» BA in Theatre, Theatre Technology

This will take you through the application process for an undergraduate BA in Theatre, Theatre Technology 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 Technology 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 Technology 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 attending an in-person interview, it is highly recommended that you submit your Common Application prior to your scheduled 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 (interview in-person)
    • Schedule your In-Person Interview - Your interview will consist of a brief in-person presentation of your theatrical portfolio.
      • Theatrical Portfolio - Create a theatrical portfolio that documents and demonstrates your experience in areas of interest to you and your range of skills in theatre. Your portfolio should contain five (5) to ten (10) pieces illustrating your technical or design work and/or skills in related areas (such as drawing or drafting). The overall idea is to document your experiences in theatre. If you have technical drawings or drafts, present them along with a pictorial representation of the executed drawings. Stage Managers may include pages from a prompt book or other rehearsal/production paperwork. Beginning technicians who do not have a portfolio of drawings may use photographs, production videos, digital films or their resume to show the work they have done.
        • If using digital media, please bring your laptop/own device.
        • NOTE: We will not keep your portfolio.
  • PORTFOLIO (portfolio upload)
    • Upload your Theatrical Portfolio in the Media section of your Creative Supplement
      • Theatrical Portfolio - Create a theatrical portfolio that documents and demonstrates your experience in areas of interest to you and your range of skills in theatre. Your portfolio should contain five (5) to ten (10) pieces illustrating your technical or design work and/or skills in related areas (such as drawing or drafting). The overall idea is to document your experiences in theatre. If you have technical drawings or drafts, present them along with a pictorial representation of the executed drawings. Stage Managers may include pages from a prompt book or other rehearsal/production paperwork. Beginning technicians who do not have a portfolio of drawings may use photographs, production videos, digital films or their resume to show the work they have done.
        • 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 for upload.
    • NOTE: You may be contacted by a member of the theatre faculty for a phone or Skype interview.

+ - Schedule an Interview / Dates & Scheduler

SCHEDULE AN IN-PERSON INTERVIEW:

  • To schedule an in-person 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 interview date)
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 (last First Year 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