CCM Drama presents the 2011 Senior Showcase on Wednesday, March 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. These events are free and open to the general public. No reservations are required.
Graduating seniors in CCM’s drama program will present a variety of monologues and scenes to demonstrate the depth and breadth of their acting skills, honed during their undergraduate training at CCM. The performance is a local preview before the students travel to New York and Los Angeles, where they will present the showcase for agents and casting directors.
Following the 7 p.m. showcase will be the 9th annual Dolly Awards ceremony – named for drama department supporter Dolly Cohen – which honors students for their outstanding achievement throughout the year. Select students will be recognized for their work in recent department productions, including: Picnic, Bury the Dead, The Matchmaker, Three Sisters and TRANSMIGRATION 2011: A Festival of Student Created New Works. Other major honors will recognize awards for service and achievement, aesthetic leadership and sustained excellence throughout one’s CCM career.
The Dolly Awards ceremony will conclude with the presentation of the Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award to CCM alumna Nicole Callender (’92 MFA Drama). Callender has worked as an actor regionally as well as off Broadway, and as a fight choreographer. Currently she is working as a stuntwoman and recently spent three weeks in Valdosta, Georgia being a stunt zombie in the feature film Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone. Other recent feature film stunt credits include 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 (where she doubled Raven Symone), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Spider Man‐3, The Inside Man and War of the Worlds, to name a few.
Callender has also been seen as a stunt performer in commercials for Barclay’s Bank, Wendy’s, Burger King and Jackson Hewitt, and television shows such as Rescue Me, Law & Order (Criminal Intent & SVU), All My Children, Third Watch and more. She taught stage combat for several years at The American Music & Dramatic Academy as well as at Marymount Manhattan College and the Lee Strassberg School in New York. Callender received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in theater from Eastern Kentucky University, and an MFA in Drama from CCM. She received most of her fight training studying with The Society of American Fight Directors where she also became a certified teacher.
For more information about the Senior Drama Showcase and the 2011 graduating class, visit http://ccmdramashowcase.com.