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Department of Theatre

BA in Theatre

» BA in Theatre

The Bachelor of Arts is a comprehensive theatre degree offering integrated coursework and training in the heart of Southern California’s vibrant performing arts community! 

Chapman University’s BA in Theatre program offers four tracks of study, each of which you can personalize to achieve your career goals: 

  • Directing and Performance
  • Dramaturgy and Playwriting
  • Technical Theatre
  • Theatre Education

Program Overview

If you are interested in performance and directing, then the Directing and Performance Area of Study is the right choice for you. We offer introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses that  provide interdisciplinary training in acting and directing.

If you are interested in the vital knowledge, scholarly research, and interpretation of theatrical works and the creation and writing of plays, then the Dramaturgy and Playwriting Area of Study is the right choice for you. We offer introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses that provide interdisciplinary training in dramaturgy and playwriting.

If you are interested in the technology and design aspects of theatre, then the Theatre Technology Area of Study is the right choice for you. We offer introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses that provide interdisciplinary training in stagecraft, scenic design, lighting design, costume design, make-up, and advanced design production projects.  

If you are interested in seeking a certification as a drama teacher in California, the Theatre Education Area of Study is the right choice for you. We offer introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in preparation for becoming a certified drama teacher in the state of California.

Learning Outcomes

Once you graduate from Chapman's BA in Theatre program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • collaboration skills and professionalism both academically and in productions.
  • ability to research and analyze performance, scholarship, and/or production through effective written materials and oral communication.
  • develop an understanding of the social relevance of directing and performance, dramatic literature, and theatre technology.

Each specialized area of study achieves learning outcomes through specific activities:

  • Performance and Directing students will practice performing and directing scenes and productions in a variety of genres.
  • Dramaturgy and Playwriting students will practice applying research, analysis, and writing skills to scholarship, productions, and/or playwriting.
  • Theatre Technology and Design students will practice technical managing and/or design skills in a variety of entertainment media.
  • Theatre Education students will prepare for pursuing a certification as a drama teacher in the state of California.

Where This Degree Will Take You

Most Chapman BA in Theatre graduates pursue careers in the performing arts, theatre technology, or theatre education. You can use the skills you develop in the program (including collaboration, time management and creative and critical thinking) to pursue a variety of meaningful careers such as:

  • Performing Artist
  • Casting Director/Agent
  • Theatre Technician in a professional theatre company
  • Theatre Technician in the entertainment industry (Las Vegas, Disneyland/Disneyworld, cruise lines, resorts)
  • Theatre Designer
  • Theatre Company Manager
  • Director
  • Playwright
  • Dramaturg*
  • Literary Agent*
  • Arts Administrator
  • K-12 School Teacher*
  • Adult Education Teacher

* In general, an advanced degree is required for this occupation.

Admission and Tours

With a cohort size of about 14 students, admission to the BA in Theatre program is competitive. You can find more details on our page about applying to the Theatre program or check out the curriculum on our catalog page.

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