes. He was editor, director and producer of a series of one-hour Shakespeare productions that toured highschools in the Wellington, New Zealand area.
He holds an MFA and BFA in Acting and is trained in Stanislavski, Meisner and Cohen based acting techniques as well as acting Shakespeare and text analysis. He also has a graduate degree in voice, speech, text and dialect coaching and trained with master teacher of Linklater technique, David Smukler for over eight years. Smith extended his intensive training in a variety of voice methodologies, including Lessac, Roy Hart, Fitzmaurice and Estill. His training includes a variety of speech/dialect methodologies: Dudley Knight/Phil Thompson, Louis Collaianni, Lessac and Skinner, as well as approaches to Shakespeare: Neil Freeman, Patrick Tucker and Lisa Harrow (Barton).
Smith is currently serving on the Board of Directors of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association). He has published articles for the Voice and Speech Review and produced and directed the audio materials for Phonics for Dummies. His research interests include “Voice in Violence” methodologies to help actors protray vocally violent scenes in the healthiest way possible.