CCM Alumnus Brandon Abdullah Powell Recognized as Emerging Leader By Cincinnati Enquirer

CCM Alumnus Brother Abdullah, 28, of Clifton is photographed at Elementz Youth Arts Center in the West End, where he is the program director. Photography by The Enquirer/Carrie Cochran

CCM Alumnus Brother Abdullah, 28, of Clifton is photographed at Elementz Youth Arts Center in the West End, where he is the program director. Photography by The Enquirer/Carrie Cochran

Congratulations to CCM E-Media alumnus (BFA, ’06) Brandon Abdullah Powell (Brother Abdullah), who was recently recognized in an Enquirer story as one of Cincinnati’s emerging black leaders.

Brother Abdullah is program director at Elementz Youth Arts Center in the West End, where he works with dozens of youth creating hip hop, dance and visual arts.

You can read the full Enquirer story here.

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Alumnus Brian Robertson Profiled in July’s Cincinnati Magazine

CCM alumnus Brian Robertson is interviewed in the July issue of Cincinnati Magazine, on newsstands (and available online) now.

In the Q&A conducted by Kathleen Doane, Robertson discusses his experiences in Hollywood, his time at CCM and his recent work as stage director for Cincinnati Opera’s A Flowering Tree.

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CCM Drama Students to Create Theater Projects With Youth Refugees in Kenya

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This June, five CCM Drama students will take part in an original theater project that brings the power of the performing arts to the world’s largest refugee camp – the Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya, which houses 268,000 refugees.

The pilot Dadaab Theater project will involve CCM students working with African youth refugees to share and create original theater projects, culminating in a performance on World Refugee Day in Nairobi, Kenya on June 20. CCM Drama Chair Richard E. Hess will accompany students Alyssa Caputo, Cameron Davis, Kristopher Dean, Will Kiley and Mikayla Stanley as they travel to Kenya for a week to share their talents in this new cultural exchange program.

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CCM Musical Theatre Grad’s Music Featured in NEO7 Concert

Andrew Catrini

Andrew Catrini

Recent Musical Theatre graduate Andre Catrini (BFA, ‘11) has been selected to participate in the NEO7 concert held by the York Theatre Company in New York City.

NEO, (an acronym for “New, Emerging, Outstanding”) celebrates songwriters primed to pen the next generation of Broadway musicals. The benefit concert occurs on May 16 at the Yorke Theatre Company’s home in Saint Peter’s Theatre. Andre’s song “Shelter” will be performed by Broadway performer Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, Guys & Dolls, 30 Rock.) “Shelter” is from Andre’s song cycle Whisper, Love which debuted at CCM in the Winter of 2010.

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CCM Alumna Wins First Prize in 2011 Lotte Lenya Competition

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Congratulations to CCM alumnae Caitlin Mathes (MM, 2008, Artist Diploma, 2010) and Alisa Suzanne Jordheim (MM, 2010, DMA candidate) who both earned sizeable honors at this year’s Lotte Lenya Competition, sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation. Mathes earned First Prize and $15,000, while Jordheim earned a spot in the Final round of competition and $1000. The Lotte Lenya Competition was held on April 16, 2011 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

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CCM Alumni Featured in The Carnegie’s “Carousel”

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Our friends at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, featuring CCM alumni Joshua Jeremiah and Jamie Medina, playing weekends April 1 – 17 in the historic Otto M. Budig Theatre. Learn more about the production after the jump.

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Composition Alum’s Work Wins Praise in the New York Times

CCM Composition alumnus Ethan Wickman (DMA, ’03) received a recent rave review in the New York Times for his CD Portals and Passages. “Mr. Wickman is a composer of facility and imagination,” writes the Times‘ Steve Smith, “the kind to whom both performers and audiences respond.” You can read Smith’s full review here.

Wickman’s album is available for purchase here.

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CCM Alumna Featured in L.A. Times

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CCM alumna Cameron Anderson is certainly making a name for herself in the design world today. Anderson, who received her MFA in Scenic Design from CCM in 2002, has since designed for over 50 productions spanning dance, opera, theatre and other concerts. Her work has graced the stage in productions by Roundabout Theater, San Francisco Opera Center, Wolf Trap Opera and Glimmerglass Opera, to name but a few.

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