CCM Drama Grad Diana Maria Riva Returns to Primetime TV

CCM alumna Diana Maria Riva on television's 'Saint George.' Photo courtesy of FX.

CCM alumna Diana Maria Riva on television’s ‘Saint George.’ Photo courtesy of FX.

We are thrilled to report that CCM Drama alumna Diana Maria Riva (BFA, ’91; MFA, ’95) returns to primetime television as a series regular in a new comedy starring George Lopez. The half-hour Saint George premieres at 9 p.m. ET tonight (Thursday, March 6) on the FX channel!

Riva plays Lopez’s “tough and sexy” boss, as described in FX press materials. Her character, Concepcion, is the assistant principal at a downtown Los Angeles school, where she supervises Lopez teaching an evening history class — his way to give back to the community.

You can learn more about the program courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer here and courtesy of UC Magazine here.

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CCM Lighting Design Student Receives Electronic Theatre Controls’ 2013 Student Sponsorship Award

Lighting Design graduate student Angelina Vyushkova.

Lighting Design graduate student Angelina Vyushkova.

Congratulations to MFA Lighting Design candidate Angelina Vyushkova on receiving Electronic Theatre Controls‘ (ETC) 2013 LDI Student Sponsorship. Now in its 14th year, this program awards exceptional lighting design and stage technology students an all-expense-paid trip to the LDI 2013 trade show, where they will get a behind-the-scenes look at new technology and get to network with industry professionals.

Vyushkova and six other sponsorship recipients are also matched with industry luminaries, who offer individual support, advice and encouragement to the students as they launch their careers. You can learn more about ETC’s 2013 LDI Student Sponsorship recipients here.

Now a CCM graduate student, Vyushkova received a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis on theatre design and production from Texas Christian University in 2012. Originally from Russia, she earned a diploma from Perm Art College #1 in 2004. Her light designs have been seen on stage at the Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre, the W.E. Scott Theatre, and Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

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CCM MFA Student Alan Hanson Wins iSquint and Stage Directions’ 2013 Lighting Design Competition

"Chess" runs Oct. 25 - 28 in UC's Corbett Auditorium. Photography by Mark Lyons.

“Chess” runs Oct. 25 – 28 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Photography by Mark Lyons.
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We are thrilled to announce that CCM class of 2013 MFA Lighting Design student Alan Hanson has won the 2013 Student Lighting Design Competition organized by online entertainment lighting industry publication iSquint and theatre art and technology journal Stage Directions!

Hanson’s lighting design for CCM’s Fall 2012 Mainstage Series production of Chess took the title in this third annual competition, which offers a valuable prize package of lighting software and literature.

View a slideshow of Hanson’s award winning work on Chess here.

The Student Lighting Design Competition is sponsored by lighting technology companies City Theatrical, Nemetschek Vectorworks and Field Template Soft Symbols, and is judged by leading experts in the lighting design field and developers of the software entrants must use to create their design entries. Visit iSquint.net to learn more about this competition.

Congratulations to Alan on this exciting award!

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Broadway Buzz Profiles CCM Alumnus Aaron Lazar

CCM alumnus Aaron Lazar.

CCM alumnus Aaron Lazar.

CCM alumnus and Mamma Mia! star Aaron Lazar (MFA ’00) was featured on Broadway.com’s “Broadway Buzz” column earlier this week.

Aubrey Berg at the Cincinnati Conservatory gave me the chance to perform with the best in the country in Broadway caliber productions,” Lazar explains. “I had two years of invaluable time spent learning the art of musical theater from Bubba. He directed me as Cervantes/Quixote in Man of La Mancha and to this day it’s one of the top performances I’ve given.”

Read the entire interview here.

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MFA candidate Karestin Harrison presents her "Fake Food Feast" project.

CCM Props Artisan Earns Industry Interest With A “Fake Food Feast”

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The April 29th issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer spotlighted the work of CCM MFA candidate  Karestin Harrison, who was invited to present her “Fake Food Feast and Cook Book” showcase at this year’s United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) National Conference in Long Beach in late March.

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