CCM Alumna in Tony-Winning Best Musical

 

Tory Ross on opening night of "Kinky Boots"

Tory Ross on opening night of “Kinky Boots”

Tory Ross, CCM ’02, has been in some top-rated TV shows, movies and now a Tony-nabbing Broadway show: Kinky Boots. Ross plays Pat and an ensemble role in the play that just grabbed six Tony Awards on June 16, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

Prior to the show opening in April 2013, Ross had appeared in two seasons of the British drama Downton Abbey, which won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Drama Series and the Banff Television Festival Award for Best Mini-Series. As of spring 2013, Ross’ latest appearance in that show was scheduled to air in the U.S. on Jan. 5, 2014.

Watch clips of Ross’ performances here.

Find out about other famous alumni from the University of Cincinnati courtesy of UC Magazine here.

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CCM Chair of Drama Richard E. Hess Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

Drama professor Richard Hess (right) led a contingent of students to Kenya in 2011 where they met refugees such as Abdi Rashid, a writer (left), who translated Hess' words to Somali.

Drama professor Richard Hess (right) led a contingent of students to Kenya in 2011 where they met refugees such as Abdi Rashid, a writer (left), who translated Hess’ words to Somali.

Richard E. Hess, the A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair of Drama at CCM, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and research at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya during the 2013-­14 academic year, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Hess’ research project, The Collapsible Space Between Us: Creating Artistic Identity through Theatre-­Making in Kenya, will allow him to work with actors as an acting teacher, on original devised theatre as a director and in educating theatre-­makers: actors who are story­tellers with strong identities interested in creating exciting physical theatre.

Hess is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2013-­14.

Hess first traveled to Nairobi in June of 2011 to create an original theatre piece with refugees from the Dadaab Refugee Camp and CCM Drama students. The Dadaab Theatre Project performed at World Refugee Day with support from the United Nations and the Great Globe Foundation.

“In Kenya I met a group of multi-cultural, international, multi-language strangers who used the currency of theatre to open hearts, share identities, and give voice to the unspoken,” Hess explains. “I encountered heroic bravery and tangible hope, and was surprised by the intense trust and humbling respect given to me so easily. The Africans made me feel valued as a teacher in a way I have never felt. I am eager to return.”

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The CCM Drama Dadaab Theater Project and the Great Globe Foundation Host Symposium on Jan. 17

DadaabTheaterProjectIn June of 2011, six current and former students from CCM Drama traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, for five intense days of theatre-making with refugees from the Dadaab Refugee Camp. The outcome of that trip will be explored in a special symposium hosted by the CCM Drama Dadaab Theater Project and the Great Globe Foundation from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, in UC’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

Titled “How the Hurt Helped and How the Help Hurt and Why Go Through It All Again,” the afternoon discussion will explore the successes and challenges faced by artists who engage in international outreach and exchange. The symposium is free and open to the public. CCM Professor of Drama Michael Burnham will moderate.

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UC Homecoming Activities to Close Uptown Streets Oct. 6

Please note: around the University of Cincinnati campus, some streets will close the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 6, while traffic and parking on other streets will be restricted. If you plan on attending CCM’s 2 or 8 p.m. performances of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Saturday, please plan accordingly.

University of Cincinnati Homecoming activities Oct. 6 will feature the annual Homecoming parade around campus at 3 p.m. and the 7 p.m. football game versus Miami University at UC’s Nippert Stadium.

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CCM Students and African Refugees Bond Through Theatre

Photography by Richard E. Hess.

CCM's Will Kiley (right) reaches across cultures to connect with Ojullu Opiew Ochan, an Ethiopian refugee, as part of the Dadaab Theatre Project's performance. Photography by Richard E. Hess.

Last June, CCM sent a contingent from our Drama Program to create theatre with residents of Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. This month, UC Magazine takes a look back at the life-changing project in its “beyond our borders” issue.

Listen to alumnus and project founder Michael Littig along with students Will Kiley and Alyssa Caputo describe the experience and read the complete feature here.

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