• Technical theatre students monitoring sound and lighting of a stage
Department of Theatre

B.A. in Theatre

» Bachelor of Arts 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 B.A. in Theatre program offers four areas of study, each of which you can personalize to achieve your career goals: 

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

Program Overview

If you are interested in directing and performance, 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 Literature 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 Technical Theatre 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 B.A. in Theatre program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • collaboration at a professional level.
  • ability to research and analyze theatrical theory and practice through effective oral communication.
  • an understanding of global theatre.

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

  • Directing and Performance students will practice performing and directing scenes and productions in a variety of genres.
  • Dramaturgy and Literature students will practice applying research, analysis, and writing skills to scholarship, productions, and/or playwriting.
  • Technical Theatre students will practice the proficiencies and management of technical elements 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 B.A. 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 B.A. 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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