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CCM Drama students continue to learn what it takes to produce their own art as they prepare for the 2013 TRANSMIGRATION Festival of Student-Created New Works taking place March 7-9 throughout CCM Village.

The fifth-annual festival allows the audience to experience half-hour works produced by small groups of Drama majors, who create and design all aspects of their productions from start to finish. Admission to the festival is free, but reservations are required.

A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair in Drama Richard Hess.

A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair in Drama Richard Hess.

The festival is an exciting event for both guests and the presenters, as audiences get the opportunity to see up to four very different pieces of new theatre in a single night and the students premiere works that are entirely their own. “TRANSMIGRATION teaches our actors to be entrepreneurs,” says Richard Hess, chair of CCM’s Drama Department and director of the TRANSMIGRATION Festival. “There are absolutely no holds barred, with the exception of the thirty-minute time limit, allowing our students to learn to express from within.”

TRANSMIGRATION came into being in response to the dynamic careers of today’s professional actors. Though auditioning and getting cast for roles is the conventional way for an actor to make a name for his or herself, “the second way to make work is to gather a group of like-minded people, get together and create something… students need to know how to go into a storefront theatre and say ‘we’re going to make something in this raw space,’” Hess asserts. TRANSMIGRATION gives students real-world creative experiences that will last and develop through the rest of their careers.

The lessons students learn from TRANSMIGRATION come from the process of collaborating in groups of 8-10 people to develop a concept, story, characters and script for their 30-minute shows. Beyond the plays, students must also construct a set, costumes, lighting design and marketing campaign for their productions, all on a sparing budget of $100. Hess admits that most groups do not use their budgeted monies, preferring to be “more creative than reliant on dollars.” Students do not choose their groups, but are instead assigned randomly, providing them the opportunity to collaborate with new artists with different ideas. Each year has been different. “Last year, the students trended toward comedy – everything was funny,” comments Hess. “But this year, there is something luring and edgy about their pieces. They’re also experimenting with environmental theatre. They want to involve and create an environment for the audience, not give them theatre in a box.”

This year’s TRANSMIGRATION festival will feature the original works 2122 MICHIGAN AVENUE, The Opening, Sentenced, The Sherwin Williams Effect, S.L.U.T. and Void. Audience members will have the opportunity to customize their theater-going experience by choosing to watch up to four different productions, which are performed simultaneously in non-traditional spaces throughout CCM’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more about this year’s new works!

TRANSMIGRATION Festival Start Times

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7
  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 8
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9

The TRANSMIGRATION Festival will be held in various locations throughout CCM Village, including:

  • Room 3705 Corbett Center for the Performing Arts
  • Room 4735 Corbett Center for the Performing Arts
  • Room 4755 Corbett Center for the Performing Arts

Admission to TRANSMIGRATION is free, but reservations are required. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

For Box Office hours and additional information, please visit

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Drama Studio Series Sponsor: Neil Artman & Margaret Straub

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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