» BA in Theatre, Theatre Studies

This will take you through the application process for an undergraduate BA in Theatre, Theatre Studies degree and make sure you know how it works from start to finish.  Be sure to visit all four (4) sections below for pertinent application and interview information.

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+ - Deadlines

All documents must be uploaded through The Common Application and the Creative Supplement by the given deadlines.  Late applications are reviewed on a space available basis.  Please refer to the application checklist for more information on specified Admission deadline(s).

INTERVIEW/UPLOAD DEADLINES (in-person interview & portfolio upload):

  • FIRST YEAR Early Action
    • In-Person Interview Deadline: Saturday, November 12, 2016
    • Portfolio Upload Deadline: Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Admission
    • In-Person Interview Deadline: Saturday, February 11, 2017
    • PortfolioUpload Deadline: Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • TRANSFER Regular Admission
    • In-Person Interview Deadline: Saturday, March 4, 2017
    • PortfolioUpload Deadline: Saturday, March 11, 2017

* The Creative Supplement must be submitted online by 11:59pm PST on the appropriate deadline.

COMMON APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • FIRST YEAR Early Action Date (non-binding): Tuesday, November 1, 2016
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Admission: Sunday, January 15, 2017
  • TRANSFER Regular Admission: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

+ - Common Application Requirements

The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Studies program.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

  • $70 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver request (First Year & Transfer)
  • Official test results (SAT or ACT - Writing is recommended) sent from the College Board or ACT (First Year & Transfer)*
  • Common App School Report form (First Year applicants only)
  • Official Transcript(s) from all attended institutions (First Year & Transfer)*
  • One Teacher Evaluation (First Year applicants only)
  • One Academic Evaluation (Transfer applicants only)
    • *Test scores are waived for Transfer applicants with 24+ completed semester units.  The final high school transcript is waived for Transfer applicants with 60+ completed semester units.
  • In your Common Application:
    • Indicate your intended major: Theatre - BA
    • You will see the following message: "You've selected a major that requires a Theatre Department Creative Supplement, including an interview/audition, in order to complete and review your application.  Please follow the link here to continue or start that process."
    • Click the radio button "I understand" to proceed.

+ - Application and Interview Requirements via the Creative Supplement

All students applying to the Department of Theatre (In-Person Interview and Portfolio Upload) must complete the Creative Supplement as part of the Common Application.

The following items must be submitted via the Creative Supplement to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Studies program:

  • Letter of Recommendation - The letter should come from your most recent theatre instructor or a professional with whom you have worked. By using the reference tab, please invite this teacher or professional to submit a letter of recommendation for you. Your recommender will receive an email prompting him or her to upload their recommendation into the Creative Supplement.  This letter is confidential and you will not have access to view your recommender's submission.  Please remember the letter of recommendation uploaded in the Creative Supplement is specifically for the Department of Theatre.  This is a separate recommendation from those required by the Office of Admission.
  • Theatre Resume - This should include your training, teachers, performance and technical experience.  Include the names of theatres and directors you have worked with, as well as any media work you have done.  You may want to include awards and any summer scholarships you have received.
  • Goal Statement - Please submit a goal statement addressing the following questions: "How do you envision yourself contributing to theatre and to society as a student and artist?" and "How will studying theatre at Chapman University prepare you for a life in theatre?"
  • Photograph - Please upload a photo of yourself so we can identify you - professional headshots are not required.

NOTE: If you plan on interview in-person, it is highly recommended that you submit your Common Application prior to your interview.  In order to be reviewed for admission, your Common Application and Creative Supplement must be submitted prior to the respective deadlines.

The information below describes the process if you choose to interview in-person or upload this information.

