I would have to say my favorite memory of CASA is when I was 15 years old and my dad had to pick me up early from rehearsal, which the director and I had agreed upon. When it was time for me to leave, the director shouted “F*CK YOU F*CK YOUR DAD BRING HIM IN HE’RE I’LL SAY IT TO HIS FACE” at me for a solid three minutes in front of the whole cast. It rocked! During that same show I was told I was only cast since the original actor was in the hospital. It took me a solid two years of college to not walk into a classroom and assume my faculty hated me due to my two years as a student at CASA. Also, gossiping about and with students about their sex lives and personal struggles is not normal. Neither is joking with your Asian students that you are afraid of Asian people. Anyways. I’m pretty sure I’m the only graduate of my CASA class in my city with an agent, so I’m cool.
Cincinnati Actors Studio and Academy (CASA) has taught me so much not only about myself but the world around me. I would not be here today if it wasn’t for this amazing program. It has changed my life for the better. Gina, E, and Couch are such loving, caring, and powerful women. Who have taught me some of the most valuable lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. They teach you how to succeed in anything you do, no matter what you do. Many past students have gone on to be teachers, lawyers, actors etc. This is because they teach you how to communicate, to be reliable, to respect others, and to love. They have all become my family, especially Gina who is basically my second mom. It’s because we are all a community that radiates positive energy and that is very hard to find these days. So please join, I promise you won’t regret it. I haven’t:)
Cincinnati Actors Studio and Academy helped me become the person that I am today and shaped the way I look at and navigate the world. I did Studio 2011-2012 and have gone back to continue supporting CASA shows throughout the years. The space that Gina has created for young actors to grow artistically and emotionally is so special and deeply important. I am forever grateful for CASA.
Cincinnati Actor Studio and Academy not only has prepared me to navigate the professional theatre world, but has also heightened my self awareness on and off stage. I can not recommend this program more for teens in Cincinnati who are looking to gain professional experience while also learning in a process-oriented environment.