Costume Shop Manager
Entertainment Technology Center, Room 104, 603 W. Palm Avenue
Pat Cavins has been the Costume Shop Manager at Chapman University since 1999. Before coming to Chapman, Pat managed the costume shop at the University of California, Irvine for 11 years. Prior to working at UCI she managed the costume shop at the University of Utah, home of the Lort B ranked Pioneer Theatre Company, for 12 years. Pat's interest in Shakespeare was sparked during five summer seasons spent at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah, from 1983-1988. She continues to work as a guest draper at regional festivals, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR, and the Alabama Shakespeare Company in Montgomery, AL.
Pat currently manages the costume shop for Shakespeare Orange County, supported in part by Chapman University, working on productions such as Hamlet and Twelfth Night or What You Will. She has been a guest draper and tailor for South Coast Repertory, Center Theater Group, Opera Pacific and LA Opera. Her work has also been seen on television in programs such as Little House on the Prairie, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Babylon 5, and Charmed. Pat has worked extensively in the dance field with groups including American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Company, Ballet West, and Ballet Pacifica. Together with her students she has worked on productions such as Romeo & Juliet, Carmen, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Project Synergy, and Mediation on Integrations.
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Ron Coffman has been a Stage Technician at Chapman University since 1984. Prior to working at Chapman, Ron was a freelance designer, a high school drama teacher and a lighting designer at the Laguna Playhouse, Orange Coast College and Knott's Berry Farm. He is a theater graduate of Fullerton College and Cal State Fullerton, and obtained his teaching credentials from UCI. Ron's interest in theater dates back to high school, where he was the only drama student who took wood shop, allowing him the opportunity to build the sets for every production.
Ron has been a guest designer at Chapman for many productions, including set and lighting for Piece of My Heart, Club Zero, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and fifteen productions of American Celebration. Ron has also worked on numerous professional shows, such as William Hall's production of Paul McCartney's Oratorio at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and his production of Britten's War Requiem at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Most recently, Ron implemented a house lighting plot for the City of Westminster's new Rose Center Theater.
Co-Chair, Department of Theatre; Director of Production
Entertainment Technology Center, Room 110, 603 W. Palm Avenue
Don is the Co-Chair for the Department of Theatre. He specializes in Entertainment Technology and also serves as the Director of Production for the College of Performing Arts. He received an MFA in Design from the University of California, Irvine and a BA in Theatre from the University of Alabama. In addition to his work at Chapman, he is a prolific designer for magic, dance, theatre, themed entertainment, and architecture. He work has been seen on six continents and in 46 US states.
Magic design credits include: The Illusionarium 2.0 and The Illusionarium for Norwegian Cruise Lines; Masters of Illusion Live! (Lighting Designer / Director from 2011 - Present) in Singapore, Manila, Dominican Republic, Ontario, Vancouver, Paraguay, Argentina, and all across the United States; Magic Weekends at SeaWorld San Diego; The Magic of Paris at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV; Magical Passion at Turning Stone Casino & Resort in Verona, NY; International Magic Festival at the Badminton Theatre in Athens, Greece; Ghosts! at the Nugget Casino in Reno, NV; Magikus for Famma Events in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Carnival of Wonders at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, the Reno Hilton in Reno, NV, the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, MI, and Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Palm Springs, CA for award-winning magicians Kalin and Jinger.
Dance design credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and The Nutcracker for the Saint Louis Ballet; Le Vie, Romantique, More Morra, Elliptique, and Le Reve for choreographer Gen Horiuchi; Ash, Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, Games, Songs of the Disinherited, Delicious Obsession/Sweet Bondage, and District Storyville for choreographer Donald McKayle; Volatizing the Esters, Circle of Fifths, and Tribute for choreographer Christopher d'Amboise; Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Concerto Grosso, Holberg Suites, ETC!, and Fiesta for choreographer David Allan; Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle, Alice in Wonderland, and The Nutcracker for Festival Ballet, and well over 500 dance pieces for numerous choreographers and dance companies across the country.
Theatre design credits include: The Odd Couple, Chapter Two, and Shirley Valentine at the Laguna Playhouse; The Grand Tour, Grand Hotel, Rounding Third, I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda, Master Harold ... and the boys, and The Immigrant at the Colony Theatre; A Picasso at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; La Posada Magica at the Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory; The Tempest for the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis; Jubilee at Radio City Music Hall; and Open Heart at the Falcon Theatre.
Themed entertainment and architectural design credits include: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood, Rockefeller Plaza - Exterior, Master Card, Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid, MTR Disney Station - Hong Kong, MTR Yam O Station – Hong Kong, TV Guide Building, South Coast Repertory, Anheuser Busch, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Catalina's Bar and Grill, Emporio Armani, Chanel, Gucci, Macy's NYC, Grace Building, Benetton Sportsystems, Chilpancingo Park, and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Production Studios at the World Trade Center.
Entertainment Technology Center, Room 111, 603 W. Palm Avenue
With a B.A. in Technical Design and Production from Cal State San Bernardino, Eric has fashioned an instructional career with various professional apprenticeship programs as both trainer and staff member. Before arriving at Chapman University, Eric served as Production Manager/Scenic Designer for Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, Assistant TD/Designer at Mt. San Jacinto College, Stage Manager/Production Manager/Adjunct Professor at the University of Redlands, and Assistant Stage Supervisor/Trainer/ASM for the boot camp of theatre tech programs, The Santa Fe Opera.
Eric is also currently consulting as Technical Director/Stage Manager for BRAVA Ballet in Riverside, CA. Company credits include Starway Productions, California Riverside Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Golden State Ballet, MTV (Grammy’s and X Games), Wheel of Fortune, Scenes Too (Industrials), Performance Riverside, Theatrical Arts International, Stage One Players, and X103.9 FM. Please feel free to visit him at the new Entertainment Technology Center located at 603 W. Palm Avenue behind Crean Hall.