  • PORTFOLIO (in-person interview)
    • Schedule your In-Person Interview - Your interview will consist of a brief in-person presentation of your theatrical portfolio, and may include a 60 second acting monologue if acting is one of your areas of interest (see "Choosing a Monologue" below)
      • Theatrical Portfolio - Create a theatrical portfolio of three (3) to eight (8) pieces that documents and demonstrates your experience in areas of interest to you, as well as your range of skills in theatre.  Your portfolio should include 3-5 projects that involve but are not limited to: acting, directing, stage management, technical work, playwriting, dramaturgy, and/or producing projects.  Examples may consist of notated scripts, original essays or scripts you have written, production videos, digital films, programs from shows you have worked on, and/or photographs.
        • If using digital media, please bring your laptop/own device.
        • NOTE: We will not keep your portfolio.
      • Monologue - You have the option to perform a 60 second acting monologue during your interview (see "Choosing a Monologue" below).  This is not required but offered to those who are interested.
    • NOTE: If you are unable to attend in-person, please submit these materials via Portfolio Upload.  Additionally, you may be contacted by a member of the theatre faculty for a phone or Skype interview.
  • PORTFOLIO (portfolio upload)
    • Upload your Theatrical Portfolio in the Media section of your Creative Supplement
      • Theatrical Portfolio - Create a theatrical portfolio of three (3) to eight (8) pieces that documents and demonstrates your experience in areas of interest to you, as well as your range of skills in theatre.  Your portfolio should include 3-5 projects that involve but are not limited to: acting, directing, stage management, technical work, playwriting, dramaturgy, and/or producing projects.  Examples may consist of notated scripts, original essays or scripts you have written, production videos, digital films, programs from shows you have worked on, and/or photographs.
        • Title and briefly describe each item in your Creative Supplement using the "edit details" tab (this tab is visible after upload).
        • NOTE: PowerPoint is not an accepted format.
      • Monologue - You have the option to perform a 60 second acting monologue via upload (see "Choosing a Monologue" below).  This is not required but offered to those who are interested.
    • NOTE: You may be contacted by a member of the theatre faculty for a phone or Skype interview.

Suggestions for CHOOSING A MONOLOGUE:

  • Each monologue should be no longer than 60 seconds.
  • Choose a piece from a published play (film & television monologues are discouraged).
  • Do not select a stand-alone monologue. Instead, choose a monologue from a play, which provides a context and character motivation.
  • Choose a monologue that is a character close in age to you, and one in which you would be cast today.  
  • Choose a monologue that is active: know whom you are talking to and what you want from them. Avoid monologues that simply recount what happened in the past, as these can be traps in which you play attitude and mood rather than action. 
  • Choose a monologue that you care about.  Your engagement and interest is likely to translate into your performance.
  • Avoid dialects, excessive prop use, cartoon or two-dimensional characters and exaggerated characterizations.
  • Avoid overdone monologues (they often lead to predictable acting choices) unless you are able to make it uniquely your own.  Googling “overdone monologues” on the web is recommended.

RECORDING YOUR MONOLOGUE (Portfolio Upload ONLY):

  • Please shoot your Introduction as a separate file.
    • In 30 seconds or less, state your name, where you are from, and something about yourself.  Be sure to use a medium shot (from chest up).
  • Internal editing and zooming in is discouraged however you may walk into a closer shot as desired.
  • Use a neutral background with suitable lighting and sound equipment; we need to see and hear you clearly.
  • Please no costumes, makeup or extraneous sound effects.
  • Label your monologue in your Creative Supplement using the "edit details" tab (this tab is visible after upload).
  • Do not submit videos of actual performances.  They will not be viewed.

+ - Schedule an Interview / Dates & Scheduler

SCHEDULE AN IN-PERSON INTERVIEW:

  • To schedule an in-person audition/interview appointment, please complete your Creative Supplement at go.chapman.edu/apply.  Applicants are encouraged to audition/interview in-person whenever possible.

Interviewing in-person is strongly encouraged.  Past statistics show that applicants who interview on-campus have a higher acceptance rate than candidates who rely on the upload process.  For each program in the Creative Supplement, you have the option to select either “in-person interview” or “portfolio upload” – please select the method you plan to pursue.  In-person and portfolio uploads follow the same review process.

The Department is seeking bright, passionate, inquisitive students who desire to make theatre in an exciting and dynamic environment where they will be given opportunities to explore their interests. Creative Supplements are evaluated on creativity, ability to communicate the artistic and creative process, range of skills demonstrated, and potential for growth.  Interviewing in-person allows applicants to interact and meet with faculty, and are held only on campus.  Talent Awards are considered upon review of your Creative Supplement submission and/or interview.  No additional paperwork or application is required.

IN-PERSON INTERVIEW DATES:

  • Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 (last First Year Early Action audition/interview date)
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 (last First Year audition/interview date)
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 (Transfers Only)
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Contact Us

John Benitz
Chair, Department of Theatre
(714) 744-7055
benitz@chapman.edu