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

BA 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 BA 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 & Learning Outcomes

Once you graduate from Chapman's BA 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.

Read more below about each area of study offered by the department to determine which one meets your unique career goals.

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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.

Want to learn more about Chapman? We are always available for tours and information sessions. We’d love to meet you!

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