CCM Drama's Class of 2013.

CCM Drama’s Class of 2013.

CCM’s Department of Drama presents its 2013 Senior Showcase at 2 and 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15, in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Both showcase performances are free and open to the public.

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. This will be the first presentation of a performance that these students will be taking on the road to exhibit their talent in industry showcases in New York and Los Angeles this April.

The 11th annual CCM Drama Dolly Awards will follow the 7 p.m. showcase performance. Hosted by Drama Department Chair Richard E. Hess, this annual event recognizes outstanding achievement and performance by students in the Department of Drama at CCM. Awards are given for Excellence in Performance and Excellence in Ensemble Performance from the 2012-13 CCM Drama season, which included the productions Arcadia, Ulysses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and most recently The Time of Your Life. The year’s ceremony will also include tributes to retiring Professor of Dramatic Performance Michael Burnham and alumna Elana Ernst (’07 BFA Drama).

The highlight of the Dolly Awards will be the presentation of the 2013 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award to a graduate of CCM Drama. This year’s honoree is alumnus Damian Baldet (’95 BFA Drama), who will join the event via Skype videocast from London. Baldet has performed the role of Timon in the London, North American Tour and Mandalay Bay Las Vegas productions of The Lion King since 2005, and has a long list of credits that include shows off-Broadway and at La Jolla Playhouse (Calif.) and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati.

You can learn more about CCM Drama’s Class of 2013 at

Professor of Dramatic Performance Michael Burnham.

Professor of Dramatic Performance Michael Burnham.

About Michael Burnham
A faculty member since 1984, Michael R. Burnham was formerly the literary manager and dramaturg at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He is a theatre critic for Cincinnati Magazine and Theatre and Film Critic for Cincinnati Public Radio’s WGUC FM. Burnham’s professional directing credits range from Oedipus to Adding Machine: The Musical. His professional acting credits include film, stage and television roles. He is a Fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.

Burnham has been a playwright, artistic director and actor with several small experimental theatre companies, currently including Digital Nada and Next to Nothing. He performs as a storyteller throughout the eastern United States, including narrating concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Salt Lake Symphony Opera, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the contemporary ensemble concert:nova, among others. His first adaptation of Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat told from the Devil’s perspective (which he directed while playing the Devil) premiered at the Salt Lake Symphony Opera. His company Next to Nothing made another version from the princess’ perspective for concert:nova.

Burnham is a recipient of the League of Cincinnati Theatres’ “Sustained Achievement Award.” He has been inducted into the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards’ Hall of Fame. At CCM Drama, he has directed plays and the occasional musicals or operas, and taught courses in script analysis, directing, dramaturgy and a class called The Artist in Society.

Burnham will direct CCM’s upcoming Studio Series production of Emily Mann’s Execution of Justice, which runs April 18 – 20 in UC’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets for this production will become available at noon on Monday, April 15.

Alumnus Damian Baldet, recipient of the 2013 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award.

Alumnus Damian Baldet, recipient of the 2013 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award.

About Damian Baldet
Damian Baldet has appeared in The Lion King since 2005, playing the role of Timon in the London, North American National Tour, and Mandalay Bay Las Vegas productions. He has sung “Hakuna Matata” in cities across the world including Cincinnati, San Jose, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Spokane, Austin, Las Vegas and Taipei, Taiwan. He is currently appearing in the West End in the London production.

Other credits include appearing Off Broadway in Pugilist at the Barrow Street Theatre, and with the Obie Award-winning company The Civilians in Gone Missing, Nobody’s Lunch, Paris Commune and Canard Canard Goose. He appeared in the La Jolla Playhouse productions of Hoover Comes Alive!, directed by Alex Timbers, as well as Blood Wedding and Sweet Bird of Youth. Other regional theatre productions include A Murder, A Mystery and a Marriage at Two River Theatre Company in New Jersey, Attempts On Her Life and Frankenstein at Soho Rep in New York, Hapless with the Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco, and locally in Poor Super Man at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati.

After earning his BFA in Drama from CCM, Baldet earned his MFA from the University of California at San Diego. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA/AEA. He is married to Alison Weller and has a beautiful daughter, Nola. He and his wife have a production company called flowerbox and have bought the rights to The Last Talk With Lola Faye by Thomas H. Cook. They have written the screenplay and are working on the long road to producing it.

Performance Times

  • 2 p.m. Friday, March 15
  • 7 p.m.* Friday, March 15

* The Dolly Awards presentation will immediately follow the 7 p.m. showcase.

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission Details
Admission to the CCM Drama Senior Showcase and Dolly Awards Ceremony is FREE and open to the general public. Reservations are not required.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off 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

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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