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The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) has announced the five recipients of its 2012 Rising Star Awards and three CCM students will be recognized at this year’s LCT Theatre Gala on May 21st! LCT’s 2012 Rising Stars include CCM Musical Theatre seniors John Riddle and Katie Johannigman and CCM Drama senior Kristopher Dean. Congratulations all of this year’s award recipients!

Read Jackie Demaline’s coverage of the LCT’s 2012 Rising Stars announcement in the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

LCT’s Rising Star award is given to local men and women under the age of 25 for a body of work to applaud exceptional performers, technicians, designers and stage managers and carries ith it $1,000 to assist them as they move into their professional careers. Rising Star awards are supported in part by the Theatre Artist Project through The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

The Rising Stars will be awarded at the annual LCT Theatre Gala at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 21 at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theatre. The gala is open to the public and tickets are $25. A reduced rate is given to working theatre artists at $10 to support their theatrical work. Ticket costs go directly to the area theaters and individual artists. Reservations can be had at 513-235-4295 or online here.

About John Riddle
John Riddle is from Vermilion, Ohio. At the St. Louis Muny he was seen in The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Legally Blonde (Aaron) and Titanic (Wallace Hartley). At Pittsburg CLO, he performed in Jesus Christ Superstar. At CCM, he appeared in Oklahoma! (Curly), Evita (Magaldi), A Little Night Music (Carl Magnus), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince) and Bat Boy (Rick/Lorraine). He was seen as a soloist with the Cincinnati Pops in An American in Paris. John is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

About Katie Johannigman
Katie Johannigman is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She performed in the national tour of Oliver, Marriott Lincolnshire’s The Light in the Piazza and Playhouse in the Park’s A Christmas Carol. At West Virginia Public she appeared in Cats and Chicago. At CCM, she was seen in Into the Woods (Cinderella), A Little Night Music (Petra), Oklahoma!Under Construction 2Anything Goes (Chastity), Hair (Chrissy), The Human Comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She has performed in concerts with the Cincinnati Pops and the Cincinnati Symphony. Her choreography for Out of This World received a Cincinnati Enquirer Acclaim Award. Katie is an Equity Membership Candidate.

About Kristopher Dean
Kristopher Dean was born in Philadelphia, PA. His CCM roles include Cornelius in The Matchmaker, Dr. Givings in In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (co-produced with The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center), Constable Warren in Our Town and Adam Long in The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare abridged. He has worked professionally at Cortland Repertory Theater and The Carnegie Theater in Covington, KY.

About the League of Cincinnati Theatres
The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at

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