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Cincinnati Actors Studio And Academy Ltd

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Theater

Mission: The High School Acting Studio at the Cincinnati Actor's Studio & Academy is a unique non-profit organization that has been in existence since 2007, and we are always "creating dialogue to create change." OUR MISSION STATEMENT: Studio is professional, process oriented training that encourages students to dig a little deeper and discover HOW to think, not WHAT to think by focusing on knowledge of self, material, and the future; whether or not the student plans on pursuing a career in the performing arts. What separates us from ALL of the other performing programs in our tri-state area is our objective to use the performing arts as a tool to find peace, create social justice, discover basic values, and build a creative life.

Results: We are not just another theatre program trying to create the next star. We serve as a place for teens to transition into people that will succeed in college since they are provided the tools to function emotionally in this unstable world. Frankly, the ultimate goal of "Studio" is to help teens grow as a human and find out who they truly are! Via the theatre arts, we have helped the future lawyers learn how to stand in a courtroom with confidence and speak their minds. We have taught the future investigators how to read body language and interpret vocal patterns. We have prepared the marketing majors with the skill of detailed researching and the backbone to present their visions. Most importantly,we have helped teens find a way to dialogue with their families. (Although, we do have a few students on Hulu, Netflix, and running their own production companies in LA and NYC as well.) Saad Ghosen, MD from the UC College of Medicine states, "The arts involve the entire individual. It integrates intellect, emotions, intuition, imagination, memory, physical sense, will and desires. Studies show that art increases empathy, tolerance, and feelings of love. Art-related brain changes make the individual freer, more receptive, less inhibited, and less prejudiced." With each production Cincinnati Actor's Studio & Academy raises money to donate to OTHER non-profit organizations in our city that seem to fit a theme in our show. Over the years, we have donated to organizations such as Human Rights Campaign, Women Helping Women, Lighthouse Youth Services, SPCA, and Donate Life. Doing this helps our students understand that performing is not all about them. This donation process has given the students a concrete way to put into practice empathy and creating change. Graduates often call us a "HUMAN program, not a THEATRE program." Parents say, "We are so thankful for Studio in her life. It has gotten her to love herself!" More students have said, "I found that even though I am not majoring in acting, studio has helped me in everyday life." "Your loving support when I was in high school truly saved my life." "I look back at all the events that affected my character, and find comfort in knowing you were there every step of the way. You supported me like no one else could. You didn’t have to either. We are not blood bound, nor are we lifelong friends who still felt that obligation, yet you cared so much about me, about my life and its happenings that I wanted to care about my life too. I will make a difference because of you." We are unique because we know we are creating humans that will create dialogue and create change!

Target demographics: teens find their own voice and humanity via theatre arts tools (growth as an actor and as a human being are synonymous...Stella Adler)

Direct beneficiaries per year: 35+ students, other non-profit organizations with our donations, and 500+ audience members.

Geographic areas served: Cincinnati, but we draw students from the entire tri-state area from any junior high or high school

Programs: The High School Acting Studio at CASA, which includes 150+ hours of training, and an average of 4 productions a school year. The summer programs provide workshops for junior high and high school students in a wide variety of theatrical topics, full productions, and paying work for college performers as well.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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:)

1 Faith G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Owen K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.