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College of Performing Arts

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Chapman University boasts a unique career services model where students have access to the Office of Career and Professional Development and industry-specific career guidance for each individual school and college.

The College of Performing Arts is served by our dedicated, in-house Career Advisor. The CoPA Career Advisor is available to meet with all CoPA students and alumni, as well as students and alumni from other programs who are interested in career paths in the performing arts and live entertainment. The CoPA Career Advisor also delivers career support through workshops, classroom presentations, and event programming tailored to support the unique needs of performing arts majors.

In addition to directly supporting students and alumni, the CoPA Career Advisor also works closely with our faculty to support career initiatives within the classroom, and our campus and community partners to facilitate industry connections.

What is career advising?

Career advising is a co-curricular resource designed to supplement the world-class artistic training CoPA students get in the classroom. Performing arts careers look different than in other industries, so performing arts students need to develop different career skillsets. CoPA graduates who bring their creativity to other industries need to articulate the value of their skills in new settings. Career advising equips you with the tools you need to feel confident navigating your career, no matter what stage you’re at or where your career path takes you.

Connor Bogenreif
Career Advisor, College of Performing Arts
"My goal is to help you discover and design the career path that best suits your unique blend of talents, passions, and values. No matter where you are in your journey or where you're headed, I will help you plan out your next steps and develop confidence in your ability to navigate your future."
  • For Students
  • For Alumni
  • For Faculty
  • For Industry
  • Schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with your CoPA Career Advisor for support with career topics such as:

    • career exploration
    • career planning
    • job & internship search strategies
    • resume formatting
    • cover letters, personal statements & grad school applications
    • portfolios, websites & social media
    • networking
    • interviewing

    To request an appointment, log on to Handshake with your Chapman credentials, and be sure to select the "Program-Specific Guidance" option to view appointment times with your college career advisor.

    Request a workshop or presentation for your student organization here.

  • Chapman is your career connection for life, so even after you graduate your access to career services is free and forever!

    Whether you graduated one year ago or thirty, you can attend career events and book one-on-one career advising appointments for free. If you do not already have a Handshake account please create one, and email if you require immediate support.

    Common alumni career advising topics include:

    • polishing your resume and cover letter to align with current industry trends
    • building or polishing a web presence
    • support for recent alumni navigating the transition out of college
    • applying to grad school programs
    • preparing for a career transition out of the performing arts
    • getting back into the performing arts after a hiatus

    Please visit this page for additional information and resources for CoPA alumni.

  • The CoPA Career Advisor can provide a variety of support for Chapman faculty, such as:

    • Classroom presentations and workshops (request one here)
      • These can be anything from a quick 10-minute introduction to career resources on campus, to full-length workshops on set or customized career topics
      • Career presentations can be booked on short notice - consider booking a career presentation rather than canceling class!
    • Class assignments and extra-credit (such as resume reviews, mock interviews, or scheduling a career appointment)
    • Assistance identifying and booking industry guest speakers
    • Assistance coordinating career excursions
    • Disseminating job/internship opportunities
    • Consulting on career-related assignments and projects
  • We love working with our industry partners! Please email if you would like to connect with CoPA students and/or alumni in any of the following ways:

    • Posting a job or internship opportunity to Handshake
    • Participating in a Career Fair
    • Participating in Mock Interviews
    • Hosting a on-campus info session for your company or organization
    • Hosting a career excursion at your company or organization
    • Offering discounted resources or services to CoPA students/alumni
    • Creating customized career development opportunities for Chapman dancers, musicians, theatre artists, and technicians

Career & Professional Development


CoPA career appointments are available in-person and virtually M-F via scheduling on Handshake

Connor Bogenreif
College of Performing Arts Career Advisor
Hashinger Science Center 130-A
(714) 516-5222
Address Hashinger Science Center 130-A
Orange, CA 92866
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