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Department of Theatre

BFA in Theatre Performance

» BFA in Theatre Performance

Prepare for a career as an actor in the heart of Southern California’s vibrant theatre community.

The BFA in Theatre Performance focuses on acting technique, movement, voice and speech, and text analysis to prepare you to launch your acting career after graduation.

Program Overview

Our curriculum explores all areas of theatre, with a focus on helping you develop strong acting technique through applied performance opportunities.

BFA in Theatre Performance graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • competent skills in acting, voice and movement to support a performance.
  • research, analytical and writing skills relating to dramatic texts, performance evaluation and character development.
  • an understanding of how theatrical productions are created and produced through theatrical collaboration.
  • accountability, collaboration and professionalism in various theatrical endeavors.
  • skills and knowledge of the business of acting required to succeed in a theatrical career.

The program prepares you to begin your acting career after graduation or to apply to graduate programs in theatre. This preparation includes a business of acting course and a showcase opportunity with industry professionals at the end of your senior year.

BFA Actor Showcase

Theatre Performance and Screen Acting coursework includes a senior-year business of acting course in which you'll learn to prepare a professional resume, website, and actor reel, with a capstone BFA Actor Showcase at the end of the academic year. At this event, you will perform for industry professionals such as casting directors, managers, agents, artistic directors, freelance directors and producers. At this event, you will perform for industry professionals such as casting directors, managers, agents, artistic directors, freelance directors and producers. 

Following each performance, industry professionals may reach out to you for a meeting. These meetings often lead to fruitful partnerships, auditions, dynamic collaborations and even long-term mentorship.

Leah McKendrick
While a student, Leah was encouraged to write her own scenes for her acting class. This experience kindled her creativity and she’s now writing and directing her own work.

Where This Degree Will Take You

Most graduates pursue acting careers in theatrical productions or film and television.

In addition to acting, you can use the skills you develop in the program (including collaboration, time management and creative thinking) to go on to a variety of meaningful careers such as:

  • Casting director
  • Theatre director
  • Screenwriter
  • Lawyer
  • Business leader
  • Designer

Admission and Tours

With a cohort size of about 14 students, admission to the Theatre Performance program is very competitive. You can find more details on our page about applying to the Theatre Performance 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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BFA in Screen Acting

BA in Theatre

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You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.

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