College of Performing Arts

Training Artists, Transforming Lives.

At the College of Performing Arts (CoPA), we cultivate a vibrant atmosphere that combines abundant possibilities for scholarship, creativity, free expression and intellectual curiosity with real world experience.

  • Woman dancing, leaping through the air.
  • Students conducting music outside.
  • Students learning to direct stage plays behind the scenes.
  • Two dancers on stage, one holding the other above.
  • Actors singing in a stage play.
  • Students performing in a stage play.

10 Years of...

Collaboration, Growth and Opportunity

In the College of Performing Arts, we are training artists and transforming lives, every single day. Our students have exceptional opportunities to learn from master artists and to experience performance in venues ranging from small studios to a state-of-the-art facility like the Musco Center for the Arts. The end-result is a strong record of alumni who have enjoyed rich and diverse careers in the performing arts around the world.

Student technician at a console

Featured Event

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment and Technology Symposium at Chapman University

This September, we are proud to host the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment and Technology Symposium at Chapman University co-created and co-directed by Alicia Guy, associate professor of dance, and Don Guy, associate professor of entertainment technology.

For two days, world-renowned performance powerhouse Cirque du Soleil will give students, faculty, and staff from Chapman and surrounding schools the opportunity to interface with their artisans, technicians, and partner companies through a unique series of master classes seen only at Chapman. Classes will cover a wide range of topics including: a variety of dance master classes, stage management, production management, automation, rigging, lighting, projections, carpentry, props, audio, wardrobe, makeup, wigs, and more. Many Cirque du Soleil industry partners will also be on site to demonstrate their cutting edge technology and to offer hands-on classes.

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