» BFA in Screen Acting / BFA in Theatre Performance

This will take you through the application process for an undergraduate BFA in Screen Acting or BFA in Theatre Performance degree and make sure you know how it works from start to finish.  Be sure to visit all five (5) sections below for pertinent application and audition information.

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+ - Admission Policy - 2016/2017

Due to the selectivity of the BFA Screen Acting & BFA Theatre Performance programs, all prospective applicants are now required to submit a pre-screen audition via the Creative Supplement. Both BFA programs in the Creative Supplement will only have the option to complete an audition upload. Your audition upload is only one part of the review process for the Department of Theatre.  All applicants are still required to submit a Common Application and all other corresponding admission documents to be considered for admission to the university.

Once the admission committee and theatre faculty have reviewed your application and uploaded pre-screen audition, you may be invited to attend an in-person audition and interview, either on-campus or at one of the regional audition dates in New York or Chicago. Should you be asked to audition in-person, you will be notified via email with a scheduling link.  All prospective applicants will be reviewed by the Admission and Theatre committees prior to admission decisions being released.  Screen Acting applicants are additionally reviewed by Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.  Talent Awards are considered upon review of your Creative Supplement submission and/or audition. No additional paperwork or application is required.

First Year students can apply by our Early Action deadline of Nov. 1 or Regular Decision by Jan. 15. A final admission decision will not be made until all appropriate materials have been submitted and reviewed by the admission and theatre committees.

  • Students who apply by the Early Action/Priority deadline will receive a final decision by mid-February.
  • Students who apply by the Regular Decision deadline will receive a final decision by mid-March.

NOTE: The Early Action deadline is considered a priority deadline. We recommended that students with a strong interest in BFA Screen Acting or BFA Theatre Performance submit their Common Application and Creative Supplement prior to November 1.

+ - 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).

AUDITION DEADLINES (audition upload ONLY):

  • FIRST YEAR Early Action/Priority
    • Audition Upload Deadline: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Admission
    • Audition Upload Deadline: Sunday, January 15, 2017
  • TRANSFER Regular Admission
    • Audition Upload Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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

As a reminder: due to the selectivity of the BFA Screen Acting & BFA Theatre Performance programs, all prospective applicants are now required to submit a pre-screen audition via the Creative Supplement.

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 Fine Arts in Screen Acting or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance programs.  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 - Screen Acting - BFA; or
      • Theatre - Theatre Performance - BFA
    • You will see the following message: "You've selected a major that requires a Theatre Department Creative Supplement, including an 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 Upload Requirements via the Creative Supplement

All students applying to the Department of Theatre (Audition 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 Fine Arts in Screen Acting or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance programs:

  • 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.

The information below describes the process related to uploading your video files:

  • AUDITION UPLOAD
    • Upload three (3) separate video files in the Media section of your Creative Supplement:
      • Introduction - 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).
      • First monologue
        • Record each monologue separately, using a 3/4 body shot
      • Second monologue
        • Record each monologue separately, using a 3/4 body shot
    • Monologue Requirements:
      • BFA in Screen Acting
        • Perform two (2) contrasting monologues, one comedic and one dramatic (see "Choosing a Monologue" below).
      • BFA in Theatre Performance
        • Perform two (2) contrasting monologues, one contemporary and realistic, and the other from a work of Shakespeare (see "Choosing a Monologue" below).
    • Upload Instructions:
      • 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 monologues 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.

Once the faculty has reviewed your uploaded pre-screen audition, you may be invited to attend an in-person audition and interview either on-campus or at one of the regional audition dates in New York or Chicago.  Should you be asked to audition in-person, you will be notified via email with a scheduling link.  All prospective applicants will be reviewed by the admission and theatre committees prior to admission decisions being released.

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.
  • 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.
  • (For Theatre Performance only) Your Shakespearean monologue should be from a play, and not a sonnet.

+ - In-Person Auditions (by invitation only)

If invited to audition in-person, you will have the option to choose one of our on-campus audition dates, or off-campus at one of our regional auditions in New York or Chicago.  All in-person auditions will be held in January and February. New York and Chicago auditions will coincide with the National Unified Auditions. The date, location and times available will be included with your emailed invitation after review of your audition upload submission.

Walk-ins who have not submitted an audition upload will only be seen as time permits. An audition is not guaranteed, and may not be possible.

NOTE: If you are invited to audition but are unable to travel to one of our audition sites, you may request that we use your audition upload submission as  your audition. If possible, auditioning in-person is highly encouraged.

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Contact Us

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