CCM Acting stars featured in Cincinnati premiere of "They/Them/Us"

Alum Jack Steiner and Professor Robert Pavlovich perform in the quirky and heartfelt comedy

Local audiences can attend the Cincinnati weekend premiere of a new film to watch the work of UC College-Conservatory of Music Acting alum Jack Steiner (BFA '20) and Professor Robert Pavlovich. They/Them/Us, a film based in Columbus, premieres Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 with showings at the Esquire Theatre in Cincinnati. 

There will be an audience Q&A with Director Jonathan Sherman and cast members after the showing of They/Them/Us at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Esquire Theatre. Sherman co-wrote the film with Melissa Vogley Woods, using Columbus as a backdrop for their story. Learn more about the film.

They/Them/Us tells the story of Charlie (Joey Slotnick) and Lisa (Amy Hargreaves), two divorced parents in their 40s who find themselves at a midlife crossroads. Both are single parents and they have four teenagers between them: one non-binary gender kid, one who orders his weed through the mail, the outspoken one, and last but not least, the “good” child. Lisa and Charlie meet on a dating site, fall madly in love and move in together way too soon. They/Them/Us is the story of how they manage the challenges of parenting demanding teenagers while trying to juggle their new relationship.

"It is our mission to feature the Midwest as a place in which people are struggling with all the issues we see in countless films and television shows set in New York and Los Angeles," the production team says on the film's website. "By setting the story in Columbus, the film will connect with a population that is more representative of the rest of the country than a coastal city in which we see people living a life of privilege. Columbus needs a story that will help the city find its cinematic identity, that shows Columbus for what it is: an energetic city filled with diverse families and open-minded, creative people."

Gravitas Ventures acquired the North American rights to the romantic comedy and will release it across digital and video-on-demand platforms on February 1, 2022.

Learn more about the showings at Cincinnati's Esquire Theatre.

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CCM's Acting BFA program is widely recognized for its quality and its history of training successful young actors. Graduates are following careers in theatrefilm and television.

Training for the BFA in Acting at CCM includes:

  • broad actor training in Meisner, Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, improvisation and classical text;
  • specialized voice training in voice-over, phonetics, dialects, singing and voice production;
  • comprehensive movement training in Viewpoints, Suzuki, Mask, Clowning and LeCoq;
  • unparalleled stage combat training with an SAFD certified Fight Master;
  • acting for the camera training for a full year;
  • productions in film, classical and contemporary shows, as well as devised and new works;
  • a Senior Showcase for agents in New York and Los Angeles.

CCM Acting's vision is to create an academic and creative environment in which students can learn important skills for the 21st century. We prepare actors for careers in theatre, film, television, and the media arts. Graduates of the program are writers, composers, producers and educators, as well as actors.